Weekly News letter
Friday, 26 March, 2004

Edition 11 of 2004, Friday 26 March 2004

Dear Reader,

This week we place the focus on "trend spotting" at the 30th Nederburg Auction that is coming up next week and indeed not be missed.

"The 30th Nederburg Auction of Fine South African Wines will prove a litmus test for market interest in the Cape's big red blends. Making up almost 25% of all wines going under the hammer on 2/3 April 2004, the prices fetched by flagship red blends will be in the spotlight at this year's landmark event. The selling of vintages from the 1990's by inter alia Veenwouden, Vergelegen, Rust en Vrede and Stellenzicht are likely to set record prices. Or could deflationary trends in current wine prices impact on rare vintages too?" says Graham Howe

We stay with the "wines" and take a look at architecture in the Cape Winelands and. We also take a stop in STELLENBOCH, a town for all seasons. You can continue your journey by clicking on the link at the bottom of the article. Enjoy!

Did you know that perhaps the two most important risks facing the property sector, both listed and unlisted, this year are an inflationary environment and poor co-ordination of vacancy marketing by property managers? In Real Estate in South Africa we take a closer look at this statement.

"Home is where the heart is." I just love this statement and had to share it with you the reader and under Have Fun this week.

We invite you the reader to take part in our CyberProp.com newsletter. Should have any interesting article, a town you would like us to focus on or even a viewpoint that you would like to share with us, contact us at news@cyberprop.com

Cyberprop greetings!
The editor

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>> Real Estate in South Africa

Inflation may put pressure on rentals this year

PERHAPS the two most important risks facing the property sector, both listed and unlisted, this year are an inflationary environment and poor co-ordination of vacancy marketing by property managers.

This is the view of Jonathan Smith, a director of property strategists Courtwell Consulting, who delivered a presentation on property-sector risks to property representatives at a business breakfast in Sandton recently.

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>> View from the Bridge

Insights from Bridgeway Limited

(All Case Studies appear with the clients consent)

Mr Jacques Steyn had sold his house and approached Bridgeway on 20 August 2003 with regards to receiving the proceeds due to him from the sale of his house.

Mr Steyn found Bridgeway 's service to be very professional and of great value to him, as he was paid his money far sooner than if he had waited for the registration of transfer of his property.

Mr Steyn has said that he would definitely recommend Bridgeway 's services to his friends or if the need arose he would use us again.

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>> The facts about home maintenance for home owners and investors

Did you know?

  • Maintenance costs and repairs to residential properties are part of the owners responsibility?
  • The cost of all call out fees, parts and labour for repairs have begun to eat into the monthly profit margins of all investors?
  • The financial impact of breakdown repairs of plumbing, electrical problems of gates, jacuzzis and pool motors are escalating?
  • Property owners do not have the time to obtain 2 to 3 quotes and cause delays to repairs?
  • Tenants have to be kept happy in the rental units?

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Read more at www.homemaintenance.co.za

>> Check your sectional title rule!

There are many owners or tenants of sectional title units that are not aware of the rules of their particular complex. “Says Anthony van der Riet, Managing Director of REALTY EXECUTIVES South Africa.

It is very disturbing to hear that there are buyers or tenants that move into a sectional title complex, only to find out that the rules of the complex prohibits them from having pets or that the visitors are not allowed to park inside the complex etc. to name but a few rules that one can encounter.

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>> The Cape-Dutch Architectural Style

Cape Winelands
On a tour through the Western cape, especially in the Winelands in Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek, in the Breede River Valley and in the Overberg, one comes across a great number of buildings in the Cape-Dutch style...

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>> Focus on Stellenbosch, South Africa


Stellenbosch, the oldest town in South Africa after Cape Town, is undoubtedly the most scenic and historically-preserved town in Southern Africa. Oak-lined streets next to water furrows compliment the many fine examples of elegant Cape Dutch, Victorian and Georgian architecture - all part of this unique "Town of Oaks"...

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>> Property of the week

Western Cape - Stellenbosch

Beautiful 26 Ha farm with Old Cape Dutch style homestead comprising 7 bedrooms (main en-suite), swimming pool. Also a 3 bedroom house and 2 bedroom flat on property.

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>> Have fun!!

Thinking place - What makes a home a home?

What defines a home? For one person it might be a studio apartment, rather austere in nature, another person might want a farm in the country, and a third a mansion in the Hollywood Hills. Each person is different. But for all of us, the home is sacred space and a major influence in our lives. We create our home as a reflection of who we are and what we dream, and as a place for nurturing and rejuvenation. Your home reflects both the life you have lived and the one you want to live...

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>> Mugabe man builds R30m Cape palace

Finance minister regularly doles out cash for seaside super-mansion

ONE of Robert Mugabe's most trusted senior ministers has been secretly visiting Cape Town to fund the construction of a spectacular seaside mansion, fuelling speculation that he is actually over seeing the palace on behalf of the Zimbabwean president.

Christopher Kuruneri, promoted to finance minister during Mugabe's Cabinet reshuffle last month, has been paying for the multimillion-rand project in cash despite strict rules in Zimbabwe that limit the export of foreign exchange...

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>> Be in the frontline

Internet marketing:

Fast becoming the most flexible and dynamic media of all. Expensive and challenging to originate but this is where all advertising and customer communications are headed, because the advantages and cost-to-value factors are so great. It's now perfectly feasible to produce all sales literature and brochures, plus lots more besides, in user-friendly, inter-active digital format. Conventional printed sales material are steadily becoming obsolete, and in ten years time the printed brochure will be a real rarity.

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>> YOU, yes YOU can be a winner!

Only a few more days to go before we will have our March winner!

Refer your friends, family and colleagues to www.CyberProp.com and stand a chance to win this exciting prize!

The next competition has already started and the Winner will be announced at the end of every month.

Congratulations to Tony Bosch from Kwazulu-Natal who is the winner for February 2004!!

The prize is the fantastic Visor Neo worth more than R3000!

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