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PROFESSIONAL AND INDEPENDENT PROPERTY VALUATIONS

Mirfin Valuation Services (Pty) Ltd is a nationwide and independent provider of asset and property valuations, established in 2002.

We are a certified B-BBEE level 4 service provider, recognised by all major insurers and underwriters in South Africa.

Our valuations are backed by professional indemnity insurance and are reliable under scrutiny of the regulatory, judicial and taxing authorities.

OUR VALUATION SERVICES

Our countrywide property appraisals cover private homes, offices, factories, shopping centres, hotels, farms, game lodges, schools, churches and medical institutions. Mirfin is especially well known for its unrivaled sectional title insurance valuations.

With a Mirfin property valuation in hand, you will be in a position to confidently contest your municipal rates, sell or let your property, or simply enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing you are adequately insured.

 

Our services include: 

 

  • Market price valuations: Determine a fair market value for your property useful for all critical transactions for which it may be required.
  • Insurance valuations: Don’t get caught being underinsured or over-paying on premiums.
  • Body corporate valuations: Assist trustees and managing agents in community schemes to comply with legal requirements.
  • Content valuations: Ensure that your household and office assets are adequately covered to reduce claim complications.
  • Risk surveys: Knowing your risk profile will give you the power to negotiate a lower premium with your insurer.

 

Get an instant quote online within minutes.

PROFESSIONAL PROPERTY VALUERS

The Property Valuers Profession Act governs our profession and we are legally required to be registered with the South African Council for the Property Valuers Profession (SACPVP). The act makes provision for three categories of registration:

 

  1. Professional Valuer (PV - highest level of qualification)
  2. Professional Associated Valuer (PAV)
  3. Candidate Valuer (may only work under the supervision and control of a PV or PAV)

 

Our highly experienced valuers all hold a National Diploma in Real Estate / Property Valuation (as a minimum) and are certified by the South African Council for the Property Valuers Profession (SACPVP).

We adhere to the highest ethical standards and all valuations are treated with the utmost discretion and confidentiality, in accordance with our privacy policy.

 

Read: What constitutes a quality valuation?

PHYSICAL VALUATIONS VS. AUTOMATED VALUATION MODEL

The automated valuation model (AVM) is a property valuation service that applies mathematical modelling to a database to calculate a property’s value by analysing historical price movements of comparable properties.

 

While AVM valuations cost less and provide a more immediate result, this service inherently suffers some crucial disadvantages:

 

  • AVM does not take into account a property's actual condition (i.e. state of repair, renovations etc.)
  • AVM assumes an average condition which may not reflect reality
  • Often there are few comparable properties and little historical data available
  • Comparable data for newly-built properties is scarce
  • Data sources may be unreliable due to concealed incentives in recorded sales prices
  • AVM does not always reflect current market conditions as the input of transactional data often lags behind real time
  • AVM does not work well with community schemes as aspect (e.g. north-facing) and location within the scheme can have a significant effect on value
  • AVM is wholly unsuitable for replacement cost valuations as these require a physical inspection

 

Only a professional valuation can make up for the shortcomings of an AVM.

MARKET PRICE VALUATIONS

A market price valuation determines the estimated amount for which a property should exchange on the date of valuation between a willing buyer and a willing seller in an arms-length transaction after proper marketing wherein the parties had each acted knowledgeably, prudently and without compulsion.

Determining fair market value is helpful when buying, selling or letting a property, or when handling a deceased estate or divorce settlement.

 

Read: Why it is wrong to insure the market value of your house.

 

There are three methods in estimating the market value of a property:

 

  1. The Cost approach values a property on the basis of what it would cost to build the property today, taking into consideration the depreciation by various factors.
  2. The Income Capitalisation approach considers the value of the income stream that a property generates or could generate. This method typically applies to commercial or income-generating properties.
  3. The Comparable Sales approach entails the analysis of recent comparable sales of physically and legally similar properties in the general vicinity of the subject property. This method typically applies to single family homes and land.

 

The valuer selects which approach - or combination of them - would be most suitable for determining fair market value, depending on the location and intended use of the property.

 

Read: Market value and replacement cost: Not the same thing!

 

REPLACEMENT COST VALUATIONS

Also known as estimated new replacement cost, this determines a property's insurance value. This means the cost of replacing the building and all other permanent improvements that constitute the property - as if new - at prices applicable on the valuation date.

Permanent improvements include swimming pools, tennis courts, patios, paving, terraces, driveways, paths, septic tanks, watercourses, boundary or retaining walls, drains, gates, fences as well as water, sewerage, gas, electricity and telecommunication connections for which the owner is legally responsible.

 

Also included are the reasonable costs incurred as a result of damage. These include limiting the extent of damage, fire brigade charges, architects, quantity surveyors, consulting engineer fees, demolition, construction and complying with the requirements of any local or regional authority. Excluded are earthen walls, earthen driveways or earthen structures, plants, trees, dam walls, piers, jetties, bridges and culverts, as well as financing fees and loss of revenue, e.g. when letting the damaged property.

 

Read: How we assess a building's replacement cost

 

Replacement cost is estimated by researching the current construction cost in the locality, as construction costs can differ vastly between geographical locations. It is assumed tenders are called for from suitable contractors and impartially awarded.

 

Apart from the cost of construction, the building rate per square metre includes the cost of additional building services such as electrical installations, electronic installations and fire protection installations. The valuer will quantify costs for site improvements, demolition and rubble removal, professional fees, Value Added Tax (VAT) and any future escalation separately.

 

Read: Why the schedule of replacement values is important.

How a Mirfin Partnership Helps our Clients to Save Time

We know that portfolio managers work really hard and are always looking for ways to save time in their busy days. Fortunately, we make it our business to find new ways to simplify the tasks associated with valuations and 10-year plans.

Here are some of the ways in which a partnership with Mirfin will help portfolio managers to save time:

 

  1. Use Mirfin’s online quotation system to obtain quotes for valuations and 10-year plans. It is operational 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. No need to email or wait for a return phone call. You can even request a quote using your mobile phone!

 

  1. Not only do we send our existing customers a reminder when their next valuation is due every three years, we also provide automatic – and FREE – valuation updates for the years in between valuations. Valuation updates serve as a guideline in making an accurate adjustment to the building’s replacement value which will determine the year’s insurance premium.

 

  1. Should you prefer to get quotes for all the bodies corporate under your management in one go (instead of requesting each quote individually), please email info@mirfin.co.za to request a bulk valuations If you complete the necessary information on the sheet, we will capture all your complexes on our system on your behalf. This is really helpful at the beginning of the year and will save you a ton of time!

 

  1. Mirfin’s online dashboard allows portfolio managers and trustees to easily update their 10-year plan, reserve fund forecast, admin budget and levy contribution schedule for their AGM. This unique feature is particularly useful when the admin budget needs to be updated with actual costs as each maintenance item is ticked off the list over time.

 

Get a quote for your next insurance valuation or 10-year plan here.

 

If you’re still in any doubt about using our professional valuations service, here are some benefits of working with Mirfin:

  • Nationwide established valuations company with valuers covering every corner of South Africa.
  • Community schemes experts – including sectional title schemes, homeowners’ associations and residential estates.
  • Mirfin has professional indemnity cover of R45 million per claim, ensuring that bodies corporate - and trustees in particular - are protected if anything goes wrong as a direct consequence of our valuation service.
  • No one-pagers! Comprehensive, yet concise valuations and 10-year plans that enable implementation.

 

 

MD's Musings

We chat to Mirfin's Managing Director, Björn Laubscher, about his early days at Mirfin, and what it means to develop Mirfin's culture. 

 

What were your earlier days like at Mirfin?

Björn: I was working Mirfin on a night-shift during my first year. My dad had founded, and had been running the company up until his unexpected passing in May 2012. While we were coming to grips with the news, we kept his passing under wraps from Mirfin customers. I pretended to be him for the first couple of weeks, until I was in a position to decide whether, and how, to keep Mirfin operating.

At the time, I was based in Germany, working as a steel trader in Hamburg. My wife, Astrid, had just resigned from her job to spend more time with our kids. When my dad passed, she assumed admin and customer relation duties during the day while I attended to marketing and software development activities at night.

After 7 months of successfully keeping Mirfin’s affairs on an upward path, I decided to quit my day job and turn my full attention towards Mirfin. Mirfin would no longer exist today had Astrid not offered to jump in the deep end to look after our customers. Her five-star hospitality training certainly played a huge part in Mirfin’s success!

 

What part of this job do you personally find most satisfying?

Björn: In order to be able to cater for the many different needs of our customers, I must continuously expand my understanding and knowledge of all the industries that we serve. A great sense of satisfaction sets in every time I am able to apply my acquired knowledge to create something that will benefit our customers, our employees or the company.

 

How would you describe the Mirfin culture?

Björn: Culture is not something that can be simply acquired or created at will, I believe it has to be lived. As a family business, it is important to us that everyone regards themselves as part of the family, seeing themselves as equal to everyone else regardless of age, gender or job description.

A job must not only be a means to pay the rent but it must also provide enjoyment and satisfaction. In my opinion, true gratification comes from the feeling of responsibility and having created something. Therefore, aside from setting basic guidelines that ensure consistently high customer satisfaction, every one of our team members has the freedom to develop their own role within the company and focus on what they do best.

Why does the valuations industry interest you?

Björn: I am a trained trader and marketer. In the course of my professional career, I have been involved with various products such as automotive accessories, fresh produce, consumer electronics and steel.

Today, my job description in the valuations industry is still very much the same as before, except that I am now trading and marketing a service instead of a product. What fascinates me so much about the valuations and property surveys business is the fact that I am dealing with such a huge variety of customers. They are from many walks of life, including home owners, business owners, property managers, brokers, insurers, attorneys and financial institutions.

 

What are some of your highlights since working at Mirfin?

Björn: As we are a company that keeps reinventing itself there have been countless highlights. However, the stand-out event was relocating my life and family back to South Africa in 2019 after having lived in Germany for 25 years.

 

Why is Mirfin different from its competitors?

Björn: First and foremost, Mirfin is probably the only valuation company that does not depend solely on two or three bank contracts for mortgage valuations. Instead, Mirfin serves a wide scope of industries and end-users alike, affording us the freedom to optimise our internal workflows and improve our customer service.

Another factor that sets Mirfin apart is the fact that our operational processes are 99% automated, with the exception of the property inspections and reporting which are carried out by the valuers.

What has been Mirfin’s biggest achievement so far?

Björn: Mirfin’s biggest achievement is having put together, and maintaining, a loyal team of the best in each individual’s respective discipline - be it property valuations, sales, marketing, QA or software development. Our staff and valuers are also our biggest asset by far.

 

If you could change one part of Mirfin overnight, what would it be?

Björn: Our current website has been in service for almost three years now and if I could, that’s the part of Mirfin that I would re-vamp overnight. Unfortunately, an excellent service platform requires a lot of attention to detail but keep a look out for our new website sometime this year!

 

Get to Know the Team

Björn Laubscher: Managing Director

 

What piece of advice would you give yourself now when you first started at Mirfin?

Keep your eyes and ears open all the time, and take in as much as you can. Stay especially close to your customers and take their feedback to heart.

 

What comes to mind when you hear the word Mirfin?

Even eight years after I took over the company from my suddenly departed dad, his image still comes to mind when I hear or think of the word Mirfin.

 

Why are you passionate about the role you play at Mirfin?

I am obsessed with process optimisation, and helping our team and customers save time and money.

My role at Mirfin allows me to play out my inventive and creative streaks to the fullest, with no one or nothing to stop me besides my wife and daughters! There is no better gratification than seeing your brainchild come into being and make a positive impact on someone’s life. It’s like earning a living from a hobby.    

 

 

Amy Botha: Marketing & Communications

 

What piece of advice would you give yourself now when you first started at Mirfin?

Ask as many questions as you can-  learning on-the-job is exponentially more beneficial than a few Google searches here and there.

In this book, 'The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge', Thomas Berger said that to truly understand the company you’re working for and, more importantly, your role in its successes, you need to immerse yourself in everything that it does both operationally and strategically.

 

What comes to mind when you hear the word Mirfin?

Mirfin conjures up a number of associations. Naturally, valuations is probably my first association, after all, we’ve optimised our brand to directly link to this term! But it most definitely extends beyond what our service offerings are. Mirfin, at its core, is all about the team. We’re similar to that of an innovation hub, nurturing new ideas that make Mirfin a continuous disruptor.

 

Why are you passionate about the role you play at Mirfin?

There are only a select few positions in which you have a magnitude of freedom to test new ideas and attempt overnight projects. When your day can be characterised as both busy and inventive, you know that you’ve found your niche. My passion extends beyond my own role at Mirfin, it’s really driven by ideas coming together and the reward of collaboration.

 

 

Lize: Marketing

 

What piece of advice would you give yourself now when you first started at Mirfin?

Ask the valuers more questions! They have a wealth of information.

 

What comes to mind when you hear the word Mirfin?

Mir-FUN! It’s a running joke that involves a language barrier and our beloved Russian developers!

 

Why are you passionate about the role you play at Mirfin?

I love working with such a dynamic team and how measurable most elements of this business are.

 

 

 

Astrid Laubscher: Orders and Administration

 

What piece of advice would you give yourself now when you first started at Mirfin?

Never give up. Don't be afraid to make mistakes and always make sure you ask questions. There is always someone around to help.  

 

What comes to mind when you hear the word Mirfin?

Pride- I am proud of what Mirfin has become and where we are today.

 

Why are you passionate about the role you play at Mirfin?

Passion has taken us to where we are today. Everything we do has a direct impact on both our customers and our team. This makes me try harder and focus on consistent self-improvement.

 

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OUR COMPANY

PROFESSIONAL AND INDEPENDENT PROPERTY VALUATIONS

Mirfin Valuation Services (Pty) Ltd is a nationwide and independent provider of asset and property valuations, established in 2002.

We are a certified B-BBEE level 4 service provider, recognised by all major insurers and underwriters in South Africa.

Our valuations are backed by professional indemnity insurance and are reliable under scrutiny of the regulatory, judicial and taxing authorities.

OUR VALUATION SERVICES

Our countrywide property appraisals cover private homes, offices, factories, shopping centres, hotels, farms, game lodges, schools, churches and medical institutions. Mirfin is especially well known for its unrivaled sectional title insurance valuations.

With a Mirfin property valuation in hand, you will be in a position to confidently contest your municipal rates, sell or let your property, or simply enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing you are adequately insured.

 

Our services include: 

 

  • Market price valuations: Determine a fair market value for your property useful for all critical transactions for which it may be required.
  • Insurance valuations: Don’t get caught being underinsured or over-paying on premiums.
  • Body corporate valuations: Assist trustees and managing agents in community schemes to comply with legal requirements.
  • Content valuations: Ensure that your household and office assets are adequately covered to reduce claim complications.
  • Risk surveys: Knowing your risk profile will give you the power to negotiate a lower premium with your insurer.

 

Get an instant quote online within minutes.

OUR VALUERS

PROFESSIONAL PROPERTY VALUERS

The Property Valuers Profession Act governs our profession and we are legally required to be registered with the South African Council for the Property Valuers Profession (SACPVP). The act makes provision for three categories of registration:

 

  1. Professional Valuer (PV - highest level of qualification)
  2. Professional Associated Valuer (PAV)
  3. Candidate Valuer (may only work under the supervision and control of a PV or PAV)

 

Our highly experienced valuers all hold a National Diploma in Real Estate / Property Valuation (as a minimum) and are certified by the South African Council for the Property Valuers Profession (SACPVP).

We adhere to the highest ethical standards and all valuations are treated with the utmost discretion and confidentiality, in accordance with our privacy policy.

 

Read: What constitutes a quality valuation?

PHYSICAL VALUATIONS VS. AUTOMATED VALUATION MODEL

The automated valuation model (AVM) is a property valuation service that applies mathematical modelling to a database to calculate a property’s value by analysing historical price movements of comparable properties.

 

While AVM valuations cost less and provide a more immediate result, this service inherently suffers some crucial disadvantages:

 

  • AVM does not take into account a property's actual condition (i.e. state of repair, renovations etc.)
  • AVM assumes an average condition which may not reflect reality
  • Often there are few comparable properties and little historical data available
  • Comparable data for newly-built properties is scarce
  • Data sources may be unreliable due to concealed incentives in recorded sales prices
  • AVM does not always reflect current market conditions as the input of transactional data often lags behind real time
  • AVM does not work well with community schemes as aspect (e.g. north-facing) and location within the scheme can have a significant effect on value
  • AVM is wholly unsuitable for replacement cost valuations as these require a physical inspection

 

Only a professional valuation can make up for the shortcomings of an AVM.

VALUATION METHODS

MARKET PRICE VALUATIONS

A market price valuation determines the estimated amount for which a property should exchange on the date of valuation between a willing buyer and a willing seller in an arms-length transaction after proper marketing wherein the parties had each acted knowledgeably, prudently and without compulsion.

Determining fair market value is helpful when buying, selling or letting a property, or when handling a deceased estate or divorce settlement.

 

Read: Why it is wrong to insure the market value of your house.

 

There are three methods in estimating the market value of a property:

 

  1. The Cost approach values a property on the basis of what it would cost to build the property today, taking into consideration the depreciation by various factors.
  2. The Income Capitalisation approach considers the value of the income stream that a property generates or could generate. This method typically applies to commercial or income-generating properties.
  3. The Comparable Sales approach entails the analysis of recent comparable sales of physically and legally similar properties in the general vicinity of the subject property. This method typically applies to single family homes and land.

 

The valuer selects which approach - or combination of them - would be most suitable for determining fair market value, depending on the location and intended use of the property.

 

Read: Market value and replacement cost: Not the same thing!

 

REPLACEMENT COST VALUATIONS

Also known as estimated new replacement cost, this determines a property's insurance value. This means the cost of replacing the building and all other permanent improvements that constitute the property - as if new - at prices applicable on the valuation date.

Permanent improvements include swimming pools, tennis courts, patios, paving, terraces, driveways, paths, septic tanks, watercourses, boundary or retaining walls, drains, gates, fences as well as water, sewerage, gas, electricity and telecommunication connections for which the owner is legally responsible.

 

Also included are the reasonable costs incurred as a result of damage. These include limiting the extent of damage, fire brigade charges, architects, quantity surveyors, consulting engineer fees, demolition, construction and complying with the requirements of any local or regional authority. Excluded are earthen walls, earthen driveways or earthen structures, plants, trees, dam walls, piers, jetties, bridges and culverts, as well as financing fees and loss of revenue, e.g. when letting the damaged property.

 

Read: How we assess a building's replacement cost

 

Replacement cost is estimated by researching the current construction cost in the locality, as construction costs can differ vastly between geographical locations. It is assumed tenders are called for from suitable contractors and impartially awarded.

 

Apart from the cost of construction, the building rate per square metre includes the cost of additional building services such as electrical installations, electronic installations and fire protection installations. The valuer will quantify costs for site improvements, demolition and rubble removal, professional fees, Value Added Tax (VAT) and any future escalation separately.

 

Read: Why the schedule of replacement values is important.

WHY US

How a Mirfin Partnership Helps our Clients to Save Time

We know that portfolio managers work really hard and are always looking for ways to save time in their busy days. Fortunately, we make it our business to find new ways to simplify the tasks associated with valuations and 10-year plans.

Here are some of the ways in which a partnership with Mirfin will help portfolio managers to save time:

 

  1. Use Mirfin’s online quotation system to obtain quotes for valuations and 10-year plans. It is operational 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. No need to email or wait for a return phone call. You can even request a quote using your mobile phone!

 

  1. Not only do we send our existing customers a reminder when their next valuation is due every three years, we also provide automatic – and FREE – valuation updates for the years in between valuations. Valuation updates serve as a guideline in making an accurate adjustment to the building’s replacement value which will determine the year’s insurance premium.

 

  1. Should you prefer to get quotes for all the bodies corporate under your management in one go (instead of requesting each quote individually), please email info@mirfin.co.za to request a bulk valuations If you complete the necessary information on the sheet, we will capture all your complexes on our system on your behalf. This is really helpful at the beginning of the year and will save you a ton of time!

 

  1. Mirfin’s online dashboard allows portfolio managers and trustees to easily update their 10-year plan, reserve fund forecast, admin budget and levy contribution schedule for their AGM. This unique feature is particularly useful when the admin budget needs to be updated with actual costs as each maintenance item is ticked off the list over time.

 

Get a quote for your next insurance valuation or 10-year plan here.

 

If you’re still in any doubt about using our professional valuations service, here are some benefits of working with Mirfin:

  • Nationwide established valuations company with valuers covering every corner of South Africa.
  • Community schemes experts – including sectional title schemes, homeowners’ associations and residential estates.
  • Mirfin has professional indemnity cover of R45 million per claim, ensuring that bodies corporate - and trustees in particular - are protected if anything goes wrong as a direct consequence of our valuation service.
  • No one-pagers! Comprehensive, yet concise valuations and 10-year plans that enable implementation.

 

 

MD's Musings

We chat to Mirfin's Managing Director, Björn Laubscher, about his early days at Mirfin, and what it means to develop Mirfin's culture. 

 

What were your earlier days like at Mirfin?

Björn: I was working Mirfin on a night-shift during my first year. My dad had founded, and had been running the company up until his unexpected passing in May 2012. While we were coming to grips with the news, we kept his passing under wraps from Mirfin customers. I pretended to be him for the first couple of weeks, until I was in a position to decide whether, and how, to keep Mirfin operating.

At the time, I was based in Germany, working as a steel trader in Hamburg. My wife, Astrid, had just resigned from her job to spend more time with our kids. When my dad passed, she assumed admin and customer relation duties during the day while I attended to marketing and software development activities at night.

After 7 months of successfully keeping Mirfin’s affairs on an upward path, I decided to quit my day job and turn my full attention towards Mirfin. Mirfin would no longer exist today had Astrid not offered to jump in the deep end to look after our customers. Her five-star hospitality training certainly played a huge part in Mirfin’s success!

 

What part of this job do you personally find most satisfying?

Björn: In order to be able to cater for the many different needs of our customers, I must continuously expand my understanding and knowledge of all the industries that we serve. A great sense of satisfaction sets in every time I am able to apply my acquired knowledge to create something that will benefit our customers, our employees or the company.

 

How would you describe the Mirfin culture?

Björn: Culture is not something that can be simply acquired or created at will, I believe it has to be lived. As a family business, it is important to us that everyone regards themselves as part of the family, seeing themselves as equal to everyone else regardless of age, gender or job description.

A job must not only be a means to pay the rent but it must also provide enjoyment and satisfaction. In my opinion, true gratification comes from the feeling of responsibility and having created something. Therefore, aside from setting basic guidelines that ensure consistently high customer satisfaction, every one of our team members has the freedom to develop their own role within the company and focus on what they do best.

Why does the valuations industry interest you?

Björn: I am a trained trader and marketer. In the course of my professional career, I have been involved with various products such as automotive accessories, fresh produce, consumer electronics and steel.

Today, my job description in the valuations industry is still very much the same as before, except that I am now trading and marketing a service instead of a product. What fascinates me so much about the valuations and property surveys business is the fact that I am dealing with such a huge variety of customers. They are from many walks of life, including home owners, business owners, property managers, brokers, insurers, attorneys and financial institutions.

 

What are some of your highlights since working at Mirfin?

Björn: As we are a company that keeps reinventing itself there have been countless highlights. However, the stand-out event was relocating my life and family back to South Africa in 2019 after having lived in Germany for 25 years.

 

Why is Mirfin different from its competitors?

Björn: First and foremost, Mirfin is probably the only valuation company that does not depend solely on two or three bank contracts for mortgage valuations. Instead, Mirfin serves a wide scope of industries and end-users alike, affording us the freedom to optimise our internal workflows and improve our customer service.

Another factor that sets Mirfin apart is the fact that our operational processes are 99% automated, with the exception of the property inspections and reporting which are carried out by the valuers.

What has been Mirfin’s biggest achievement so far?

Björn: Mirfin’s biggest achievement is having put together, and maintaining, a loyal team of the best in each individual’s respective discipline - be it property valuations, sales, marketing, QA or software development. Our staff and valuers are also our biggest asset by far.

 

If you could change one part of Mirfin overnight, what would it be?

Björn: Our current website has been in service for almost three years now and if I could, that’s the part of Mirfin that I would re-vamp overnight. Unfortunately, an excellent service platform requires a lot of attention to detail but keep a look out for our new website sometime this year!

 

Get to Know the Team

Björn Laubscher: Managing Director

 

What piece of advice would you give yourself now when you first started at Mirfin?

Keep your eyes and ears open all the time, and take in as much as you can. Stay especially close to your customers and take their feedback to heart.

 

What comes to mind when you hear the word Mirfin?

Even eight years after I took over the company from my suddenly departed dad, his image still comes to mind when I hear or think of the word Mirfin.

 

Why are you passionate about the role you play at Mirfin?

I am obsessed with process optimisation, and helping our team and customers save time and money.

My role at Mirfin allows me to play out my inventive and creative streaks to the fullest, with no one or nothing to stop me besides my wife and daughters! There is no better gratification than seeing your brainchild come into being and make a positive impact on someone’s life. It’s like earning a living from a hobby.    

 

 

Amy Botha: Marketing & Communications

 

What piece of advice would you give yourself now when you first started at Mirfin?

Ask as many questions as you can-  learning on-the-job is exponentially more beneficial than a few Google searches here and there.

In this book, 'The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge', Thomas Berger said that to truly understand the company you’re working for and, more importantly, your role in its successes, you need to immerse yourself in everything that it does both operationally and strategically.

 

What comes to mind when you hear the word Mirfin?

Mirfin conjures up a number of associations. Naturally, valuations is probably my first association, after all, we’ve optimised our brand to directly link to this term! But it most definitely extends beyond what our service offerings are. Mirfin, at its core, is all about the team. We’re similar to that of an innovation hub, nurturing new ideas that make Mirfin a continuous disruptor.

 

Why are you passionate about the role you play at Mirfin?

There are only a select few positions in which you have a magnitude of freedom to test new ideas and attempt overnight projects. When your day can be characterised as both busy and inventive, you know that you’ve found your niche. My passion extends beyond my own role at Mirfin, it’s really driven by ideas coming together and the reward of collaboration.

 

 

Lize: Marketing

 

What piece of advice would you give yourself now when you first started at Mirfin?

Ask the valuers more questions! They have a wealth of information.

 

What comes to mind when you hear the word Mirfin?

Mir-FUN! It’s a running joke that involves a language barrier and our beloved Russian developers!

 

Why are you passionate about the role you play at Mirfin?

I love working with such a dynamic team and how measurable most elements of this business are.

 

 

 

Astrid Laubscher: Orders and Administration

 

What piece of advice would you give yourself now when you first started at Mirfin?

Never give up. Don't be afraid to make mistakes and always make sure you ask questions. There is always someone around to help.  

 

What comes to mind when you hear the word Mirfin?

Pride- I am proud of what Mirfin has become and where we are today.

 

Why are you passionate about the role you play at Mirfin?

Passion has taken us to where we are today. Everything we do has a direct impact on both our customers and our team. This makes me try harder and focus on consistent self-improvement.

 

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