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Friday, 13 July 2007
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Edition 27 of 2007, Friday, 13 July 2007

Dear Reader

The latest Absa house price index was released and showed a declining trend. Although it shows a slight recovery from earlier residential property prices is definitely coming down with nominal year-on-year house price growth of 14,9% recorded last month. Indeed good news for potential home owners.

More news;

  • Commercial property association Sapoa is not happy with the new code of conduct for residential property consumers and developers that was being introduced by the National Home Builders’ Registration Council (NHBRC). According to this code of conduct a potential buyer has 30 calendar days to examine before he signs

  • The "big" investors is to buy directly into mixed-use developments that offer a combination of retail, office, hotel and residential opportunities. A good example of what can be done with these kind of investment is the V&A Waterfront, the most expensive property ever sold in South Africa.

  • Gauteng, the "cash cow" of South Africa as what it is referred to reported that during 2005 one of the three biggest sectors contributions to the province's economy were real estate

  • "Many times, the successful sale of a home is less about rands and more about common sense". Statement by Dr Piet Botha, Nationlink Property Group

Over the last few weeks we placed various articles on the new Credit Act and what the effect might be on the property industry. We have seen that vehicle sales have been hit hard by the act. The Institute of Estate Agents of South Africa (IEASA) president Willie Marais said the industry would have a better idea in August of the impact on sales

The beautiful village of Greyton nestles between the majestic Riviersonderend mountain range offering craft shops, restaurants, art galleries and the regular Saturday morning market and many outdoor activities, Focus on Greyton, Western Cape, South Africa

In our CyberProp.com Blog we give some handy tips on how to turn moving into an adventure for your children.

The editor


>> Real Estate News - Foreign Real-Estate Funds Boom

It is getting easier to invest in Australian shopping malls and Norwegian office towers.

Financial-services firms are rolling out scores of foreign real-estate funds. In the past few weeks alone, Charles Schwab Corp. launched a global real-estate fund that is betting in part on strong rental growth in London office properties. WisdomTree Investments Inc. listed a new exchange-traded fund that tracks an index heavily weighted to Australia, Hong Kong and Japan...

>> Traffic a key factor in new developments

It will become increasingly important to invest in property close to work, business nodes and key transport routes

AS CONGESTION on South African roads increases , residential property areas situated on major transport corridors and near businesses are going to become sought after “hot spots”, says John Loos, property strategist at First National Bank...

>> The most expensive US home...

For sale: prestigious Beverly Hills mansion set in 6.5 acres, offering 29 bedrooms, three swimming pools, tennis courts, state-of-the-art movie theatre and disco.

The price? $165-million, or some R1.155-billion...

>> Cape Town - Inspectors 'out in force' to check estate agents comply with new rules

THE extent to which local estate agents are supporting the City of Cape Town's campaign to curb the unsightly clutter of illegal showhouse directional signage, will become clear this weekend when contractors will be out in force throughout the Metropole to test compliance with the new regulations. In terms of the new system every estate agent and auctioneer was, from 1 July, required to register individually with the municipality for permission to display property marketing boards and directional signs for weekend show houses on Council property.

>> Focus on Greyton, Western Cape, South Africa

The beautiful village of Greyton nestles between the majestic Riviersonderend mountain range and gently curving hills. This tranquil oasis of green lies between two rivers, with lush colourful country gardens that complement the thatched cottages and oak tree lined lanes.

>> View Properties in the Western Cape
>> View Properties in Greyton

>> Property of the week

Western Cape, Greyton

Owner relocating - Move right in – place your furniture! Delightful 2-bedroom home - 1½ bathrooms (m.e.s) large lounge/dining room, separate large sunroom. Modern well equipped kitchen. Garden with pool. Good views...

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>> Vehicle sales hit hard by new Credit Act

It's too soon to gauge the effect of the National Credit Act (NCA) on residential property sales, economists and estate agents say, although they think a slow-down is inevitable.

Vehicle sales have been hit by the act, but applications for home loans take longer so the effect on these is not yet clear...

>> News from - Chas Everitt International

Power to the people – with caution

Spurred by the increasing number of power failures and rolling blackouts in recent times, the popularity of portable generators has grown exponentially.

Landlords, shopkeepers and homeowners are increasingly using them to power lights and security systems, cooking appliances and refrigerators, especially during the winter months...

>> From the CyberProp Blog

Turning a move into an adventure that can help your children cope

Although relocating can be one of life's challenges, it is also an adventure. By guiding your child through this experience with knowledge and patience, the transition can be a piece of cake!

The home you are moving from may be the only one your child has ever known. There's a sense of familiarity there, not only with the house, but everything around it. The area, friends, parks, and schools will soon no longer exist for them. That's why moving can be troubling for children. But if parents understand what their child's concerns and needs are, a lot of distress can be avoided...

>> 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 propert

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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