Weekly Newsletter
Friday, 08 April, 2005

Edition 13 of 2005, Friday, 08 April 2005

Dear Reader,

"Now that you are resurrected, you remain in our hearts," said one message left a few days ago, written on a paper napkin for Pope John Paul II. Rome and the world, strictly speaking is literally going to go into a "standstill mode" today with the funeral of the Pope.

But..life goes on!

Petrol prices has gone up! How can this influence the property industry? “As estate agents we are accustomed to being quizzed by buyers on the locality of schools, churches, hospitals, shopping centers and the like. Now we are also being asked about travel distances to these amenities. Clearly the cost of travel is increasingly a important element of purchasing decisions.” This is what Gerhard Kotzé from the ERA group had to say - Real Estate News in South Africa

We see more and more Internet enquiries from South Africans living or working abroad and therefore it was no surprise to me when I read an article this week about this issue - Pam Golding Properties' London office reports that a quarter of all enquiries for homes in South Africa are from expatriates looking to invest in property back home. And with the British press providing considerable positive exposure to South Africa, with extensive coverage on the property market, this has added further impetus to the increasing demand for homes from SA expats in the UK. (by Iafrica)

Today in Focus on I take you to the heart of Zululand, Mtubatuba Kwazulu Natal, South Africa. I visited this little town two years ago and was put under its spell. Mtubatuba is located roughly 200kms north of Durban and 55kms north of the Richards Bay/Empangeni metropole along National Route N2. The town is ideally located as a base from which to explore the rich culture of the Zulu Nation and world renowned game reserves and the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park - about 25km away.

A beautiful, well designed garden pond will add style and functionality to your lawn and garden. We give you tips on how to build this pond in Have Fun.

Enjoy!

CyberProp greetings!
The editor

>> Real Estate News - South Africa

Petrol price and property

We all know the property market mantra of 'location, location, location', but the new element in this equation is the petrol price, or more particularly, the cost of transport.

It’s all to do with the rise in oil prices, which experts say could go as high as $60 a barrel, and with the new fuel levy announced by Minister Trevor Manuel in his budget speech...

>> The Property Game - Couples & Friends overlook pitfalls of buying property together

Supplied by Dave Welmans www.thepropertygame.co.za

The property boom has made it increasingly difficult for first timers to get into the market so many dating couples and friends are choosing to buy together but often overlook some of the pitfalls. Gavin Southwell, National Sales Director Gauteng for MortgageSA, says, "Because of the rapid escalation...

>> The trend towards bridging finance

The term "bridging finance" is being used with increasing frequency in property circles. But what does it really mean? Kevin Cimring, MD of Bridgeway Limited, explains that there are various forms of property-related bridging finance. Essentially, however, all bridging finance transactions are aimed at assisting the client in obtaining quick access to funds which may only be due to the client at some future date...

>> Property sellers sobering up

AFTER months of sitting on properties that won’t sell, there are signs that sellers now have more realistic expectations about the true worth of their properties.

Sellers are finally sobering up.

After spending a good while not budging from their unlikely asking prices — and consequently not selling their homes — the gap between asking and selling prices is now beginning to narrow...

>> New zoning plan may spark row in Mother City

If the second draft of the city's proposed zoning scheme is approved later this year, residents of Cape Town could soon find themselves
living between three-storey bed-and-breakfasts and guesthouses.

And others, whose properties would fall next to business or commercial zones, have learned that they could see a 62m high-rises sprout up next door and their living environments becoming concrete jungles...

>> The Property Magazine - My first house

Jenny Le Roux's 1st House
Words: Donald Paul

Jenny le Roux is rarely home. She’s best found presiding elegantly over her shop, Habits, in a small building opposite Cavendish Square in Claremont. Around her, assistants pass carrying armfuls of clothing. Occasionally, a man is to be found on the delicate sofa, pretending not to notice the assistants or that his wife seems never to emerge from the change rooms.

It’s not that Jenny dislikes her home. She’s lived in the same house for more than 25 years and loves it. It’s just that she’s busy. ‘I realised that my own clothes were working better than those I bought in,’ she says. ‘I soon had a factory dedicated to my product, and last year I bought the factory.

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>> Focus on Mtubatuba, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa

Situated roughly 200 km north of Durban and 55 km north of the Richards Bay/Empangeni metropole this town is perfectly located to act as a base from which to explore the rich culture of the Zulu Nation and surrounding nature reserves...

View Properties in Kwazulu Natal | View Properties in Richards Bay

>> Property of the week

Kwazulu Natal, Mtubatuba

Bed: 3
Bathrooms: 1
Price: R1 800 000

Main house: 3 Bed, 1 Bath, Dining, TV room, Lounge, 2 carports, kitchen, laundry. 4 x Flats with tenants, 2 & 3 bedrooms with carports. 2 x Cottages with tenants. Equipped borehole...

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>> Expat market growing

Pam Golding Properties' London office reports that a quarter of all enquiries for homes in South Africa are from expatriates looking to invest in property back home. And with the British press providing considerable positive exposure to South Africa, with extensive coverage on the property market, this has added further impetus to the increasing demand for homes from SA expats in the UK.

>> Have fun - Tips For Building A Garden Pond

Partner with nature for a clean, attractive, and healthy pond!

A beautiful, well designed garden pond will add style and functionality to your lawn and garden, but keeping a poorly designed small pond clean and looking good can be quite a chore.

Those of you who are familiar with my writing know that I occasionally get up on my soapbox about doing things in cooperation with nature instead of fighting against her...

>> Be in the frontline

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 that 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 property

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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