I spy with my little eye : Steiltes, Nelspruit


Streetmart agent: yes, that I am …and what I don’t know, I will find out!

                               Agent 0013 Nelspruit : I spy with my little eye… Steiltes, Nelspruit


Aurora street greets you: Welcome to Steiltes

It is apparent why Steiltes remains one of Nelspruit’s most sought after suburbs amongst newlyweds, established families and elderly alike. Un-paralleled well- maintained freestanding homes and clusters add to the appeal of the proudly kept sidewalks and tree lined streets.

Steiltes Fascinating Facts and Figures 2015

Data on Property Trends in the Suburb

77% Freehold

10% Sectional Title

12% Estate

Home Ownership comprises of:

50 % predominately middle aged 36-49 yrs.

50 % owning for 11 yrs. plus, which surpasses the national re-sale average of 5-7 yrs.

Due to the comfortable lifestyle of Steiltes, property truly becomes a lifetime investment, owners often selling only to retire.

Average pricing trends 2015

Houses R1 300 00.00 to R2 200 000.00

Sectional Title  R1 075 000.00 to R1 400 000.00

Estates Average R 2 050 000.00

Average stand size: between 600 and 1000m²


Cosy homes

Community life

The community members of Steiltes are often seen on the streets picking up litter, strolling the dog or pushing the latest addition to the family in a pram.  Locals of all ages agree, that it is one of the safest suburbs to exercise in from dusk to dawn. One may even hook up with a Comrades athlete doing his weekly training in the main street.


Nature reserve : entrance in Melkweg st. Beautiful views from above


Sights to behold include the 2010 Worldcup soccer ball water tower and surrounding boulders, which may be accessed from the nature reserve, offering a picnic spot and endless views over the escarpment.


Soccer Ball : entrance in Suiderkruis st.



Convenience and proximity to all amenities abound. One simply cannot get more comfy with the salon, grocer, filling station, post office, and preschool within 1 km of  your doorstep. With public and private schools minutes away, even during rush hour traffic, one can expect to be in the CBD or on the N4 within 10 minutes. (Yes, really.)


L.V.C.C entrance in Aurora st.

Sporting Facilities

An active bowling club at the Lowveld Cricket Club bids a chance for the skilled and not so skilled, young and old enthusiast to get involved in the weekly tournament. For mountain bikers, one only need to peddle 1km north or south for a supersonic workout…warning though, in Steiltes there is only one return route…the in-escapable UP.



A mere stroll away from home. Perfect for that sundowner.

Entertainment options

To boot, the corner bistro offers casual entertainment for families and romantic couples alike to enjoy the leisurely lifestyle of the magnificent Lowveld. Steiltes proclaims value for money from every corner.

Property for sale?…A most definite SOLD.


“ Having lived in Joburg all my life, and settling in Steiltes two years ago I can only compare it to living in bustling holiday abode, where you walk to the shop to buy that forgotten tomato!”  – Estate agent Lizl Pretorius



Been there, done that…got the Capitec Colour Run T-shirt




Frivolous fun under the African sun …Missed it? You SURE missed out.

What: Capitec Colour Run

When : 14 Nov 2015

Where: Mbombela Stadium, Mbombela (Nelspruit) Mpumalanga South-Africa

Why: Just because we can (And Nelspruiters can!) This past weekend saw nearly 5000 people flock in their droves to participate in Nelspruit’s second colour run.

Who?  NO experience necessary. Next year…book early to… be there or be…… absolutely square.

                                   What an opportunity just to be silly with the kids, colleagues or like-minded locals.

One left feeling younger, stronger and ready to face the world.

That’s Agent 0013 Nelspruit signing out- Lizl Pretorius

colour run


Geheime Agent : James Blonde

Welkom en baie dankie vir ‘n kans om te gesels.

Aangename kennis, ek is Lizl Pretorius, eiendomsagent en skryfster van hierdie blog.20151105_150229 (1)

cell: 084 208 7668

e-mail: lizl.pretorius@everitt.co.za

Ek is passievol oor die mense betrokke by die eiendomsbedryf en hoop om jou te vereenselwig met jou  droom huis of belegging. Ek geniet my werk en is hier om te help.





Spesialiteits Areas:

Residensiële verkope  Nelspruit,(Mbombela) en Wit Rivier Mpumalanga

  • Vol titel
  • Deel titel
  • Veiligheids komplekse en Landgoed
  • Buurte : Steiltes, West Acres, Nelspruit Ex 2,4,5, 29, Sonheuwel, alle areas
  • Woonstelle

Ek strewe daarna om vriendelike en doeltreffende kliëntediens te verskaf ten alle tye. Dit sluit in:

  • Nasionale and internasionale handelsmerk ondersteuning van Chas Everitt
  • Gratis markverwante waardasie van u eiendom
  • Gratis verband dienste dmv Betterlife, SaHomeloans, OOBA konsultante
  • Kwaliteit advertering dmv gedrukte media : Laevelder Koerant, iFinder
  • Internet voetdruk op P24, Private Property, IOL en talle meer
  • Skou huise, expos
  • Oordrag prokureurs dienste vanaf die oomblik wat u eiendom by my gelys is
  • Welkom tuis! geskenk op oordrag
  • Na verkoopsondersteuning, aansluit van water rekeninge, elektrisiteit, erf belasting

Lizl Pretorius cell: 084 208 7668    e-pos: lizl.pretorius@everitt.co.za

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LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/lizlpretorius

Blog: https://agent0013nelspruit.wordpress.com

OOK lidmaat van  Leading Real Estate Companies of the World initiative : ” I’m local, I’m global”

Agentskap: Chas Everitt Lowveld Branch

Adres: co Ehmke and vd Merwe st.  Outpost Centre, Mbombela, Mpumalanga, South Africa

      “Hoping to meet you soon. I love what I do and it shows”  Lizl Pretorius


Blonde, James Blonde… Agent of Note

Welcome and thank you for your time.  Happy to make your cyber acquaintance !

I am Lizl Pretorius, property professional and author of this blog.20151105_150229 (1)

cell: 084 208 7668

e-mail: lizl.pretorius@everitt.co.za

I am passionate about the people of this industry we call ‘real estate’, and hope to match you to your dream home or property that may fulfill yet another  ultimate goal.





Areas of  specialty:

Residential sales  Nelspruit,(Mbombela) and White River Mpumalanga

  • Full title
  • Sectional title
  • Estates
  • Suburbs : Steiltes, Sonheuwel, Nelspruit Ext.2, 5, 4, 29, West Acres
  • Townhouses
  • Apartments

I endeavor to give friendly and efficient customer service at all times. This includes:

  • National and international Brand support from Chas Everitt
  • Free market evaluation of your property
  • Free bond originating via Betterlife, SaHomeloans, OOBA
  • Upmarket advertising via printed media : Lowvelder News Paper , iFinder
  • Internet exposure on numerous sites including P24, Private Property, IOL
  • Show Houses
  • Conveyancing support from the instant you list your property
  • Welcome home gift pack
  • After sales support and opening of water accounts, electricity, rates and taxes

Lizl Pretorius cell: 084 208 7668    e-mail: lizl.pretorius@everitt.co.za

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Also affiliated to Leading Real Estate Companies of the World initiative : ” I’m local, I’m global”

Agency: Chas Everitt Lowveld Branch

Address: co Ehmke and vd Merwe st.  Outpost Centre, Mbombela, Mpumalanga, South Africa


      “Hoping to meet you soon. I love what I do and it shows”  Lizl Pretorius


Ever since I can remember, I’ve wanted my name on a car

karre 1

Ja, so it’s corny, “Been there, done that” they say …” and got the t-shirt”  ( and by the way I really do have the t-shirt, that’s a Chas Everitt T-shirt) want ja, ek het van agentskap verander, en is eintlik nogal altyd a ‘brand loyal’ kinda girl. ( Jy weet? Shop by Pick en Pay, cause I guess my momma always did?)

So ek dra my Chas Everitt T-shirt met trots….maar ‘n kar met my naam op? Ek weet nie, ek dink elke rookie agent droom van so iets? ( or maybe it’s just the human nature kinda o’ feeling of self-importance??)

Ek weet nie, maar miskien is dit steeds maar net die gevoel van ” Graduation” of trots? Ek is trots …want ek is nie meer ‘n rookie agent nie. (?debateerbaar?) Ek is trots, want ek dra nie net meer ‘n t-shirt en ‘n badge nie?

Ek is trots want ek ry nou ook ‘n kar met my naam op soos die ” regte” agente in ons dorp Nelspruit. …en dis lekker

Vraag: Dink jy dit maak ‘n verskil of jou kar ge’brand’ is of nie?  Does the public care about and notice a branded vehicle??

So you’ve decided to become a Real Estate Agent . How difficult can it be?

So, you’ ve decided to become a real estate agent. How difficult can it be??-  Lizl  Pretorius


The decision to follow a new career is often exciting, and daunting at the same time.

“If the average age of an estate agent is 57, then 38 is young”, I argued in April 2013 and was ready for the new challenge, when I met the principal of Seeff Nelspruit, whilst she listed the home I was renting. With her encouragement I enrolled in the Seeff Smart Academy, for my NQF4, convinced it would be easy and completed in no time. The Academy offered bi- weekly Skype sessions with facilitators, Seeff Boss Intranet Back up system, E.A.A.B logbook and manual.

Easy Peasy : NOT

If the truth be told, the content of the F.E.T.C.’s N.Q.F.4: Professional Real Estate Agent is not difficult at all, in fact, it’s fascinating. One will soon realize if the choice to follow the career is well suited to your persona. Yet, an intern will find the most difficult aspect of the course to be: time management. Perhaps it was fortune or natural talent, but I was soon selling homes in our small office and town, working 9 to 5  almost 24/7. (Because that is the reality of real estate, it is most definitely rewarding, but hard work.) Studying was put on the back burner becoming an unnecessary evil, P.O.E . assignments were delayed and the EAAB logbook put on the shelf.

Avoid intern mayhem

-Schedule time slots in your diary to do assignments, attend class or Skype session as if it is a doctor’s appointment

-If you battle with a question for more than 5 minutes, phone/Skype  for support

-Create a precise Word DOC filing system on your P.C. (assignments are not always in chronological order, and often time is wasted simply trying to locate the assignment on the PC, after not attending to it for 6 weeks)

Almost finished and really a real estate agent

Skype vs. class

-It is great to have Skype support, but it would be much easier to attend class, simply because it would enforce the habit of learning/studying

Yet in the end, it was most likely my Skype facilitator Renate Oosthuizen’s stern, but friendly admonition in September 2014 to complete my outstanding P.O.E. in 3 weeks in order to write the Seeff Assessment exam. I had to take study leave and switch my phone off. (This is extremely difficult, but something every agent has to learn to do)


This folder, when completed after 18 months consisted of two, thick arch-lever files and is sent to SETA via Seeff Smart Academy



Much of the logbook content is repetitive of the POE, however necessary to compile for the EAAB’s attention. ( I kid you not, I couriered mine, it went missing at the E.A.A.B. in Sandton for three weeks. Intern Tip: Scan and copy the file to your hard drive)


There is no feeling like that email feeling , when Seeff Smart Academy lets you know your P.O.E has been found competent. AND , there is absolutely an extra special email feeling, when the email comes from the E.A.A.B Education and Training Department to notify that your missing (!) and found, logbook has been declared compliant and your 12 month internship successful.


Today, I am greeting 2015 with the burden off my shoulders and my focus only on sales, and a soon to be written P.D.E exam.


Here’s to the yellow brick…bumpy… road of becoming a Professional Practioner  in Real Estate . You too, can do it. Just do it now.


Written by Lizl Pretorius of Seeff Nelspruit

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Agent 0013 Nelspruit: The real estate ups and downs…of a… NOT so blonde agent


E. A. A. B …’oh’…… E. A. A. B: Vir eens, maak jy my dag

So, ek was die laaste tyd baie stil. Dis nogal ‘n storie om op 39 ‘n totale nuwe beroep na te jaag. (‘n Beroep wat jy lankal al oor passievol is, maar nie ‘n clue oor gehad het, wat dit nou als, juis behels nie.)

Want, hoe moeilik kan dit nou wees? Huisagente, sit mos net by skou-huise en mooi lyk, of nie?

bored estate agent

(en nou dat ek self een is , die baie gewilde : ” Jy wil &*%%# ? hoeveel kommissie hê? Maar jy was dan net een keer in my huis, en net vir 5 minute.”)

Nou van waar die stilte…vir iemand wat eintlik baie woorde het….spel mens dit só…

E. A. A. B   (nee, dit staan nie vir Elizabeth Anne’s Baby Shampoo nie 🙂 )

Die E A A B   http://www.eaab.org.za/   staan vir die Estate Agency Affairs Board, en is daar om agente se aktiwiteite te monitor, só ook om die publiek te beskerm teen onetiese praktyk in die eiendomsmark. Hul maak ook seker dat persone wat handel in die verkoop van eiendom geregistreer is en in besit is van  ‘n regmatige Fidelity Fund sertifikaat (amper soos ‘n lisensie om te handel)  MAAAAAAR….

Die E.A.A.B sorg ook dat agente opgelei en gekwalifiseerd is. Lees asb meer hier as jy of jou kind hierdie baie belonende beroep oorweeg , kliek op die link


Wat is my punt?

Ek is vir die laaste 18 maande besig met my kwalifikasie as eiendomsagent onder die leiding van die E.A.A.B en my firma, en het die week gehoor dat my opdragte en lêr: die merk gehaal het.  (Dit , nadat die E A A B vir amper 3 weke nie my lêr kon opspoor nie!)

…in ‘n oogwink word die E.A.A.B skielik my BFF …that’s Best Friend Forever…..and ever … I hope

Wat sou jy graag wou weet oor die eiendomsagent kwalifikasie of bedryf: dalk ken ek die antwoord.

Definitely ILLEGAL blonde

Definitely Illegal (!!) Blonde

Code of conduct: 2.1 An agent shall not … do or omit to do any act which is or may be contrary to the integrity of estate agents in general

Activity: Acquire a signed offer to purchase for a full title property from a prospective first time buyer

Challenge: I had asked the buyer to phone before coming to the office so that I may prepare the necessary documents. He arrived without any warning, and I proceeded to fill in the OTP with haste, as he too indicated that he did not have time. The property in question was a full title residence, but as it appeared to be built like a complex , I incorrectly filled in a SECTIONAL title contract. Much to my dismay, I was severely tempted to simply alter the contract (yes! As the client  was not easy to get hold of!!) This of course, would have been illegal and not in any one’s best interest.


Lesson learnt: I should have double checked the type of property and not assumed anything about it, and not wasted precious office time by thinking of ways to alter the contract. In the end, I had to phone my client, admit my fault, complete a new contract and have him sign it again

 Question: Do you think it would have been okay to simply alter the contract??

I am no expert!! (WHO ever is???)

I am no expert!!  (WHO ever is???)

I am an intern at a fully compliant real estate company. This company:  SEEFF Properties, holds a valid, current Fidelity Fund Certificate (FFC) from the Estate Agency Affairs Board, which is their licence to trade. I too have a valid intern Fidelity Fund Certificate, (therefore I am LEGALLY BLONDe 🙂 and participating in the Seeff SMART Acadamy training programme. (It is highly recommended, read more about it here.)

 As part of an assignment interns have to keep a reflective journal about their dealings with the code of conduct  and the activities that we engaged in, the lessons learnt and challenges.

Reflective journal of a legal blonde



Code of conduct 5.3: An estate agent shall not claim to be an expert or to have specialised knowledge in respect of any estate agency service if, in fact, he is not such an expert or does not have such special knowledge;

Activity: Go refresh a stale listing of a plot on outskirts of Nelspruit

Challenge: May 2013 ( 6 week old Rookie agent Lizl Pretorius comes from JHB and has no knowledge what so ever regarding farming)

Lesson learnt: I exhorted myself to act friendly and professional, irrespective of my incompetence, and noting everything possible in order to explain it to the best of my ability in adverts and to prospective buyers. I acknowledged my status to the sellers, who treated me with the greatest of respect. As a new agent I am very eager to learn about all real estate functions, therefore did not heed to the advice of my principal to rather ‘stay out of the farms, until I have learned to sell houses.’ Nonetheless, I do know more than I did before, but have felt quite awkward 4 months down the line, when taking prospective buyers, as I simply do not have the knowledge!!

I do like a challenge so will attempt it again in the distant future …read more about how I lost my car keys on a hilltop here!!


legal blondeQuestion: What real estate function has made your , uh ,not so blonde hair ?, think twice??