NELSON Mandela Bay estate agent Jaco Rademeyer's success in the property sector has not gone unnoticed nationally.
Mortgage originator Ooba awards a prize to the top agents in South Africa every month and Rademeyer comes out on top so frequently that the company has decided to make him a national shareholder. Ooba Eastern Cape sales manager Andrea Atkinson said Rademeyer's house sales this year had astounded market analysts, who expected a muted start to the year.
Rademeyer was Ooba's top estate agent, with the highest value of homes sold in the Nelson Mandela Bay in January and February.
Last month the value of homes he sold came to more than R5-million – R1.5-million more than his closest competitor.
"The number of [bond] applications we have received from Rademeyer has increased substantially since the start of year," Atkinson said.
Rademeyer was made an Ooba shareholder nationally – a status which became official this week – because he was consistently one of the top agents in the province, she said.
"Because he's done so well, he's been made a shareholder. Once companies reach a certain level of support [for Ooba], we approach them with a shareholding option."
She said Rademeyer was very hardworking. "He doesn't sleep. I get messages about work from him late into the night, when I'm already fast asleep."
Rademeyer said he was excited to be part of the Ooba family and vowed to work even harder.
"It was a team effort – I can't do anything without my team. They back me up. January was a very busy month for us," he said. The property market was finally recovering from the devastating slump experienced since 2008, Rademeyer said.