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Who we are


Whilst the proud legacy of Harcourts goes way back to 1888, now as the fastest-growing real estate group in Australasia our total focus is firmly on the future. We are constantly asking how we can improve our systems. How we can offer our clients even higher levels of personal and professional service. And how we can train and equip our people to achieve the best possible results for their clients.

Currently with over 600 offices and 4000 property professionals throughout New Zealand, Australia, China, Fiji, Indonesia, South Africa, Botswana  and Zambia (plus future plans to expand into additional international markets), Harcourts has four key factors which have contributed greatly to our ongoing success... the strength of the Harcourts brand, our superior business and information systems, proven marketing tools and strategies plus our incredibly talented, skilled and committed people.

Savers Estates (Pty) Ltd was founded in 1981, and markets property primarily in the northern and north-eastern areas of Pretoria. The management of the business decided in 1999 to go into the new millenium under the “Homenet” banner (founded in 1991), with the trading name "Maxima". Maxima is the plural of the nomen "maximum", which has been derived from the Latin word "maximus" and it means big, high, wide, many, important, substantial, strong, powerful, noble. We believe our name says all that we strive for.

In 2009 it was resolved to expand the group’s horizons internationally, with Harcourts acquiring a stake in the group, and the group rebranded to Harcourts.

Harcourts Maxima Real Estate is part of this success story, and has a management team with specialist knowledge and decades of experience to carry the groups' banner high. The agents service the residential market, as well as specialist divisions that cater for leasing, as well as the marketing of projects, smallholdings and farms.

Dr Willie Marais is the principal of the agency, and has been involved since 1981 in nearly all facets of estate agency on national, and even international level.