Daniel is an Attorney and Conveyancer practicing at our Helderberg branch. He attended Stellenbosch University where he studied BA International Studies and LLB. In 2012 he completed his Law degree in the Netherlands at the University of Amsterdam. Daniel also studied in Germany at Humboldt University of Berlin and was selected to participate in the annual conference on International Law hosted by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. In 2013 he enrolled at the University of Cape Town to attend the School for Legal Practice. Daniel joined STBB in 2014 and was appointed as an associate in 2015. He is part of our team that attends to the opening and extension of large sectional title schemes and practices in all areas of property law and conveyancing, including retail and development transfers, drafting of contracts, servitudes, subdivisions and consolidations. Daniel also provides training to estate agencies and banks.

Thought of the Week | When has an Estate Agent Earned His/Her Commission?

In general, an estate agent has earned his/her commission when:

  • the agent was mandated and held a valid Fidelity Fund Certificate;
  • the purchaser was, when the contract was signed, willing and able to purchase the property;
  • the seller and purchaser entered into a binding agreement;
  • the agent was the effective cause of the sale; and
  • all suspensive conditions in the agreement have been met.

This may appear straight forward enough, but snags arise in practice. A purchaser could have been introduced to a property by one agent, but only decided to buy and sign an agreement when he subsequently visited the home when another agency held an open house. Or the purchaser decides to buy after the expiry of the period mentioned in the agent’s mandate.

Contact a conveyancer at STBB with any questions and to avoid being held liable for double commission.