Best Real Estate Agent Internationally

Online since 1.03.2017 • Filed under Real Estate • From Issue 5 - March 2017 - August 2017 page(s) 62
Best Real Estate Agent Internationally

International Best Real Estate Agent, Debra Madd ocks of Tyson Properties, scores a hat trick in London.

Winner of three of the most sought-after titles in the property industry, the prestigious International Property Awards 2016 Best Real Estate Agent, South Africa; Best Real Estate Agent, Africa; and – announced at a gala event in London in December – the Best Real Estate Agent Internationally, Debra Maddocks’ achievement is as much a win for South Africa as it is for herself and Tyson Properties.

‘Twelve years ago, Gavin Cunningham and I founded Tyson Properties to provide exceptional agents and a platform to succeed that is fair for both the agent and the company. This award is testament to the company we’ve built,’ explains Tyson Properties’ Managing Director, Chris Tyson.

Maddocks puts her achievements down to care, commitment and gutsy determination. It took her three interviews and a leap of faith to secure her first job in real estate. Even then the principal told her she was cheeky.

Little surprise, as with no experience whatsoever she’d begged for the opportunity, promising she’d ‘walk’ if she didn’t make a sale in her first month.

It was the same guts and determination that had Debra buying a car (she needed one to get a job as an agent) before she had a driver’s license, and buying a house before she had a salary. ‘I thought the motivation of having monthly bond repayments would be good for me,’ she laughs.

It was. Debra is a driving force in Tyson Properties’ Westville offices where she not just ‘owns the hood’ in which she works, motivating and empowering those working with her, but was also recently awarded Tyson Properties’ Top Estate Agent countrywide for the fourth consecutive year, Top Supporting Metro Agent, and Top Agent, Westville.

Classified by the former apartheid government as a woman of colour and coming from a previously disadvantaged background, Debra thinks it was precisely these roots that drove her. ‘Born and schooled in Sydenham, Durban, from a divorced background, and moving a lot during these years, I think my passion for property comes from my childhood and my desire for a secure family home.’

Debra is never far from her humble beginnings. ‘Care is such a small word, but it’s so meaningful. If you care about the people around you – your clients, colleagues, team – it’s a win-win situation. To be a successful agent you can’t worry about money. If you care about the people around you, the money will come.’

And care she does. Throwing herself into numerous community causes including charities, Rotary events (receiving a Paul Harris Award for commitment) and the Westville Cares Fun Day that she initiated.

‘I don’t think of myself as an agent but rather as a business, and a business that must stand out.’ Debra is fervent about marketing and building her team. The ‘A Team’ she calls it. ‘I believe in motivating and uplifting those around me, and enjoy working in a team. My team changes all the time and I employ interns and work closely with them, and agents who feel they are struggling, until they have wings to fly on their own,’ she notes.

‘I completely buy into Tyson Properties’ commitment to transformation, which both empowers agents from previously disadvantaged backgrounds in a way that prioritises women, and ensures that staff are proportionally represented in relation to the South African demographic,’ she says. ‘We understand that while there is always room for improvement – lasting transformation is a journey rather than an overnight revolution.’

Issue 5 - March 2017 - August 2017

Issue 5 - March 2017 - August 2017

This article was featured on page 62 of SABI Magazine Issue 5 - March 2017 - August 2017 .

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