Andrew Schaefer, MD of Trafalgar.
National property management company Trafalgar has announced the merger of its Garden Route operation with that of Choice Property Management Services in Knysna, which it recently purchased.
“The combined operation will now be run under the Trafalgar Property Management name from the former Choice offices in Pledge Square in Knysna,” says Trafalgar MD Andrew Schaefer,“and we are delighted that Choice founders Bob and Beverley Strain will be staying on to manage the joint portfolio of properties under management”.
“They have an excellent track record of personal service and top quality complex and estate management all along the Garden Route, and this strategic merger will put them in charge of the biggest managing agency in this region, which we see as an important growth node for Trafalgar.”
The joint Trafalgar and Choice portfolio, says Bob Strain, now encompasses more than 20 sectional title complexes and estates in Knysna, Mossel Bay, George, Wilderness, Sedgefield and Plettenberg Bay, which together contain more than 560 permanent and holiday homes.
And the need for professional property management services is expected to grow strongly over the next few years, as the Garden Route becomes increasingly attractive to permanent residents as well as holidaymakers and more developments are completed to meet the rising housing demand, he says.
“Rental demand in this region is also rising, so there are good buy-to-let opportunities here, provided that investors purchase in complexes and estates that are well-run with the assistance of a managing agency that understands the need to ensure the safety and performance of their investments”.
“Consequently, we are very pleased to be going forward under the auspices of Trafalgar, and to be able to offer all local sectional title trustees and home owner associations access to its highly efficient business systems and extensive management experience and resources.”