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Friday, 02 March 2007
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Edition 8 of 2007, Friday, 02 March 2007

Dear Reader

"South Africa’s real gross domestic product (GDP) at market prices on a quarter-on-quarter (q/q) seasonally annualised and adjusted (saa) basis rose by 5.6% in the fourth quarter of 2006 from a revised 4.5% (4.7%) in the third quarter of 2006, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) said. The main contributors to the increase in economic activity for the fourth quarter of 2006 were the manufacturing industry (1.4 of a percentage point), the finance, real estate and business services industry (1.0 of a percentage point); the wholesale and retail trade, hotels and restaurants industry (0.8 of a percentage point); the transport and communication industry (0.5 of a percentage point)." This according to Sunday Times

What is the trend for buying property in South Africa if you are a foreigner? The Western Cape is the most popular area due to the scenery, but the Eastern Cape from Durban and beyond is gaining ground due to much more favourable pricing. Cape Town has been a long term favourite with foreign visitors as the surrounding 3,200 kilometres of coastline is picturesque, and largely turned into golf courses. Real Estate News - Why to buy property in South Africa?

As Gauteng’s property market slows, developers are selling lifestyles — not just houses. Some “starter homes” for young couples now come with everything from high-speed Internet wiring to top-end sound equipment and plasma- screen televisions to woo buyers Homes wired for profit

An article not to be missed this week; No place like someone else's home. How would feel if you have bought a new property and now have to live in a one room of someone else's flat and pay R 2 500.00 for it?

The editor


>> Real Estate News - Why to buy property in South Africa?

The real estate market is seen by the government as being at the core of the country´s ongoing development and foreign investment should continue to be encouraged. Expanding tourism plus sporting event and conference hosting support this policy...

>> Need offices? Get building

WITH office vacancies at record lows in SA, large users of space are increasingly having to have new office space built to meet expansion needs.

David Green, MD of office and industrial property brokers Pace Property Group, says this is especially the case in quality office areas where vacancies are 3% of total stock...

>> Homes wired for profits

Property developers are putting in hi-tech extras to woo buyers

Viruly predicts that boardrooms will one day become features of townhouse complexes. And people will be willing to pay a premium for this

As Gauteng’s property market slows, developers are selling lifestyles — not just houses.

Some “starter homes” for young couples now come with everything from high-speed Internet wiring to top-end sound equipment and plasma- screen televisions to woo buyers...

>> Are council valuations fair?

Valuations in Cape Town have been completed, with many homeowners having already received their valuations in the post. And if the angry reaction of many Capetonians is anything to go by, other provinces, where valuations are still to follow, have reason to be worried.

But are the complaints of Cape Town homeowners justified, and what do the experts say?

>> Focus on Gansbaai, Western Cape, South Africa

Life in Gansbaai is very much associated with the sea and the fishing industry. The cove that once provided safe landing spot for the small fishing vessels of yesteryear, was deepened, adequate moorings were built and today

Gansbaai boats a modern harbour where many fishing trawlers come and go daily. To argument the fishing industry, a modern canning and fishmeal factory was built at the harbour site...

>> View Properties in the Western Cape
>> View Properties in Gansbaai

>> Property of the week

Western Cape, Gansbaai, De Kelders

This house has a lovely seaview from the braai area and playroom with a pooltable!

Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Garages: 2

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Enter City/Suburb:
SA commutable CBD space three times cheaper than London
Rodney Hayter

Residential space in South African metropoles is three times less expensive than London’s inner city despite the fact that select properties in this country’s most prestigious suburbs are catching up with suburban prices abroad.

Barak Geffen, Executive Director of Sotheby's International Realty South Africa, attributes this to the fact that the metropole areas of New York, Paris, Tokyo and London are more congested and people will pay almost anything to avoid lengthy commutes and to be close to the amenities and attractions of the city...

>> Have Fun - Camping Ideas & Tips

Camping is a wonderful family activity that can be a memorable experience for both children and adults. Most people who have bad camping trips are either inexperienced or unprepared. Here are some tips and tricks that we feel will make your camping trip a more pleasurable one.

Packing for Camping

Buy some storage boxes which can be found at discount stores. Transparent ones make it easier to find your things, but the solid color boxes are stronger...

>> News from - Top performers on the move at Chas Everitt

The Chas Everitt International group has announced that Herman van Rooy, owner of its highly successful Somerset West office and chairman of its Western Cape broker council, will shortly be leaving the region to take up a new position at the group's head office in Johannesburg.

At the same time Louis Harding, currently joint-owner of the Western Seaboard franchise, will be taking over the Somerset West office...

>> No place like someone else's home

When first-time home buyers Mary Jerry and her husband Joe Wanjigi signed the papers to buy a two-bedroom, semi-detached house in Bellevue East, Joburg, in October 2006, they weren't at all concerned about its "tenants".

"The seller told us he'd give them notice to vacate in December and we were due to move in on February 1," Mary says...

>> Three months to go to the largest worldwide real estate exhibition - SIMA07.

The ninth edition of the Madrid Real Estate Exhibition, taking place from 29 May to 2 June, will cover a total of 100 000 square meters. SIMA’s International content will be distributed in two areas: SIMA’s Hall I (International Institutional and Investment Pavilion, and SIMA’s Inmotur (International Holiday Homes Pavilion), an area devoted to second homes in foreign countries where hundreds of property and property related exhibitors from more than 20 markets will participate...

>> Software at its best!

Cell Phone enquiries from the public

Buyers driving past your advertising boards will be able to see an unique Internet Number allocated to the specific property. They will then SMS that number to 35476 and will receive an SMS back with all the details of the property. At the same time the agent / agency will also be informed of a potential buyer. How's that for technology working for you! The cost - mahala! Free to all CyberAgent subscribers.

Here's a diagram on the way this process will work...

  1. Agent captures the details of the property and pictures into CyberAgent
  2. Agent updates the property to the Internet
  3. The Internet server sends back a unique number for that property
  4. Agent puts up his "For Sale" board together with our SMS board
  5. Potential buyer sees the "SMS" board and SMS's the unique number to the Internet server
  6. The Internet server sends back an SMS with all the property details and a link to the website where he/she can view pictures on the propert

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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