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Friday, 11 May 2007
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Edition 18 of 2007, Friday, 11 May 2007

Dear Reader

The nominal house price growth is forecast to be 13,1% in 2007 compared to the growth rate of 15,3% of last year, 2006, this according to ABSA. Various factors were taken in mind of which the expected rise of the inflation rate was one.

"What good is an African-inspired building when most black people in the city can't afford to live in it?" This is one of the questions asked regarding a new condo currently under construction in New York. The exterior of the building is designed to evoke the tribal art of the Ndebele tribe of South Africa and inside the apartments have recycled bamboo floors.

Many houses, especially in older areas have asbestos roofs, gutters, floors and so on, which owners don’t realise. And when renovating or cleaning their roofs they haven’t the foggiest that the effects can be harmful to themselves, contractors, workers and even their neighbours. Asbestos what?

Gansbaai, a traditional fishing village about 40km from the ever-popular resort town of Hermanus, offers excellent property value. Boasting a number of small bays with miles of unspoiled beaches, nature reserves with over 1500 species of Fynbos, ancient Milkwood forests, rocky inlets, caves and spectacular views across Walker Bay, it is also a well-known whale watching and great white shark viewing destination. Pat McLoughlin from Chas Everitt says that property in Gansbaai offers excellent value.

www.places.co.za takes us to Gansbaai in Focus on Gansbaai, Western Cape, South Africa.

Investors often ask the question of where they should be buying in order to gain maximum capital growth in the current commercial property market. Tony Bales, from experienced commercial property dealmakers, Bales Delaporte, says that the answer is theoretically easy. Read more in our CyberProp.com blog

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The Kalahari, a luxury "green" condo currently under construction on Harlem's 116th street, is trying to fit in with the locals instead of sticking out like a sore thumb. The developers' solution: a sub-Saharan motif. The exterior of the building is designed to evoke the tribal art of the Ndebele tribe of South Africa. Inside, the apartments come with recycled bamboo floors and a solar heating system...

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>> New law will enforce remediation of polluted land

Provisions relating to "contaminated land" will have far-reaching implications for land buyers and developers when the new National Environmental Waste Management Bill becomes law.

So says Glendyr Nel of Shepstone & Wylie Attorneys, who notes that although current environmental legislation already imposes a duty of care and remediation of environmental damage on anyone who "has caused or may cause significant pollution or degradation", it has been held that this cannot be applied retrospectively...

>> Woman defrauded in bogus house sale

The pitfalls of buying property privately were rudely brought home to an Umlazi woman who now finds herself R150 000 out of pocket and without the house she bought for her family.

Snegugu Ntombela, who is wheelchair-bound, saw an advertisement for a house in a newspaper last November and, thinking it was a good deal, jumped at the opportunity to buy it.

>> Asbestos what?

Many houses, especially in older areas have asbestos roofs, gutters, floors and so on, which owners don’t realise. And when renovating or cleaning their roofs they haven’t the foggiest that the effects can be harmful to themselves, contractors, workers and even their neighbours. On top of this there are certain regulations that by law one must adhere to.

Asbestos fibres are microscopic but highly dangerous and could have far-reaching effects if not dealt with properly. These fibres could be lodged in the air when cleaning an asbestos roof for example, or when asbestos sheeting or other components are cut up during renovation...

>> 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...

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>> Fireworks for Chas Everitt in Gansbaai

Chas Everitt International entered the property market of Gansbaai in the Overberg region with a bang recently when its four local agents listed a total of 107 properties in their first week of operation.

"This success can be attributed to the impact of the professional Chas Everitt International offering and the fact that we were lucky enough to recruit local agents of high standing," says Pat McLoughlin, owner of the franchise that has expanded its operations from Hermanus to Gansbaai...

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WATERFRONT PLAN FOR PLETTENBERG BAY

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>> Housing conditions in South Africa often 'desperate' despite efforts

South Africa has made great efforts to redress housing inequality but desperate living conditions persist, according to a United Nations human rights expert who today called on the country’s Government to boost social services and take other measures to improve all settlements...

>> From the CyberProp Blog

This weeks blog article;

Where to invest for maximum growth in commercial property

Investors often ask the question of where they should be buying in order to gain maximum capital growth in the current commercial property market.

Tony Bales, from experienced commercial property dealmakers, Bales Delaporte, says that the answer is theoretically easy - wherever the greatest growth in rentals is going to be experienced. Unfortunately the reality to this answer is a lot more difficult in practice...

>> One month 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 proper

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

For Sale Property:
Eastern Cape Freestate Gauteng Kwazulu Natal Mpumalanga North West Northern Cape Northern Province Western Cape

To Rent Property:
Eastern Cape
Gauteng Kwazulu Natal North West Western Cape


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