Ac­cess to in­ter­na­tional rental op­por­tu­ni­ties

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PROPERTY -

JAWITZ PROP­ER­TIES has part­nered with Cana­dian-based com­pany iStopOver to en­able South African home own­ers to ac­cess for­eign vis­i­tors looking for rental ac­com­mo­da­tion dur­ing the World Cup and be­yond.

The or­gan­is­ers ex­pect be­tween 250 000 and 400 000 vis­i­tors to ar­rive in South Africa dur­ing June and July next year, but say there are just 75 000 beds avail­able in tra­di­tional ho­tels. Ac­cord­ing to SA Tourism, there could be a short­fall of around 65 000 beds dur­ing peak times of the World Cup, giv­ing many South African home own­ers the op­por­tu­nity to rent out their homes or host vis­i­tors in their homes.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Her­schel Jawitz says iStopOver is a lead­ing provider of rental ac­com­mo­da­tion in North Amer­ica, and its reach ex­tends well into the Amer­i­cas, the UK and Europe. “This im­me­di­ately gives us and our clients ac­cess to th­ese mar­kets, and iStopOver’s tech­nol­ogy and web­site is specif­i­cally geared to short-term ac­com­mo­da­tion which is ideal for rental op­por­tu­ni­ties dur­ing the World Cup,” he says.

Jawitz Prop­er­ties will also be of­fer­ing clients a va­ri­ety of op­tions to match all bud­gets, in­clud­ing a full ser­vice, which in­cludes ne­go­ti­at­ing on be­half of the client and the guest, as­sist­ing with the in­spec­tion of the p r o p e r t i e s, ke y h a n d - ove r s a n d en­sur­ing that a full in­spec­tion takes place on de­par­ture.

“We are also in­ves­ti­gat­ing a topup in­sur­ance prod­uct that will cover break­ages, losses, theft and any other un­fore­seen in­ci­dents,” he says.

“It is im­por­tant that the rental pro­ce­dure is han­dled pro­fes­sion­ally and smoothly. iStopOver will man­age the rental-list­ings as well as at­tract­ing guest book­ings and, more im­por­tantly, pro­vide a se­cure pay­ment process for peace of mind for lo­cal home own­ers and for­eign guests.

“It is im­por­tant that the World Cup is suc­cess­ful and that guests feel wel­come in South Africa. It is a tremendous op­por­tu­nity for South Africa to show the world what it has to of­fer. This means home own­ers should see the World Cup as an op­por­tu­nity to show­case the coun­try, but should guard against unreal- is­tic pric­ing. We want our guests to have a great ex­pe­ri­ence and not feel ripped off, es­pe­cially if they are go­ing to visit here again. Part of our role will be to man­age those ex­pec­ta­tions,” says Jawitz.

“South Africans should think about host­ing vis­i­tors in their homes as well as rent­ing out their en­tire homes. The ex­pe­ri­ence for the guests and the hosts could be fan­tas­tic and may be what makes our World Cup ex­pe­ri­ence dif­fer­ent from oth­ers. We should see our­selves as am­bas­sadors and not only room providers.”

Jawitz has al­ready signed up a 40m boat with five cabins as well as jet skis and zo­di­acs on board. The rate is R89 015 a day be­fore food and fuel.

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