Conversation with Maritha and Pieter Wagner from Harcourts Langebaan
Article by: Tian Van Taak
The West Coast has become the home and life source of many a success story, few so more prominent as the brother and sister team of Pieter and Maritha Wagner of Harcourts.
Our front-page shoot with this dynamic team was done on a perfect West Coast morning with the Langebaan Lagoon winking at us in the background of all the pictures.
I sat down with Maritha and Pieter to dwell a bit more into the reason for choosing property in the West Coast and more. Harcourts was founded in New Zealand in 1888 and is thus the second largest property export coming from that country. Pieter stated that Harcourts as a franchise was always their number one choice, the systems and behind the scenes support and marketing that comes with the company is world class and always progressing with the times. Harcourts shares the same ethical values as what they want for their company. Fairness and looking after both parties are extremely important to be successful in this industry.
Maritha’s face lit up when she spoke about her childhood and learning about the property game from her father, who was a well-known property developer in Limpopo. The property market is hard work, but you need to be adaptable and look for opportunities.
They are both excited about the prospects in the West Coast, for example Langebaan is no longer just for holiday home investment, but the commercial side has really taken off. They also project that the West Coast will become more and more popular in the retirement village market as well.
The key to understanding the West Coast, is its people. Social development and community involvement are essential for the success of any business, but even more so in the property world. They regularly reach out and help non-profit organisations and actively support arts and culture within the towns.
Pieter said with pride that he would happily one day have a Harcourts office in every town in the West Coast, not only the coastal side but the inland towns as well, places like Moorreesburg, Malmesbury and Piketberg.
The one thing I can state very clearly is that Pieter and Maritha are truly in love with the West Coast thus promoting its beauty and marketing the wide variety of properties it has to offer come naturally to them.
Over the next few months the Sloep Wes magazine will focus on everything to do with property, from real estate sales to home renovation and maintenance. Keep us informed of your property experiences in the West Coast. #sloepwes