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Friday, 19 January 2007
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Edition 2 of 2007, Friday, 19 January 2007

Dear Reader

Power cuts, blacking out parts of major cities from Johannesburg to Cape Town sparked anger and outrage . According to Eskom the unexpected shortages could extend into next week. Consistent negative press coverage for instance on issues like the electricity shortage, crime, and the threat to foreign buying restrictions should influence the property market but not according to the experts.

Financial Mail says, "Brace yourselves" as Global investors could shake up the SA listed property market in 2007. There is good reason to believe they could dominate corporate activity - mergers and acquisitions - in the sector with dramatic results.

With interest rates still on an upward course, homeowners should be taking especial care now to stay on top of their bond repayments. A word of caution from Chas Everitt Property Group Forget the January sales, spend money on your bond

I found a letter that was send in to Rodney Hayter, property journalist that I just had to share with you the reader; Dear Rodney, my husband is due to retire this year and we are seriously contemplating purchasing into a retirement village, but are more than a little confused because we have been told there are three different methods of purchasing. Is this correct and if so what are they please?

Nestling at the foot of the picturesque Langeberg Mountains, Swellendam has much to offer visitors who have an interest in history, nature and outdoor activities. Situated on the N2, approximately 240 km from both Cape Town and George, Swellendam is the perfect choice for a halfway stopover or as a base from which to explore the area. Focus on Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa by www.places.co.za

Renovating your home is your chance to show the world how clever you are at taking what was once tired and ordinary and making it new and fabulous. It’s also recognised as one of the most stressful processes known to humankind. This week we share six questions with you that you should consider before you embark on what could be a very fulfilling undertaking – if you get it right. Have Fun

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>> Real Estate News - Doing business in Africa

The World Bank and International Finance Corporation released a report last September ranking countries around the world on their economic reforms and ease of doing business within the country.

For the first time, two sub-Sahara African countries, Ghana and Tanzania, placed in the top 10 of global reformers for 2005-2006. The following is a condensed look at efforts by some countries to make doing business within their borders easier...

>> Brace yourselves

Global investors could shake up the SA listed property market in 2007. There is good reason to believe they could dominate corporate activity - mergers and acquisitions - in the sector with dramatic results.
To see why, consider the confluence of factors that make listed SA property a great bet for foreign investors...

>> Residential market still a strong bet

REAL estate agents are expecting the residential property market to deliver a solid performance next year. Although the heady days of late 2004 — when property price growth peaked at more than 35% year on year — will not be repeated, estate agents are upbeat about property prospects.

Seeff Properties chairman Samuel Seeff thinks the market will have another good year “across the residential market”...

>> Forget the January sales, spend money on your bond

With interest rates still on an upward course, homeowners should be taking especial care now to stay on top of their bond repayments. "First-time buyers, in particular, need to budget carefully to ensure that in the excitement of moving to their home, expenses for furnishing, decorating and home improvements don't undermine their ability to pay these most important installments," says Berry Everitt, MD of the Chas Everitt International property group...

>> Focus on Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa

Nestling at the foot of the picturesque Langeberg Mountains, Swellendam has much to offer visitors who have an interest in history, nature and outdoor activities. Situated on the N2, approximately 240 km from both Cape Town and George, Swellendam is the perfect choice for a halfway stopover or as a base from which to explore the area...

>> View Properties in Western Cape
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Bedrooms 4.00
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UNIQUE IN DESIGN LOW IN PRICE - BRAND NEW. This home offers 3 spacious bedrooms, dressing room, 2 bathrooms (main en-suit), bic, spacious open plan lounge (fireplace) / dining room, family room, open-plan kitchen, laundry/scullery, 1 garage, 1 carport. Walking distance from golf course.

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>> News from - Homenet Property Group

Richards Bay taking baton back from Coega

For the past few years, Eighties boomtown Richards Bay has been living in the shadow of Coega, the deepwater port and surrounding industrial development zone (IDZ) now taking shape near Port Elizabeth.

Now, however, it is making a comeback, says Lionel Foster, principal of leading local estate agency Homenet Fosprops...

>> Have Fun - Six questions to consider before you renovate

Renovating is your chance to show the world how clever you are at taking what was once tired and ordinary and making it new and fabulous. It’s also recognised as one of the most stressful processes known to humankind. Here are some things you should consider before you embark on what could be a very fulfilling undertaking – if you get it right...

>> From the pen of Rodney Hayter

"Dear Rodney, my husband is due to retire this year and we are seriously contemplating purchasing into a retirement village, but are more than a little confused because we have been told there are three different methods of purchasing. Is this correct and if so what are they please?"

Dear Fiona, according to retirement accommodation expert and author Lesley McAlpine of Guide to Retirement Places there are indeed three basic methods of buying a retirement home. These are...

>> Give your house back its personality

When making alterations or remodelling your home or apartment, you might want to find out what architectural style it was built in, in order to revive it to its former glory, and give it back its personality while at the same time adding value.

Playing detective

You could play detective to find out your homes architectural style. Check which kinds of materials were used in construction and the methods used — study the wood, plaster and paint for clues...

>> Stink all gone from Durban house

Forced to find alternate accommodation because of a "benzene-like" odour emanating from their toilet, a Wentworth, Durban, family have been given the all-clear to return home at the weekend.

Gerard Lynch, his wife and 11-month-old daughter had to leave their Tara Road home because the smell was too strong for them to breathe normally and over concerns for their baby's health.

A pungent smell had been detected which officials believed had been caused by a chemical leak in the area...

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