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very year thousands of students stream to Stellenbosch. Some 5 200 students can be accommodated in residences - of a total of 27 823 students enrolled at the university in 2012, 20 000 had to find private accommodation. So says Jacques Becker, Seeff’s Stellenbosch agent. “There are many factors to consider when buying property in Stellenbosch. Although there are more than 170 apartment blocks to invest in, finding the right place in your price range requires homework.” “The position, security and price of a property are major considerations. Look at current and potential income and the risk of an empty apartment. Pay attention to finishes, parking, costs of ownership property and how long you are planning to hold on to it. “Start by finding out which areas or apartment blocks are considered better than others. Remember that in some areas prices may differ depending on the side of the road. This is especially true around the edges of campus.” Discerning buyers agree that the the area bordered by Banghoek Road, Die Laan, Andringa Street and Cluver/Marais Streets is prime . “This area is more expensive and sought- after because it is closest to the campus, so owners can usually expect to get a better growth here. “Growth in this area derives mainiy from the scarcity of wellpriced property. Buyers able to buy here are often unwilling to compromise on a specific position or don’t have the time to wait for the right property, and often end up paying a premium. This premium price then sets the market value and accounts for growth.” Property prices drop significant-

The “Ou Hoofgebou” in Andringa Street, on the campus of the Stellenbosch University ly as one moves away from the campus area to the north or the west. Property here may cost less, but rental income against price should be better than on campus. This could restrict growth and finding permanent tenants is more difficult. Selling off-campus at a higher price could be more difficult, although there are always buyers for well-priced properties.

“In short, it boils down to higher growth but less income on campus and better income but less growth off-campus,” says Becker. Buyers must be careful when buying properties for renovating. “Buying, renovating and selling immediately rarely works - the conversion, transfer costs plus agents’ commission do not allow immediate profit. “Many buyers over-capitalise and when it comes to selling, their

price is out of line with the rest of the scheme or the area. If you buy an apartment for your own children, they will reap the benefits of an upgrade or renovation, but it won’t necessarily translate into an increase the property’s value by the amount you have spent. “Renovating can be beneficial when one converts a bigger, older property from one bedroom to two, or from two bedrooms to three and

will yield extra monthly income. An extra bedroom could also increase the value immediately, if done properly.Make sure this is legal and determine costs. Also consider parking; a lack of allocated parking bays could be a drawback when selling,” he cautions. The expense of owning a property such as bond costs, levies, rates and taxes, maintenance and management fees, should also be considered when looking at monthly return. Becker recommends having a rental agent, especially if one lives away from a property. “An agent will draw up a rental agreement, do credit checks, meet FICA, hold the tenant’s deposit in a trust, ensure payment to the owner and deal with issues like maintenance. The management fee of an agent is usually around 10%. “You have to consider how much rental will cost for the duration of your child’s stay, if you are not convinced that buying is the best option. It could cost around R216 000 over a period of four years, if rent is R4 500 per month, not taking yearly increases into account. “In our experience parents who purchase usually hold onto a property for a couple of years after their children have completed their studies. Of course factors like buying cash or bonding should also be taken into consideration. “Now is the time to market your property in Stellenbosch if you wish to sell to parents looking to buy for 2014. There is interest now, which will increase towards the end of the year and the demand for property at market value outstrips supply. Contact Jacques at 021 886 7905 or at 083 989 1249 for apartment sales or a free valuation and a list of the latest sales in your block. Phone Jaco Spies on 082 864 5015 for information on rental property.


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170 Main Road, Somerset West, 7130 Tel. 021 85 22942 Fax. 021 85 12515 Cell. 083 675 3012 email.


Spacious home - top area Sea views R4 850 000


PLOT FOR SALE - R1 350 000.


5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 en suite 3 reception rooms, large study, open plan farm style kitchen, sep. laundry, pool, treed garden (plot 3451 m2) double garages, extra parking, staff room SEP. SELF CONTAINED COTTAGE


5 bedrooms , 4 bathrooms 3 en suite, formal lounge, sep. dining room, family room, 2 x studies Farm style kitchen, sep. laundry, breakfast area, large studio, d/garage, covered patio to pool and garden (plot 2319 m2)

PH Monique 083 675 3012

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5 Office number: 021 851 1193 Fax number: 021 851 1645


R780 000 - URGENT SALE!

Do you need to be close to central Somerset West? Renovated Cherry Wood kitchen & storeroom

Carin Hugo 083 469 1869

R950 000 For the Investor Neat as a pin. Townhouse with very good tenants. Carin Hugo 083 469 1869

Shop 20, Rola Centre, Caledon Str, Somerset West

R1 760 000 Lovely views Rare find in good area. Family home with lots of character. Cecil Venter 071 177 8986

R495 000 Scaling down or looking for a lock up and go holiday home? Cecil Venter 071 177 8986

Dan van Zyl (Principal) 082 458 3867

R1 500 000 In popular retirement village with medical facilities & much more. Spacious, safe and secure. Dan 082 458 3867



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8 Districtmail How do I know when it is the right time to scale down? 6 Junie, 2013

emotion. But at some point in time everyone sells and moves on. The big question is: When? In answering this question here are some points to consider: ) Do you have any health issues As we move through the differthat impact on your ability to enent phases of our lives, our needs joy your property as you deserve change. The large home that was to enjoy it? For example, do the once buzzing with the noise of stairs pose a problem? Does this afour kids is now quiet as they fect you physically or emotionally? have moved on with their adult Talking Property by ) Are you able to care for and lives. It’s a very difficult decision Steve Caradoc-Davies maintain the property as you need for many to make due to the strong memories that are associated with their to? Large properties, while offering the obvihomes – and with these memories comes much ous benefit of space, also come with the added


Many property owners who now own properties larger than they need, wonder when the best time is to sell and scale down.




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obligation of maintenance. And maintenance doesn’t come without cost. So, if you are unable to maintain your property properly, then it may be time to move on. A poorly maintained property will sell for much less than it should – so you could be damaging the value of your asset. ) Are you able to handle the increasing costs associated with owning a larger property? Increased rates and taxes, electricity, and water costs often put huge strain on the budget and eat away at capital that will be needed later. If you answer “yes” to any one of the above questions then it may be time to consider selling. It’s usually a very tough decision to make. There are many additional questions that will


need to be answered such as: Where does all the excess furniture go if we scale down? What will we be able to afford? What are the costs associated with selling and purchasing again? How will be cope with the stress? As challenging as it may be to answer all of these questions, you will be comforted to know that they can all be answered. It is best to speak to a professional real estate agent that you trust who can help you. For example, a knowledgeable estate agent will be able to give you an accurate appraisal on your home. But be sure to ask for the facts! It is no use planning on a “thumb suck” or unrealistic value. Why not start looking around to see which properties are available that could suit you? If you find something you like, then it is always possible to make an offer subject to the sale of your existing home. Approximate costs of transfer and agents fees can also be given, so you can plan your finances well. And even though selling your family furniture is hard to do – it can be done. Perhaps other family members could benefit? While it is a difficult decision to make, the important thing is to stay in control of the process by be being pro-active and sourcing knowledge and sound advice early. – E-mail your real estate question to



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R3 800 000

A true family home with a “country feel” and loads of space for the growing family. Offering space & height for the larger family as well. Clay floor tiles add to the warmth & cozy feel. Well placed pool with garden space also situated close to a park. Monique 072 390 9227 / Graham 084 308 3540 Each office independently owned and operated

Kom besigtig hierdie skouhuis. Indrukwekkende hoekerf met gevestigde tuin. Ruim woning in top kondisie met 4 slaapkamers, studeerkamer, 5 badkamers, drie leefareas, motorhuis vir drie motors, buitekamers, moderne kombuis en afwerkings deurgaans. Top sekuriteit. Iets besonders! Loer gerus in! Vraprys: R5 650 000. Kontak: Marelise Visagie 072 776 2645

This charming Guest House with its 4 star rating, is sold as a going concern, all furniture included. A peaceful, serene atmosphere envelops this beautiful establishment. The perfect opportunity to run your business from home, with separate private accommodation for manager/owner. Christine 082 417 2506 / Graham 084 308 3540

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R4 950 000

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Wellington | R1 650 000 (ex VAT)

One of the last smallholdings available to build your own home in this exclusive wine estate – 1,2 hectare with a footprint of 1,200m². Negotiable. Contact: Irene 074 127 9280 / Danie 083 627 2148

Each office independently owned and operated

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Luxury finishes throughout this immaculate property Well maintained family home with a feeling of warmth offering exceptional quality and spacious interior. Ideal and spaciousness offers comfortable living with 4 for the discerning buyer who requires a lock-up and bedrooms and a study. Plenty of space in the wellgo lifestyle. Situated in an exclusive security estate at kept garden with pool. Double garage & storeroom the foot of Stellenbosch mountains. Contact: are some of the extras this lovely home has to offer. Monique 072 390 9227 / Marelise 072 776 2645 Christine 082 417 2506 / Graham 084 308 3540 Old Mutual Building, 40 Bird Street, Stellenbosch t 021 809 2760 | | |

Paarl | R2 750 000

Paarl | Wellington

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R10 700 000

Renovated 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom house in sought after area with beautiful views of Paarl Mountain. Contact: Miranda Coetzee 083 414 7212

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Malmesbury| Offers from R3 900 000

Val de Vie | R4 950 000

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R6 650 000

Ligging ligging!! Hierdie besonderse woning is gelee in uitmuntende posisie wat selde in die mark kom. Nie elke dag dat jy die geleentheid kry om kinders vry te laat speel, skool toe stap en die dae van ouds geniet! Kontak: Marelise Visagie 072 776 2645

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Val de Vie | R850 000

Plot and plan: 4 Bedroom house for sale in Val de Vie Polo Estate. Asking Price: R4 950.00, completion will be 8 months after signature of sales contract, payment of deposit plus delivery of guarantees. Contact: Mercedes Labuschagne 082 555 2043

Own a stand in Val de Vie Polo Estate. Corner stand, next to vineyard, mountain views, north facing, on cul-de-sac. Size is 600m². Monthly levy: R2 650. Architect owns land and can draw up plans at a discount rate. Contact: Mercedes Labuschagne 082 555 2043

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Riebeek Kasteel | R2 450 000

Victorian Manor house, a National monument and Countryside Home with 3 air conditioned en-suite part of our heritage. 4 Bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, study, bedrooms, double volume lounge and dining room, 2 kitchens, separate scullery, washing room and modern kitchen, quaint courtyard and comfortable voluminous entrance hall. Various outbuildings. veranda. Remarkable value in Riebeek Kasteel. Asking Price: R4 795 000 Contact: Bronwyn Boyd 083 420 1747 Contact: Bronwyn Boyd 083 420 1747 140 Main Road, Paarl. 7646. | t 021 870 1011 | | | |

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Tulbagh | Offers from R7 500 000

Top producing citrus farm of almost 80ha in a very good position in the valley. Almost 21ha of well-tended citrus. House, 2 labourer’s cottages, store room, water pump station. Excellent water. Going concern with movables included. Asking Price: R8 500 000 (ex VAT) Contact: Irene 074 127 9280 / Danie 083 627 2148




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Koop altyd eiendom met ’n groter prentjie in gedagte ’n Huis behels veel meer as net die fisiese eienskappe en kopers moet daarop bedag wees dat dié eienskappe – soos die aantal en grootte van vertrekke, uitleg van die tuin, geriewe soos ’n swembad en braaiplek, en die toestand van die struktuur self – hulle nie verblind teen ander faktore wat ook ‘n impak op hul leefstyl kan maak nie. “Vele van dié faktore word eers later ooglopend, maar ’n koper wat langtermynkwessies in gedagte hou, gaan waarskynlik meer tevrede met sy huis wees,” sê Berry Everitt, besturende direkteur van die Chas Everitt International-eiendomsgroep. Aanvanklik sal die afstand na jou kantoor, die soort en gehalte van beskikbare skole in die omgewing, en die gerief van inkoop- en ontspanningsgeriewe waarskynlik die grootste “eksterne” faktore wees wat ’n nuwe eienaar se lewensgehalte bepaal, sê hy. “Maar soos ’n mens ouer word, word toegang tot mediese sentrums en openbare vervoer dalk belangriker, net soos persoonlike veiligheid en straks die nabyheid

van ’n polisiekantoor of nooddienste. En hoewel ’n speelpark net om die draai groot voordele vir kopers met jong gesinne kan inhou, kan dit ’n raserige steen des aanstoots vir ouer mense wees.” Hy skryf in die nuusbrief, “Property Signposts”, dat dit die moeite loon om vooruit te dink wanneer jy ’n nuwe huis wil koop – en dit sluit die nagaan van plaaslike sonering sowel as die raad van ‘n kundige en ervare plaaslike eiendomsagent in. “Jy wil nie eendag wakker skrik en besef dat die aantreklike oop ruimte voor jou nuwe huis vir ’n vulstasie wat dag en nag sake gaan bedryf, bestem is nie.” Terselfdertyd het selfs kopers wat ’n eenheid in ’n gevestigde meenthuis of geslote kompleks wil koop ook huiswerk om te doen, sê hy, veral ten opsigte van sekuriteit en die finansiële bestuur van die regspersoon of die huiseienaarsvereniging. “Kopers kan uiteraard nie elke moontlike gebeurlikheid in ag neem nie, maar hoe groter voorsorg hulle tref, hoe groter is die kans dat hulle jare lank gelukkig en tevrede in die eiendom sal kan woon.”



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Citroën’s DS3 Cabrio is here C

itroën South Africa has added a striking new addition to its popular and stylish DS Line, the DS3 Cabrio, a multiaward winning vehicle, which uses intelligent design to make topdown driving considerably easier and thoroughly enjoyable. True to the legendary heritage of the DS Line, this is not a run-of-themill droptop, but a model that brings with it real innovation, bold styling and sophisticated refinement. It is also the only true five-seater Cabrio in its market segment. It is a model without compromise in terms of interior and luggage space. It even has the versatile 60/40 split rear seat. The good news is that this new model is available from only R219 900. The DS3 Cabrio while retaining the hatchback’s compact proportions and bold styling choices such as the ‘floating roof, characteristic “shark fin” and front LED daytime running lights, now adds a soft-top roof to its distinctive personality. The major technical innovation of the Citroën DS3 Cabrio is the electrically-adjustable folding canvas roof,

which can be operated at driving speeds of up to 120 km/h. The roof takes just 16 seconds to close from full open and there are three settings, operated by a button in the ceiling console. The positions are: intermediate (partially open), horizontal, (which leaves the rear window in position), and fully open, when the roof folds down on top of the rear window, which itself folds flat. An important feature is that the folded roof does not move down into the luggage compartment, thereby providing the largest boot in the category at 245 litres. The Citroën engineers and designers have also come up with a unique tailgate, which opens with a circular motion that allows access to the luggage compartment even when there is very little space behind the car, such as when it is parked in a garage. There is only a 25 kg weight penalty for the Cabrio compared to the usual add-on for a cabriolet of at least 100 kg. The engineers have also ensured that the torsional stiffness of the body is equal to that of the DS3 hatchback. Continuing in the DS3’s personalisation options, three soft-top roof colours are available: Brilliant Black as standard; Infini Blue and

The DS3 Cabrio comfortably seats five adult with all new upholstery, including three Claudia leather options, while the dashboard colour replicates the roof colour. PHOTO: QUICKPIC DS Monogramme Moondust as optional, with the latter available on Sport models only to enable purchasers to customise their car, which is part of the DS3’s DNA. The colour of the soft-top is echoed by the colour of the upper part of the body sides, the front cross strip and rear spoiler. The Infini Blue canvas captures the hues of blue and velvet, thanks to a weave of three different coloured threads. The DS logo, synonymous with refinement and elegance, features on the Monogramme Moondust canvas, which contrasts two

Ford continues winning streak QUICKPIC Jan Habig and Robert Paisley took a comfortable victory in their Basil Read S2000 Ford Fiesta in this weekend’s Toyota Dealer Rally. The win ensured an unbroken string of victories this year for Ford, with the Blue Oval being represented on the podium of every national championship event since the beginning of 2011. For Habig and Paisley, who between them boast an impressive eight ral- Jan Habig and Robert Paisley took a comfortable victory in their ly championships, Basil Read S2000 Ford Festa in this weekend’s Toota Dealer Rally. the event broke a losPHOTO: QUICKPIC ing streak, which has seen Habig without a win to walk away with a useful aged to gain some ground on the second day, ensuring we haul of points. since 2009. The duo struggled without walkedawaywithsomevalua“It’s been a long time coming and we couldn’t be happi- four-wheel drive on the open- ble points.” Cronje and Houghton reer,” said Habig. “The car was ing stages, lost valuable time faultlessthroughouttheweek- due to a gearbox change and main in the lead of the champiend and we had a trouble-free later shattered a wheel after onship by a single point from their Ford compatriots Habig colliding with a rock. run to the finish.” “It just wasn’t our week- and Paisley. Reigning national rally BothFordcrewsarelooking champions Mark Cronje and end,” said Cronje. “The driveRobin Houghton had an un- train problem was both un- forward to the next round of characteristically tough characteristic and unexpect- thechampionship,namelythe weekend, but despite a string ed, putting us on the back foot Volkswagen Rally in the Eastof mishaps the pair was able from the outset. We still man- ern Cape on July 19 and 20.

tones of grey, highlighting the signature logo of DS on the canvas. The DS3 Cabrio comfortably seats five adults with all-new upholstery, including three Claudia leather options, while the dashboard colour replicates the roof colour. This new model introduces a three-dimensional light signature with its 3D taillights, inspired by the Citroën Revolte and Survolte concept cars. The central part of the light comprises a set of 31 rectangular LEDs and semi-reflecting mirrors that reflect the light guide endlessly. In keeping with the elegance

of the car, the 3D light features a chrome-finished DS logo in an embossed black DS setting. The DS3 Cabrio comes with three petrol-engine options: VTi 82; a 1,2litre three-cylinder producing 60 kW of power and 118 Nm of torque; VTi 120, a normally aspirated 1,6-litre four-cylinder producing 88 kW and 160 Nm and the THP 155, a turbocharged 1,6-litre with 115 kW and 240 Nm. The VTi 82 and 120 models are mated to a five-speed manual transmission, while the high performance THP 155 sports a six-speed manual transmission.



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Ford Ranger Odyssey kicks off QUICKPIC Four days of intense training and assessment have revealed the Top 10 finalists for the Ford Ranger Odyssey Africa 2013. The individuals come from a wide range of backgrounds and have been selected based on their performance at the Ranger Odyssey Boot Camp, which was held this past weekend in Johannesburg. From hundreds of applications, seventeen semi-finalists were selected for the Boot Camp, where they underwent a rigorous training programme that focused on the essential aspects of 4x4 and convoy driving, camp set-up, team work and communication skills. “Boot Camp put the diverse group of competitors through their paces on a wide range of challenges,” says Gavin Golightly, Ford marketing manager. “The level of enthusiasm and commitment throughout the four days of competition were truly exceptional and we have to congratulate each of the brave semi-finalists for giving it everything throughout the selection process.” Ultimately there was only room for 10 finalists and the choice was based on a wide range of aspects, including team dynamics, proficiency in the 4x4 tasks, technical knowledge and approach to the social media, which is the primary communication channel throughout the 21day Ranger Odyssey. “Aside from showing off the remarkable capabilities of the Ford Ranger, we have emerged with a fan-

These are the fully kitted Ford Rangers which the 10 contestants will be using on their African adventure.


tastic group of dynamic people that embody the true spirit of the Ranger Odyssey. They are relishing the experience of a lifetime on this 8 000 km adventure through six African countries,” concludes Golightly. Competitors from Gauteng dominate the list with six finalists. Alex Cruickshanks (28), from Randpark Ridge, is a management consultant by day, but clearly used his sporting ability as a multiple SA rowing champion to his advantage to secure his spot on the main event. “Driving

through Africa has always been a dream of mine, and this is a great opportunity to live the dream” he says. Bernard Hollander (21) is an industrial psychology student from Pretoria and exploited his youthful exuberance to full effect. “I’m here to win the awesome Ford Ranger, and to gain experience travelling through Africa,” he states. IT technician Richard Rammoneng (32) is passionate about off-roading. “Competing in the Ranger Odyssey will be a dream come true.”

Kugesh Reddy (30) is a banking professional from Sunninghill. “I’m looking forward to experiencing Africa, and the ultimate test of man and machine.” As a commercial diver, Ryno Swart (30) from Roodepoort has physical endurance on his side. “I’m an adventure freak and I love being outdoors,” he says. “Aside from travelling through Africa, I have one goal and that is to win the awesome Ford Ranger.” Wisaal Anderson (31) lives in Johannesburg and is a lifestyle blog-


ger. “My aim is to have fun and experience new things,” she says. “I have a reputation as a pampered princess, and I hope to change that perception on the Ranger Odyssey.” The Western Cape, and more specifically Cape Town, is represented by two women. Paula Smith (37) from Durbanville is an accountant and mother of three. “I’ve been dreaming about travelling through Africa since I was 12, and can’t wait to fulfil that dream.” Dania Petrik (29) from Hout Bay has just completed a master’s degree on sustainable development, and had her first taste of Africa last year while doing research. “I absolutely loved the experience, and when I saw the Ranger Odyssey there wasn’t a chance that I would miss this amazing opportunity.” The two remaining finalists are from KwaZulu-Natal. Donatella D’Aloisio (33) is a business owner from Durban. “I love adventure and I love Africa,” she says. “The Ford Ranger is amazing and I want to get down and dirty with it on an incredible adventure.” Chloe Boshoff (28) is a photographer from Pietermaritzburg. “I’m very enthusiastic about Africa, photography and the Ford Ranger, and this event combines all of that into one exceptional adventure.” The Top 10 will be jetting off to Kenya for the start of the Ranger Odyssey on 24 June, from where they will travel through Tanzania and Zanzibar, as well as Mozambique and Zimbabwe. The final leg will be completed back in South Africa on 14 July.

Boland sold 6 junie 2013  

Boland sold 6 junie 2013

Boland sold 6 junie 2013  

Boland sold 6 junie 2013