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SDP Newsletter November 2010

  1. 1. Trouble viewing this email? View in your browser                                   Tramonto - Weddings & Events                 Website Property for Sale Guesthouses/Hotels Developments Winelands Properties International Property Property for Rent Accommodation SA News Cafe 2010 Fifa World Cup Property Finance Welcome Index Welcome to this exciting edition of our newsletter. Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way...Oh it’s not Christmas just yet, but you can make your way to Franschhoek and enjoy the 6th annual Franschhoek Christmas Market. Spend the day in Franschhoek and enjoy a splendid shopping experience with something to tickle your every fancy from garden furniture for Barbie to African games to chocolates for your sweet tooth. Now, not for the fainthearted, conquering the Hell, Gamkaskloof in two days is an incredibly demanding yet satisfying challenge – physically, mentally and emotionally. The challenge is riding from De Hoek Resort in Oudtshoorn to the Hell in the Gamkaskloof Valley.  Stay over the night and  ride back the next day.  About 120km covered in two days on a mountain  bike with almost 4 000 metres of vertical ascend. And if that’s not demanding enough, take part in the Attakwas Extreme Mountain bike challenge, SA"s toughest one day race. Competitors can choose one of two challenging options: a long mountain bike route and a short mountain bike. See below for more info on these events and more. Weekly Property Feature New Release Property From the Desk of Marcel Deacon International Property Articles Events/ Things to do Recipes Weekly Property Feature GEORGE - R4 300 000 REDUCED!!!   Guesthouse and Restaurant, situated along the magnificent and scenic Garden Route, on the East Coast of the Republic of South Africa. With popular beaches a few minutes drive away and world renowned golf courses just down the street makes this guesthouse the perfect destination for exploring popular travel destinations. With 15 Bedrooms & a fully operational restaurant, this is a traveller's paradise - all in one complete package. Read more. GLENTANA - R8 995 000 1000m 5 star residence with all furnishings, curtains, crockery, artworks & conference facilities. Large sum rimflow pool, unbelievable seaview, tiled sunroof, parking for 11 cars and huge entertainment areas. Read more. HEROLDS BAY - R899 000 Access to a beach is undoubtedly the most attractive reason to purchase a coastal property. The romance of the idea of enjoying long sun-filled breaks with your family and friends is appealing to us all. The Garden Route has experienced unprecedented growth over the last few years with an ever increasing demand for prime seaside properties. This has led to a huge increase in the values of front row properties. The Heroldsbay development offers a total of 63 units - 10 Bachelor, 17 One Bedroom, 32 Two bedrooms, 4 Three bedroom. Hotel suites from R 899000 1 Bedroom from R 1 499 000 2 Bedroom units from R 1 999 000 3 Bedroom units from R 3 399 000  Read more. New Release Property
  2. 2.                     New Release Property OUBAAI - R2 150 000 Luxury apartment with the best of the best finishes. BBQ inside/outside and large patio.   Read more. GEORGE - R4 950 000  Tranquil country living! Embrace the mountain! Beautiful rustic home with many interesting features! Spacious open plan living areas with large fireplace and a dover stove from yesteryear! Courtyard with covered BBQ area and seperate guest section(Open plan bedroom and lounge with bathroom). Lovely kitchen with SMEG gas hob, scullery and laundry. 3 North facing bedrooms and 2 beautiful bathrooms. Study nook. Staff bathroom, double garage, storeroom. Swimmingpool with amazing view over the mountain! 2 dams. Khoi pool. 2nd House with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 70m entertainment area and kitchen with gas Bosch stove. Read more. From the Desk of Marcel Deacon BEWARE OF FIXING A LANDLORDS PROPERTY If a tenant undertakes to do any repairs, maintenance or refurbishment on a property then he or she must first get the owner’s permission and agree on who will pay for the work done because a tenant has no ownership or compensation rights to those improvements.   Even if a tenant feels that the improvement is essential, it still cannot be undertaken without the express permission of the landlord.  In the current property market, landlords may  neglect to paint walls, treat wood or repair floors in a property but even then the tenant should get permission to undertake any remedial work before doing it.In our experience, tenants want to know that a home has a working alarm system and burglar bars. If the house doesn’t have adequate security this should be negotiated and resolved before the lease is signed.   The golden rule is to communicate with the managing agent or the landlord prior to any work being done.If the tenant feels that the remedial work is essential and decides to do that work then he or she should first negotiate with the landlord and agree the payment structures. International Property FLEURS DE CANNES - MAURITIUS    The Villas Fleurs de Cannes were designed according to the promoters and investors expectations of a Tropical habitat. Fleurs de Cannes Villas honour the high standard expected of a well designed house, both in functionnality , space, comfort, security and high quality environment. Villa Fleurs de Cannes will definitely charm its owners. 17 T5 villas of 225 mm at the heart of a secured allotment with swimming pool/kiosk, overhanging a green valley. Within a few steps of hot white sanded beaches and crystal clear lagoons of Grand Bay. Enjoy the sweeping views and relax at your new recreational centre offering squash sports and a fitness room. Be among the first to acquire one of the 17 Fleurs de Canness RES villas, a new real estate project to be developed by Heritage Promo Ltd on a 8 352 mm site in the white sand beaches region of Northern Grand Bay. Enjoy sweeping views of enchanting land of billowing sugar cane fields, breathtaking sunlit mountain ranges and turquoise coloured lagoons. The villas Fleurs de Canness are designed so that their construction is in harmony with its landscape environment. Only one type of villa was distributed across the plot, in order to adapt the construction as well as possible to the weak slope ground. Constructions are established closest to natural ground. Entry and exit to the residence are done through a principal access guarded by a security officer and is to the south- east of the site. The principal alley which serves all 17 villas is planted with royal palm trees. The whole plot was designed in such a way to guarantee a home feeling of peace, calm and serenity. Read more.
  3. 3. Read more. Articles NEW MORTGAGE LENDER FOR UK MARKET The Financial Services Authority (FSA) in the UK has announced that it has approved Precise Mortgages to sell regulated mortgages, providing more home loan choices to homeowners. Ian Lonergan, chief executive of Precise, said the company had been working hard to “deliver a proposition that focused on quality whilst providing an outstanding example of compliance in terms of The Financial Services Authority (FSA) approach to responsible lending.” The company aims to market its portfolio to customers who are identified to be responsible lenders. It is expected to launch the product as soon as spring next year. Read more. REAL ESTATE INVESTMENTS FOR SA   South Africa’s post-apartheid transformation and the growth of a new middle class are fuelling demand for affordable homes. For private equity fund International Housing Solutions (IHS) and its global investors, that means opportunity. IHS’ South Africa Workforce Housing Fund has raised some US$250-million (R1.7-billion), with early support from the US Overseas Private Investment Corporation, to take equity stakes in developers and development projects that are adding tens of thousands of new homes and apartments to South Africa’s housing stock Investors include Citigroup Global Markets along with a major North American endowment and a pension fund. The Development Bank of Southern Africa is also participating. In its largest deal to date, IHS has invested around $30- million (R200-million) in the conversion of 11 landmark buildings in downtown Johannesburg into 3 000 rental units. This and similar IHS-funded projects are making an important contribution to the revival of Johannesburg’s central business district. Other IHS- backed projects include a 4 141-unit estate in Soweto’s Jabulani district – the kind of development that is making Soweto unrecognisable to anyone whose mental picture of the township was formed before the advent of democracy. Read more.   How much can I afford? As a first-time home buyer it is important to know exactly how much money you can borrow for your new home and, most importantly, what monthly repayments you can afford. One should use affordability as the main factor in deciding the loan amount to apply for. Your bond originator will help you in calculating and determining what you can afford. Costs Determining the right price range is an essential first step to avoid wasting time looking at unsuitable properties. Make sure that you are aware of all the costs involved in buying a home. In addition to paying a deposit there are a number of other upfront costs involved such as legal costs, transfer duty, bond registration fees and bank fees. These costs all need to be budgeted for. WHAT CAN I BUY FOR MY BUDGET Read more. NELSON MANDELA BOOK RELEASED   A new book that features writings in former president Nelson Mandela’s own hand has been released internationally in 20 languages, from Turkish to Catalan. The book is available in stores and online from 12 October 2010. Conversations with Myself was compiled by the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s Centre of Memory and Dialogue from priceless material held in the elder statesman’s personal archives. Here the reader will get a glimpse of the man behind the leader and international icon, from previously unavailable material such as private recorded conversations, journal entries, interview transcripts and draft speeches Read more. Broadband pundits are predicting internet connection rates in South Africa to drop by between 20% and 25% in the next 12 months. Most of the executives who spoke at the My Broadband conference in Midrand, north of Johannesburg, on 20 October forecast that prices will drop significantly in the next year, citing new infrastructure developments and escalating competition in the industry. Broadband wholesaler and network operator Neotel forecast price cuts of about 20%. Underwater cable operator Seacom’s Suveer Ramdhani said they expect international rates to drop by between 20% and 25%.  INTERNET GETTING CHEAPER IN SA   Read more. SOUTH AFRICAN WINES NOW TOP   South African wines have performed impressively of late at numerous prestigious international wine awards. Against strong competition from overseas, the local wine industry has proved yet again that wine is one of South Africa’s most successful exports. SA Wines Online MD Kevin Gallagher says in the past five years South African wines have grown in quality and offer outstanding value for money. “South African wines are able to compete with any other wine producing region in the world,” he says. Michelangelo International Wine Awards Read more.   and if you are from the UK and would like to order SA wines you can now do so via our associate SA Wines Online UK CAPE EPIC ROUTE 2011  CAPE PIONEER TREK 2010   
  4. 4. CAPE EPIC ROUTE 2011  Two time trials featured in eighth edition of mountain bike stage race Organizers have announced the route for the eighth edition of the Absa Cape Epic mountain bike stage race, and it is expected to be as challenging as in previous years. Local enthusiasts and international stars will compete from March 27 to April 3, 2011, over 707km from Tokai to Lourensford with 14,550m of climbing. The route, which changes significantly each year, will lead 1,200 cyclists through vast distances of territory not previously visited by the race. With its challenging and exhilarating landscapes, new stage hosts Saronsberg (Tulbagh), Worcester and Oak Valley await racers before the finish at the Lourensford Wine Estate, where the race has concluded for the past five years. One of the most visited tourist attractions in the southern hemisphere, the Victoria & Alfred (V&A) Waterfront, will again play host to the opening celebrations and registration.  Read more. CAPE PIONEER TREK 2010    Dryland - Stage 1 of Cape Pioneer delivers some excitement in the Klein Karoo Posted on October 19th, 2010 admin No comments The racing in the mixed category of the DCM Cape Pioneer might just turn out to be one of the big highlights of the six day mountain bike tour in the Southern Cape. Ischen Stopforth and Marcel Deacon won the first stage from Oudtshoorn to Mosselbay (135km) in 6 hours 49 minutes and 36 seconds. Kobus and Fienie Barnard finished second in 6:52:31 and the Swiss Team of Patrick Griessen and Ariane Luthi were third in 7 hours and 2 minutes. But the battle is far from being won. Yolandi de Villiers and Johan Labuschagne who despite finishing 5th yesterday, 45 minutes behind Stopforth/Deacon, refused to accept defeat. Read more.   READ ALL ARTICLES ON CAPE PIONEER HERE Events / Things to do ATTAKWAS MOUNTAIN BIKE Attakwas Extreme Mountain Bike 121km Challenge & Attakwas Mini 55km Mountain Bike Ride Event date: 2011-01-15 VENUE Chandelier Game Farm in Oudtshoorn to Pine Creek Resort in Grootbrak. RACEINFO Read more. TO HELL AND BACK MTB The To Hell & Back extreme MTB tour started way back in 1994 when two MTB crazy conservators decided that it would be a great idea to organize a race to Gamkaskloof (the Hell). At that stage it was aimed as a marketing campaign for Gamkaskloof to attract tourist interest to this remote valley of which most of the private farms were obtained by Cape Nature Conservation and a few houses have been restored for the tourism market. Little did they know that this would lead to a new legend being born ...... the annual To Hell & Back mountain bike race. Read more. Recipes JOIN US FOR SNACKS AND DRINKS   Endive and Blue Cheese Bites Mini Mushroom Tarts Mini Tarts with Pesto, Feta and Rosa Tomatoes Mini Yorkshire Puddings with Roast Beef and Caramelised Onions Aubergine and Tomato Terrine Sticky Chicken Wings Honey & Chilli Prawn Skewers Bacon and Cashew Caramel Popcorn    Read more.   Copyright © 2010 | Designed by WebNow