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Friday, 11 August, 2006
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Edition 32 of 2006, Friday, 11 August, 2006

Dear Reader

SAA asks customers to be patient with the additional measures that was put in place and to add extra time to their travel arrangements out of London, this after the chaos on International Airports on Thursday. Take care if you are flying.

May building statistics point to a slowdown in residential development. For the second consecutive month, the rate of growth of building plans passed for residential units has declined significantly. “A declining trend in residential building activity is now beginning,” reckoned John Loos, property economist of FNB – Real Estate News

Gauteng and Western Cape buyers are snapping up holiday homes in Port Alfred, which has become a sought after retreat by South Africa's rich and famous. Estate agents this week said they were recording record sales – Property prices soar in Port Alfred

“The waters off Ballito's Beach are the playground of the bottlenose dolphins, which frolic in the waters close to shore and are visible all year round”
www.sa-venues.com takes us to Ballito, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa in Focus on

Most accidents occur at home and many of them are preventable, so it is important that your home is as safe as possible. In Have Fun we share some safety at home tips

Enjoy!
The editor

 

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>> Real Estate News – South Africa – Residential property is cooling

ITALTILE the listed importer, manufacturer and distributor of tiles and bathroom accessories is confident even though the residential property market continues to cool.

May building statistics point to a slowdown in residential development. For the second consecutive month, the rate of growth of building plans passed for residential units has declined significantly. Year-on-year growth of a 3-month moving average dropped from 24,4% in April to 14,5% in May...

>> Holiday home of bottomless pit?

Intellectual Property Magazine
Thu, 10 Aug 2006

Holiday, or second, homes can become an expensive indulgence. But there are ways to offset the costs

Judging by the steady activity in the country’s coastal areas, notably KwaZulu-Natal, the demand for holiday homes continues unabated. People still take the view that there’s only so much beachfront.

But is a house or apartment at the coast a worthwhile investment, or is it a foolish indulgence, a bottomless pit, a black hole...

>> Property prices soar in Port Alfred

GAUTENG and Western Cape buyers are snapping up holiday homes in Port Alfred, which has become a sought after retreat by South Africa's rich and famous. Estate agents this week said they were recording record sales.

Once a less popular holiday destination, Port Alfred - situated between East London and Port Elizabeth - is attracting record prices due to the "phenomenal demand" for upmarket homes and vacant plots with sea views...

>> Free market flogs property

The latest increase in interest rates was harsh on the prices of listed properties over the past two months. Prices fell by 20%-30%.

Fortunately, the private owners of ordinary office buildings don't see what their property is worth in the paper every day, otherwise they would also lie awake at night worrying about falling prices.

It's the job of the board and management of a company to make a profit. After all, that's the shareholders' mandate to the board. And that's what the board and management are paid for. Somewhere along the line, the "market" attaches a value to this profit. If, for example, the company earns a profit of R2/share, the market can then decide it likes that and give it a price:earnings (p:e) ratio of 12. That means the company's shares will trade at 12x2, or R24 each...

>> Focus on Ballito, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa

Ballito, Dolphin Coast, KwaZulu Natal: Ballito in the heart of the North Coast lies nestled between the fields of KwaZulu Natals famous Green Gold and is flanked to the east by golden beaches and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.

Some History: Ballito's origins date back to 1953, when a group of entrepreneurs began investigating land to develop a township in the Compensation beach area. Proclaimed a township in 1954, Ballito, whose name was gleaned from a magazine advertisement meaning Little Ball became a town board in 1966. Ballito, which reached borough status in 1986, is well known for its superb, safe beaches...

View Properties in Kwazulu Natal | View Properties in Ballito

>> Property of the week

Ballito, Kwazulu

Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms 3
Notes: Garage space for 4 vehicles. Chubb Alarm system. Trellidoors. 2nd Kitchen on second floor. Spacious entertainment room. BREATHTAKING VIEW! Ideal for guesthouse, or Live in one part of house and rent other part out

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>> Should I buy a property or should I rent a property?

I am sure that this is a question that many of us have asked on numerous occassions and the answer is not always clear. But what is clear is that there are a few factors that will always influence our decision, "the living up with the friends and family", that "nice to have feeling" and lastly the "I must have it".

Let's take a closer look at the two issues...

>> News from – Sameul Seeff, Seeff Property Group

Anticipated impact on house prices expected to be minimal

On Thursday this week, SAPA reported that the prime interest rate is to rise to 11.5 percent after the SA Reserve Bank opted on Thursday to hike the repo rate, at which it lends money to commercial banks, to eight percent...

>> Have Fun - Create a safer home by taking simple precautions

Be prepared

· Have telephones in easy reach of both your bed and the place you sit most often.
· Place emergency phone numbers on or near every phone in your home.
· Buy a first-aid kit. Keep one in both your home and your car...

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