Weekly Newsletter
Friday, 01 October, 2004

Edition 37 of 2004, Friday 01 October 2004

Dear Reader,

No better day for changes than 01 October 2004! October is the 10th month of they year and it warns us that summer is here. Originally this was the eighth month of the year, before January and February were inserted. October originally came from the early Roman calendar. The Latin word Octo meaning Eight.

Here at CyberProp.com we will mark 01 October 2004 as the day that we launched our brand new competition. If you want to be a winner, go read!

“If a property does not blend into the neighbourhood, or is perhaps much bigger than the surrounding houses in a middle-class suburb, lenders may well decide that it will be too difficult to sell in an emergency, and refuse to finance your purchase" says Dr Piet Botha, chairman of the Nationlink estate agency group.

From one hill to another - You don't have to be a movie star to sashay down the streets of this hill, but it doesn't hurt if you are - Beverly Hills ... a treasure trove for tourists - There's a story that if the top boulder of this hill were dislodged, all the whites in the country would leave - Lonehill, Gauteng, South Africa.

Does a petrol hike have direct impact on food costs? You better believe this. In Have fun Iona Minton shares how forward planning can help create efficiencies especially when it comes to running your car.

Don't forget to enter our new competition!

CyberProp greetings!
The editor

>> Real Estate in South Africa

SA’s greedy homeowners slammed

Top estate agent says the biggest threat to the booming residential market is ‘drunk with power’ sellers asking crazy prices for their houses.

A LEADING national estate agent says sellers are asking “ridiculous” prices for their houses, which could burst the property bubble.

Johannesburg estate agent Lew Geffen, chairman of Sotheby’s International Realty, warned that sellers were “drunk with power” and needed to “come to their senses”.

>> That unique home

Homebuyers should beware the temptation to buy that imaginatively designed house that stands out from all its neighbours because of the turret on the roof and the striking purple plaster around the windows and doors.

That unique home may say a lot about your individuality, but it could cost you dearly in the long run, says DR Piet Botha, chairman of the Nationlink estate agency group.

>> Beverly Hills ... a treasure trove for tourists

You don't have to be a movie star to sashay down the streets of Beverly Hills, but it doesn't hurt if you are. Most people know the town from its high-society connections with show business, but it's also a treasure for the tourist.

Only 10 miles from Los Angeles International Airport and eight miles from the beach, it's the perfect place for some serious shopping and stargazing.

>> Gauteng small towns may become super city

Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa has put forward a plan to transform Gauteng's scattered and struggling municipalities into a super city.

The plan is contained in the African National Congress's discussion documents to be debated at the ninth provincial conference in November.

>> Focus on Lonehill - Gauteng, South Africa

THERE'S a story that if the top boulder of the Lonehill Koppie were dislodged, all the whites in the country would leave. It's a latter-day version of an Anglo Boer War tale: that if the Boers dislodged the rock, the British would lose the war and leave South Africa.

Whatever version you fancy, the top boulder, which balances on several larger boulders, is still firmly there and although some whites have emigrated, most are just as firmly still in the country.

View Properties in Gauteng | View Properties in Lonehill

>> Property of the week

Waterval Estate, Gauteng, South Africa

Bed: 3
Bath: 2
Garages: 2
Pool: Yes

2 Separate home offices with separate entrance - parking and auto gate.

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>> SA employment goes up!
Given growth forecasts, more jobs are likely to be created in South Africa in the coming months. Labour statistics released by Statistics SA show that 83,000 new jobs were created in the non-agricultural economy in the second quarter, and the economy is expected to grow by 2.8% in 2004 and 3.1% in 2005, compared with 1.9% in 2003. Mike Schüssler, senior economist at T-Sec

>> Have fun!!

Beat the fuel price hike

The ever-increasing fuel price as a result of skyrocketing oil prices means that motorists will have to tighten their belts even further. As always, a petrol price hike will hit the lower-income earners hardest because they spend greater proportions of their incomes on transport.

A petrol price hike will also have direct impact on food costs as manufacturers and transport companies pass the increases on to the consumer. It is impossible to insulate one's finances against higher fuel costs and the effects of inflation. Forward planning, however, can help create efficiencies especially when it comes to running your car.

>> Be in the frontline

The real challenge for Estate Agents is to find a software application (programme) that supports all facets of the industry, cutting out the need to duplicate day-to-day work. CyberAgent answers to all the estate agencies needs.

This week we take a closer look at the "Property Manager" module within the CyberAgent application.

The Property Manager provides you with a very extensive and detailed list of criteria which you can capture for your property listings and gives you the control to decide how you would want these properties to be displayed on the Internet.

  • Manage property for sale and previously sold
  • Activate or deactivate Internet listings with immediate effect - no waiting!
  • Keep track of your On Show and On Special properties and list them on your website
  • Print and email multiple reports
  • Unlimited number of pictures
  • Keep a history database

If you would like to know more about the above features and benefits that CyberAgent offer, visit: www.cyberagent.co.za or email: sales@cyberprop.com

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