I've been told introductions are all important. It's a time to make it or break it. Some go as far as to say that when you meet a person for the first time, the first 10 seconds will give an impression, which to a large extent will determine whether you will like that person or not.
Its weird isn't it? Especially considering that there are so many kinds of greetings, standards, norms and cultural differences that it's often like throwing darts in the dark. In western cultures we shake hands on greeting, in Greece they embrace and kiss each other on each cheek and there is a Filipino tradition on Guam to put one's right knuckles against an older person's forehead. In some internet chat sites people may even greet you with "hi, ASL?" and I'm not even kidding when I tell you it simply means "hi, age, sex, location?" Maybe the 10 second rule does apply...
Well, I'm 27, male and I live right here in HiltonVillage.co.za country. I believe the first 10 seconds do count, I believe that impressions matter but I also believe that they only get your foot in the door. To build relationships you actually need to get to know someone and have an interest in them. There needs to be something under the surface. That is why I have made sure you can read this entire article in just 10 seconds; this time I am just kidding!
The other thing that you need to know about me is that my passion is property. And that is essentially how I have ended up writing a quarterly property supplement for HiltonVillage.co.za. I love every facet of property, I love walking through the naked structures as they are being built, I love the fact that property is as objective as art and yet can be analysed as an investment vehicle. I love its many facets and its complex character.
And so I hope to be able to share that interest with you and let you share in my experiences as an estate agent and project manager. What I'd really like is to get a bit of dialogue going and to have some input from you – let me know what you'd like to hear about. Tell me if you have another take on an issue and we'll post your comment at the bottom of this page for others to read. Let me have your thoughts and let's make this a property forum. I'm easy to reach, visit the Avidity page here, complete the contact form and submit your comment or query.
For today I don't want to have a look at anything specific but would rather just broaden the view. We seldom have enough time and are so busy in our lives that we don't ever really take a step back and take a bird's eye view. So, I think it's appropriate that for this first HiltonVillage.co.za property supplement we take a quick snapshot of Hilton and the property market. I bet it's changed more than you realise in the last little while...
Just take the Quarry Centre for instance, Old Mutual have left and the new management have taken over and things are happening! For starters there is going to be a new restaurant emerging and I'm told it's going to be a Mediterranean style affair called Jaxx. Action Coach has moved into the old restaurant premises and have really set them selves up there. There is a redevelopment plan that will change the face of the centre, introduce new tenants and really add value to the area. I work in the centre and so am at the coal face but you don't have to look very far to see that there is a lot of work being done and that it will without a doubt have a huge impact on the Hilton community.
The commercial element that has established itself in Hilton is another area that needs careful attention. Mondi are now taking their offices in the new building at 400 Old Howick Road. Hilton has become a place where business happens and where businesses want to be. For so many reasons its commercial element has grown in fits and spurts and has become an every day part of Hilton.
Across the highway Garlington continues to grow and absorb a large amount of residential growth. This residential development continues to sell well with a large number of houses being built, this is a sure-fire sign that people want to be in Hilton. Garlington has also done us a favour by introducing Nicolson's which provides Hilton with an eatery with a difference. The new Protea Hotel, Hilton has opened its doors and is a world class hotel. It is well located, comfortable, well decorated and well run. Crossways has just been relaunched. I went there for lunch the other day and was blown away by my steak and Guinness pie. It was superb.
The point, I suppose, is that Hilton is happening. There is a large amount of money being invested here and that is a clear indication that this property supplement is going to have a lot to talk about. I am firmly bullish about Hilton as an area and about the prospects of all types of property in Hilton. I've put my money where my mouth is and set up a property business here! Where money is being spent values go up. Take stock, think about it.
I hope liked the first 10 seconds of this article! I hope the content was enough to convince you that this dedicated Hilton property piece is relevant and necessary. I hope that this introduction leads to a relationship and that we'll be able to talk property in the future. Who knows maybe we'll be able to make this quarterly into a monthly! Remember you can contact me, Andrew Morphew with any additions, comments or requests. We hope you have enjoyed this, the first quarterly property focus which HiltonVillage.co.za will publish seasonally, penned by Andrew Morphew of Avidity Real Estate. We look forward to hearing your feedback.
Thank you Andrew!