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Newsletter - 26 January 2009
Word from the editor

Dear CyberAgent user,

Last month we covered the importance of the Internet and how important it is to stay in touched with the needs of your clients.

We told you that we have formed relationships with other property websites and currently update the properties of our CyberAgent users to these as well as the numerous in-house websites (40+ websites) giving you the client maximum exposure! This monthly we can announce that CyberAgent are now the preferred property partner for Webmail and that your properties will be marketed on their property portal, www.webmailprop.co.za for FREE!

What’s happening in the property sector? “The fundamental problem,” says Ivan Neethling, the Chairman of the Western Cape branch of the Institute of Estate Agents (and National Treasurer to the organisation), “is not so much high interest rates - although a drop here is always welcome: it is the lack of finance. The banks are unable these days to issue enough bonds and on those they do allow the deposits are very high. This is a recipe for a complete slow-down in the property sector

Statements that bond/mortgage originators no longer have a role to play in the residential market was a shock for those operating in the property industry. Standard Bank will not be granting any bonds through Origination channels until further notice. ABSA on the other hand has successfully renegotiated its agreement with bond originators regarding commissions paid to them and the quality of applications submitted to the bank. Gavin Opperman, the group executive of SECURED LENDING AT ABSA RETAIL said agreements with the major bond with major bond originators had been concluded and negotiating with smaller originators would be finalised by the end of the month. Read more in Bond Originators must stay

CyberAgent is 10 years old! The growth of the company has been exponential in these years with over 1300 users. We now not only have one of the cheapest real estate office solutions in the market but offer by far the best real estate marketing solution you can get for your property. Development and enhancement of our software solution happens on a daily basis. Read more in What’s new

Good Luck!
The editor

Whats New

New and improved maps:

It's HERE we've upgraded our maps on www.CyberProp.com! Have a look at www.cyberprop.com/search.qck for a look at how cool it is!

We're still tweaking it a bit and in the course of March we'll be sending out a news flash confirming its availability for you to list your agency on the maps through an interface that we will make available.

Long SMS messages now supported!

In the past we used to allow only 160 characters per SMS message - you will now be able to type a message of any length, the system will indicate the number of SMS messages as you compose the message - you will be billed according to the number of SMS’s your message spans. The usual confirmation and feedback screens will also detail exactly how many SMS messages will be sent. Enjoy!

 

Bond Originators must stay

Bill Rawson, Chairman of Rawson Properties - Recent suggestions that bond originators no longer have a role to play in the residential property market are, in his view, way out of line, says Bill Rawson, Chairman of Rawson Properties.

Reviewing the background to this issue, Rawson said that in “the old days” the building societies charged fixed interest rates depending on the size and value of the bond. Later, to capture strong clients, the banks began to give discounts on the interest raised in excess of 2% in some cases...

Complaints received

From the Internet browser:

I’ve just been on to your site www.cyberprop.com and I am interested in a specific property. The problem is that I cannot phone the agent as the International dialling code of the agency who is selling the property is not listed. Please help

CyberAgent – Please check that you have your contact numbers displaying on your website with the International dialling code. If not email support@cyberprop.com so that they can rectify it. It is also important that when you load an agent through the agent manager module in CyberAgent you load the International dialling code

From the Internet browser:

Can you please ask you agents to say in what area is the property they want to sell as THEY DON'T DO IT. It is bad for your website. For instance, in Rustenburg they say Geelhoutpark. I don't want to buy in ext. 4 and 6 that’s by the stadium. You don't even drive there in a locked car in day light.
TO THE AGENTS THAT WANTS DO BUSINESS, LETS BE OPEN AND FAIR TO EACH OTHER. PLEASE!
Look into this please and do something about it while people are looking for houses.
THANKS !!

CyberAgent – We read last month that 71% of the Internet buyers would use the same real estate agent again. The Internet browser is right, if you are not open and fair about your listings they will not be back and for sure will not use you next time round

Moral of story – make sure that you list your properties correctly, with enough detail and photos!

 

Website Marketing - NEW


Click Here for printable .pdf file

Monthly Stats - End January 2009

 

Internal Site
Page Impressions
Total Users
Unique users
www.cyberprop.com
2,321,685
340,175
163,418
www.ananziproperty.co.za
878,757
42,017
24,338
www.real-estate-south-africa.com
841,533
17,372
10,265
www.cellproperty.com
254,266
13,115
6,984
www.funnelproperty.co.za
77,341
3,386
1,132
www.brabysproperty.com
431,589
13,758
7,684
www.easyhomes.co.za
212,974
12,711
8,004
property.safindit.co.za
126,579
14,956
9,186
www.sapropertylistings.co.za
11,071
1,013
285
Sub Totals:
5,155,795
458,503
231,296
External Site
Page Impressions
Total Users
Unique users
www.propertytrader.co.za
409,414
 
34,017
www.brabysmaps.co.za
1,243, 600
 
121,450
www.g.co.za
638,531
 
18,781
www.iolproperty.co.za
1,193,582
 
54,057
Sub Totals:
2,241,527
228,305
Portals
Page Impressions
Total Users
Unique users
www.ananzi.com
14,078,025
 
575,803
www.funnel.co.za
93,072
 
33,695
www.brabys.com
3,635,926
 
407,839
www.easyinfo.co.za
1,214,933
 
153,259
Sub Totals:
19,021,956
1,170,596
GRAND TOTALS:
26,419,278
458,503
1,630,197

 

Now is a good time to become an estate agent

AGENTS IN 2009 WILL BE BETTER QUALIFIED, MORE COMPETENT AND MORE RESPECTED, SAYS APKF MD

The fact that some 20,000 agents have left the residential property marketing sector over the last year to 18 months should not deter others from entering the profession now, even if they have never been in it before. This was said recently by Lanice Steward, MD of Anne Porter Knight Frank...

Property removal warning from Website

THIS IS A WARNING ONLY!

Your properties (33) will no longer be listed on the following websites SHOULD YOU NOT UPDATE SOON

If you have received this warning and was perturbed about it, do not fear. Why this warning?

We do maintain a high standard of quality of the properties listed on CyberProp and our affiliated websites with respect to the period of time a listing has been displayed on the websites – there’s nothing less appealing to a person browsing a website than seeing the same old things week in and week out. We have therefore adopted the measure of removing a property from the www.CyberProp.com website if it had been uploaded more than 30 days ago.

This means plainly that if you have not updated your website (and thus also www.CyberProp.com) in over 30 days – your properties will be taken off CyberProp. You will receive email confirmation of the fact on the day the properties are removed and notification to update prior to any removals.

For more information contact support@cyberprop.com

 

A Further 2% drop in interest rates needed to get residential property development moving

Shiraaz Hassan, Marketing and Projects Manager at the Cape headquartered Asrin Property Developers, one of the three largest development companies at the Cape, has added his voice to those of others in the property sector who are calling for a further 2% drop in the interest rates sooner rather than later.

“Only a drop of that size,” said Hassan, “can revive an industry that has seen turnover fall by 50% in the last 18 months...

CyberAgent Training and Info Sessions

We now provide you with FREE training session in the following areas;

  • Gauteng
  • Kwazulu Natal
  • Western Cape
  • and the Garden Route

During these training sessions more information will also be provided on:

  • CyberAgent Anywhere
  • Keep me Informed Function
  • New developments in CyberAgent
  • New Update Manager
  • REEP (Real Estate Evaluation Portal)
Gauteng
Western Cape
Gauteng Training Sessions

Date: Daily
Time:
09h30 to 12h30 - Beginners
14h00 to 17h00 - Advanced
Cost: FREE!
Venue: 22 Ackerman Street, Witpoortjie, Roodepoort, 1724

R.S.V.P

Contact:
Sandy
Tel: (011) 955-9100
Email support@cyberprop.com

Contact us to book your CyberAgent Anywhere training session today

Western Cape Training Sessions

Date: 10th March and 24th March 2009
Time:
09h00 to 12h00 - Beginners
12h00 to 16h00 - Advanced
Cost: FREE!
Venue: 65 Balfour Street, Parow, Cape Town

R.S.V.P

Before:
6 February and 20 March respectively

Contact:
Chris Niemandt
Cell 082 432 6963
Email chris@cyberprop.com

Contact us to book your CyberAgent Anywhere training session today

News

A warm welcome to all new Agencies January 2009:

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 support@cyberprop.com or phone us at: +27 (0)11 955-9100 or 086 112- 9237

Most Internet enquiries January 2009:

Company Requests
Chas Everitt International Property Group 618
The Rental Giant 567
Wendy Machanik Properties 254
Rentalproperties.co.za 154
Proplist - Johannesburg South 145
Aragon Properties 130
Makcon Royal Investments 128
Definite Shelter Properties 123
The Letting Agent 119
Proplist - Soweto t/a Pulemo Property Services 116
Summer Homes Residential Sales & Rentals 115
Proprop (Pty) Ltd - Head office 111
U PROP.com 101
Marduk Real Estate CC 98
NWSE Property Group 93
RKD Trading And Projects 92
IEASA - Time for agents to think globally

Everyone knows that there are hundreds of thousands of South Africans living in Perth and London, but not many are aware that there are also 30 000 living in Florida in the US, and thousands in the states of Georgia and Michigan.

This emerged at the recent National Association of Realtors (NAR) conference held in Orlando, Florida and attended by several SA representatives, including Dr Willie Marais, national president of the Institute of Estate Agents (IEASA), who says: “Since 1994 the world has been open to South Africans and while many have chosen to emigrate permanently, many are also just working overseas to broaden their experience and before returning to SA...

EAAB – Estate Agency Affairs Board

Auditing and Trust Accounts

The Submission of Auditors’ Reports, Trust Accounts Interest Earned on Trust Moneys and Related Matters

Q. When and who must open and maintain a current trust banking account?

A. Every estate agency business must open a cheque trust account with a bank and at the time of opening the account ensure that it has the following designation in the records of the bank "Trust account opened in terms of Section 32(1) of the Estate Agency Affairs Act, 112/1976" ("the Act"). Without such a designation the account does not enjoy the special protection envisaged by the Act and in the event of death or sequestration of a sole proprietor or the liquidation of the estate agency firm, trust creditors (members of the public who have entrusted moneys to the estate agent) run the risk of losing their moneys paid in good faith as trust moneys...

Quotation of the month

It matters not whether you win or lose; what matters is whether I win or lose.
Darrin Weinberg

Offering from Webmail