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Friday, 20 April 2007
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Edition 16 of 2007, Friday, 26 April 2007

Dear Reader


The CyberProp Blog Team:
Dillon and Dineo

Have you ever been in love with two houses? I can honestly answer yes. Making that decision specifically when you are a first time home buyer it is not easy. Our CyberProp.com blog editor, Dineo, has just the right advice for you. Visit our blog to read more articles, to post your comments or to ask questions.

Homesgofast.com believe that the tiny West African state of Gambia could be the next hot destination for overseas property investors. The leading online overseas property portal is offering off-plan investment opportunities on the sun-drenched Gambian coast, and is recruiting agents to promote the country ahead of an expected rush of interest in this emerging market. Gambia real estate a new emerging market?

  • Gauteng is likely to be the least volatile region promising you stability in your property investment
  • Durban is expected, in the long run, to experience the best capital growth in terms of price inflation

The above according to the property experts, Gauteng offers ‘least volatile’ property investments

Founded in 1813 on the banks of the Great Fish River to cater for the migratory farmers who settled in this ruggedly beautiful area with its excellent grazing, abundant water and healthy climate, Cradock today is a thriving agricultural community which specialises in the production of wool and mohair and in cattle farming. Focus on Cradock, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Once you know how much money you can borrow and have an estimate of your closing costs, you'll know the price range you can afford. Now starts the best part of all, hunting for that perfect property. This week in Have Fun, we share some tips on house hunting.

Enjoy!
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>> Real Estate News - Gambia real estate a new emerging market?

Homesgofast.com believe that the tiny West African state of Gambia could be the next hot destination for overseas property investors. The leading online overseas property portal is offering off-plan investment opportunities on the sun-drenched Gambian coast, and is recruiting agents to promote the country ahead of an expected rush of interest in this emerging market...

>> Survey shows more harmony in market

Clear evidence that the property market has settled is the fact that the difference between asking and selling prices has dropped back to normal levels of between 5 and 10 percent in most areas – from as much as 25 to 30 percent in the middle of last year.

This has emerged from the latest national survey conducted by the Homenet group through its network of more than 160 branches countrywide, and is obviously good news for homebuyers...

>> Gauteng offers ‘least volatile’ property investments

GAUTENG, over time, is likely to be the least volatile region as far as house-price inflation is concerned.

Although the inland province did not experience the high price peaks that occurred in coastal belt areas during the property boom years, it also did not experience the lows that occurred on the coast...

>> Emerging Black middle-class powers house prices

Riding on the back of an empowered black middle class, house prices have been rising strongly for the past six years in South Africa (pop. 45.3 million, GDP/cap US$5,400).

The double digit growth rate of house prices in the middle segment continued in 2005 with a nominal house price growth of 21.9%, lower than 2004’s growth of 32.2%. However, the luxury residential segment continues to perform poorly compared to other segments and prices have started to fall...

>> Look out for beauties in disguise

Buyers who can spot a Cinderella property in a good area stand to make a royal profit when the time comes to resell - if they are willing to roll up their sleeves and tackle a spot of home renovation.

Homes that have been neglected but are structurally sound are prime candidates for makeovers that will make them fit better with the overall tone of the neighbourhood. And buyers with the imagination to see them as belles of the ball when they are still in rags may well find fairy tales coming true.

>> Focus Cradock, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Founded in 1813 on the banks of the Great Fish River to cater for the migratory farmers who settled in this ruggedly beautiful area with its excellent grazing, abundant water and healthy climate, Cradock today is a thriving agricultural community which specialises in the production of wool and mohair and in cattle farming.

>> View Properties in the Eastern Cape
>> View Properties in Cradock

>> Property of the week

Eastern Cape, Cradock

Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2

Beautiful Family Home in Cradock Beautiful enclosed garden, swimming pool and a lovely old style house comprising 3 bedrooms + a outside room, spacious lounge and dining room as well as entrance hall. Separate kitchen with scullery. Outdoors there is a built-in-braai, single garage and carport...

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>> Have Fun - House Hunting

Once you know how much money you can borrow and have an estimate of your closing costs, you'll know the price range you can afford. You might already have your "dream home" in mind. Perhaps you want to settle down in a particular neighbourhood, or maybe you just need more space for your growing family.

Even if you know exactly what you're looking for, the house hunting process can be overwhelming. It takes time.

>> News from - Cape Times

The District Six area, where tenants of 17 historic cottages face eviction, has been graded as a heritage site and the owners will have to get permission from heritage authorities for any sort of development, according to the SA Heritage Resource Agency (Sahra).

Some of the last residents of District Six held a rally in the area on Sunday to protest their pending eviction.

>> Clarity needed on coastal bill

The new integrated Coastal Management Bill has been set up to "protect the coast", but there seems to be an amount of uncertainty over what this actually means and who actually owns the land.

There is "ambiguity" in certain clauses of the new integrated Coastal Management Bill, warns Peter Venter, chairperson of the Western Cape branch of the Institute of Estate Agents. This, he says, affects the "status of, and confidence in, coastal properties — ultimately reducing their value".

>> From the CyberProp Blog

In Love with Two Houses?

What to Consider When Making the Final Decision

When finding yourself caught up in house-hunting mode, you may encounter a situation in which you're torn between two properties. Perhaps you and your partner each have a favourite or perhaps you both like two houses equally - or think you do.

Making a final decision and determining which property to make an offer on. The decision you make should be done rationally and not guided by emotion...

>> One month to go to the largest worldwide real estate exhibition - SIMA07.

The ninth edition of the Madrid Real Estate Exhibition, taking place from 29 May to 2 June, will cover a total of 100 000 square meters. SIMA’s International content will be distributed in two areas: SIMA’s Hall I (International Institutional and Investment Pavilion, and SIMA’s Inmotur (International Holiday Homes Pavilion), an area devoted to second homes in foreign countries where hundreds of property and property related exhibitors from more than 20 markets will participate...

>> Software at its best! - More about Blogging

What is blogging?

Blogging is a way of collecting links to webpages and sharing thoughts and ideas with people online.

Blogs (or Weblogs) are basically online journals or diaries which are great for sharing information and ideas.

Blogger.com says:

"A blog is a personal diary. A daily pulpit. A collaborative space. A political soapbox. A breaking-news outlet. A collection of links. Your own private thoughts. Memos to the world."

As well as text, blogs often contain audio, music, images and video.

They're also really easy to make, so you can have one even if you aren't very technical.

Anything can be posted instantly to a blog.


Why Blog

Surfing's no fun if you can't tell people what you've found.

How many times have you sent e-mails to your mates with the address of a particularly interesting web page, annotated with your own hilarious comments?

Wouldn't it be good to get your own web page where you could publish these comments, plus the links you find, turn it into a daily journal of thoughts and ideas and make the whole thing available to the world?

Well now you can, and if you do, you'll be joining the phenomenon that has become 'blogging'.

The history of blogs

Blogging has become something of a big thing in the last few years, and some of the biggest and best known weblogs attract the kind of traffic that even big name e-commerce sites would be jealous of.

Weblogs are more than pages of links - they tend to reflect the personalities of their owners. They are personal web pages, updated very often.

They are the product of their owners' imaginations, interests and wit, and it's probably this personal touch which has made them so popular, especially for political issues.

The word 'weblog' was coined by Jorn Barger, owner of the long-established and extremely popular Robot Wisdom weblog.

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