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Bert Martin

Bert Martin

Born on a farm in Eastwolds, where isiZulu was my first language taught to me by playmates on the farm, I spent my early childhood simply with good honest friends, country values, and where a handshake was still accepted as a total commitment to any agreement.

Moving to the City in the 1950’s, Pietermaritzburg became my home where I have lived ever since. I can really be considered a ”Maritzburg boy” with a loving, supportive family - wife, children, grandchildren and have always had the interests of the City and its citizens at heart.

My recreational interests are friends and family, the outdoors, nature, birdwatching, people, motorcycling, music and earlier on marathon running to include ultra-marathons like the Comrades Marathon, mountain hiking and walking. Even after completing various degrees, diplomas and certificates associated with property and people, the property industry Real Estate has always remained my passion. I studied and successfully passed The Estate Agent’s Board Exam and qualified as a Real Estate Agent on 03 March 1988, certification No:EAB11491/E.

With an excellent and disciplined grounding with the Town and Regional Planning Commission for 18 years, I was thereafter presented with the opportunity to join, as a Director and develop a small, busy and effective private Environmental and Property Project Development Company. This included, as well, all the management responsibilities associated with directing a company and a staff of 16 individuals for 15 years. During this exciting, creative experience I was consulted on many varied property development projects, malls recently being extended and townships, contributing to the expansion of the City and seeing Pietermaritzburg growing from a “Sleepy Hollow” status over the years to the now large and growing economic hub “City of Choice”, that it is today.

What I can offer to my clients
As a knowledgeable Property Consultant, I importantly keep up to date with the latest Real Estate property trends and changing property legislation on a National and more importantly a Local level with special attention on the uMgungundlovu/Msunduzi Municipal areas and Pietermaritzburg’s Central Business District and expanding suburbs. Knowledge and understanding of economics, property values, development control laws, zonings, restrictive title deed clauses, Surveyor General Office diagrams, building restrictions laws amongst others are just some of the basic details paramount in all property transactions in order to meet the client’s investment needs, which I offer as part of my service. I also take into consideration the important nuances of public opinions, participation and consultation, when necessary to determine what people want personally, politically, socially and economically of where to affordably live, work and play.  

I have developed an excellent eye for detail due to the heavy demands of previous experience. I have thus developed the ability to work under pressure as a knowledgeable Property Consultant, with a wide skill-set on property matters. I have developed over this period working relationships resulting in an advantageous professional network and have now been able to follow the career that has really been my passion from the start.

I personally look forward to meeting you and doing business with you. Whether you’re buying, selling, needing advice to value your property, do not hesitate to contact me, in these exciting times of change and opportunity, as our beautiful Country and Pietermaritzburg and its people grow from strength to strength.

My Career Goals
To me the Real Estate business is something I love to do every day and I feel privileged to be of service to the Industry and its clients – to be able to satisfy clients in assisting them to find the home or property that meets their and their family’s personal needs and affordability in the appropriate socio-economic neighbourhood. It is most satisfying to achieve this match with patience and dedication to meet the client’s requirements.  There is no greater thrill for me than going home at night knowing that I have helped a family or investor to make the correct property investment.
My career goals in the Property Industry provide me with ever changing challenges in a fast paced environment, to use my education, knowledge and creative skills-set within a professional property organization such as Harcourts. In doing so I wish to promote the values, ethics and integrity of Harcourts, which is a market leading, Internationally based Company, into which I can bring fresh insights, add value to the business, and most importantly its clients, while stimulating my personal growth within this progressive company and the Property Industry, as a whole.

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