Weekly Newsletter
Monday, 03 June, 2005

Edition 20 of 2005, Friday, 03June 2005

Dear Reader,

This week we take a closer look at shopping - the purchasing of goods.

Lets kick of vehicles - Vehicle sales - May's new-vehicles sales were 33 percent higher than those of the same month in 2004. This according to the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of SA. The total was 45 867, way higher even than those of April this year when the total was 40 477, and the best sales total yet in this country.

Looking at shopping for that dream house? The average home-owners in South Africa are a lot better off than they were a few years ago. The value of the property has doubled in the last five years. As discussed in previous articles, it is this extra ‘wealth’ that is helping drive the consumer boom, read more what Dave has to say this week in The Property Game - Piggybank homes

Focus on, Brooklyn, Gauteng, South Africa and there is no better place to focus on than Brooklyn shopping mall. Brooklyn Mall is situated in the heart of Pretoria’s cosmopolitan Embassy suburbs. It combines all the right components to create a vibrant hub of activity for the Capital’s most prestigious neighbourhood.

Online shopping is the best way to compare products, compare prices, to read reviews and merhant ratings. Online is the easiest place to find what you want to buy BUT how safe is it. In Have Fun, we share 6 tips for online shopping. An article not to be missed!

Shopping trolleys are used by millions of customers each week, yet they steer like bicycles on ice and won’t go where they are pointed. The problem with these indispensable but wayward machines is that the four floating castors, which allow them to move in any direction, also make it impossible to keep the trolley on the straight and narrow. So this weekend when you go shopping make sure you select the right one!

CyberProp greetings!
The editor

>> Real Estate News - South Africa

High-tech building works with nature

Ever imagined enjoying a cup of filter coffee and breathing in clean air while seated under a real tree on a rainy day in wet, wintry Cape Town?

Sound impossible?

Well, it's not for the 575 Capetonians who work in the new BP head office at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. They can do all of that without stepping out of the office...

>> The Property Game - Piggybank homes

Supplied by Dave Welmans www.thepropertygame.co.za

Piggybank homes

The average homeowners in South Africa are a lot better off than they were a few years ago. The value of the property has doubled in the last five years. As discussed in previous articles, it is this extra 'wealth' that is helping drive the consumer boom.

>> Pretoria could stay

It is possible that Pretoria will not be renamed Tshwane, Arts and Culture Minister Pallo Jordan said in Cape Town on Thursday.

He said he was still awaiting a recommendation in favour of the re-naming from the SA Geographical Names Council.

"There is a possibility that I won't accept the advice by the council. As yet no recommendations have been given and what I know is what you know and read in the papers."

Jordan was speaking after meeting a delegation from the Democratic Alliance, the Freedom Front Plus, the trade union Solidarity union and the Gauteng North Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GNCCI).

They implored him to retain the name Pretoria...

>> Things changing for the better in Brooklyn

Although it is over 60 years old, the leafy Pretoria suburb of Brooklyn is probably best described currently as an area “in transition” - fortunately with most of the changes being positive.

Carol Baron, area specialist for Homenet Pretor, says many of the area’s large, well-treed stands are now being sub-divided and re-developed in keeping with the general trend towards lower-maintenance, higher-security living...

>> Focus on Brooklyn, Gauteng, South Africa

Brooklyn Mall

Brooklyn Mall is situated in the heart of Pretoria’s cosmopolitan Embassy suburbs. It combines all the right components to create a vibrant hub of activity for the Capital’s most prestigious neighbourhood.

Brooklyn Mall offers convenience of one-stop-shopping catering to the requirements of the most discerning shopper. A full complement of national flagship stores such as Woolworths, Edgars, Foschini, Stuttafords, Truworths, Queenspark, CNA, Dion and Checkers provide a comprehensive and sound matrix of choice...

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>> Property of the week

Gauteng, Pretoria, Brooklyn

Gorgeous grand old lady. Extensive entertainment areas. Flatlet in garden.

Bed: 5
Bathrooms: 3
Garages: 2

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>> Understand the hidden costs & risks

The combined outlay of deposits, legal fees, transfer costs and insurance add significantly to the costs of buying a home; while the structuring of a bond can have expensive long-term financial implications too - factors that are not always well understood by eager home buyers.

Saul Geffen, Managing Director of MortgageSA, South Africa’s leading mortgage originator says, “Overlooking the ‘hidden’ costs of purchasing and financing a property is a common error and poor structuring can cost buyers hundreds of thousands of rands over the life of the loan.”

Geffen says there are factors buyers should consider to avoid making costly mistakes:

>> Have fun - 6 tips for online shopping

>> No gazumping allowed!

South Africa's astute property laws mean that there's no chance of buyers being 'gazumped' or sellers 'gazundered' in a property sale, says Lew Geffen of Sotheby's International Realty.

"Selling residential property in South Africa through the auction process could be an alternative method, but there is simply no demand from the public." Geffen notes that demand is low for property auctions because the law in SA protects the buyer from being 'gazumped' or the seller being 'gazundered'...

>> Software at its best!

CyberAgent goes mobile!

With the latest innovation from USP Designs, you can expect your office to be a little quieter from now on. At USP Designs, we understand that time spent behind a desk, is money lost, therefor we have invested a great deal of time to develop software that allows you to spend less time in the office, and more time seeing clients.

Cyberagent Mobile has incorporated the most commonly used functions of the CyberAgent package, into a mobile application. Included in this software is a powerful Website Interface catering for those agents without handheld devices. The software is designed to be user friendly, and will run on any handheld device supporting Microsoft CE.

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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