Weekly Newsletter
Monday, 06 February, 2005
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Edition 05 of 2006, Monday, 05 February 2006

Dear Reader,

The Reserve Bank left the repo rate unchanged at 7%. For all South Africans this was good news especially for homeowners. It was the fifth successive decision to keep the interest rates unchanged and a good start for 2006!

"Investing in property is often compared to investing in stocks on the JSE" this is what we have learned from Dave in an article published in 2005. This week Going back to the dogs - a revisit to contrary investing, Dave takes us back to his statement, Dave Welmans, The Property Game

Durban, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa, is in the midst of an industrial property boom and is experiencing a dramatic increase in demand for space on the back of a strong economy - News, Durban

Dewetsdorp, Free State, South Africa, lies on the R702, just 75km south-east of the bustle of Bloemfontein. Most of the town's attractions and tourist sites relate to the struggle of the soldiers in the Anglo-Boer War. Named after Jacobus Ignatius de Wet, the father of General Christiaan de Wet of Anglo-Boer War fame on the farm Kareefontein. This week we take a closer look at this town, courtesy of www.places.co.za.

Whether you live in a cozy apartment or rambling suburban home, a cottage by the sea, or a lodge in the mountains, your living room creates a lasting impression for all who enter. It tells your family and guests if you’re formal and elegant or fun-loving and laid-back. It sets the mood for the home and should be a reflection of the owner’s personal taste - Have Fun

Enjoy!
The editor

 

 

>> Real Estate News - Thailand

Thailand’s residential condominium market has peaked and then diversified in recent years. In 2005, new condominium projects in places like Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket once again...

The Le Raffine Sukhumvit 39 'Jambu Dvipa', Bangkok... attracted investors from both local and international markets. Roger Ward looks at the condo climate in some of Thailand’s biggest residential destinations.

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>> The Property Game - Going back to the dogs – a revisit to contrary investing

Supplied by Dave Welmans www.thepropertygame.co.za

Investing in property is often compared to investing in stocks on the JSE. In an article last year I published comment on a report by Dr Adrian Saville of Cannon Asset Managers, which approached investing in a contrary manner. The aim of this was to bring your attention to the similarities between these two types of investing. Property investors should take heed from their results and always keep in the back of their mind the 'Dog' investing approach and look for undervalued, under-researched and neglected properties...

>> What is your house worth?

South African homeowners are rushing to get a free property evaluation courtesy of a new online automated valuation website.Jose Rodrigues, MD of Cerno Cubed, the company behind the website, says the Real Estate Evaluation Portal (Reep.co.za) is one of the most popular websites in South Africa.

“We are currently registering a user every two minutes,” says Rodrigues, adding that the site is receiving one million page impressions a month. “We wanted to put the power of free property valuations in the homeowner’s hands.” All a homeowner needs to do is log on to the website and provide their name, ID number and basic contact details.

>> Demand for Village living soars in Western Cape

A growing number of city dwellers are trading life in the fast lane for the tranquility and security of village living, even if it means commuting to work or starting up their own work-from-home businesses.

A case in point is the Western Cape village of Melkbosstrand, which has almost doubled its population in the last five years, says National Referral Network (NRN) member and principal of Dune Properties, Anna-Mart Cronjè...

>> Towns that are jewels in a dusty crown

Unemployment and other ills still exist, but these councils have fixed what they can, writes Julian Rademeyer.

A DECADE ago, Morojaneng in Dewetsdorp was like most forgotten rural townships in the Free State: bleak, dusty and filthy, a place where hopes were dashed and dreams died. Few had access to water, decent sanitation or electricity.

But in the past five years the township has begun to bloom...

>> Focus on Dewetsdorp, Freestate, South Africa

Founded as a safe haven by Jacobus de Wet, field-cornet and father of Anglo-Boer War General Christiaan de Wet, on the farm Kareefontein. Eventually recognised and given municipal status in 1890. Award winning Golfclub.

Dewetsdorp lies on the R702, just 75km southeast of the bustle of Bloemfontein. Most of the town's attractions and tourist sites relate to the struggle of the soldiers in the Anglo-Boer War. Named after Jacobus Ignatius de Wet, the father of General Christiaan de Wet of Anglo-Boer War fame on the farm Kareefontein.

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Bedrooms: 4.00
Bathrooms: 2
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>> Have Fun - Decorating the living room

Whether you live in a cozy apartment or rambling suburban home, a cottage by the sea, or a lodge in the mountains, your living room creates a lasting impression for all who enter. It tells your family and guests if you’re formal and elegant or fun-loving and laid-back. It sets the mood for the home and should be a reflection of the owner’s personal taste.

A living room can be arranged in many ways. For some, this space is formal and perfect at all times, to be entered and used only when guests come to call. To others, it serves as a comfortable family gathering place for watching TV, doing homework, or visiting. Some have a cozy nook for sipping tea and curling up with a book...

>> News from Durban

Durban's property sector booms

The city is in the midst of an industrial property boom and is experiencing a dramatic increase in demand for space

Durban is in the midst of an industrial property boom and is experiencing a dramatic increase in demand for space on the back of a strong economy.

Marc Schneider, research director of commercial property portal eProp, says that according to Statistics SA, industrial property planning levels have nearly doubled compared with 2004...

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