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Friday, 17 August 2007
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Edition 32 of 2007, Friday, 17 August 2007

Dear Reader

Interest rates - The beginning of a new week and who knows what is going to happen with the interest rate? Do you still remember these words? Well, it happened. Central bank governor Tito Mboweni did announce an increase. Although the Reserve Bank continue to say that the sole focus is reigning in inflation it is going to have a major impact on the property market.

SABC News - Bad news for property market.
Consumers will now pay back more on their loans, credit cards and home bonds. A R100 000 home bond will cost about R38 more every month.

SABC News - Pressure on property market.
Property companies say the 50 basis points rate hike could put "some additional pressure" on the housing market. Chief executive of Jawitz Properties, Herschel Jawitz, says the combination of the National Credit Act, inflation and this increase may start to put some additional pressure on the market, as disposable income comes under more pressure. He says the recovery of the rental market, which has been soft for some time, is a "sure sign" of the effects of high property prices and rising interest rates.

"This will be the straw that breaks the camel's back," says Lew Geffen, chairman of Sotheby's International Realty in SA about the new interest rates. Hard times ahead for home sellers

One of our readers asked this week what was the impact of the new Credit Act on the property market. According to the the latest FNB Residential Property Barometer first time buyers definitely felt it. The proportion of first-time buyers decreased to 16% of all buyers from 32% in early 2005. Credit Act Flays First-Time Buyers

"Springbok" and we all think about rugby and the boks won on Wednesday night. We think about the "bok" a small brown and white animal that stands about 75 cm high and we think of biltong. Today our readers are going to read more about the town called Springbok, Northern Cape, South Africa. Springbok lies about 600 km north of Cape Town offering many attractions, historical sites, museums and fine restaurants

In our CyberProp Blog we look at mistakes to avoid when putting your house on the market.

The editor


>> Real Estate News - Major banks announce hike in prime lending rate

All four major banks have announced a 50 basis point increase in their prime lending rate and the mortgage rate to 13.5%. Absa and Standard Bank will raise their rates from tomorrow, while Nedbank and First National will raise their rates from Monday.

Earlier, the South African Reserve Bank announced that it would raise its key repo rate to 10% to tame rising inflation and high consumer spending...

>> Hard times ahead for home sellers

The interest rate rise announced this week, which pushes the home loan "base" rate to 13,5 percent, may be good for the rand and the overall economy, but it will not be good for the property market.

"This will be the straw that breaks the camel's back," says Lew Geffen, chairman of Sotheby's International Realty in SA. "It may not result in an immediate drop in prices but will result in a quick decline in sales volumes, and that will ultimately lead to much slower price growth."

>> US home loan crisis is a morality tale for SA

In the US, as the housing boom of 2001 to 2005 drove prices beyond the reach of many households, mortgage originators hit on a brilliant device for pushing their products.

They offered low-income households mortgage loans they wouldn't normally have been able to afford - at what they called "teaser rates".

For a specified period, borrowers were allowed to make monthly repayments, which covered only the interest cost of the loan. When the period expired, the normal repayment schedule kicked in...

>> Credit Act Flays First-Time Buyers

THE effects of the implementation of the National Credit Act, a relatively expensive residential market and higher interest rates are now being keenly felt, with First National Bank (FNB) reporting that activity in the residential property market is at its lowest level since the inception of the FNB Residential Property Barometer in 2003.

According to the latest FNB Residential Property Barometer, first-time buyers are also feeling the pinch of a tighter residential environment with the proportion of first-time buyers decreasing to 16% of all buyers from 32% in early 2005...

>> Check-up the seller

Are you looking to buy a property? From 1 September purchasers of fixed property worth more than R2-million will be required to deduct a withholding tax from the price paid to the seller, if the seller is a non-South African resident.

This means the onus lies with you, the purchaser, and your conveyancer or estate agent to determine whether the seller is a non-resident. If you don't, it could make you liable for the tax...

>> Building plans passed down

The value of South African recorded building plans passed at constant 2000 prices in June decreased for the first time this year by 1.4% year-on-year (y/y) from a revised 5.9% y/y (6.2%) in May, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) data showed...

>> Focus on Springbok, Northern Cape, South Africa

Springbok lies in a deep low plain between rugged mountains, about 600 km north of Cape Town. It is the commercial and cultural center of Namaqualand, located directly on the N7 which connects the Cape and Namibia.

The small Namaqualand towns of Pofadder, Garies, Kleinzee, Port Nolloth and Alexander Bay all within less than one and a half hours drive from Springbok. It is also close to the famous Namaqualand wildflower reserves and to the remote Richtersveld National Park...

>> View Properties in Springbok
>> View Properties in the Northern Cape

>> Property of the week

Northern Cape, Springbok

This special Boesmanland farm is situated 170km from Springbok , 100km from Loeriesfontein & 80km from Kliprand! The house has 4 rooms, a shed & other out buildings including a labourer's cottage. The farm has strong underground water & plunge pumps. Game is plentiful!!

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>> News from - Engel & Völkers

Engel & Völkers wins at home and abroad

It's award season at Engel & Völkers South Africa! Ferdi de Lange, the company's Johannesburg license partner, recently attended the Engel & Völkers International awards ceremony, hosted by Christian Völkers at his Mallorca estate. De Lange was the winner of one of only five awards handed out each year, walking off with the award for the Best Shop Branding for the Village Walk, Sandton office. "I'm particularly proud of this award as Engel & Völkers' signature shops are one of the key factors that set us apart from other brands," says de Lange...

>> From the Cyberprop Blog

There are plenty of pitfalls before you seal the deal

There are always appropriate steps to investing in real estate and hopefully, you've garnered many of them right on these pages. However, there are also inappropriate steps sellers can walk down when it comes time to put their house on the market...

>> 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 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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