Engel & Völkers partner Antoinette Swanepoel celebrates 3 years
In December 2004 I was head hunted by the Licence Partner of the Engel & Völkers Hartbeespoort Dam shop at the time. I could not resist the brand, the image and the systems that put us ahead of our competitors. We have a clean, neat and professional image and I believe Engel & Völkers is a market leader.
Since you opened your licence, what has your experience been within the E&V group?
Cherry Grobler and I became the new Licence Partners of the Engel & Völkers Hartbeespoort Dam Licence in April 2014. The opportunity for growth was tremendous and the challenge for us to take on a licence in the Western Cape could not be resisted. We expanded our reach to the Durbanville and surrounds, where after I relocated here to take on the running of the new licence. We have since then built the best great sales and admin team possible. One of my highlights in my career was attending the Licence Partner training in Hamburg in 2016.
Can you tell us a bit about your licence area?
Our Licence area is vast and very diverse. Our shop is located at the Tyger Waterfront, which is a hub of activity with its mixture of residential and commercial space, quite unique for the Northern Suburbs. Tyger Waterfront offers a modern, city-living feel, with all conveniences, restaurants and businesses. The Durbanville/Bellville area is centrally located and situated within close proximity to the main highways of the Western Cape, which makes it a convenient area in which to live as it is easy to access the CBD of Cape Town. It is a very scenic area, with its lush trees and farm-like atmosphere, offering many homeowners a relaxed and calm living experience. It offers popular suburbs to live in, and homes offer good value for money with relatively large family homes being sold for reasonable prices.
The area offers also various public and private schools, golf courses, excellent medical facilities and various shopping malls. One of the main attractions of the area is its wine route and is home to many award-winning wine cellars and award-winning wines, and is also close to other Cape Winelands regions. It is very well situated for access to all the other splendours that Cape Town offers, easy access via the N1 and is just 25 kms from the CBD of Cape Town, and about 15km from CT International Airport.
What areas do you currently cover?
Our shop is still growing in the area. Suburbs that we cover at present are the prestigious Welgedacht Estate, situated in the Tygerberg Hills area of Bellville, north of the N1. Durbanville suburbs include Eversdal, Eversdal Heights, Valmary Park, Sonstraal Heights. We will soon be expanding our wings to Kuilsrivier.
What does your current team look like and what are your plans for expanding?
We are still a growing team currently undergoing great expansion to meet the demands of our licence area. Recruitment is an on-going process.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
Recruitment remains one of our main objectives. This is always a difficult task as our standards are very specific, so our new recruits need to meet these standards to form part of our current team. Our immediate target is to grow our team with at least another 12 sales advisers.