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Friday, 19 May, 2006
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Edition 20 of 2006, Friday, 19 May 2006

Dear Reader

Johannesburg - The economy is still braced for robust growth in 2006 and the trend could well be sustained and even improved in the next year, says Absa (ASA) economist Ridle Markus.

“A common failing these days is to think that house prices are falling. They are not. What is happening is that the rate of price growth is declining. And, clearly, this is to be expected after the recent residential property lift-off — the so-called property boom.” Real Estate News – Slowly, but surely

Should I own my premises? Should I lease my premises? Alchemy Corporate Advisors says…"It all depends"....

The 22nd Worldwide Property Show held at the Grand Hyatt Dubai was held this week. The show, launched in 1996, is the longest running property exhibition in the UAE, and hosted 65 exhibitors representing properties from over 35 countries from the UAE and abroad. This is what one of the exhibitors had to say “"Two hours after being interviewed by Emirates Radio live from the exhibition, a visitor came onto our stand who heard me, and decided to spend US$500,000 on real estate in Phuket and South Africa. A Very busy three days. Great venue and great show." - Alisdair MacDonald, CEO, Ocean Estates.

If you are like many homeowners, you might have assumed that under floor heating was just for those with more money than they know what to do with who were looking to avoid the feeling of cold hardwood or tile floors when they get out of bed on a winter morning. Many homeowners make the mistake of believing that under floor heating systems are a waste of money and serve no purpose other than a slight convenience. But there are numerous benefits to under floor heating systems – Have Fun Flooring (3)

Enjoy!
The editor

>> Real Estate News – Slowly, but surely

Intellectual Property Magazine
Tue, 16 May 2006

A common failing these days is to think that house prices are falling. They are not. What is happening is that the rate of price growth is declining. And, clearly, this is to be expected after the recent residential property liftoff— the so-called property boom.

To put it into perspective, house prices have risen a phenomenal 120 percent over the past five years, peaking at an average annual rate of 36 percent in 2004...

>> Owning Vs leasing your premises

Alchemy Corporate Advisors -

"It all depends"....

Right now it's a tantalizing idea to own the premises you operate from - the listed property sector showed median returns of 50% during 2005, with Redefine generating a breathtaking return of over 90%, so doesn't it make sense to buy your own building, rather than let the landlord get rich off your rental? As the enigmatic cliché goes: "Ja nee", or in English "It all depends".... Lets have a look at the pro's and con's of buying your premises, rather than following the traditional route of leasing them...

>> Q and A on Land Expropriation

Question:

I am thinking about investing in a piece of land in the Natal Midlands but am worried about the Land Expropriation that is currently underway in our country. Could you please let me know to whom I can speak or where I can get some literature on the subject...

Answer from Dave, KZN Farm Sales

>> Will SA get real estate trusts?

Classic Business Day speaks to Brian Azizollahoff - chairman of the Property Loan Stock Association (PLSA) marketing committee, and Redefine chief executive - about the future possibility that real estate investment trusts will bring SA in line with the international property sector...

>>Focus on Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa

Bloemfontein is sort of the Cinderella city of South Africa. It's stuck out there on the N1 between Cape Town and Johannesburg. It has no Table Mountain, no ocean, and no big-city vibe. And no rush hour traffic, no road rage and no urban sprawl. It's just a nice little city in the middle of the country. The name, Bloemfontein, means Spring of Flowers...

View Properties in the Free State | View Properties in Bloemfontein

>> Property of the week

Free State, Bloemfontein, Universitas

Modern, Spacious family home for people that love to entertain. Well maintained with a sparkling swimming pool, lapa with build-in braai as well as bar-area with jacuzzi. Definitely a must to see.

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>> Investors throng the Worldwide Property Show

The 22nd Worldwide Property Show held at the Grand Hyatt Dubai attracted 2,642 investors over the two and half days, a 12% increase on last season's exhibition.

The show, launched in 1996, is the longest running property exhibition in the UAE, and hosted 65 exhibitors representing properties from over 35 countries from the UAE and abroad.

'Although the Dubai based exhibitors had excellent sales, there was definitely a renewed interest across the board for overseas real estate once again,' said Mike Bridge from the organizers DSL Exhibitions. 'France, England and Spain have always proved a popular choice, but we were pleasantly encouraged to see newer markets such as Thailand, Gibraltar, Bulgaria, the Caribbean, Malaysia and Australia also attracting great interest.' ...

>> Have Fun – Flooring (3)

You have heard the term under floor heating but do not fully understand the concept, it is likely that you have wondered why you should invest in an under floor heating system for your home. If you are like many homeowners, you might have assumed that under floor heating was just for those with more money than they know what to do with who were looking to avoid the feeling of cold hardwood or tile floors when they get out of bed on a winter morning. Many homeowners make the mistake of believing that under floor heating systems are a waste of money and serve no purpose other than a slight convenience...

>> News from Sanlam

You're striving towards profitability and a positive cash flow. But what happens once you've reached that goal? Do you sit back and enjoy what you believe are the deserved rewards of your entrepreneurial efforts?

But what happens when you hit some lean years? No business will never be exempt from this, so you need to make provision by:

  • planning for the lean years, and
  • converting some of your cash into assets that will give you an income.

The trick is to build a portfolio that will offer you a passive income. Passive in the sense that you don't have to do anything - it literally earns money while you're sleeping, irrespective of what happens to your business.

Doing this will

give you alternatives for your retirement give you an alternative income for when it suits you put you in a better position when you negotiate the selling price of your business, and allow you to pass on your business to your children without putting unnecessary financial pressure on them or yourself.
This, in short, is what you work for as an entrepreneur - financial independence.

How do you reach this blissful state of affairs? You act now - and get in touch with an accredited The Wealth Agency Financial Intermediary for help with step one: creating self-sustaining assets for a later income. Don't delay.

Article from:
www.espeak.co.za

>> 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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