Earning the Luminary of Distinction, the highest distinction of three career awards given by RE/MAX International, is no easy feat. It requires a minimum of 20 years’ service with RE/MAX, and Associates must also have already received both a Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement awards. Currently, only 55 people in the world have received the award, a mere 0.05 percent of the more than 100,000-strong RE/MAX network around the globe. And of those 55, only two people outside of North America and Canada have received the award.
And one of those two is Gerlinde Moser, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Living in Cape Town’s City Bowl and Atlantic Seaboard, Cape Town, South Africa.
“Gerlinde’s achievement is remarkable and we are proud that an associate from our region has reached such heights in their career,” says Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, Adrian Goslett. “RE/MAX of Southern Africa has proven that we have some of the top real estate professionals in the industry and can compete on an international level.”
While she had been a successful real estate business owner in her own right, Moser encountered the RE/MAX brand in the U.S. on her travels around the world. Coming from a more traditional real estate setup, she liked the different type of business model the brand offered real estate professionals – one of the first of its kind in the industry. When the brand finally made it to South African shores in 1995, Moser became one of the first to join as a Founding Broker/Owner.
“The RE/MAX brand has an international presence that I could use as a tool to enhance my business. From Alaska to China and from South Africa to Vienna, you find the same balloon – a symbol that has become synonymous with service excellence in the real estate sector,” says Moser.
Moser, who provides high-quality service and outstanding results in her clients’ property investment portfolios, say the brand is a powerful tool for attracting buyers and sellers in her market.
“It is very rewarding to be able to see people fulfill their dreams,” she says. “As real estate professionals, we have the privilege of being a part of someone’s journey to achieving their goals and making their aspirations a reality. As a business owner in this industry, it is also rewarding to see my agents be successful in a profession that is highly demanding.”
Outside of her real estate endeavours, Moser promotes the importance of the community-building philosophy. She does this by supporting local schools, nursing homes, heritage societies and neighbourhood security programs. She also supports the Reach for a Dream Foundation; the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra; the Cape Town Opera; public parks, animal rescue and wildlife programs; and recycling and energy-saving programs. “Finding ways to enhance the community is beneficial to everyone, Moser says. “After all, we not only work here, we live here too.”