News from - Top performers on the move at Chas Everitt

The Chas Everitt International group has announced that Herman van Rooy, owner of its highly successful Somerset West office and chairman of its Western Cape broker council, will shortly be leaving the region to take up a new position at the group's head office in Johannesburg.

Louis Harding

At the same time Louis Harding, currently joint-owner of the Western Seaboard franchise, will be taking over the Somerset West office.

Van Rooy, who in 2003 became the first franchisee to establish a new Chas Everitt International franchise in the Western Cape from scratch, has been appointed as a Key Business Development Manager for the group and will be involved in assisting franchises in terms of expansion and growth as well as the set up and development of new operations.

Chas Everitt International MD Berry Everitt says the move will add considerable value to the group's offering to franchisees and, by extension, to the group's thousands of property clients.

"Herman has developed his franchise in Somerset West into a model agency and is particularly well-placed to help new franchisees start up their operations seamlessly and to offer support to existing agencies.

"This move is also in line with our group's policy of offering all our franchisees and agents a career path with prospects for business and professional growth - and has also created a new opportunity for Louis."

Harding, who joined the group as a co-franchisee after a marketing career spanning two decades in the IT industry, will now be the sole franchisee in Somerset West - where he has lived for the best part of 12 years.

"I am delighted that I will have the opportunity to build on the sound foundations that have been laid by Herman and to continue to develop the franchise into a flagship for the brand," he says.

The local residential market is healthy with solid demand for properties priced at between R500 000 and R30m and Harding, who built up a wide network among executives of the country's top 200 corporate companies during his IT career, also plans to expand into the commercial market in the Helderberg basin.

Meanwhile, in order to focus exclusively on Somerset West clients, it is his intention to split the franchise, which currently includes Strand and Gordons Bay, and help establish a fully autonomous new franchise for these two towns. "This should be up and running later this year - hopefully by May - and will be manned by about 10 specialist agents," he says.

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