|Word from the editor|
Dear CyberAgent user,
So much has happened in the first months of 2012. The most exciting of which being the acquisition of USP Designs shares by Kagiso Media (Knowledge Factory). As you know Kagiso Media is the largest BEE media group in the country and one of the top performing media agents on the stock exchange. This move has opened numerous doors for CyberProp and CyberAgent.
As a valued client of ours we want you to be aware of the changes but also of the immense opportunity there is for your agency in this development. We now have the facilities of the entire Kagiso organisation at our disposal, many of which have been incorporated into this new development.
We have added valuable property information from the likes of Knowledge Factory and have a national advertising campaign awaiting with some of the groups media stations like, Jacaranda, East Coast radio, Kaya Fm etc.
This we believe will add great value to you and extend your reach. We are not only going to have the most advanced and innovative property portal but will also be able to generate huge amounts of traffic to the site through above the line advertising and interaction with the public.
Our goal is to make finding property as easy as possible for potential buyers. Our vision is to generate well qualified leads for our estate agencies.
We look forward to an exciting few months ahead. We value and respect our relationship with you and your agency and hope that together we will make 2012 a record breaking year.
Until next month!
|April Property Clock|
Knowledge Factory's Property Clock, is a graphic representation of the South African residential real-estate market. Various datasets including interest rates, supply/demand cycles, finance availability, construction and rentals are analyzed. Adjusted monthly, this high-level overview tracks trends in this important sector of the South African economy.
APRIL 2012: Knowledge Factory's,SA Property Transfer Guide has kept its Property Clock unchanged this month. The Clock measures high-level national trends in the residential real-estate market. It retreated by five minutes in 2011 and has moved forward by one minute in March 2012...
The property stats stay a winner and we have more and more agencies striving to get that 100%!
We now have 21 agencies with a score higher than 90%. Well done!
Why Property Scoring
It is important to list your properties as comprehensive as possible for a number of reasons, some of the most prominent reasons are:
In order to assist you we have implemented a property scoring system based on the quality of your listings. It is also important for us to make sure that buyers visiting our main sites (www.cyberprop.com), are presented with quality for sale and to rent listings.
Scoring of listings happens every time you would do an update website. This means that scoring will continuously change and feedback on your listings will be available at the same time as the update request is processed. An email will be sent once a week to every administrator/principal to inform them of their score and position.
We will soon be implementing a minimum score per property listing. Property listings with a score less than the minimum score will not be displayed on our main sites. These listings will also not qualify for export to other websites.
How we score a Property Listing:
|From our developers|
Previously it was mot possible to upload per day rentals to P24. This is now possible in the new version of the export. Currently it will show as POA on the P24 portal.
We do not feed the addresses out as we have had incidents in the past where the addresses were leaked on some portals, which is obviously a very bad thing.
However due to the high demand, this is now exported to P24 as well. The reason that this will be useful is that the agents that get the enquiries will immediately know which properties are being enquired about without having to look up the reference numbers.
Sales Per agent
There was a query by a new client to report on which sales an agent was involved in. The best would be to use the pay slip per agent.
This will give you the sales for the agent for the time period you specify (you can then also specify only closed sales or all sales).
|From our Support Desk|
Build 3.100.1629 is now available. Please make sure that you are using the latest version of CyberAgent.
Q: Can I have more then one Computer in the office running Cyberagent?
A: Yes you can, the one thing you just need to make sure of is that you are connected to the offices local area network. If you are then the rest isnt a problem, please just make sure you are connected to the network.
Q: Our owner price and/or selling price isnt calculating correctly, what is causing this?
A: Next to your commission percentage is a button, when you click on that it opens up your commission setup. Please dont work in this area without assistance, if you would like to change anything in this setup then please contact support. The formulas can be quite complex.
Should you experience any problems or have any questions, please contact our support desk on 011 955 9100 or email Support@cyberprop.com
|From our Webmaster|
5 Tips for Effective Social Media Strategy
Social media was once an experimental communication tool used by a few forward-thinking firms in our industry. Now, on nearly every financial firms website youll find a trio of little blue boxes somewhere near the bottom. Corporate Insight, a research firm that provides competitive intelligence to financial institutions, released on Thursday a report spotlighting how financial firms have taken that growth and turned it into effective social media strategies...
From our Domains and email desk
Choosing a Real Estate Domain Name
If you dont already have a real estate website, one of the first things youll have to do in order to build a top-ranking site is choose a domain name. Sounds easy enough, right? Well, when it comes down to it, choosing the right domain name for a website may be a bit more difficult than you might first expect...
SA Property Transfer Guide
As you have read SA Property Guide and USP Designs have combined services under the Knowledge Factory (Kagiso Media) brand to offer their clients a comprehensive Estate Agency and Agent solution. The merger has now taken place and SA Property Guide has moved office to USP Designs and will also operate as USP Designs (PTY) Ltd. until further notice.
There are many new services and areas of expertise we will be able to provide our users in the future.
Please take note of the following;
We are confident that our new affiliation will server us all well.
With our training sessions it came to our attention that there are still agencies/agents who are experiencing data problems for example, properties that are in CyberAgent cannot be found on SA Property Transfer Guide.
New, collated, cleaned and organized data will be available later this month
SA Property Guide requested that ALL data queries be mailed to email@example.com . Please we need your assistance regarding this matter.
|CyberAgent Training and Info Sessions|
We provide you with FREE training session in the following areas;
During these training sessions more information will also be provided on:
The training in Bloemfontein & Mpumalanga went smoothly and the concepts covered were received with enthusiasm. The general level of CyberAgent knowledge is definitely at a high level and queries were are resolved quickly. If you still dont know what extras are available in your CyberAgent application make sure that you attend a Free training session at our offices or contact support for more information - firstname.lastname@example.org
A warm welcome to all new Agencies March 2012:
We trust that by now you are well aware of what CyberAgent can do for you. If you need any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com or phone us at: +27 (0)11 955-9100 or 086 112- 9237
|The Property Trainer Jill Corfield|
A very simple and cheap way to get your NQF qualification
Obtain your qualification at your own pace within your own budget! Only pay in full for the credits/subjects you need to obtain receive discounts on the subjects you are exempt for. Most agents who have not yet achieved their NQF qualification have delayed the RPL process for a variety of reasons:
Now there is an alternative way, a better way that addresses these issues:
|EAAB NEWS Flash|
PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATION EXAMINATION DATES FOR 2012/2013
Estate agents, whether principals or non-principals, who held a valid fidelity fund certificate as at 15 July 2008 are reminded that they must successfully complete the Professional Designation Examination by no later than 31 December 2013 to be accorded professional status. Estate agents, generally, are granted a period of two years, calculated as from the date of certification against the respective real estate qualifications for principal and non-principal estate agents, within which to pass the PDE. All estate agents who still have to undertake the PDE are, therefore, encouraged to enroll for that examination as soon as possible...
IEASA - The Way Forward
The IEASA for the present takes responsibility for all its members, both principals and agents. Sustainable business models are currently being developed to comply with governments requirements to have separated bodies in terms of organised labour and organised business, whilst acknowledging that an agents main business is selling property. It is imperative that agents and estate agency principals are properly organised to have a voice in industry.
The IEASA is fully aware of the need for transformation in the industry on different fronts. The primary goal is to build on over 75 years of service to the industry and to emerge with two financially viable bodies fully representing the new South Africa...
|Welcome back Heine|
Welcome back Heine.
Heine is back in our support team and is looking forward to be of assistance.
Free ads for Cyberprop users
Q: Please could you send details regarding the Cyberprop newsletter statement that ads are free on Property Junction. Not sure what online presence we have with property junction already as advertisers or whether this is different
A: We have arranged with Cyberprop that all their active listings be sent to PropertyJunction for free advertising for the remainder of this year. If you currently list your properties with Cyberprop or make use of the CyberAgent listing management system your properties will automatically be sent to PropertyJunction with you not having to do anything. This process will take around a month to complete.
|Quotation of the month|
Some people have so much respect for their superiors they have none left for themselves. - Peter McArthur