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Friday, 02 July, 2004
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Edition 25 of 2004, Friday 2 July 2004

This week we saw the rand broke below 6.30 for the first time since March 31 and on Wednesday evening touched 6.12 per dollar. My question, will the rand break the 6.00 bench mark?

A few weeks ago we reported on a new development, Mandela Rhodes Place. This week strong sales at this landmark redevelopment indicated that its uniqueness makes it very attractive, and that living near public space is once again in vogue. The redevelopment consists of seven historic buildings in Cape Town's Old Town district. In just three days since its launch on June 18, there were sales of more than R200m 100 apartments have sold, of a total 163.

June 2004 - this week we take a walk with Business Day and focus on a couple of their June articles:
* New mall for Tyger Valley
* Facelift for Rivonia
* SA housing market robust

Did you know that it is risky to regard your house as an investment in your retirement portfolio? Read more in A home for retirement.

And finally this week, a walk through the City of Gold, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa. The fact that Johannesburg doesn't have a "flat mountain, a river or the sea" means it has to capitalise on business tourism. Johannesburg is an "emerging giant" in this sector, represents South Africa's best chance at luring business tourism. We also take a look at what is happening in Alexandria.

CyberProp greetings!
The editor

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>> Real Estate in South Africa

This week look back at the month of June 2004 and what Business Day had to say about real estate in South Africa.

New mall for Tyger Valley

MINI Cape Developments, a joint venture between black empowerment group Kagiso Property Holdings and Trakprops, has bought the 7ha Mini Cape site adjacent to Tyger Valley Centre from the city council.

The site development plan has been approved and development of the new retail centre will start shortly.

The transaction concludes the tender and urban planning process that has been under way since 2000...

Click here to read more

>> News from the States

WASHINGTON - Sales of new US homes soared 14.8% to a record high in May as people scrambled to buy before interest rates rise, government data showed.

Sales took the biggest jump in 11 years to reach a record seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.37 million in May from an upwardly revised 1.19 million sales in April, the Commerce Department said.

New home sales were up 25.3% from a year earlier.

The middle of the range, or median, price was 198,400 dollars, down 9.0% from April but up 1.5% from a year earlier.

The number of new homes up for sale fell 7,000, or 0.5%, to 372,000 in May, enough to last 3.3 months at the current sales pace, down from 3.9 months' supply in April.

Buyers appeared to be snapping up homes before mortgage interest rates go up further.

According to mortgage wholesaler Freddie Mac, a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rate averaged 6.32% in the week ending June 17, up from 5.21% a year earlier.

Federal Reserve policymakers are expected to tighten key short-term rates for the first time in four years when their next two-day meeting concludes Wednesday.

From: www.businessday.co.za

>> A home for retirement

Many people look upon their house as their principal investment for retirement. They believe that by the time they are ready to retire the house will be paid off, so it can be sold and the proceeds used partially for something smaller, while the balance can be invested.

However, whenever there is a minor financial crisis the first thing many people turn to is their access bond, and as retirement draws nearer the bond continues to loom large in the wrong column of their Statement of Assets and Liabilities...

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>> Focus on Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

Johannesburg, Gauteng

Johannesburg unlike the other major cities, was not founded near water. Inland, and perched on the 80km long rocky outcrop of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg's existence and growth came from the financial waters left behind - gold.

The discovery of this enchanting mineral hidden below the plains of the highveld sparked off one of the fastest urban developments of the modern era. In just over a century, the ramshackle congregation of prospectors' tents and crude digging devices near the farm of Langlaagte has spread for more than 30 kilometres in each direction into a metropolis of skyscrapers.

Click here to read more | Click here to view Real Estate in Johannesburg

>> Property of the week

Gauteng - Johannesburg - Savoy Estate

Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3
Garages: 2
Notes: Lovely home in good area. Large family home in Savoy Estates consists of 4/5 beds or study, 3 baths, mes, pool, patio, sauna, 2 garages, 2 carports, near many shuls and schools...

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>> Long road through Alex

IT'S HAPPENING IN ALEX!

Children playing in the dusty streets ran after the car shouting "Mhlungu! Mhlungu!" I turned to wave and grins broke out across their faces. It’s not often that I’m conscious of my whiteness, but it’s hard not to stand out in Alexandra.

Driving into Alex from Pretoria Main Road is akin to hopping across an astral plane. It’s hard to believe that this is still the Johannesburg I grew up in...

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>> Have fun!!
The Cradle of Humankind

Only 45 minutes from Johannesburg, nestling in the peaceful Sterkfontein rural valley, lies the Cradle of Humankind - a World Heritage Site - and is the world's richest hominid site.

The Sterkfontein Valley landscape comprises a band of important palaeo-anthropological sites including Sterkfontein, Swartkrans, Kromdraai, Coopers B, Wonder Cave, and various others. These sites have produced the remains of hominids (i.e. human and pre-human) from over 2 to 3,3 million years ago, the early stone-age, the middle stone age, the later stone age, the early and late iron age and up to the present day...

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>> Make your property look its best!

It is important to make your property look its best for prospective buyers. Consider your property’s major and minor faults and whether they would influence a prospective buyer from making an offer. An estate agent may help by advising what to consider repairing to make your property easier to sell.

Major faults

  • It may prove uneconomical to repair certain faults or make various improvements like installing double-glazing. Whilst it may increase the property’s value it may be less than the cost to install it.
  • Putting off repairing a leaking roof or not replacing a rotten front door may however put off potential buyer’s altogether. Such repairs maybe considered a wise investment.

Minor faults

  • Minor faults should be sorted out such as dripping taps or loose light fittings. If you neglect them the potential buyer will probably notice it!

Clean and tidy

  • Keeping your home clean and tidy is a must. This is a good opportunity for a spring clean, clearing out unwanted clutter to give a feeling of more space.
  • Clean the kitchen and ensure there are no cooking smells when you receive a visit.
  • Repaint scratched doors using neutral colours
  • Tidy the garden, cut the grass and remove dead plants.
  • Clean and repair exterior paint work where necessary.
  • Consider keeping pets out during prospective buyers' visits, or at least ensure there are no ‘animal’ smells.

Things to avoid

  • Redecorating with bright and bold colours.
  • Spend fortunes on repairs where the cost will not pay off.
  • Untidy rooms and a dirty kitchen or bathroom.
  • Bake fresh bread. People are streetwise to this ploy.
  • Receiving potential buyers over lunch or unexpectedly.
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