|Word from the editor|
Dear CyberAgent users,
2006! That it is here is old news as there are only 11 months left. What we are going to do with the remaining 11 months, that is the question.
Time, what a weird and wonderful thing it is. And now I cannot help wondering about how many times we use the word time in our day. "Against time, at one time, at the same time, at times, behind the times, for the time being, from time to time, high time, in good time, in no time, in time, on time, time after time, time and again and many more. My favourite, "There was once a time" Are you going to be caught this year saying, there was once a time?
The month January 2006 was a record month regarding page impressions on www.cyberprop.com and our affiliated websites, www.ananziproperty.co.za, www.sundaytimesproperty.com and others with over 3 million page impressions! Get your properties listed now or are you going to be caught saying "there once was a time"?
Does your website list on Google and therefore your properties on the Internet? An interesting fact, the number of property searches coming from Google on www.cyberprop.com was 23343 for the month of January 2006. The CyberAgent Professional package includes your own custom designed website. This website is easily updatable using CyberAgent as an off-line listing tool. At the click of a button all your properties including relevant information and images will be updated to your website in less than 2 minutes. We can truly say that "time and time again we strive to give the best"!
Have a wonderful February 2006!
|CyberAgent Mobile is making headlines!|
USP Designs (PTY) Ltd, has been nominated by Sybase for our CyberAgent Mobile project in the Category of Finance, Insurance and Real Estate for the 2006 Computerworld Honors Program.
Established in 1988, the Computerworld Honors Program brings together the Chairmen and CEOs of the worlds foremost information technology companies to recognize whose use of information technology has been especially noteworthy for originality of its conception, breadth of its vision, and significance of benefit to society. The process culminates in two awards ceremonies in Washington, D.C., the Laureate Medal Ceremony and Gala Awards Program. The technology achievements honored by this program are preserved and protected in national archives, and in over 100 universities, museums and research institutions throughout the world.
Well done guys!
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|What's New ???|
Keep me informed function on website
Our new "Keep me informed" function enables visitors to your website to save their preferred search criteria and once a property matching that criteria becomes available he/she will receive an email or SMS to inform them about it. This can be a very useful tool to ad to your website.
The costs involved:
A one line catch phrase has been added to the Property Manager
A bug in the pictures module may have caused the property to be deleted instead of the picture. This has been corrected!
Search form - Search on CAMLS Agency, used to give incorrect results. Fixed!
Some users, displaying the property features on the prospects report reported a bug with the features display. This has been corrected.
A bug in the P24 download module has been fixed!
Property24 error whilst downloading listings - fixed!
|CyberAgent & Ananzi|
Nearly 15 000 properties listed and growing!
If you are not yet advertising on on South Africa's biggest and most popular search engine with over 10 million page impressions monthly it is time to register now!
To read more simply click on the following link:
A warm welcome to all new Agencies:
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 Jaco at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us at: +27 (0)11 955-9100 or 086 112- 9237
Most Internet enquiries:
|No more waiting for statements|
No more waiting for statements and invoices. By logging on with your username and password you can now get it online at: http://www.cyberagent.co.za/uspacct/
|New staff members|
During the month of January 2006 we acquired the expertise of three more staff members. A warm welcome to them.
Aletta Joubert - Accounting
Keith Rohita - Support
Lewis Kriel - Support
To make it easier for our clients we have also changed our email system:
Email (electronic mail) is a message mostly by text, and sometimes by
HTML style sent from one computer connected to Internet to another by
means of electronic signals. Email or e-mail, or also written simply as
"email" is quicker.
|Calling to all real estate agents - IEASA|
OPPORTUNITY FOR ESTATE AGENTS TO HELP RE-SHAPE THEIR INDUSTRY (18-Jan-2006)
Estate agents can contribute to the re-shaping of their industry by taking part in the Institute of Estate Agents' research project into industry regulation and property legislation. The completed project will form the IEA's contribution to the Department of Trade & Industry's official investigation into improving estate agency industry regulation. IEA president Bill Rawson says that agents can contribute simply by completing a short questionnaire on the IEA website (www.ieasa.org.za) by no later than 5 February 2006.
Rawson describes this as a rare opportunity for the industry. "The government investigation into our industry's governing legislation and our regulating authority is long overdue, and therefore very welcome. As a professional association, we have a lot to contribute from the estate agent's point of view, and we would like to have input from as many people as possible, whether they are IEA members or not." The 68-year-old IEA - not to be confused with the government-appointed Estate Agency Affairs Board - is a private organisation which represents industry interests. Membership is voluntary.
The DTI investigation, announced in October, is looking into the effectiveness (or otherwise) of the EAAB, at best practices in other countries, and at property-related legislation. In November, the IEA engaged an advocate and an economist, both with specialist knowledge of the property industry, to compile a detailed report on these subjects, as the basis for the IEA's contribution to the DTI review. The report is due to be completed at the end of February.
Rawson says that the IEA report looks not only at the situation in South Africa but also at those in other countries, with the aim of helping to align South Africa with best practices elsewhere.
Estate agency industry regulation came under the spotlight during 2005, with reports of high-level impropriety in the Estate Agency Affairs Board, the subsequent departure of nearly half the Board members - who have apparently not yet been replaced - and a delay in the issue of notices for estate agents to renew their compulsory registration for 2006.
The IEA website is: www.ieasa.org.za
For further information, contact the Institute of Estate Agents' national office at 021 531 2074
|CyberAgent - what does it offer?|
Are you aware of what your CyberAgent can do for you?
Are you using your applicaton to its fullest?
Technology has become an integral part of Real Estate over the past few years. Tools like CyberAgent have played and will play even a more important role in the future of Real Estate. Real estate agencies using a tool like CyberAgent, gain the advantages of using the latest technology to benefit their businesses.
The real challenge is to find a software application (programme) that supports all facets of the industry, cutting out the need to duplicate day-to-day work. CyberAgent answers to all the estate agencies needs.
CyberAgent offers a full package. Have a look.
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|Township property market hots up|
While the recent boom in South Africa's traditional residential property market is slowly deflating, there's a sharp rise in demand for houses in the country's townships, Business Day reports.
Townships were the legislated residential areas for urban black people during the apartheid era, and generally retain this demographic. Despite a common misperception that there are poverty-stricken and riddled with crime, townships are becoming the new big thing for property.
According to Business day, analysts have identified more affordable housing and an emerging black middle class as drivers of this market.
The newspaper cites the fourth-quarter 2005 results of the First National Bank (FNB) Residential Property Barometer, which found that the confidence level in townships was 7.5, compared with 5.8 in traditionally white suburbs.
The barometer represents the perceptions of real estate professionals in the residential property market and measures activity levels on a scale of one to 10.
The one to three level is called "not very active", while four to six is considered "stable". Level seven to eight shows an "active" market while nine to 10 is "very active".
In its fourth quarter of 2005 research, FNB surveyed 100 real estate professionals operating in the townships of Soweto and in Tembisa, Daveyton and Vosloorus on the East Rand, in Midrand and in Atteridgeville (Tshwane), Sebokeng (south of Johannesburg) and Kagiso on the West Rand, Business Day reports.
FNB home loans CEO Ed Grondel told the newspaper that there was pent-up demand for residential property in the Gauteng township market, with seven buyers for every home for sale.
Roland Lange, executive head of sales and marketing for FNB home loans, said prices were affordable in the townships and that township living was considered more "trendy" than life in traditional residential areas.
Grondel said 55% of respondents said activity in the township market was higher than a year ago and 68% anticipated a further increase in activity, according to Business Day.
The average township property price was R223 000, and the most dominant buyers' group those aged 25 to 35. Nurses, teachers, social workers and police officers were the dominant home buyers, accounting for 32% of the market.
|Quotation of the month|
"All know that the drop merges into the ocean but few know that the ocean merges into the drop." --Kabir