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Friday, 21 April, 2006
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Edition 16 of 2006, Thursday, 21 April 2006

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Can real estate be so hot that even a city jail is being eyed as a potential home for shops, a restaurant, or maybe even some apartments? Yes! In real estate, location is everything, and in that respect, the jail has it all. An article not to be missed this week; Location, location, location works for jail

Sellers are still being pretty demanding in what they are asking for property prices but fewer are getting their asking prices. FNB does a property barometer, in which it assesses the opinions of professionals in the property market. Read more about what Ed Grondel, chief executive of FNB Home Loans have to say; How healthy is the property market? By IAfrica

Did you know? Gauteng is said to offer one of the world’s best climates: summer days are warm and wind free (relatively) and winter days are crisp and clear. Johannesburg and Pretoria differ in temperature by about 2%. In the elegant suburb of Rosebank is the city of Johannesburg’s second largest central business district. Within these stylish surrounds lies the Mall of Rose bank. The Mall is within walking distance to other prestigious names that have chosen Rose bank as an address they can quote with pride. Focus on

Know the saying to run yourself into a brick wall? This week in Have Fun there are tips on how to build this brick wall.

Enjoy!
The editor

>> Real Estate News – Property ownership in the UAE

Ownership of land and property in the UAE falls under the jurisdiction of individual emirates. Sharjah was the first emirate bestow ownership status on GCC and Arab expats, excluding non-Arab residents. The emirates of Umm Al Quwain, Ajman and Fujairah are expected to issue new property laws as some developers are offering freehold ownership to the expatriates already.

Abu Dhabi, Ras Al Khaimah and Dubai have already enacted new real estate laws, relevant in their respective emirates...

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>> How healthy is the property market?

Just how healthy is the residential property market? Well, according to FNB's property barometer, the market is still very, very buoyant.

Bruce Whitfield:
Just how healthy is the residential property market. Looking through some of the property papers in Gauteng and Cape Town last week, sellers are still being pretty demanding in what they are asking for.

But certainly fewer are getting their asking prices. 60 percent in fact are not achieving their asking prices. FNB does a property barometer, in which it assesses the opinions of professionals in the property market. Ed Grondel is the chief executive of FNB Home Loans, and he joins us on the line now. Ed who exactly is surveyed in this particular research...

>> Rosebank set to boom, says Redefine

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Redefine has identified Rosebank as an area of large growth in property opportunities in the next few years

The precinct around the proposed Gautrain Rapid Rail station in Rosebank should become a node of 24-hour, bustling activity allowing for a diversity of property developments to be richly supported, says Redefine Income Fund...

>> Focus on Rosebank, Gauteng, South Africa

In the elegant suburb of Rosebank is the city of Johannesburg’s second largest central business district. Within these stylish surrounds lies the Mall of Rose bank. The Mall is within walking distance to other prestigious names that have chosen Rose bank as an address they can quote with pride. They include the Park Hyatt (244 rooms) The Grace Hotel ( 75 rooms) , the four star Rose bank Hotel (318 rooms) and The Courtyard (83) rooms. The exclusive five star Westcliff Hotel is only a five-minute drive away from al the activity and energy that attracts discerning shoppers and visitors to Rosebank.

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>> Property of the week

Gauteng, Johannesburg, Rosebank

Country style tranquillity in the hub of viby Rosebank. This offbeat and bright townhouse marries the two together in perfect harmony, from your wood beamed double volume dining room to your spacious curved patio. Shop till you drop, then cool in the pool.

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>> Location, location, location works for jail

New Yorkers are well-accustomed to confining spaces, but could they stomach shopping or living in a building that shares space with a functioning prison?

The answer may lie in downtown Brooklyn, where real estate is so hot that even a city jail is being eyed as a potential home for shops, a restaurant, or maybe even some apartments.

Built in 1957 and closed since 2003, the Brooklyn House of Detention seems an unlikely candidate for gentrification...

>> Have Fun – How to Build a Brick or Stone Retaining Wall

A retaining wall holds back soil, either in a planting bed or on a slope or hillside. It can be built out of anything - from stone to wood to poured concrete - and it can significantly alter the contours of your yard or garden. These guidelines cover a low, unreinforced stone or brick wall. For anything stronger, you'll need a contractor.

>> News form The Guardian UK

Boomtown Jo'burg rides the new gold rush
Rory Carroll in Johannesburg
Monday April 17, 2006
The Guardian

With crime down, soaring property prices show scale of city's regeneration

The gold mines are long exhausted but there is a new way to get rich in Johannesburg: property. An economic boom is transforming what was once South Africa's byword for crime and decay into a vibrant metropolis...

>> Software at its best!

Cutting edge solutions for realty gurus

In today's property game, estate agents need any advantage they can get in order to secure more mandates and to work more efficiently, especially since the residential property sector has become a buyers market and prices are cooling off.

We are living and working in the 'technology age' and in order to cater to this need for competitive advantage, Johannesburg based Application Service Provider (ASP), USP Designs, created CyberAgent, an office management application that has been specifically designed for the real estate industry.

In a first for the South African property market, CyberAgent offers its clients the future of real estate business through their CyberAgent Mobile application. This technology platform provides a pioneering listing and management tool from which properties can be listed in only six minutes. The software also incorporates Internet technology, enabling estate agents to make use of the Internet and website marketing to its fullest potential at a fraction of the normal cost. CyberAgent also provides dynamic websites with customised search facilities.

Operations director Pat Jewell notes that the focus has always been to provide this comprehensive service to estate agencies, of which there are more than 12 000 throughout South Africa. However, since there are currently 64 000 registered estate agents, CyberAgent had to find a solution that can cater for the needs of the individual agents.

"Estate agents are constantly out in the field and do not actually have the time to be in the office and manage their daily tasks. But with the CyberAgent Mobile system this couldn't be simpler. We now take the "office" to the Estate agent"

Working through the means of a PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) device, this innovative technology allows individual agents to administer, catalogue and publish properties online without being anywhere near the office, saving them both time and money. All CyberAgent actions are completed in real time meaning everyone has easy access to the latest information. The software is designed to be user friendly, and will run on any handheld device supporting Microsoft CE (Windows Mobile)
An added advantage is that included in CyberAgent Mobile there is a powerful Website Interface catering for those agents without handheld devices, CyberAgent Online. This can run from any laptop or desktop with Internet access
The response to this offering has been phenomenal and a recent road show held in Johannesburg and Cape Town during May this year to showcase the solution has received excellent feedback and has also sparked further interest on a National and International level

There are currently more than 600 agencies using CyberAgent on a national basis and the CyberAgent offering includes free website submissions to all major search engines, free articles in the weekly newsletter with 17 000 subscribers, free SMS facility and also free "Keep me informed" feature.

Key services that CyberAgent offers are to make canvassing easy with the use of data from SAPTG, CyberTrade and the Deeds office to do mail drops, to manage properties and print reports at the click of a button. CyberAgent also enables the estate agency to keep track of sales related commissions, VAT, outstanding payments and more. CyberAgent links with the transfer attorneys, sends and monitors transfers electronically, and more importantly, agencies are able to work offline and only go online when updating their own website that is linked to CyberAgent.

Estate agents who are interested in improving profits and productivity through technology can now catch more than a glimpse of the future, by visiting www.cyberagent.co.za. The site even provides a facility where agents can obtain the system and pay by credit card, but better still, you can try CyberAgent Mobile for yourself, by downloading the trial version and putting it to the test.

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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