Weekly Newsletter
Friday, 27 August, 2004

Edition 32 of 2004, Friday 27 August 2004

Dear Reader,

Welcome to the southern tip of Africa. Here, two great oceans meet, warm weather lasts most of the year, and big game roams just beyond the city lights. A question to you this week - how well do you know South Africa? Not to worry if you don't, don't miss out on the three minute guide to South Africa.

Started many years ago as a voluntary collection of crafters, who wondered if they could attract visitors to leave the beaten track and explore their studios and galleries, the Midlands Meander has grown into an eclectic and fascinating mix of arts and crafts, world-class restaurants and homely comforts, with a wide range of sporting, environmental and historical pursuits thrown in too. Physical, culinary or cerebral, there is no limit to the experiences you’ll find here - Kingdom of the Zulu - Kwazulu Natal, South Africa.


Can you make money with property? Read more what Dr Piet Botha, chairman of the Nationlink estate agency group have to say in Making money from property.

Last week we had a look at the buying process - this it is time to look at the selling process. We share 10 tips with our readers on how to improve their selling karma.

Gosh! A whole lot to share this week! Don't forget, should you have anything that you would like to share with us send it to news@cyberprop.com

CyberProp greetings!
The editor

>> Real Estate in South Africa

Probe on foreign-land ownership begins

The vexed land question has reared its head again. On Tuesday the Minister of Land Affairs, Thoko Didiza, appointed a panel of experts to look into the thorny and emotive issue of land ownership and land use by foreigners...

>> Making money from property

The property market's strong performance in recent years has prompted many people to buy more properties as investments, the thinking being that they can benefit from rental income streams while they hold the properties and then achieve excellent capital gains when the time comes to sell.

"And there are indeed many attractive prospects in investment property," says DR Piet Botha, chairman of the Nationlink estate agency group. “One problem, though, is that new investors often don’t budget properly for the ongoing costs of ownership, and thus tend to overestimate the income — or profit — that they will make.”

>> Why was interest rates cut this month?

SARB 'not pressured to cut rates'

The decision to cut interest rates this month was not due to political pressure, Reserve Bank (SARB) governor Tito Mboweni said on Friday.

He said some people claimed that the SARB bowed to political pressure when it reduced the repo rate, at which it lends money to commercial banks, by 50 basis points to 7.5 percent on August 12...

>> Learn about Real Estate - the selling process

What to Do If Your Home Isn't Selling

Ten Tips
Whether you're in a bone-dry market or a sizzling selling season, if you haven't received any offers on your home you're probably facing the question of whether to take it off the market. A house that goes too long without selling begins to appear "stale" and can actually damage your future chances of a sale.

How long is too long? It's not an exact science, but there are some helpful indicators. In a dry market, a sales period of six months to one year isn't unusual. Look at recent sales reports of similar homes nearby to determine a reasonable selling interval. In a hot seller's market, a house that hasn't sold within one month indicates a problem. In either case, there are several steps you can take before putting up the white flag...

>> Focus on the Midlands Meander, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa

An experience to change your life...and your lifestyle...

Welcome, or welcome back, to the Midlands Meander. The famous Midlands Meander in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, is a unique mix of more than 160 places to eat, drink, sleep, shop, play and generally have fun.

Started many years ago as a voluntary collection of crafters, who wondered if they could attract visitors to leave the beaten track and explore their studios and galleries, the Midlands Meander has grown into an eclectic and fascinating mix of arts and crafts, world-class restaurants and homely comforts, with a wide range of sporting, environmental and historical pursuits thrown in too. Physical, culinary or cerebral, there is no limit to the experiences you’ll find here...

>> Property of the week

Kwazulu Natal - Pinetown - Cowies Hill

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Garages: 3

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>> The three-minute guide to SA
Welcome to the southern tip of Africa. Here, two great oceans meet, warm weather lasts most of the year, and big game roams just beyond the city lights.

This is where humanity began: our ancestors’ traces are still evident in fossilised footprints 80 000 years old, and in the world’s oldest rock paintings.

Today, this country is the powerhouse of Africa, the most advanced, broad-based economy on the continent, with infrastructure to match any first-world nation.

>> Have fun!!

Want to save money, energy and water while properly maintaining your swimming pool? To help you, we've talked to local experts and put together money-saving tips on these important topics: pool covers, leaks, pumps and filter systems.

>> Be in the frontline

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The real challenge is to find a software application (programme) that supports all facets of the industry, cutting out the need to duplicate day-to-day work. CyberAgent provides answers to all the estate agent's needs.

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>> You can also be a winner!

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