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Ian Burgoyne Estate Agents started as a business in Gweru in 1976. Eleven years later, in 1987, the Gweru Branch was sold to CC Sales and the Burgoynes transferred their business to Marondera where they operated until 2004. Since then, the Agency has operated in Hilton, KZN, South Africa. In 2020, Ian Burgoyne Estate Agents returned to operate in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Ian Burgoyne, the principal, is a fellow of the Estate Agents Institute and the family company, Burwill Safaris, is the compensation fund holder. The Victoria Falls Properties brand will be used synonymously with the Ian Burgoyne Estate Agents brand to give more traction and relevance to the location, as this is the first registered estate agency dedicated to Victoria Falls. Ian has spent over four decades of his life in Zimbabwe and South Africa, working to achieve the goals of his profession in the Institute of Estate Agents. Ian was educated at Guinea Fowl School before serving his articles with Trevor Dollar Estates in Gweru, qualifying to enter the Institute of Estate Agents in 1976. Ian bought Collin Mercer & Company in the same year, changing its name to Ian Burgoyne Estate Agents. He sold this company in 1987 and moved to Marondera to develop and run a large-scale farming operation, continuing to trade as Ian Burgoyne Estate Agents. Following the fast-track farm resettlement which followed, Ian and his wife Ardre moved to Howick in South Africa’s Natal Midlands where he established KwaZulu Natal Farm Sales. He sold this successful enterprise before becoming involved in construction, and developing Broadacres Country Estate and, later, Cresthaven Estate. However, a yearning for Zimbabwe never quite left him. Ian was able to put his building expertise to good use by project managing the reconstruction and refurbishment of Bumbusi Wilderness Lodge in Hwange, Zimbabwe, following this with the project management of the construction of Tuludi Island Lodge in Botswana’s Okavango Delta. 2020 finally brought him back to Zimbabwe where he and Ardre settled in Victoria Falls and have since re-established his long and successful Estate Agency career. Now well-settled in Victoria Falls, Ian guides and mentors a team of highly motivated agents, closely supporting their operations to ensure the ethical professionalism which is his hallmark. Over the decades, Ian has served on many boards as a member and often as Chairman, including Kutsaga, the Farmers Development Trust, the hospital at Borradaile Trust, the SPCA, the Zimbabwe Tobacco Association, and as a Governor of Ruzawi School. As a Fellow of the Estate Agents Institute, he also qualified as a Registered Valuer and later became extensively involved in the Zimbabwe Farm Compensation exercise as a shareholder in Valcon. Ian looks forward to welcoming clients and friends, old and new, to Victoria Falls to help make this halcyon Wonder of the World a bigger and more inclusive place to live and play. In the past year the team has grown to include several registered agents and negotiators, and affiliations with other estate agencies, and we cannot wait to assist you in finding your dream property or investment opportunity.
Principal Registered Estate Agent
The owner of the company, and with over 40 years of experience in property sales and valuations, Ian has a true passion for real estate and mentoring the next generation of agents and negotiators, demonstrated through his tenacity and dedication to his work.
Matt joined the company on Ian's return to Vic Falls in 2020. Enthusiastic about property and with a wealth of knowledge about the Vic Falls market, he assists clients in finding their ideal property.
Bigboy has been with the company since Ian returned to Vic Falls in 2020. A longstanding resident of Vic Falls and respected member of the community, Bigboy knows all there is to know about property in Vic Falls bringing a dynamic spirit to the team.
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