Update: October 2018
Andre is moving to Ireland and has consequently resigned as Managing Director of Devler Estates, being replaced by his sister Sally Gracie. Andre remains a shareholder and the Marketing Manager for the business. See full statement.
André de Villiers has a continues trading record in Cape Town real estate since 1984. He started his real estate career after graduating and two years in the military as an estate agent with Pam Golding Properties at their first City Bowl office. After only a year Andre started his own agency in 1986 trading as De Villiers Real Estate.
André accepted an invitation from Hadden Steer to join the Steer & Co property group as Manager of their City Bowl office and in 1988 André was offered a Sales Directorship and a few years after that became CEO of the Steer &Co Sales Company, which under his leadership grew from 8 to 15 offices.
André affiliated the Steer group to the international American franchise group, ERA (Electronic Realty Associates). This national group comprised a number of strong regional real estate groups under the new ERA banner. When the main Johannesburg based group (ERA Chas Everitt) decided to leave ERA in 2003, André decided to follow and joined Chas Everitt and was instrumental in the successful launch of their Western Cape operations.
Matriculated at Fish Hoek High School 1978
Graduated from Rhodes University in 1982 with a BA (legal and economics)
Real Estate Industry Positions Held:
Director MLS (Western Cape)
Director IEASA (Western Cape)
Director EAHC (Western Cape)
Andre has also been very active in real estate training and development, particularly in the areas of marketing and technology. Besides training for his respective property groups, Andre has also trained for the Institute of Estate Agents.
Due to Andre’s expertise in marketing and technology he has twice been recognised with real estate industry awards from the PA Group at the Property Professional Awards – collecting both the ‘Young Lion’ and the ‘Mover & Shaker’ awards.
National Association of Realtors (NAR) in San Francisco (Twice), NAR New Orleans (Twice), NAR Miami, ERA Miami as well as Conventions in Mauritius and Bali.
International Property Marketing:
André has attended numerous international property exhibitions and marketed property at real estate trade shows in Dublin, Hamburg, Cologne, Frankfurt and Munich. Andre is still involved in advising many wealthy South Africans in their overseas property investments.
André has a long record of strong engagement in community issues in particular in the areas of animal and environmental rights as well as being a driving force behind ‘Our Mothers Our Fathers’ a campaign to provide a quarterly hamper of needed supplies to the elderly in need.
Irish South African Association
Please click here for more details on Andre’s service to the Irish community in South Africa
I joined Andre de Villiers nearly thirty years ago as a rookie agent, in a totally new industry to me. At that stage, he was the Sales Director of Steer & Co one of the oldest real estate companies in Cape Town that subsequently traded as ERA Steer. After a few months and a couple of sales, my administrative skills were required and together we’ve moved on and kept on moving and growing, both in real estate experience and FRIENDSHIP. I’ve developed many good relationships and friends in real estate and supporting companies. Good business practices and above all no compromise with ethics ensures both my and our ability to grow further.
Terence Ferdinando (Administration Manager)
Upon joining the Chas Everitt Cape Town South team 7 months ago, after being in the Industry for 11 years, I was awoken to a new dimension of training and source of information led by a rare energy from the top that I have found contagious! The methodology of training under the auspices of Andre has not only increased my knowledge but refreshed my approach to marketing enabling me to nurture my professional career development by learning new skills thus culminating in knowledge confidence and individual flair.
Besides being happy in a company that encourages self-growth and development I find myself among a great group of colleagues who share their experiences and work together in a spirit of mutual benefit.
I have been involved with Chas Everitt for the last seven years – which has been my entire real estate agent career. We have an amazing atmosphere in the office and our team is incredibly supportive and encouraging. It is absolutely imperative to have support at home when you start working in this demanding industry – you will definitely receive it at work. You will be encouraged to improve yourself, to grow and learn continually. André has been an unbelievable mentor to me and is never too busy to discuss or answer any questions or to give excellent advice. He is one of the best trainers I have ever encountered in this Industry, and we are lucky enough to have 24-hour access to him!
The support I have received from Andre’, Bruce and Terence is invaluable! The offices all have a warm welcoming feel. Andre’ is constantly finding new ways of enhancing the business by streamlining and simplifying processes. Strong and consistent values ensure a happy work environment here at Chas Everitt.
Joan Ross – (Sales Associate – Bergvliet)
I started my Career as an Estate Agent in 2001 and joined Chas Everitt Tokai in 2012. I am extremely happy with the choice I made. Chas Everitt is an Honourable Brand. They are extremely good to their Staff. Andre de Villiers has been an exceptional Principal. Andre is good to his staff and has incredible values. His ethics are beyond reproach. I have never worked in such a wonderful caring, professional environment.
Winnie Sass – (Sales Associate – Tokai)
I have been searching for a career for 20 years where I feel like I have come home. Chas Everitt South has offered me just that. I work with an enthusiastic and supportive team. In a short time
I have become very passionate about helping buyers find their dream home and sellers reaching the highest possible selling price. Andre has offered me amazing training and support which has driven me to excel. I have heard many stories about other agencies and I feel blessed to work for such a dynamic and ethical brand.
LJ Mansel-Pleydell (Sales Associate – Tokai)
What would you expect from your family? Support encouragement patience. That is the family I found in Chas Everitt. With an added bonus, Andre de Villiers has a sense of humour.
Franlize Fourie (Sales Associate – Bergvliet)
I love working for Chas Everitt as it is a family away from home. Everyone supports each other 100%. The agents at my office were very helpful when it came to questions I didn’t understand in my NQF4 and took the time to explain it to me in such a way that made sense to me. I am a very happy chappy here!
Caylynne Wiese (Staff – Constantia)
In a nutshell – Support. I feel, especially since joining sectional title, I have support and assistance from Bruce (manager with loads
) and especially Andre de Villiers (Principal). Support and help from the admin staff, Anthea with uploading and corrections when it comes to brochures etc, Eileen, keeping me informed on the transfer process as well as my clients. Before joining Chas Everitt 18 months ago, I looked at all the other agencies. On paper, Chas looked the best to join and start my career. I am still here, I made the right decision because we rock on and off paper….. It’s been an absolute pleasure dealing with Chas Everitt Cape Town South, I find them to be 100% professional, ethical and extremely motivated. What I really like is the training I receive, assistance and being kept updated on new information pertaining to what’s going on in the real estate world. I am so glad I choose to be here, it was the right choice.
Charlene Feint (Sales Associate – Claremont)
Working for Chas Everitt South, and ultimately Andre de Villiers, is a constant learning experience. There are the wonderful times where everything is going right and others when Andre can appear very critical and harsh. But this is with good reason, as he is always finding ways of helping, guiding and promoting us. Andre is an amazing teacher and provider for those willing to learn and also for those willing to put in the effort and work. When talking to agents from other agencies I know I made the right choice in joining Chas Everitt when I decided to start a real estate career as we get so much more than they do.
Pippa Berry (Sales Associate – False Bay)
Joining Chas Everitt after working for a big corporate company for 22 years was a huge change for me but having said that, Chas has more of a family feeling. I enjoy my position because I know what is expected of me in my current role i.e. clear objectives / no surprises. I get all kinds of chances to stretch myself. Kind and goofy humour is welcome on days when one feels down!
Eileen Burnell (Staff – Tokai)
I have been in the property business for 12 years. Seven months ago I was given the opportunity of joining this dynamic group. On meeting Andre and Scott, I was left in awe of their passion and commitment towards the Chas Everitt and their agents, including their core values and those of “Giving Back”. The ongoing exposure to new technology, creative and innovative marketing techniques, by both Andre and Scott, has developed me as an individual in the most unprecedented and unexpected way, giving me a new found confidence in abilities I had not tested during my career. The high level of friendliness, support and professionalism I have experienced from all my colleagues is a testimony to “It starts at the top” I am proud to be a part of this innovative, forward-thinking and caring team.
Sandra van der Merwe (Sales Associate – False Bay)
I am proud to be associated with an agency whose brand represents more than just the business of buying and selling property. Led by a Principal with what seems like inexhaustible energy and passion for his business and his staff, there is also an underlying ethic of charitable projects, community investment and a genuine family-style relationship between the agents. I am honoured to be part of the Chas Everitt group.
Lisa Rowell (Sales Associate – Tokai)
I joined Chas Everitt in 2012. It has broadened my outlook on life and I discovered that I could use my talents more widely. There is a lot more to it than just selling properties and our Sales Manager, Scott Tait has been an excellent mentor. I have found all my colleagues very supportive. I have been given another opportunity to grow in a direction I never thought would be possible. Thank you so very much Andre!