New deal for Aida clients finds favour

Early response to a joint initiative between two major players in the SA business field has been beyond expectation.

So says Young Carr, CEO of Aida National Franchises group, who notes that the recent co-operation between its holding company, Jigsaw, and financial services company Sanlam has found favour in the market place.

“Our clients have resoundingly welcomed the initiative in terms of which they now have access to the financial services of one of South Africa’s most respected and trusted companies,” he says.

“It took two years of strategic planning to effect the joint initiative and we are confident that not only will it benefit our clients, but also our more than 600 agents at 106 Aida offices around the country – who can now offer a one-stop service while concentrating on their core business, which is to source suitable properties for clients.”

Sanlam Home Solutions (SHS) now offer all Aida clients bond origination services as well as a host of support services. SHS CEO Piet van der Walt says the company takes a holistic approach to home ownership.

“Professional Sanlam consultants assess prospective buyers’ ability to qualify for a home loan. Our consultants have access to desktop valuations, credit bureau information, current insurance portfolios and collateral values, which enable them to quickly process applications.

“Based on the pre-assessment, consultants will apply for a home loan at an appropriate financial institution, which includes all the major banks as well as other lending institutions.

“As part of our inclusive service, consumers also have access to professional financial advisers or brokers who can do a comprehensive financial needs analysis in respect of clients’ current and future financial needs,” Van der Walt says.

Sharon Rubens, SHS general manager of sales and distribution, says benefits to Aida clients include getting an expert on their side in all property-related matters. “Property is still the best way to accumulate assets and our aim is to enable people to grow their wealth,” she says.

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