• The Low Commission Estate Agents

What does Steeple do for you?

  • As estate agents, we guide you every step of the way and take care of the paperwork and sale
  • We market on all 4 major portals (Property24, Private Property, IOLProperty and Gumtree) to maximise the likelihood of a quick sale
  • All you have to do is show buyers around your home (by appointment only).
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Traditional Agent Fee
Our Fee
Your Savings

Compare Us to Traditional Estate Agents and Private Selling

Traditional agent
Selling Privately
Selling Costs
Typically 5.0 - 7.5% plus VAT of sale price achieved.
Ultra-low commission of just 1.5%, with a minimum of R23000, plus VAT. Only paid when your house is sold. No other fees.
But you pay all your marketing costs UPFRONT even if you don't end up selling.
Online Marketing
Steeple's services usually provide greater coverage.
Your property is listed on ALL major property websites for maximum impact.
Limited websites permit private selling. Also depends on your skills and budget.
Seller Involvement
Provide keys and alarm code, prepare and vacate property.
Send us your photos. Make viewing appointments directly with buyers. Show buyers around.
You do everything: valuing, marketing, showing, legal docs etc. without guidance.
Client Service
Level of service depends on selected agency and agent.
Professional, transparent service from our experienced team.
You are on your own so there is no assistance.
For Sale Board
Provided by estate agent.
Not included, but we can courier For Sale sign as an optional extra (R400).
You have to make your own.
Property Photos
Photos usually taken by estate agent.
Not included, but we can send a professional photographer as an optional extra (R600). (Selected areas only)
You have to take your own.

Sell your property with us

As South Africa’s first low commission estate agents we don’t have expensive local offices or flashy cars. We provide the critical estate agency services (comparative market analysis, marketing, advising, dealing with offers, paperwork etc.) from a central office and pass the savings on to you.

We list your house on ALL the major property search websites, including PrivateProperty and Property24, so your property can be found with a Google search.

Our massive online marketing and knowledge of the tricks of the trade will help to sell your property quickly.

How It Works

You send us your photos and details with our easy-to-use online form.  For an extra fee of R600 we send a professional photographer who will take the photos and obtain your property details and upload them all for you  (in selected areas only) .

We prepare the property listing and, after you have approved it, we publish on all the major property websites in South Africa.

We forward you the viewing requests from potential buyers by email and sms.

You make your own appointments at a convenient time, and show the potential buyers around.

If the buyer wants to make an offer, just let us know and we will take care of it.

David de Waal, Founder
Master Practitioner in Real Estate, CA(SA)
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Common Questions

  1. Can I use Steeple if I work all day? Of course! Most buyers work too so you can arrange viewings at mutually convenient times such as after work or on the weekends.
  2. Are there any upfront or hidden fees besides the commission? The commission is the only cost if you don't choose any of the optional extras. The commission is payable when the property is sold and the buyer was introduced by us.
  3. Can I use Steeple if I am not in Cape Town? Absolutely! Our offices are in Cape Town but we sell in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Centurion, Durban and elsewhere in SA.
  4. What kind of mandate do you have? We have an open mandate which you can cancel at any time. We don't lock you in to a sole mandate.
  5. Can I use my own conveyancer? Yes. And if you don't have one then we can suggest one.
  6. What is your success rate? Our success rate varies depending on the location of the property. We usually sell any property that is correctly priced in the major metropolitan areas. There is currently much lower demand for properties outside the major areas so the chances of a sale there are lower.
  7. What about security? We don't advise that you have a show house because anyone can just walk in off the street. All viewings are strictly by appointment only, and you will have the name and contact details of the viewer. Our common sense recommendations are that you: ask the viewer for identification; lock valuables away; have another adult present; and don't leave the viewer alone in a room with valuables.
  8. I have not heard of Steeple before? We recently celebrated our 3rd birthday. We are the first low commission estate agents in South Africa so our profile is still quite low. As we grow, more and more people will hear about us!
  9. Can I use other agents too? Of course, we have an open mandate. But remember they will just duplicate (in part) our own marketing efforts at a much higher cost!
  10. In which areas do you provide professional photos and detail capturing? The areas can be seen here. You can purchase this service in these areas as an optional extra, payable upfront.
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Estate agency services

We provide all these conventional estate agency services:

  • Taking professional photos (optional extra)
    (if your house is in a selected suburb)

  • Helping finalise the selling price of your property
    (by providing comparative market analysis)

  • Marketing of your house online
    (on ALL major property search websites in SA!)

  • Advertising with a For Sale sign (optional extra)
    (600mm x 400mm sign posted to you)

  • Arranging of home viewings 

  • Helping buyers calculate affordability and obtain bonds

  • Taking care of offers from buyers and handling the paperwork

  • Liaising with lawyers, buyers, banks etc. …

In other words, we take care of everything related to selling your property. All you need to do is show buyers around
when convenient. You are not locked in to a sole mandate, and you can cancel any time you like.

Features of our estate agency service

  • Super-low commission

    Fees are only 1.5% of the selling price (min R23000), plus VAT. Payable only on sale. Costs for optional extras are payable upfront.

  • Licensed estate agency

    Steeple is an estate agency licensed by the Estate Agents Affairs Board. Our Fidelity Fund Certificate number is 2015100468.

  • Your Responsibilities

    You send us your photos. You arrange your own viewings and you show potential buyers around your home yourself (or ask a friend).

  • National Operations

    Steeple has an office in Cape Town but we can help sell houses anywhere in South Africa because we operate online. Having a single, inexpensive office keeps our costs low and we pass on those savings to you with our low commission.

  • No Lock-in Period

    You can terminate your mandate with us whenever you wish.

  • Open Mandate

    You are free to use other estate agents (although they will just duplicate, in part, our marketing efforts for a higher fee!).

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