|Word from the editor|
Dear CyberAgent user,
Cyberprop newsletter, 26 September 2008;
Wikipedia Encyclopedia refers to politic as the process by which groups of people make decisions. The term is generally applied to behavior within civil governments, but politics has been observed in all human group interactions, including corporate, academic and religious institutions.
If the US property market can affect foreign market can politics in South Africa have an affect on the property market?
My answer is yes. Both social economic and political influence are significant factors that can have an affect on the property market. The insecurity of property rights slows growth in unequal or otherwise polarized societies. Furthermore, if a government commits over the long run to redistributive and secure policies it definitely incur less risk of slowing economic growth which on the other hand plays a major role in the property market.
However in my opinion it is not these factors that plays a role directly but it is the media. The media have a tremendous impact not only on the prices of property but also on prospective buyers. What people read in the newspaper and hear on the television often becomes the focus point and does influence their decisions. A negative headline can for sure influence a persons willingness to buy. As an estate agency/agent let us know of your view point, firstname.lastname@example.org
We often received emails from our CyberAgent users asking for information on Sectional Titles. A free Sectional Title website, Sectional Forum has just been launched. The purpose of Sectional Forum is to serve as a helpline and on-line resource centre, catering for the sectional title community. Various industry experts including Rob Mc Williams the editor of BCN and Specialist Sectional Title attorney Mr. Tertius Maree, contributes to the site by answering your questions on-line www.sectionalforum.co.za
Letter from our Managing Director, Mr. Willie van Schalkwyk, USP Designs & Sunday Times Property Site.
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|Backups why do you need them?|
In todays information age, losing critical data can be very damaging to any business. A loss of productivity, the inability to trade, lost important documents and contracts are all consequences of not backing up, and yet its a task that doesnt take place nearly as regularly as it should. Read on to find out how you can simplify this task
What is backing-up?
One is to buy an external hard drive and do the backups manually. This is suitable only if you have the time and discipline to do regular backups. Once you have saved your data to this external drive, you should then store this hard-drive in a safe place, away from your primary drive.
Storage media, like rewritable CDs or DVDs is another option, especially if the amount of data to be stored is small. However, it becomes difficult to manage if the amount of data stored is large.
In essence, these traditional backup methods are not ideal because we get busy or simply forget. If your business doesnt have a dedicated staff member or IT provider to do daily or weekly backups, inconsistent backup procedures result. Traditional backup tasks can also be time consuming and keep valuable staff from performing other critical tasks that benefit your business.
But the good news is there is a way to handle the backup of large amounts of data on a regular basis to a safe place, automatically and reliably online backups.
What is online backup?
How it works
Why get online backup?
1. Separate location: In the event of a disaster at your office or home your data will be stored somewhere safe and will be available to you. This is the greatest advantage of online backups.
2: Requires no input: Once the backup is configured, you will rarely have to provide any input to the process. Backups will occur automatically without your having to remember to do them.
3: Backup and access your files from anywhere: If you are often on the move, then using traditional backup techniques may be physically impossible. With online backups, your files are always just an Internet connection away and you can backup data from your computer, and restore it to any PC from anywhere in the world.
4: Incremental backups of important files: After the initial data transfer has taken place, only the changes that you make to a document will be sent to the online backup server. This way of doing things saves a huge amount of time.
5: File encryption: When you backup online, your files are encrypted as they are transferred over the Internet to prevent prying eyes examining your data. This ensures their safety
6: No equipment or consumable costs: Using online backups means you are using hardware owned, maintained and operated by someone else to store your data, so no need to buy backup consumables like CDs or DVDs, or hardware to perform the backups.
Issues to consider
Also bear in mind that if your Internet access is down for any reason, you obviously wont be able to backup or retrieve data while youre not connected.
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The backup system is programmed to run everyday at a predefined time, and through an easy-to-use Web interface, you are assured of immediate access to restore your data anytime and from any PC.
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|USA Property Market - existing-home sales slide on tight mortgage availability|
WASHINGTON (September 25) US existing-home sales were down in August following a healthy gain in July as tight mortgage credit curtailed activity, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Sales rose in the Midwest and South but fell in the Northeast and West.
Nationally, existing-home sales including single-family, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops declined 2,2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate1 of 4,91 million units in August from an upwardly revised pace of 5,02 million in July, but are 10,7 percent below the 5,50 million-unit pace in August 2007...
|SA Property market - A recovery could occur by December|
A recovery could occur by December, says Steward.
Lanice Steward, MD of the Claremont based agency, Anne Porter Knight Frank, has already said in a public release that there is surprising resilience in the SA residential property market, that sellers are showing a greater sense of realism and are coming round to accepting the 15 to 20% price falls of the last year.
Asked recently when, if ever, an upturn in home sales could become evident, Steward said that, despite the economic fallout worldwide (the worst since 1929) and Mbowenis warning that a credit crunch now seems inevitable, property marketers are still hopeful that there will be no further interest rate rises...
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MESSAGE FROM THE CEO
A compulsory examination for all estate agents was first introduced by the Estate Agency Affairs Board during the early 1980s. During the course of 1995, however, the Board resolved to make the hitherto compulsory examination non-compulsory by introducing the concept of a candidate estate agent. A registered candidate estate agent, who would be subject to the active supervision and control of a full status agent, could obtain full status as an estate agent after the expiry of a twelve month period. The Board believed that the practical and theoretical knowledge that would be acquired by a candidate estate agent over a one year period would largely equate to that acquired by an estate agent who had opted, rather, to write the Board examination.
While there can be no doubt that this innovation was introduced with the very best of intentions, it soon became clear, however, that the implementation of the candidate system was fraught with unforeseen practical difficulties. As there was no prescribed method for the monitoring or assessing of the performance of the candidate over the candidature period the system was subject to abuse. It was found to be not uncommon, thus, that persons having gained very little practical knowledge and experience and, in the worst-case scenario, those who had done nothing more than act as, for instance, show house sitters over the full term of their candidacy, would acquire full status as estate agents, including the right to establish and run their own estate agency enterprises as principal estate agents. There was no doubt that the existing education and training system was ripe for review.
The Board, together with industry representatives, took the opportunity to embark upon a unit standards development process when the National Qualification Framework was introduced in 1998. When these unit standards were duly submitted to the South African Qualification Authority for registration, they were returned by SAQA with the indication that only one set standards for the property industry would be accepted. The necessary implication was that the unit standards for both property valuation and property management had also to be included. The process recommenced and the combined unit standards were finally registered by SAQA in 2003.
The Board is presently in the process of aligning its education and training to accommodate the principles of the National Qualifications Framework and Outcomes Based Education as encapsulated in the SA Qualifications Authority Act.
I am positive that the introduction of the new curriculum for education and training will not only professionalize estate agency, and transform it into a career of choice, but also raise the standards of service to consumers and stakeholders alike. It is anticipated, furthermore, that outcomes based education and training will enhance the status of estate agency practitioners and so redound to the benefit of all.
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|Global real estate group signs multimillion deal with SA's Homenet|
In a multimillion-rand deal that speaks volumes about international confidence in the SA property market, Australasian real estate group Harcourts International has bought a share of leading local group Homenet.
"This is very different from the entry of other international real estate companies into SA, which generally involved SA companies or entrepreneurs paying those companies for a franchise licence or the use of a brand," says Homenet CEO Martin Schultheiss...