WINDHOEK: Bank Windhoek held its fourth Annual Coastal Estate Agents and Agency Awards last Friday at Walvis Bay.
A media statement issued by the bank on Wednesday said Remax Properties scooped the top-three awards – the Top Estate Agency award, the Achiever of the Year – Commercial award and the Achiever of the Year – Residential award.
Claudia Ramos, the owner of Remax Properties, received all these awards.
Uschi and Diane Properties and Grobbies Estate Agencies won the second and third places respectively in the Top Estate Agency category.
Sanett du Prat of Fine and Country Estate Agency won second place in the Achiever of the Year – Commercial category, while Yolanda van der Westhuizen of Grobbies Estates won third place in that category.
In the Achiever of the Year – Residential category, Uschi Greeff of Uschi and Diane Estate Agency won the second place, while Lorin Burger of Susan Curtis Estate Agency landed in third place.
The Annual Bank Windhoek Coastal Estate Agents and Agency Awards aim to give recognition to residential and commercial estate agents and agencies for their commitment, loyalty and support towards Bank Windhoek and its clients.
The event is an extension of Bank Windhoek’s Annual Estate Agents Awards, which was held in Windhoek on 12 October.
“These awards are, therefore, a token of our appreciation and recognition of your support and the hard work that you as members of the Namibian property industry have put in during the past financial year,” Bank Windhoek Managing Director (MD) Christo de Vries was quoted as saying.
He further stated that property remains a good investment, but the demand for residential property in Windhoek and other major centres in Namibia such as the coastal area is fast beginning to outstrip supply.
“Currently, the housing market in Namibia, particularly Windhoek, has displayed potentially concerning characteristics, including high and rapidly increasing prices, the slow supply of new land, increased use of real estate as an investment instrument and increased speculation. This may not be too different in some areas here at the coast,” De Vries added.
Bank Windhoek is also concerned about the current high prices for property and land, and the inflationary effect on market prices.
“We can only hope that this situation will normalise to allow entrants to the property market the opportunity to afford their own property,” De Vries noted.