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Property Practitioners unlawfully conducting and offering free property valuations


June 27, 2023


*A letter from SAIV President Dianne de Wet (Dated: 07 June 2023)

Dear Property Practitioner

RE: Unlawfully conducting and offering free property valuations

It has come to our attention that you are offering property valuation services to clients that you may not be qualified to offer.

The Property Practitioners Regulatory Act states explicitly that a Property Practitioner may not offer services or engage in activities for which they are not qualified.

Section 19 (1) of the Property Valuers Profession Act 47 of 2000 states the categories of registration of property valuers within South Africa: Professional Valuer, Professional Associated Valuer, Candidate Valuer or specified categories as (sic) prescribed by the Council. Property valuers must be in possession of an accredited property valuation qualification before they can register to become property valuers. This is followed by intense practical training and exposure before they are eligible to write a board exam qualifying them to become professionals. Furthermore, valuers must undertake various activities for continuous professional development to maintain their registration.

Therefore, unless you are a registered property valuer with SACPVP, you cannot undertake any property valuations nor offer property valuations as you would be in contravention of the Property Valuers Profession Act and the Property Practitioners Act.

A Property Valuation report is a definitive statement of value, and if in error and relied upon and subsequently found to be wrong can lead to civil action to recover loss. A Professional Valuer with a significant number of years studying to degree level and beyond is equipped by following international best practice guidelines to produce a Valuation Report that can stand the test of cross-examination in a court, and even then, if found to be in error, the Valuer has the backing of Professional Indemnity Insurance. Your property Practitioner Indemnity Insurance will not cover you for activities for which you do not hold qualifications. A Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) is a perfectly acceptable way of presenting your expertise to a client in advising them on at what price point to present the property in the market for the best and quickest results.

We appeal to you to stop using the terminology VALUATION/VALUE and consider using other terminology that does not imply that property practitioners are qualified to do valuation work.

The consequence of the continued use of ‘valuation/value’ is the following:

  • The erosion of trust and integrity in the valuation profession by members of the public and
    other consumers by having non-qualified individuals conducting valuations. Some of the
    reports that have been brought to our attention have limited market information, and the
    valuation methodology applied is incorrect and does not uphold valuation standards.
  • Property valuations conducted by unqualified individuals being incorrectly used by members
    of the public for rates objections on municipal valuations, which has a greater impact on the
    broader economy.
  • The risks and potential financial effects on consumers where incorrect values are ascribed to
    properties due to a property practitioner’s lack of knowledge of valuation principles and
  • The direct impact on the livelihood of registered property valuers and their ability to generate
  • The direct impact on the opportunities that are taken away from young graduates entering
    into the profession in having unqualified individuals performing their work.

Our recommendation, for your consideration, is that property practitioners replace the word
“valuation or value” with “comparative market analysis (CMA) for purposes of determining a listing
price”, along with stating that the estimate was derived from statistics extracted from recent property
transfers registered at the deeds office, as well as comparative properties currently being marketed
in the area and those that have not sold due to being overpriced.

A simple change of terminology would avoid Practitioners becoming liable for any action that may be
initiated when clients perceive loss resulting from a “valuation” performed by property practitioners.

The South African Institute of Valuers (SAIV) is the largest voluntary association representing more
than half of registered Property Valuers in South Africa, established in 1909.

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  1. […] Finally, an interesting debate, which I chanced across, was initiated by the SAIV President, holding that agents are offering valuation services to clients, which they are not qualified to render. In essence, an agent may not undertake a property valuation if not a professional valuer in terms of the Property Valuers Profession Act 47/2000:… […]

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