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A sit down with agent Craig Holteman

Dormehl Phalane Property Group PMB is a well established real estate company. Their staff are passionate about real estate and are professionals in their fields, making buying, selling or even renting your new home a pleasant and happy experience.

We took some time to sit down with Craig Holteman, the youngest agent of their team. Craig recently won a number of awards, including Letting Agent of the Year through the whole Dormehl region.

Here is what he had to say about his success in the real estate business.

1) Tell us a little bit about yourself…

“I was born in Pietermaritzburg, attended school at Ridge, Clarendon and then Wembley College. In 2010 I moved to Scotland where I finished my schooling at Armadale Academy which is where I grew and experienced so much. There is nothing like traveling to broaden the mind. I had numerous adventures and met some of the best people, many of whom I am still in touch with today.

My hobbies include reading (Currently Manga and The Wheel of Time). I also enjoy Gaming on Steam, my gaming ID is Toptrafalgarlaw22, why not add me and game with your favorite real estate agent. I really enjoy taking my dog for walks and playing ball with her. I love spending time with my partner and have recently discovered gardening and woodworking.

My studies were in Business Management and I have always had a desire to run my own business. If I had the opportunity to study more, I would love to study game development and 2D animation.”  

2) How did you get into real estate?

“I started in the restaurant industry working my way up from a waiter to manager. I was then head hunted by Legacy Hotel Groups to head up a restaurant in the berg. Although a fantastic opportunity, the loss of my father in 2016 had a major impact and I realised that the restaurant industry wasn’t for me. It took over my life in which I was there 24/7, with very little or no time for family so I decided enough was enough and resigned. I had no idea what I was going to do next, just that it needed to be something that I could choose my hours and spend my time on what was important to me.

I then met Christo from Dormehl, who offered me a rental agent position and I hit the ground running from there and haven’t looked back.”

3) What is your favorite thing about real estate?

“Not to say real estate doesn’t have its challenges, but being able to set my own hours and work a flexible schedule. I also love finding a property for a client, it is not just finding them a property but a home or asset that they love.”

4) You have won a few awards, what do you think is the reason for your success?

“Luck! No, I joke!

I feel it is the service I give. People desire good communication and so I talk with them every step of the way.”

5) What do you think makes YOU a good real estate agent?

“My ability to work with people and try to understand (and deliver) their needs and wants.”

6) Do you have a mentor or someone you look up to in the real estate business?

“Yes, Phil Dunphy from Modern family. He is the best fictional real estate agent ever, the charter was all the optimists.”

“When life gives you lemonade, make lemons. Life will be all! “Whaaaat?” – Phil Dunphy

7) What is your favorite part about finding/showing your client houses? Whether it be rentals or sales?

“Making that person’s day and finding that dream property. You see that pure form of happiness in their eyes as they start planning out the life and dreams in that home.”

8) How many homes did you list and sell in the last 12months? Sales and rentals

“A total of 122-property listed in the year of 2021. Sold a total of 12 and leased out all my rental listings. “

Excellent work, Craig. You truly are passionate about what you do.

Thank you for sharing with us 🙂

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