Weekly Newsletter
Friday, 29 April, 2005

Edition 16 of 2005, Friday, 29 April 2005

Dear Reader,

It is not always such a good idea to switch your television on. Petrol prices - yet again there is going to be an increase in petrol prices. As from Sunday, 01 May 2005 petrol prices is increasing with 20c. For millions of South Africans this no good news.

Living up to the Joneses? Are you familiar with this? Advise from Dave Welmans - Do not compare your home to the Jone's home next door when you are selling it. Asking price is not the same as value - The Property Game. In the next issue of the CyberProp.com newsletter we will be giving away those seats to Dave's seminar.

I found a brilliant article this week in The Property Magazine - Soweto Mall mania - Despite containing an estimated 43 per cent of Johannesburg’s population, Soweto only has approximately 3 per cent of the city’s retail floor space. An estimated 2.5-million square meters of formal retail space is available in metropolitan JohannesburgA word from Dr. Piet Botha, chairperson of Nationlink, "Don't be bulldozed into signing an offer to purchase, even if you’re very keen to buy a property" - Buying - read the fine print

Focus on, Heidelberg, Western Cape, South Africa - Heidelberg is set on the banks of the Duivenhoks River and offers great natural beauty and real country hospitality. Heidelberg has a moderate climate, plentiful water, rich soil, clean air, rural tranquility, a friendly community and advanced infrastructure - an ideal place to visit and stay over.

Enjoy!

CyberProp greetings!
The editor

>> Real Estate News - South Africa

Mortgage Originators Do Us A Favour

Although interest rates were reduced, the borrowing rates that consumers get on their home loans have nevertheless been coming down because of growth in the local mortgage origination business.

The phenomenal growth in the mortgage origination industry — where a company seeks the best home loan rate from the lending institutions on your behalf — means that homebuyers are now enjoying bigger rate concessions on their home loans.

>> The Property Game

Supplied by Dave Welmans www.thepropertygame.co.za

The value of your home
Your home is your castle and in some instances also your piggy bank. It is natural, therefore, to want reassurance as to the value of your castle. How do you get this reassurance without selling your home? How do you know when you're living in, or have invested in, a 'good' neighbourhood?

>> Richtersvelders have plan for sustainability

The R2,5-billion compensation the Richtersveld community is seeking in its land claim is enough to make every head of household a millionaire, with cash to spare.

But if they do get what they want, they will not all suddenly be driving 4X4s, said the secretary of the Richtersveld Communal Property Association, Floors Strauss...

>> Buying - read the fine-print

Don’t be bulldozed into signing an offer to purchase, even if you’re very keen to buy a property.

That’s the advice to homebuyers — and especially first-time buyers — from Dr Piet Botha, chairman of the Nationlink estate agency group, who says it is vital that they first read every clause in an offer to purchase and make sure they understand them all.

"Buyers should never be persuaded to sign an offer on the basis that they may 'lose' the property to a competing purchaser unless they make a hasty decision — and they should be wary of an agent who does not take the time to go through the document with them or is unable to fully explain anything that is unclear...

>> Soweto mall mania

A northern Johannesburg suburbanite might be forgiven for not thinking much of the new Signet Terrace shopping mall, which opened in Lenasia last October. It looks pretty much like any one of the strip malls you’d find in Douglasdale or Fourways.

A light face brick, crescent-shaped structure designed by Mentrax Associate Architects, it faces out towards the Lenasia CBD and features anchor tenants like Shoprite, Ackermans, Jet, Morkels, Ellerines and food outlets such as Milky Lane and Fishaways.

>> Focus on Heidelberg, Western Cape, South Africa

Heidelberg is set on the banks of the Duivenhoks River and offers great natural beauty and real country hospitality.

The lovely Dutch Reformed church, in Gothic architecture, forms the hub of the town, from where visitors can venture out on different routes.

View Properties in the Western Cape | View Properties in Heidelberg

>> Property of the week

Western Cape, Heidelberg

Wonderful opportunity to make a sound investment. A Guesthouse in the main street of Heidelberg Western Cape, 6 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, spacious open plan living areas, Fishpond, Swimming pool, 4 Carports and a beautiful Garden.

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>> Have fun - Light Up Your Life! - Finding the Perfect Fireplace for Your New Home

A warm fireplace increases the appeal of any room. When designing your new home, use fireplaces as eye-catching and relaxing focal points.

Fireplaces serve as centerpieces of many restful retreats. Whether you kick back with the paper in front of a flickering fire, gather the family around a crackling blaze or celebrate the warming effects of a cozy fire with an intimate friend, few would deny that a fireplace increases the appeal of any home.

>> News from Val Ludgrove
Tel: 044 533 4047
www.plettenbergbayrealestate.co.za
Email: Ludgrove@global.co.za
Fax: 044 533 4272

Issue 4
Newsletter
25 April 2005
We would like to welcome our new
staff member Hoender.(left)
He will be Personal Assistant to
Ingrid (right). We hope that he will
enjoy his new work environment.
Welcome Hoender!

NEW ON THE MARKET
THE BAY OF LAGOONS (PLETT) 1763-1777

In 1763 the first white settlers in the Bay were stock farmers, hunters and frontiersman from the Western Cape. The stock farmers came as far as Swellemdam in search of grazing for the cattle.

In 1772, the Swede, Carl Peter Thunberg, encouraged by Governor Joachim van Plettenberg, visited the region. He was the first to document valuable observations on the bay and the Robberg.

A map, by an unknown cartographer, shows that a certain Cornelis Botha was already established in the Bay in 1777.

In our next addition we will explore Governor van Plettenberg's journey to The Bay of Lagoons

NEWLY BUILT HOUSE WITH VIEWS

This modern home offers the following:

  • 4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms
  • Open plan Kitchen/Lounge area
  • Separate Scullery
  • Large Built-in Braai on covered patio
  • Spacious Bedrooms
  • Bar & Recreational Room
  • Double Garage
  • Swimming pool
  • Beautiful Established Garden

Asking Price: R4, 900 000.00


WATER RESTRICTIONS
Our water restrictions have finally been lifted. Adequate water resources enabled the Bitou Council to adjust the restrictions with immediate effect. Residents will be able to water their gardens everyday from 06h00 to 10h00 and from 16h00 to 18h00. Watering in the cool of the day means better absorption and use of this precious commodity.

NEW ELEPHANT PARK OPENING SOON
Six elephants between the ages of 6 and 15 years were transferred from the Kruger National Park to 22 hectares of green pastures, next to Monkeyland. Presently the Park next to Monkeyland is under construction and will offer guided tours as from August 2005. Guests will be given a great opportunity to feed, touch and interact with these animals.

SMALLHOLDING

16ha Smallholding with comfortable
3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom home &
1 Bedroom flat
Lock-up shed, 2 Rondavels
2 Sheds (one for live stock)
A large underground water tank
10 Well fenced camps & large dam
Beautiful Views
10 km from Plett
Asking Price: R2, 950 000.00

STANDS FOR SALE

Julia Avenue - R600 000.00 neg.
With the right building plans this vacant stand will offer sea, lagoon & mountain views.

Birdie Avenue - R650 000.00
Walking distance to the beach.

Dassen Island Drive - R810 000.00
Gentle slope with sea views.

Whale Rock - R790 000.00 neg.
Stand with views towards Robberg Nature Reserve and Keurbooms.
AND LOTS MORE AVAILABLE

GOOSE VALLEY UNITS FOR SALE

4 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom unit
Open plan Lounge, Dining room & Kitchen area
Fully Furnished
Freestanding unit
Garage
Stunning Views
Asking Price: R2, 200 000.00

3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom unit
Open plan Lounge & Kitchen area
Fully Furnished
Asking Price: R980 000.00



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