Steeple

Steeple

  • The Low Commission Estate Agents

    Trusted. Proven. Professional

    1.5% COMMISSION (MIN R23 000) + VAT

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WHY STEEPLE?

As estate agents, we guide you every step
of the way and take care of negotiations and paperwork.

All at a super-low commission!

REVIEWS

What clients think about our service

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A very clean, efficient and friendly service which achieved our objective in a relatively short time. This is the way to sell property.
Alan Collins
Johannesburg
The experience was great - David always kept me in the loop on the progress of the viewers and the people visiting the site. He was always at the centre of all communications, between buyer, seller and conveyancers until the deal was completed.
Castro Mafale
Roodepoort
I saved R99000 in sales commission through Steeple! All I had to do is sign on the dotted line!
I will never sell any property any other way, but the Steeple way! Thank you David, for making my sale stressless!
Charmaine van der Westhuizen
Scottburgh
In short it was a pleasant experience dealing with agents who are competent, enthusiastic, reliable and always give feedback regarding potential buyers and their opinions. Very friendly people and they care about the seller as a person and treat one with compassion and encourage one to keep the faith....The right buyer will come!
Elaine Acker
Johannesburg
Helpful, easy, fast, perfect!
Henning Botha
Pretoria
So incredibly efficient in following up, responses, calls - excellent service and HUGE value for money! From the start - very happy with the service, right to the end!
Allan Rhodes
Cape Town
Very professional and eager to assist.
Andre Jordaan
Vereeniging

HOW IT WORKS

What Steeple does for you

1
Say Hello!
Click on the Get Started button to send us your contact info. Then we'll call you to explain our simple process and how to sign our open mandate online.
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2
Send us your photos
You upload your photos and details using our easy-to-use online form. As an optional extra, for R600 we can send a professional photographer who will take the photos and upload everything for you (selected areas only) .
3
We publish online
We write your property listing and, after you've approved it, we publish on all the major property websites - Property24, PrivateProperty, IOLProperty and Gumtree - to give you mammoth marketing exposure.
4
We send you viewing requests
We send you viewing requests from potential buyers, by email and sms. You then contact them directly to arrange a viewing at a convenient time, and show them around your property.
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We handle any offers
If the buyer wants to make an offer, just let us know and we will take care of it. And we're always available to answer any queries or give advice.

TAKE A TOUR

Watch our 1 minute video on how it works

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NO upfront costs. You only pay our commission after you sell.

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RECENTLY SOLD

Properties sold with Steeple

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Sold ForR3500000
Money savedR159600
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Sold ForR1700000
Money savedR77520

COMMON QUESTIONS

Steeple has the answers

Can I use Steeple if I work during the day?

Of course! Most buyers work too so you can arrange viewings at mutually convenient times such as after work or on the weekends.

Are there any upfront or hidden fees besides the commission?

No, the commission is the only cost (assuming you don't choose any of the optional extras, such as professional photography). Our commission is payable only when the property is transferred into the buyer's name and if the buyer was introduced by us.

Our commission is 1.5% (with a minimum of R23000) plus VAT.

What kind of mandate do you have?

We believe in openness and transparency so we have an open mandate which you are free to cancel at any time. We don't try to lock you in to a sole mandate for a fixed period like traditional estate agents do. Nor do we charge a fee if you cancel our mandate. An open mandate means that more than one estate agent can market your property at the same time, and only the agent who finds the ultimate buyer gets paid the commission. So you are welcome to use other agents although they will just replicate our own marketing at a very much higher fee.

Please note that if you do cancel and afterwards a person who was introduced by us buys your property within the next 6 months then we would still be entitled to our commission.

Can I use my own conveyancer?

Yes. And if you don't know one then we can suggest a local firm that does a good job.

What is your success rate?

We have sold over 100 properties so far. 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.

I'm not a "sales" type person. Will I be able to sell my property?

Yes, absolutely! You don't need to be able to "sell" at all. The reason is that no person, no matter how good a "salesperson" they are, can persuade someone to buy a property they don't like. Buying a property is a major decision and people don't take it lightly. Smooth talking may help sell life insurance or a consumer appliance, but it doesn't apply when selling a home. Buyers prefer getting straight answers directly from the owner who knows their home and the local area best.

How is my property valued?

This is easier than you think. We provide you with a free personalised property report which shows the actual selling prices of the 20 closest properties to yours. Then, just like an estate agent would do, you set your price by comparing your property to those sold properties, as well as to similar properties in your suburb currently on sale on Property24 or PrivateProperty. Buyers do their own research in the same way so try to be objective. Some sellers also like to get a free valuation from a local estate agent to confirm their estimate.

Where do you have offices besides Cape Town?

Since we operate online and by phone it is not necessary for us to have other offices. By having a single office we can reduce costs and pass those on to you in the form of our low commission. Obviously we won't have the local knowledge of a traditional estate agent who is based in the area but it doesn't matter since we have the ultimate expert - you! You know your property and local area better than any estate agent ever can and you can pass on your knowledge to the viewers.

What about security?

We don't advise that you have a show house because anyone can just walk in off the street. All your viewings would be strictly by appointment only (not from an enquiry off the street), and you will have the name and contact details of the viewer. The viewers also know that they have to bring some form of ID to the appointment. 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. And if you don't like the look of someone, you can just tell them the house has been sold!

I haven't heard about Steeple before?

We recently celebrated our 3rd birthday and have sold over 100 properties. We are the first low commission estate agents in South Africa so our profile is still quite low, but please have a look at our client reviews and the awards we've won.

Can I use other agents too?

Yes, because we have an open mandate. But remember they will just duplicate our own marketing efforts at a very much higher commission!

In which areas do you provide professional photography?

Most areas in the major metros (Johannesburg, Pretoria, Centurion, Cape Town and Durban) - please enquire. You can purchase this service in these areas for R600 as an optional extra, payable upfront.

Do you have a database of buyers?

Yes, like all agents we maintain a list of potential buyers but it pales into insignificance compared to the massive databases maintained by the huge online property sites like Property24 and PrivateProperty. When you sell with Steeple, all the buyers registered on Property24 and PrivateProperty who are interested in your suburb are sent a notification alert, ensuring instant advertising to serious potential buyers.

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.
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COMPARE

Steeple vs traditional Estate Agents & Private Selling

Selling Costs

Traditional Agent
Typically 5.0 - 7.5% + VAT of sale price achieved.
Steeple
Ultra-low commission of 1.5% (minimum of R23000) + VAT. Only paid when your house is sold. No other fees.
Selling Privately
Cheapest, BUT you pay all your marketing costs UPFRONT - even if you don't end up selling!

Online Marketing

Traditional Agent
Steeple's services usually provide greater coverage.
Steeple
Your property is listed on ALL major property websites for maximum impact.
Selling Privately
Limited websites permit private selling. Also depends on your skills and budget.

Seller Involvement

Traditional Agent
Provide keys and alarm code, prepare and vacate property.
Steeple
Send us your photos. Make viewing appointments directly with buyers. Show buyers around.
Selling Privately
You do everything: valuing, marketing, showing, legal docs etc. without help.

Client Service

Traditional Agent
Level of service depends on selected agency and agent.
Steeple
Professional, transparent service from our experienced team.
Selling Privately
You are on your own so there is no assistance.

For Sale Board

Traditional Agent
Provided by estate agent.
Steeple
Not included, but we can courier For Sale sign as an optional extra (R400).
Selling Privately
You have to make your own.

Property Photos

Traditional Agent
Photos usually taken by estate agent.
Steeple
Not included, but we can send a professional photographer as an optional extra (R600). (Selected areas only)
Selling Privately
You have to take your own.

FEATURES

What makes us so great

Super-low commission
Fees are only 1.5% of the selling price (min R23000) + VAT. Payable only on transfer. Costs for optional extras are payable upfront.
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).
Open Mandate
You are free to use other estate agents (although they will just duplicate, in part, our marketing efforts for a higher fee!). You can terminate your mandate with us whenever you wish.
Licensed estate agency
Steeple is an estate agency licensed by the Estate Agents Affairs Board. Our Fidelity Fund Certificate number is 2016102346.
National Operations
Steeple has an office in Cape Town but we 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.
Trusted and Proven
We have sold over 100 properties and have rave reviews from our clients.

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