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Edition 15 of 2006, Thursday, 13 April 2006

Dear Reader

Is the property owner being unfairly treated? Are the risks associated with renting a property increasing? Two great questions to start our newsletter with this week. Landlords advised to look after good tenants by Andre de Villiers, Chas Everitt International

House prices, is it coming down or going up? Real estate agents say that the average house prices are likely to breach the R800 000-level before year-end but there are still a number of suburbs where people can buy a house for less than R500 000. Absa's latest house price index put average house prices at R765 400 in March this year.

Parys, Free State, South Africa, this little oasis on the banks of the Vaal River is the perfect hideaway from the busy hustle and bustle of the city. Not only does Parys offer spectacular views of the Vaal River and surrounding Granite hills, it also offers great fishing, river rafting and other outdoor adventures. Is this good enough to invest in? Why invest in Parys?

Did you know? As with the Easter Bunny and the holiday itself, the Easter Egg predates the Christian holiday of Easter. The exchange of eggs in the springtime is a custom that was centuries old when Easter was first celebrated by Christians. From the earliest times, the egg was a symbol of rebirth in most cultures. Eggs were often wrapped in gold leaf or, if you were a peasant, colored brightly by boiling them with the leaves or petals of certain flowers.

Happy Easter to all our readers!

Enjoy!
The editor

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>> Landlords Advised to Look after Good Tenants!

Over the last few years legislation has become far more tenant friendly, indeed many share the opinion that the property owner is being unfairly treated and that the risks associated with renting a property increasing.

Everyone in real estate is aware of cases where problem tenants are taking property owners for a ride...

>> Construction standards could be under threat

By Homenet

Looking at the number of new developments still pouring on to the market, Homenet feels that there is a growing need for consumer caution with regard to construction standards as well as their choice of agent and developer.

The rapid growth of the property market has obviously been very positive for the country and individual wealth creation. In the process however, capacities have been stretched to the limit, land has been utilised that may not necessarily be ideal and building standards in some instances have suffered, says MD Dave Rogers.

>> Focus on Parys, Free State, South Africa

Parys lies on the wide and attractive Vaal river, with tree covered islands some of which have been developed into resorts. It was named by the town’s German surveyor, who was reminded of the French capital city on the river Seine. He even gave French names to two farms in the area. Parys is now a popular holiday destination offering a selection of hotels and campsites shaded by willow trees, from where people can enjoy the swimming, fishing, bird-watching and boating. The main crops found here are tobacco, maize, groundnuts, sunflower seeds and corn. The region also has extensive cattle and sheep farms.

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>> Why invest in Parys?

By Property4Life

This little oasis on the banks of the Vaal River is the perfect hideaway from the busy hustle and bustle of the city. Not only does Parys offer spectacular views of the Vaal River and surrounding Granite hills, it also offers great fishing, river rafting and other outdoor adventures...

>> Have Fun – The traditions of Easter

As with almost all "Christian" holidays, Easter has been secularized and commercialized. The dichotomous nature of Easter and its symbols, however, is not necessarily a modern fabrication.

Since its conception as a holy celebration in the second century, Easter has had its non-religious side. In fact, Easter was originally a pagan festival.

The ancient Saxons celebrated the return of spring with an uproarious festival commemorating their goddess of offspring and of springtime, Eastre. When the second-century Christian missionaries encountered the tribes of the north with their pagan celebrations, they attempted to convert them to Christianity. They did so, however, in a clandestine manner.

 

 

It would have been suicide for the very early Christian converts to celebrate their holy days with observances that did not coincide with celebrations that already existed. To save lives, the missionaries cleverly decided to spread their religious message slowly throughout the populations by allowing them to continue to celebrate pagan feasts, but to do so in a Christian manner.

As it happened, the pagan festival of Eastre occurred at the same time of year as the Christian observance of the Resurrection of Christ. It made sense, therefore, to alter the festival itself, to make it a Christian celebration as converts were slowly won over. The early name, Eastre, was eventually changed to its modern spelling, Easter.

The Date of Easter

Prior to A.D. 325, Easter was variously celebrated on different days of the week, including Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. In that year, the Council of Nicaea was convened by emperor Constantine. It issued the Easter Rule which states that Easter shall be celebrated on the first Sunday that occurs after the first full moon on or after the vernal equinox. However, a caveat must be introduced here. The "full moon" in the rule is the ecclesiastical full moon, which is defined as the fourteenth day of a tabular lunation, where day 1 corresponds to the ecclesiastical New Moon. It does not always occur on the same date as the astronomical full moon. The ecclesiastical "vernal equinox" is always on March 21. Therefore, Easter must be celebrated on a Sunday between the dates of March 22 and April 25.

The Lenten Season

Lent is the forty-six day period just prior to Easter Sunday. It begins on Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras (French for "Fat Tuesday") is a celebration, sometimes called "Carnival," practiced around the world, on the Tuesday prior to Ash Wednesday. It was designed as a way to "get it all out" before the sacrifices of Lent began. New Orleans is the focal point of Mardi Gras celebrations in the U.S. Read about the religious meanings of the Lenten Season.

The Cross

The Cross is the symbol of the Crucifixion, as opposed to the Resurrection. However, at the Council of Nicaea, in A.D. 325, Constantine decreed that the Cross was the official symbol of Christianity. The Cross is not only a symbol of Easter, but it is more widely used, especially by the Catholic Church, as a year-round symbol of their faith.

The Easter Bunny

The Easter Bunny is not a modern invention. The symbol originated with the pagan festival of Eastre. The goddess, Eastre, was worshipped by the Anglo-Saxons through her earthly symbol, the rabbit.

The Germans brought the symbol of the Easter rabbit to America. It was widely ignored by other Christians until shortly after the Civil War. In fact, Easter itself was not widely celebrated in America until after that time.

The Easter Egg

As with the Easter Bunny and the holiday itself, the Easter Egg predates the Christian holiday of Easter. The exchange of eggs in the springtime is a custom that was centuries old when Easter was first celebrated by Christians.

From the earliest times, the egg was a symbol of rebirth in most cultures. Eggs were often wrapped in gold leaf or, if you were a peasant, colored brightly by boiling them with the leaves or petals of certain flowers.

Today, children hunt colored eggs and place them in Easter baskets along with the modern version of real Easter eggs -- those made of plastic or chocolate candy.

 
>> News - Average house to top R800k

Absa's latest house price index put average house prices at R765 400 in March this year. This illustrates just how much less affordable houses have become since 2002 - despite interest rates dropping by four percentage points over the same period.

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