Give Away | Property Power

property powerProperty Power is giving away 10 copies of the 11th edition of ‘Property Power in South Africa’. To be entered into this draw subscribe to our Marina Da Gama blog. Winners will be announced on the Friday 26 February 2016 on our blog.

Buying or selling a home as well as moving, can be one of the most stressful experiences in your life, even more so if you are not properly informed, and it is probably one of the most important investments you will make. You need to understand your rights and obligations and learn to take control of the process.

Property and its wealth creating power is not an exact science, but a very complex industry, in which most of us share an interest. Property Power is designed to empower home buyers, home sellers, first-time property investors and owner-builders/renovators with knowledge regarding important aspects of purchasing and selling immovable residential property.

Too many people run into financial difficulty and have to live with disappointments after making hasty decisions and not taking control of their property transactions. Property Power is a magazine (including an interactive PC CD-Rom) in which we cover the most important facts with regard to property transactions as comprehensively as possible, while keeping it simple, user-friendly and easy to read.

If you missed out on the previous editions, don’t despair. Each year, after the Minister of Finance announces the new Budget, we update Property Power and release a new edition. Everything discussed in the previous edition is simply revised and modified to the latest developments, figures and legislation in the market and newly researched material is added.

Updated Information
Property Power is updated and published regularly. You can visit our website at any time to make sure that you have the latest edition and that you are not missing out on any new information, like amendments to certain acts, or changes in the interest rate, budget speech, and so on. We endeavor to update Property Power at least once a year, however sometimes an edition may be relevant for two years.

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Do you live in a Burglary Hot Spot or a Suburb Safe Zone?

neighbourhood“If property owners do not take collective action as a neighbourhood community, the affect on everyone’s property values in that neighbourhood could be very negative”, says Cape Town real estate broker, Andre de Villiers from Cape Town.

De Villiers was previously a Neighbourhood Watch Chairperson for a popular Cape Town coastal suburb. “My experience is that there are far too few residents prepared to get involved in neighbourhood security unless there is a dramatic spike in crime or a violent attack. The majority of residents it seems are only too happy to leave the collective security concerns to someone else”.

“As the owner of four real estate offices in Cape Town, I can confirm that buyers are increasingly asking agents for more details about security issues in the neighbourhood of the house they are interested in. The focus on the individual house’s security is correctly seen as something that can be resolved by the buyer, but the area’s reputation and crime statistics are a greater concern, as a buyer knows this will probably be an issue that falls outside their immediate control.”

There is certainly a demand for reliable data but this is not as easy to obtain as some may think. Many smaller incidents are not reported to the police and many private security services treat their information as confidential and many neighbourhood watch groups are understandably concerned that their neighbourhood could suffer if their efficiency in keeping records resulted in a negative message!

“I think any professional estate agent should have some reasonable methodology to answer security questions from buyers objectively about the neighbourhood. We can’t put our head in the sand over this issue and a lack of access to reliable data is certainly a challenge,” said de Villiers.

The message to property owners is to ‘buy in’ to the responsibility of keeping their neighbourhood safe and crime free through collective action, and thereby collecting a ‘collective security dividend’. “Imagine if you will, a pocket of houses that is able to claim and where the seller or agent can statistically show, that the subject area is the safest area in this suburb! If that’s not a great selling feature then, as a real estate professional with over thirty years experience, I am not sure what is!” said de Villiers.

Herd of Cape Eland Targeted by Illegal Hunters

eilandThe Cape Town Environmental Education Trust says they’re doing all they can to protect a herd of Eland from illegal hunting.

The City of Cape Town has urged the public to be on the lookout for suspected illegal hunters in the Cape’s nature reserves.

Illegal hunting of animals like the Cape Hare and Grysbok are placing them in danger of becoming extinct locally.

The Trust’s Petro Botha says they are doing all they can to protect five young Eland who were reintroduced back into the Zeekoevlei Nature Reserve last month which borders next Marina Da Gama.

“We haven’t had any problems yet. The eland return to at night where they are kept safe. We don’t let them out in the reserve overnight. During the day, they have monitors to make sure they’re safe.”

It’s hoped the Eland that last roamed the Cape’s natural areas 200 years ago, will prevent vegetation encroachment.

Source: EWN

A Permanent Holiday

SC060_000000319_01Bring your canoe or kayak and feel like you’re on permanent holiday in this beautiful home. Positioned on the most charming island in Marina Da Gama, with awesome views spanning the entire marina and mountains – surrounded by a bird’s paradise, sits this charming home. This laid back home features all the requirements you ever wished for.

Read more about this Marina Da Gama property for sale.

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8 Home Security Mistakes you’re Making



Every day we make mistakes that leave our homes vulnerable to a break-in. A burglar will always choose the easiest target and that’s good news for you – it means you have a lot of influence on whether you become a victim or not.

  • Hiding keys by doorways – leaving keys near door ways is very risky as you risk someone duplicating your key and breaking in whenever they want.
  • Leaving out mail – an overflowing mailbox is a good sign that no one is home as well as it allows criminals to steal your mail and gain personal information.
  • Open windows – windows are often the easiest entry point for burglars to access your home as doors can be sturdy and deadlocked.
  • Leaving valuables in sight – valuables should be left out sight so that burglars and stored away as expensive items signal that you have money and is a clear indicator to a burglar that your home is worth targeting.
  • No visible security – securing your home with burglar bars and visible security measures is a huge deterrent to burglars.
  • Not maintaining your yard – a messy yard is a signal to a burglar that you are an easy target as untrimmed trees and hedges make for potential hiding places.
  • Updating social media – avoid using social media to let strangers know your whereabouts as you never know who is following you online.
  • A lifeless home – leaving lights and the TV / Radio on a timer can signal to a burglar that someone is home.

Download eBook: 8 Home Security Mistakes you’re Making

Resource: Cammy

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The Secrets of Marina Da Gama

marina da gamaThe name conjures up many different images.
Many think it is a suburb of small semi-detached houses as they race by on Prince Georges Drive.
For the few lucky who know this is not so.
Just off the M5  one of the several bridges to the various islands transports you into near idyllic place to live.
Here you don’t buy a house,you purchase a whole new lifestyle.
The marina was developed in the early 1970’s by Anglo American and is a brilliant series of waterways linking all the houses on the water and out onto the wonderful estuary of Sandvlei.
You can leap into your canoe and if the thought grabs you,paddle all the way down to Muizenberg beach.
The waters are clean and carefully monitored and abound with fish of all kinds.
Because the water is saline but not as salty as the sea both salt water and fresh water fish are to be found with catches of Garrick over 20kg being recorded.
Saline water also means that mosquitoes cannot breed.
For animal lovers we have Cape lcawless otters,most often seen at night and are blessed with an array of bird life including King Fishers, Pelicans and our own two resident Fish Eagles.
The gregarious duck population give endless amusement as do the Coots and the Crested Greebs with their young riding round on their backs are fascinating.
The one access road to the islands with security checkpoints makes these areas safe and secure and results in a wonderful village atmosphere where people meet each other easily, often during the dog walk!
The Oudevlei end of Marina da Gama offers the Uitsig peninsula Island and some really nice affordable houses in Oudevlei for the up and coming and executives in the making.
Being close to the M5 makes for easy access to main arterials and it has a shopping centre across the road at Capricorn.
Added to this is the bonus of being less than 10 minutes away from the major shopping Mall at the Blue Route.
So don’t rush by next time,turn in and take a look and unfold Cape Towns best kept secret.
Community notice brought to you by Chas EverittMarina Da Gama