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Newsletter - January 2010
Word from the editor

Dear CyberAgent user,

South Africa property prices rising trend for 2010. According to Joina Properties, a leading Property Group focusing on South Africa and Zimbabwe in their report, South Africa 2010 – A property market perspective. Increased buyer confidence in the market will remain unchanged for about 8 to 14 months after the World Cup. The expected level of activity will however not reach the boom years of 2003 and 2007, mainly due to the current stringent lending policies by banks. Technology and the Internet will help the South Africa property market to see a significant movement towards an efficient property market with better marketing campaigns said Chipo Madusise, CEO of Sabi Digital, a leading Digital Marketing Agency in the report.”

Through our CyberAgent application for the real estate office and real estate agent we believe that we can give you the technology and Internet marketing that you need to put you one step ahead.

Technology – Our flagship product is CyberAgent. CyberAgent is an office management application for the Real Estate industry. Our CyberAgent application is a total office management system comprising of all aspects involving a real estate office, operating in the selling of property. It currently consists of 12 different modules from canvass management to property management and is available to the real estate agencies for as little as R 350 per month.

Internet marketing – CyberProp.com has become a property portal with more than 140,000 properties listed both for rental and for sale. CyberProp.com and our CyberProp.com newsletter is our community channel with the man in the street, providing them with “real time property” and industry related news. Currently we have 35,000+ subscribers for our CyberProp.com weekly newsletter. We also formed a relationship with other property websites and currently update the properties of our real estate agencies to 50+ affiliated websites.

2010! Make sure that you have the best of the best!

Good Luck!
The editor

Whats New

1. Slide show enhancement

You can now display your P.O.A. properties in the slide show

2. Mapping on Cyberprop.com and affiliated websites

We are now able to display the office location of our CyberAgent customers on a Google map on CyberProp and our affiliated websites. Read more in Mapping on CyberProp.com

Mapping on CyberProp.com

As mentioned in a previous newsletter, USP Designs has added mapping to www.Cyberprop.com, its client’s as well as affiliated websites.

With this in mind, we now are able to display a map and plot agencies on that map, yet again, a first for the industry.

A web user can now zoom into a particular area on the map and request a display of all Real Estate Agencies for that area. The user can define what area they wish to buy in and then see which agencies are nearest to that area. The area can be as broad as the whole of Southern Africa or it can be focused right down to suburb level.

To help us speed up this process, we ask if you would please enter your agency’s mapping coordinates.

If you are a CyberAgent Professional/Lite user;

you can use CyberAgent desktop application, Under “Site Update” we have added a new “Map Agency Coordinates” button.

Clicking on this button, will open a web page where you will be able to enter your coordinates.


CyberAgent Anywhere;

users can find the link under “Agency Setup” Menu option.

On this page, is a quick find, which will help you to navigate quickly to the suburb where your agency is located. Once you have located your suburb, simple click on the map to plot where your agency is. This will add a pointer and retrieve the coordinates for you. Then Click on the “Update” button to save the coordinates to our database.

Please remember to be as accurate as possible. This will help prospective clients find your premises quickly.

CyberAgent team
support@cyberprop.com
011 955 9100

Missed out on a previous newsletter

All our newsletters are stored on the CyberAgent website - so you can view any previous newsletter by simply going to www.cyberagent.co.za/newsletters.shp and then simply click on the newsletter link on the right.

 

To the editor

To the editor:

I’m sure that most of you can remember the article Time for agents to cut commissions that was placed in our last CyberAgent Newsletter. The response on this article was phenomenal. We place two of the responses;

JACKIE,

1/3 OF ESTATE AGENCIES HAVE GONE OUT OF BUSINESS THIS YEAR , THE REST ARE LUCKY TO BE BRAKING EVEN ,

I HAVE PERSONALLY HAD TO INVEST 3 MILLION RAND INTO PROPROP TO PUT IT BACK ON AN EVEN KEAL.

I SUGGEST YOU RESEARCH YOU SUBJECT MORE FULLY BEFORE GOING TO PRINT .

MY FINANCIAL ACCOUNTS ARE OPEN TO YOU IF YOU WOULD CARE TO SEE THEM

KIND REGARDS
MIKE BENNETT
M.D. PROPROP
www.proprop.co.za

Dear Jackie

I have been in the property selling industry for 20 years, and would like to comment with reference to your article.

In my 20 years’ experience, I have found the property industry to be extremely challenging and fiercely competitive, and not, as you suggest in your article, easy money.

Until the recent implementation of the RPL system for training and qualifying estate agents, ease of entry into the industry meant that during every property boom thousands of new selling agents were attracted to the industry.

Consequently, the “property pie”, although larger during property booms, had to be divided among the existing selling agents as well as the vast influx of newer agents attracted to the industry by the prospect of earning millions of Rands! During boom times, the “cream-on-top” for our industry is never expansive enough to sustain so many agents, and as soon as the market cools again the newer, less experienced selling agents leave the industry to return to former / enter other occupations and careers.

This exodus leaves those agents who have made lifelong careers of selling property to weather the storm - until the next upward turn in the property cycle. In a recovery phase, when “career agents” should be rewarded for surviving the tough times, they were instead exposed to dramatically increased competition as new agents join the industry - their fight for survival continues even through the “good times”!

Please find attached findings of a recent survey: “Estate Agents not wealthy – study : It is really time to put to bed the image of the high-flying estate agent earning millions of rands a year” that appeared in the Cape Times last week. The findings of the survey reveal that more than half (54%) of the agents polled earn R13 000 per month or less, which means that they could buy a home costing around R400 000, whereas the average price of the properties sold by estate agents in the past year is over R1 million.

The article quotes Dr. Willie Marais, National President of the Institute of Estate Agents (IEASA): “..not even one agent in five is earning the kind of income that would enable them to buy a home costing R1m or more – despite the fact that the typical agents works full-time (an average of 42,5 hours per week)..”

While it is true that there are estate agents who have indeed made millions, these represent a fraction of the agent population in this country.

Regards
Lee Siebert
Broker / Owner
RE/MAX Helderberg

 

Let our 50+ affiliated websites do the work for you!

"Het verlede week 2 huise verkoop vanaf die Cyberprop link voordat ek dit nog in die plaaslike koerant kon adverteer!

This might sound like a “lotto” advert but it’s not. This was send in by

Charles Knipe
www.irmaknipeproperties.co.za

We also receive received feedback from Rob from Prime Star Properties who sold a house from his own website within the first month of being a client of CyberAgent.

This can be you!

Life in the 21 st century is full of technological advancement and in this technological age it is very difficult for a business to survive without a website. Businesses without a website in today's date tend to lose large number of its potential customers. Each and every individual from a kid to an elderly person prefer the internet to look out for their desired products. The number of search engines is increasing day by day and if your business is not on these engines you tend to lose your customers to your competitors.

Lastly, one thing that is for permanent in this world is CHANGE.

If you have any website questions or would like to make changes to your website contact Johan at webmaster@cyberprop.com.

 

Video clips on your website

Video clips can now be uploaded onto your website.

  • All you need to do is to go to YouTube, create a free account and upload your video.
  • Once the video is uploaded successfully, YouTube will return a string to use on your own web site.
  • There is a link that you must put it in your picture description, exactly the same way as you would do with virtual tours. For more information contact our support desk

And the winner of a FREE video by Viewr.com is:

Marelize van Rooyen
www.nationlinkplattekloof.com

 

Top 10 Tips for Property Photos

Something home hunters are always hungry for as they sift through online listings is a good set of photos, after all, a picture tells a thousand words.

Photos often provide the client’s first impression of a property, and can intrigue a prospective buyer as easily as they can turn a buyer off completely.

Simple as it might sound to just “point and click” there are a few things to keep in mind that will ensure photos really add to your listing.

Here are propertyadguru.com’s Top 10 Tips for Property Photos.

From our Support Desk

Hi All

We trust that you are all well and “geared” for 2010!

From our side we are ready to give you the support that you may require.

Take note that we have released a new Build on CyberAgent. The latest CyberAgent application is now on 3.100.1415. Please make sure that you have done the necessary updates from your side. If you don’t know please contact the support desk.

As for the programme, a slight change has been made to our slide show. The slide show now shows POA instead of 999,999,999. The slide show is one of the 12 modules in your CyberAgent application. Again, for any questions contact us.

As mentioned in a previous newsletter, USP Designs has added mapping to www.Cyberprop.com, its client’s as well as affiliated websites. You can now plot your agency on the map. By doing this a website browser can zoom into a particular area and display of the real estate agencies in that area. A functionality that will definitely be used by Internet users for the 2010 World Soccer Cup. To get your agency to feature on these maps you will have to enter your agency ‘s mapping co-ordinates. This will include those agencies that make use of data feeds.

If you would like to know more on where and how to do this make sure that you read the latest CyberAgent newsletter. www.cyberagent.co.za/newsletters.shp

From all of us at the support desk, good luck!

Support@cyberprop.com
011 955 9100

 

Website Marketing


Click Here for printable .pdf file

Monthly Stats - End December 2009

Internal Site Page Impressions Total Users Unique users
www.cyberprop.com 2,311,569 333,387 173,483
www.ananziproperty.co.za 381,484 23,490 11,891
www.real-estate-south-africa.com 288,287 18,255 8,144
www.cellproperty.com 202,910 8,198 3,568
www.funnelproperty.co.za 208,176 5,479 2,813
www.brabysproperty.com 459,977 12,473 4,623
www.easyhomes.co.za 275,554 11,019 6,818
property.safindit.co.za 62,886 5,214 1,628
www.webmailprop.co.za 80,987 3,257 1,659
Sub Totals: 4,271,830 420,772 214,627
External Site Page Impressions Total Users Unique users
www.propertytrader.co.za 409,414 34,017
www.g.co.za 339,833 10,879
www.iolproperty.co.za 2,025,749 114,569
Sub Totals: 2,774,996   159,465
Portals Page Impressions Total Users Unique users
www.ananzi.com 14,078,025 575,803
www.funnel.co.za 51,162 22,624
www.brabys.com 2,557,558 659,262
www.easyinfo.co.za 822,203 129,616
www.webmail.co.za 19,622,130 522,094
Sub Totals: 37,131,078   1,909,399
GRAND TOTALS: 44,177,904 420,772 2,283,491

 

CyberAgent Training and Info Sessions

We 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:
Tamsin
Tel: (011) 955-9100
Email support@cyberprop.com

Contact us to book your CyberAgent Anywhere training session today

Western Cape Training Sessions

Dates: 9th and 23rd of February
Time:
09h00 to 11h00 - CA Beginners
11h00 to 13h00 – CAA & Sales
12h00 to 16h00 – CA Sales & Advanced

Cost: FREE!
Venue: 65 Balfour Street, Parow, Cape Town

R.S.V.P

Before:
5th and 19th of February 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 November & December 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 December 2009:

Company Requests
Proplist - PIP 919
Chas Everitt International Property Group 279
Hall Real Estate - Alberton 147
The Rental Giant 134
Wendy Machanik Properties 119
Rentalproperties.co.za 114
Mambo Properties 102
Anne Porter Properties (Pty) Ltd 82
Aragon Properties 73
Hall Real Estate - Bedfordview/Edenvale 69
NWSE Property Group 66
Glaubitz Properties 62
The Letting Agent 61
Nicopolis Real Estate 60
EAAB

The Estate Agency Affairs Board recently conducted Anti-Money Laundering Presentations in four of our major cities around the country which were presented by KPMG.

For South Africa to develop economically and remain a responsible global citizen, it is essential that the integrity and stability of its financial system be protected. The fight against crime, money laundering, and terrorist financing forms the front line of this battle.

Estate agents are intimately involved in ensuring compliance with the Financial Intelligence Centre Act (FICA).

The Estate Agency Affairs Board also used the opportunity for stakeholders to address any concerns, and presented an update on the Education Requirements that came into effect on 15 July 2008.

KPMG Anti-Money Laundering Presentation

 

IEASA - Propstat's analytical data now more comprehensive

The principals and managers of the 2,000 members of the Western Cape Institute of Estate Agents South Africa will very soon be in a position to review wholly relevant data concerning their operations...

South Africa property prices rising trend for 2010.

Residential property prices in South Africa rose for a fifth month in December after the central bank cut interest rates and the recession ended, according to the country’s biggest mortgage lender.

The average house price rose 4.7% to 1 million rand ($134,454) last month from a year ago, after gaining 3.4% in October, Johannesburg based Absa said...


If the municipal valuation on a home is higher than the price achieved the buyer could be forced to pay transfer on the higher figure

Municipal valuations of residential property are time and again a cause of contention, says Lanice Steward, MD of Anne Porter Knight Frank.

“If the municipal valuation of your property is above the genuine market value and you do not get it altered in the next round of revaluations, you could find that when you decide to sell your property the buyer has to pay transfer duty on the higher municipal valuation, not on the price achieved. This could be a cause of considerable annoyance.”

In these circumstances, says Steward, the agent has a duty to prove that the market price has not been artificially manipulated to achieve a lower transfer duty. He or she can do this by compiling a comparative market analysis citing the sale prices achieved by similar homes in the area. It may also be necessary to ask two or three agents to produce sworn valuations of the home, proving that it has not been under-priced.

Quotation of the month

If A is success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut.

Albert Einstein, Observer, Jan. 15, 1950
US (German-born) physicist (1879 - 1955)