While it is possible for homeowners to research certain information online, there is no programme or site available online to those outside of the real estate profession that can accurately value your property. To set the right asking price it takes specific area knowledge, market savvy and even a touch of psychology, says Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa. “With the vast number of possible variants that have an impact on pricing, it is very difficult to set an asking price by merely doing some research online. While there could be other homes situated in the same area that offer similar features, there are other aspects that come into play that could place your home at a different value in the market,” Goslett explains. “This is where the services of an experienced real estate professional can be extremely important to the seller.” Goslett provides a few elements that real estate agents could look at when determining the right, most competitive asking price for a home: Past sales Often looking at the past is a gateway into looking at the future. Looking at the sales prices of homes in the area over the last six months will give the agent some insight into what buyers are prepared to pay for homes in that area. Careful consideration will be made to how long each property sat on the market, as well as how the initial asking price differed from the eventual selling price. A comparative market analysis (CMA) is the accepted method to accurately determine a property’s value. Information and statistics are gathered from various sources and compiled together to determine the average price per square metre of property in the area. By determining the square metre pricing, the agent is able to compare apples with apples. Once this base has been reached, it is far easier to give an accurate appraisal of the property, taking into consideration any other factors that might have an affect the properties exact value. These factors . . .
Following an intensive period of pre-season training that will culminate in three warm-up matches, the FNB NMMU-Madibaz are quietly confident heading into next month's Varsity Cup campaign. "We've had a good break," said Madibaz captain Ivan Ludick. "We returned from the festive season and our bodies certainly took an immediate pounding but training has been great and the guys are looking forward to the challenge." "The squad is well-balanced between young and old and in terms of excitement everyone is on board," he said, with home friendlies against Fort Hare on Wednesday (5pm), the Young Guns on the 25th (2.30pm) and Southern Kings on the 29th (5pm) looming. Ludick said they were keen to bounce back after a challenging Varsity Cup competition last year, starting with their first fixture - an away match against UJ - on February 8. "It was certainly a learning curve and that will stand us in good stead. We share a vision to compete at the highest level and the seniors are ready to step up." He said that every Varsity Cup competition required a lot of research, especially on the opposition, and he felt they were in a great position. Head coach David Maidza said the first week of training consisted of fitness testing before getting into rugby system specifics. "They have been busy with all aspects of the game, which include defensive and attacking systems, breakdown work and all relevant plays. "The boys are really looking forward to putting the skill sets they have acquired in training into match situations to get a feel for how well they have progressed," said Maidza. "Our training sessions have been intense and the concentration levels from the student-athletes have been very pleasing taking into account the current heat levels. As a group, we want to make sure we make this season one to remember. "We have been close on two previous occasions to get to the finals and, yes, we will take each match as it comes but we are collectively . . .
In 2016, instability in emerging markets is set to end six consecutive years of decline in global insolvencies, according to Euler Hermes, the worldwide leader in trade credit insurance. The Euler Hermes Economic Outlook 2015-16: The insolvency U-turn predicts that worldwide insolvencies will stabilise at 300,000 cases as 2015 marks the end of the post-crisis adjustment trend. This trend, which saw a healthy decline in insolvencies of -14% in 2014, continues into 2015 but loses momentum in line with the global economic slowdown. As a result, Euler Hermes estimates that its Global Insolvency Index will decrease by only -4% this year. Despite six consecutive years of decline, the positive trend was not robust enough to offset the sharp hike in bankruptcies recorded between 2007 and 2009, so the Global Insolvency Index remains higher by 3% than its pre-crisis average. “After a five year love story with the fastest-growing part of the world, time has come for a reality check,” says Ludovic Subran, Chief Economist at Euler Hermes. “Large current account deficits, a vulnerable private sector and a highly politicised reform agenda created a perfect storm for emerging markets. Capital outflows, volatility and credit risks are on the rise.” The divergence between advanced economies and emerging markets should continue to grow in 2016, creating a -1% decline in insolvencies in advanced economies compared to a +4% increase in emerging markets. Currently, a strong decrease in bankruptcies in the U.S. and Western Europe is offsetting turmoil in Asia and Latin American, but the outlook is increasingly cloudy for emerging markets. “Brazil, China, Nigeria, Russia, South Africa and Turkey – to name a few – have all been negatively affected by cheaper commodity prices, a looming Fed rate hike which is pressuring currencies and financing, and the overall slow growth mode. World GDP has been growing below 3% for the past five years. High corporate Debt levels, Disinflation . . .
Although the property market has seen an increase in activity over the last few years, economic conditions are still tough for many and the predicted interest rate hikes are likely to place further strain on homeowners around the country. “This year, those with high debt levels will be heavily affected as the interest rate increases and the cost of living continues along its upward trajectory. While for some, it may simply be a matter of readjusting certain behaviour to rectify their financial situation, others may find themselves in more dire circumstances further along the road,” says Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa. “Due to the fact that many feel overly stressed and sometimes shameful about their financial distress, they are less likely to communicate about the topic and ask for help. However, it is vital that homeowners in financial trouble take immediate action and proceed with the necessary steps before the situation slips out of their control. It is a time to act decisively, take control of the situation and consult with people who can assist.” Goslett offers homeowners advice on how to handle this often complex situation: Evaluate your situation Homeowners need to be honest with themselves and look at their circumstance objectively when determining whether they can continue to pay their bond. Goslett says that if a homeowner can no longer afford their bond, they need to notify their lender as soon as possible. “Avoiding the situation and doing nothing is the worst possible decision a homeowner in distress can make. It is best to be upfront with the bank and tell them the situation, rather than defaulting on a payment without notification. If the situation is left to run its course, it will not only result in the homeowner losing their property, it will also lead to a tarnished credit record and black listing,” says Goslett. He adds that a blacklisting will leave the consumer unable to obtain any credit . . .
Are you sitting yourself to death? Sitting is the new smoking. Many office workers, in particular, are in danger of sitting themselves to death and should urgently kick this unhealthy habit. “A number of studies have indicated that there are a wide range of negative health implications to spending hours each day sitting, which hundreds of thousands of South Africans do in the workplace,” warns Dr Jacques Snyman, acting CEO of Agility Global Health Solutions (Africa). A landmark study published in the medical journal Lancet, as long ago as 1953, looked at about 31,000 men, aged 35 to 64, employed as bus, tram and trolleybus drivers in London, and their colleagues who were conductors, mechanics, or railway guards. The drivers, who had more sedentary jobs, were found to have higher rates of coronary heart disease. The UK’s National Health Service also warns that prolonged sitting is thought to slow metabolism, which affects the body's ability to regulate blood sugar, blood pressure, and break down body fat. “As technology has, and continues, to take over those tasks that used to be performed by muscle, millions of people worldwide find themselves sitting behind a desk, gazing at a computer screen,” Dr Snyman observes. “Many people mistakenly assume that going to gym for a few hours a week can counter the effects of sitting, however this does not seem to offset the risk.” Debbie Valentini, General Manager: Marketing and Communications, Loyalty and Rewards at Zurreal and Agility Corporate, Agility Africa’s wellbeing and rewards offering, says that one need not spend a lot of money to make this healthy change. “Before you take out a second mortgage to buy yourself a standing desk, test it out by going for a cheap option. All you need to do is put a box, or a small chest of drawers on top of your existing desk. You could also get creative with ordinary items around the office, such as a box of printer paper, to create your own standing desk.” “At . . .
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Technology is disrupting the workplace with increasing speed and intensity. “As the world of work changes, school leavers are a facing a dilemma as to how best to prepare for success in their careers,” says Sandra Burmeister, CEO of Amrop Landelahni. “More specifically they are asking what fields of study they should consider.” Burmeister believes that a premium will continue to be placed on graduates skilled in technical subjects. “Automation and the digital revolution signal a move away from jobs that demand routine mental or physical activity to those that depend on human judgement,” she says. “Robotics will take over a lot of the mundane work currently being done. “This is already the case in several industries, such as car manufacture, where robots are taking over from people in automated assembly lines. “On another front, the landmark climate accord announced in Paris in December 2015 will spur industry to focus on renewable sources of energy. “There will be a huge demand for specialised skills in the fields of energy and water. These are issues of concern globally, and no less so in South Africa. Eskom continues to be under pressure, while water-scarcity in large parts of the country demands safeguarding and efficient management of water resources. “Energy and technology companies will focus their endeavours on making breakthroughs in areas from solar and wind power and electric cars to hydrology and environmental engineering. This will create a demand for highly-skilled individuals with the potential for embracing new technologies. “Adding to the demand for skills, is the fact that a large proportion of SA’s qualified technical and engineering professionals are aging out of the system. A cadre of South Africa’s highly skilled personnel – from electricians to civil engineers – are moving into retirement, bringing South Africa to what has been called a ‘skills cliff’. “These disruptive forces bring huge opportunities for today’s . . .
A visit to the Kirstenbosch Craft and Food Market is an absolute must for those who enjoy a relaxed Sunday shopping browse, in one of the most beautiful settings in Cape Town. The 25 year old Kirstenbosch Craft and Food Market has a proud tradition. The outdoor setting is in the historic Stone Cottage grounds on the Kirstenbosch Estate, with the majestic Castle Rock as a backdrop. The stalls consist mainly of craft (with a few minor exceptions) made and sold by the stallholder. Enjoy choosing wares from artisans and craftspeople who display their unique products, including clothing, jewellery, pottery, and wood carvings. It is the perfect place to find gifts for friends or something special for your own home. Buy a delicious bite to eat at one of the many food stalls, while enjoying the music from the University of Cape Town’s finest musicians, and perhaps, take a food basket to the beautiful Kirstenbosch botanic gardens, across the road from the market, and enjoy a picnic to end a perfect day. Children are most welcome and well catered for. Time: 9am-3pm Address: Stone Cottages, on the corner of Kirstenbosch Drive and Rhodes Avenue. Author: Jessica Miller from HIPPO Communications. Images: For high res version/s of One image/s please contact HIPPO Communications. Kirstenbosch Craft and Food Market CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. Have a look at the online visibility from 01/13/2016 to today for Kirstenbosch Craft and Food Market: Google Search Results Bing Search Results Yahoo Search Results DuckDuckGo Search Results Twitter Mentions . . .
TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Immediate Blasting postponed between Port Alfred and Fish River January 13, 2016: The South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) would like to notify motorists that blasting scheduled for today (Wednesday, 13 January) at 3pm, at Shaw Park quarry, between Port Alfred and Fish River, has been postponed. Blasting will instead take place next Wednesday, 20 January 2016, at 3pm. Motorists should expect travel delays on the R72 between Port Alfred and Fish River due to blasting taking place at Shaw Park quarry. The Shaw Park quarry is situated next to the R72, near the intersection of the R72 where a gravel road leads to Shaw Park. The quarry area extends from the SANRAL kilometre markers 20,800 to 21,200. Motorists are requested to plan their trips accordingly and be cautious when making use of the road, and comply with the instructions of safety personnel. - Ends - ____________________________________________________________________________________ Issued on behalf of SANRAL by Meropa Communications. For assistance please contact Shaanaaz Loggenberg on 041 5821377 or email@example.com For editorial content or additional information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Author: Shaanaaz Loggenberg CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. Have a look at the online visibility from 01/13/2016 to today for Blasting postponed between Port Alfred and Fish River: Google Search Results Bing Search Results Yahoo Search Results DuckDuckGo Search Results Twitter Mentions . . .
The Addo Elephant Trail Run is one of the older trail runs in South Africa. It was introduced in 2004 with a 50 mile and a 100 mile distance – making it the original and only 100 mile trail run in the country. A 25 mile race was introduced in 2009. This was also the last year that the 100 mile event was run. Subsequently the 25 and 50 mile events have become a 44km and a 76km trail run. In 2015, Free Spirit Adventures took over the event from former organisers, Nadia and Estienne Arndt of Extreme Marathons. The new organisers have undertaken to re-introduce the 100 mile event in 2016. We feel that the time is ripe to bring back this iconic distance. There are now a number of trail runs in South Africa that exceed the 100km mark, and with the rise in popularity of runners like Ryan Sandes and AJ Calitz, as well as Linda Doke, runners are becoming more aware of the ultra-distance trend. The 100 mile event has already attracted the last reigning ladies winner, Kim Van Kets, as well as international athletes from 8 different countries who are flying to South Africa to take part. The race takes place over the weekend of 26-28 February 2016. The 100 mile event sets off on Friday afternoon at 3pm, with the 44km and 76km races setting off on Saturday morning. The 100 mile event starts at Addo Elephant National Park Main Camp, and the other races begin in Kirkwood. All races finish at the Zuurberg Mountain Inn. Runners can experience the thrill of running wild through a vast area of the Park which is free of (most!) dangerous wildlife. These sections of the Park are not generally open to the public, and we are very grateful to SANParks for allowing us this access. PPC and SANParks are two crucial sponsors of this event. PPC has an ongoing relationship with Addo Elephant National Park, and they are involved in various projects in the area. They feel strongly about preserving the environment, which makes them an ideal partner for trail running. Free Spirit . . .