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Kyrenia estate agent Kate Ozikiz has successfully completed the National Federation of Property Professionals (NFoPP) Diploma in Residential Estate Agency (DipREA), making her one of the most highly qualified estate agents in Britain.

NFoPP introduced Diplomas at the beginning of 2005 as part of its programme to raise standards of professionalism in estate agency through recognised professional qualifications, and the Diplomas are the highest level vocational qualification currently available to those working in the business.

Kate, who works as a Director for IAN SMITH ESTATE AGENTS in Karaoglanoglu is one of a select band who have successfully completed an NFoPP Diploma to date.

NFoPP said: “Kate is in the vanguard of those working estate agents who recognise the value of professional qualifications, and who have the sound working knowledge both of the job and of best practice, to succeed. Her commitment to high standards is evidenced by her achievement.

“The NFoPP Diplomas have been accredited by the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) and they have more gravitas than any previous higher level qualifications in estate agency.”

Kate Smith joining the elite in Estate Agency Experts

NAEADespite the fact that Ian Smith Estate Agency has been at the top of the list over the years for selling property in North Cyprus, Kate Smith, one of the Directors of the company, is proving that you should not rest on your laurels when it comes to continual improvement and onward development for your business.

Kate has decided to take the plunge and go one step further and obtain a NAEA recognised (National Association of Estate Agents) degree to be a fully qualified Estate Agent.  This may seem like something that should be a given, working in the estate agency business, but it is actually not a requirement here in North Cyprus.  Kate wants to be able to give customers added confidence and aims to become the very first UK qualified estate agent on the island.  Despite being a full time mum to two young children and running the business alongside her husband and father, Kate has found time to get back to studying and has already gone some way to achieving her aim.

In 2007, Kate, along with other members of the agency, were awarded their Sale of Residential Property qualifications from the National Association of Estate Agents, the UK's leading professional body for estate agents.

Kate has since decided to become further qualified by achieving her degree via the National Federation of Property Professionals. NFoPP is the NAEA’s UK Awarding Body which is committed to raising standards within the property profession through the provision of regulated, nationally recognised qualifications across a range of levels. The organisation follows strict guidelines and maintains quality standards in the provision of all property qualifications.

So far Kate has managed to study and pass all 4 modules for the degree which include domestic building design, practice and valuation, legal aspects and business promotion and organisation.  Upon completion of her final thesis, she will then learn if she has been successful in becoming fully qualified.

Kate believes this qualification is an essential necessity for her business, saying “we have been in operation since 1985 and whilst being very successful indeed, we still need to strive to maintain and further the reputation and strength of the business.  Times are changing constantly and to remain at the top of our game we need to continue to be recognised as the best estate agency in North Cyprus.  With this qualification I am positive it will serve to offer more confidence to those wishing to buy a home here”.

Watch this space!