Who are We?

Real Insight is a boutique real estate advisory services company with a focus on property valuation services in South Africa as well as throughout the rest of the African continent and the Indian Ocean Islands. Real Insight was established to provide its clients with professional, independent and accurate property valuations..

In the current economic climate, the role of accurate property valuation is of even more importance than before. We deliver specialist property investment advice, property research and market analysis that is a strategic asset for your business. Across all property types, acquisition to disposal, financing to refinancing, our property advisory expertise covers every aspect of your real estate needs.

Our broad range of clients include investment and commercial banks, national and international corporations, investors, property owners, REIT’s and government agencies from around the globe have used our services to satisfy their business needs

"Real estate cannot be lost or stolen, nor can it be carried away.
Purchased with common sense, paid for in full, and managed with reasonable care, it is about the safest investment in the world."

- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Let's Meet The Team

Each of our team members have several years of experience and are fully dedicated to providing you with the best options

Theuns Behrens

Director - Professional Associated Valuer.

Theuns joined Real Insight after having spent the previous 2½ years as Asset and Investment Manager at M&T Development. He previously held the position of Head – Cross-Border Debt at Absa Commercial Property Finance.

Theuns is registered as a Professional Associated Valuer and has extensive experience in the property finance, asset management and development fields having worked for both Absa and Standard Bank’s Property Finance Divisions.

Theuns has interacted with a number of large property investors and developers such as Zenprop, Abland, McCormick Group and Retail Africa. He has been involved in various commercial and leisure developments in Mauritius, Seychelles, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, Ghana and Kenya.


Hayden Bamford


Hayden qualified as a Chartered Accountant (SA). He was previously the Managing Director of Property Index Tracker Managers, having established a niche listed property asset management division for a Listed Property Group.

Hayden spent a number of years with the Royal Bank of Canada in London where he was involved in the credit underwriting and deal structure, execution and distribution of Infrastructure Loan Assets through both the Debt Capital Markets and Bank Syndication Markets.

He gained extensive exposure to innovative bond funding structures. Notable transactions were Sunderland Housing Finance PLC (AA- GBP 240 Million, 40 Year amortizing bond) and Harbor Funding PLC (AA- GBP 200 Million, 30 Bullet bond – The first 30 year bullet bond structure in the UK market) Prior to gaining experience abroad, Hayden was a Senior Manager at Standard Bank Property Finance, where he was involved in structured loan finance and asset management of securities within the listed property sector in South Africa.


Johan Liebenberg

Professional Valuer

Johan joined Real Insight after finishing his studies at the University of Pretoria..

Johan has completed his Degree in Real Estate and then his Honours in Real Estate at the end of 2014. Johan is a Professional Valuer registered with the South African Council for the Property Valuers Profession.

Johan has gained experience in several facets of the valuation industry which includes due diligence work for acquisitions, valuations for Annual Financial Statements and municipal valuation objections.


Ben Labuschagne

Professional Valuer

Ben has spent 10 years in building construction and project management before he decided to pursue a career in property valuations.

For the past 15 years he carried out more than 15 000 property valuations for various clients including Denel, Mr. Price, Landbank, ABSA, Nedbank, Old Mutual Bank, Macquarie, Broll, Massbuild, City of Cape Town etc.

He also has first-hand experience in facilitating property transactions and has been a commercial property broker for a number of years. Ben is registered as a Professional Valuer with the SACPVP.


Chanel Nagiah

Candidate Valuer

She joined the team in August 2015, having previously worked at Evaluations Enhanced Property Appraisals for 7 and half years as an Office and Finance Administrator.

She has a vast knowledge of municipal valuations having dealt with queries, objections and appeals for the various Municipalities (Ekurhuleni, City of Johannesburg, Bela-Bela, to name a few). She has a Bookkeeping Certificate from Varsity College as well as Certificate from Sage VIP where she completed the Payroll Administration Course.


Shirl Maharaj

Valuations Assistant

Shirl joined the Real Insight team in April 2018 and has over 10 years experience in the Occupational Health Management Industry

She has completed a Computers and Management course at Oval International Computer in addition to various Occupational Health courses at Occutech as well as a Pastel Accounting Certificate. Her duties include full office administration as well as the capturing of rent rolls, compiling draft valuation reports and obtaining information from Lightstone, Windeed and the various Municipalities..