We Need Your Blood!

We Need Your Blood!

 

Date:
Monday, October 15, 2018 – 15:00 to 19:15
Sub-region:
Venue:
Main Hall Civic Centre, Central Circle Recreation R, Fish Hoek
Duration:
Donation usually takes 30 minutes.
N.B:
Remember to eat a balanced meal four hours before you donate blood.

If you need more information, please contact us on 021 507 6300 or info@wpbts.org.za

9 RED FLAGS YOU OVERPRICED YOUR HOME

9 RED FLAGS YOU OVERPRICED YOUR HOME

You take the time to prepare your home and list your property.  The family is ready to show at a moment’s notice.   You are just waiting for the offers to roll in after the first open house.  No offers, then a week passes, a month passes, then 2 months….  Showings are almost non-existent.   The confidence you had to begin with turns to doubt, now you are wondering how do I know if my home is overpriced.  The problem now is you need to make some decisions and quick.  You don’t want your home to become stagnant in your local real estate marketplace.

Learn to spot the signs that you may have overpriced your home.

1-YOU IGNORED THE PRICING OF COMPARABLE PROPERTIES

If you listed your home with any decent agent they would have gone overpricing of similar homes in your neighbourhood that have sold recently in a Comparative Market Analysis.  Did you follow your agent’s recommendation of pricing?  Often sellers get emotional about their home and want to ignore the data. Go back and look at the CMA what were comparable homes selling for?

2- LACK OF APPOINTMENTS

It is important to sell your home in the first 20-30 days on the market.  You should have an influx of showings in the first several weeks. Your busiest weeks will typically be the first 3 or four weeks.  After that showings will dwindle down to almost nothing.  Have you listed your home and have had no showings or very few?  It is only going to get worse.  If you start off with very few showings and have gone weeks with no showing that is a telltale sign your home is probably overpriced.

3- NEIGHBOURING HOMES ARE SELLING BUT YOURS IS NOT

Your real estate agent should be giving regular market updates.  Are many of the homes that were for sale when yours was listed now sold or under agreement but yours is not?   If your neighbours are getting their houses sold but you are not, is time to go back an review the pricing of your home.

 4- THE FEEDBACK INDICATES YOU ARE OVERPRICED

Hopefully, you are receiving feedback on a large number of your showings.  Feedback is a great tool once you are listed.  There are two things to look at in the feedback.  One, buyers and agents may flat out indicate the property is overpriced.  Or two, the buyers are ultra critical of your home.  They may not say the home is overpriced but they ‘nitpick’ it to death.  Remember one or two comments is not a reason to go off the deep end, but if you keep hearing the same thing over and over it may be time to do something about it.

5- NO OFFERS

You may be getting showings but no offers.  My general rule of thumb for homes on the market is 12-15 showings and you should be receiving offers.  If you start hitting 20 showings and you have not received an offer it is time to re-look at your pricing strategy.

6- LOW ONLINE ACTIVITY

Your real estate agent can track online views of your home.  If your home is not receiving the views online it will follow thru to lack of showings as well.  Your home is showing up in the home searches but buyers are rejecting it before they even view it online.  Most likely the stats of your home don’t hold up to your competition.

7- YOU LET YOUR AGENT ‘BUY YOUR LISTING’

Did you hire your agent solely based on the fact they gave you a higher listing price than everyone else?  There is a name for that in real estate jargon is called buying a listing.  An agent will play on your emotions and give you an inflated list price.  Of course, you are willing to believe it they are the professional.  But, in doing so you probably did not pay attention to all the details like the agents marketing plan or make them back up their pricing with solid market data.  Was your sole decision for hiring your agent based on the fact they gave you the highest list price?

8-  DID YOU PRICE YOUR HOME BASED ON COSTLY RENOVATIONS?

Often a home seller will choose to price their home because of costly renovations that were done for their personal taste and not what would be considered the norms for their price range. A gourmet kitchen in a starter home with upscale commercial appliances is a perfect example.  Or money spent on that braai pit or spa that you like but is just not everyone’s taste.  If you purposely raise your price due to costly renovations you did for your personal tastes then your house will sit overpriced among its competition.

9- IF YOUR HOME EXPIRED ON THE MARKET UNSOLD

Your listing contract is up and your home hasn’t sold.  At this point, you have missed all the signs your home is overpriced, now its time to get realistically.  Don’t let your home languish on the market unsold.

YOUR HOME IS COMPETING WITH OTHER HOMES

When sellers insist on overpricing their home they usually fail to see that their home is competing with other homes.  Often when a buyer views your home and ‘rejects’ your home they move on to buy another home that they found more compelling.

First, you must remember buyers are choosing the homes they personally view online.  Your homes photos and statistics must stand up to the other similar home they are viewing online.  And, it certainly must carry through to the showing as well.

A house that is compelling at R3 500 000 amongst its competition will certainly not be compelling at R4 500 000.   First, it will look way overpriced alongside its true competition in the R3 500 000 price range.  Secondly, it will not ‘hold muster’ to the homes priced properly at R4 500 000.

THE GOOD NEWS

The good news is if you did overprice your home, you can usually overcome it quickly.  The key in overpricing your home is realizing you may have overpriced your home and react quickly.  If you are able to react quickly there is probably no damage that has been done in the marketing of your home.

The worst thing you can do is let your home sit on the market for 90, 120, 180 days without a change. The internet has sped up the real estate market.  In most cases, your home should be sold within 60 days.

Work with your agent to get the data you need to make the right decisions regarding the pricing of your home.  One last thought.  It is almost impossible to underprice a home in this day and age.  If your home is worth more and you give it a little bit of market time it will correct itself.

If you are thinking of selling there will be no more important decision than the agent you choose to manage the marketing process of your house.  You need a straight-talking enthusiastic professional who will explain what strategies will be used to protect your property value.

Article credit:
Edited for South African readers and the South African property market by Andre de Villiers from an original article on Merrimack Valley Estates 

Easter Colouring Competition

DOWNLOAD and then print (A4 size pdf) the colouring entry form (see link below)
(or collect one from the Fish Hoek Chas Everitt office) 

Hand in your completed entry at our shop on main Road Fish Hoek or you scan and email to charlene.f@everitt.co.za

We will display the entries at the offices over the Easter Weekend in our shop window.

Multiple winners will be notified  (we will group by age and office).
The prizes will be a number of Easter Hampers of various goodies.

Easter Chas Bear  This link will take you to pdf download  🙂

FAMILY HOME WITH DUAL LIVING – R 2 890 000

Start 2017 in style with this immaculately presented home situated in a super location fit for a family, within walking distance to the High School and a short drive to the other fabulous schools in the area.  This much-loved home has a wonderful appeal. Upon entrance, the home opens to a grand double volume living area with high-end flooring underfoot, providing a modern feel. A large open hearth with beautiful stone detailing providing warmth and character.
Alongside the dining area is a modern kitchen equipped with Caesar tops, Induction hob, built-in oven and purpose built cupboards which are in abundance and ideal for a culinary wizard.
The home benefits from three generously sized bedrooms with built-in cupboards.

Newly appointed bathrooms comprising of one bathroom and one shower room, both with toilets and under ceramic Kilimanjaro tiles.
The sun-drenched garden is in the immediate view of the living area making this a safe haven for children and pets to play in clear view at all times, furthermore, the built-in braai area provides a welcome shelter for those summer days spent outdoors. The extra length automated single garage is great for the boys with toys.

But wait, there is more … the dual living aspect of a separate generously sized studio flat comprising of living area, kitchenette and full bathroom.  The fabulous duality offers an active income earner as an Airbnb, a rental or simply, additional accommodation for a family member or guests.

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Excellent buy – Fish Hoek apartment!


Looking to get a foot on the property ladder, this a hassle-free 38 m2 studio is now available.

Apartment living is all about hassle-free lifestyle with the freedom to simply lock and go whenever you like. Situated on Carmichael Road, this spacious studio on the first floor offers simple requirements while featuring an open plan kitchen and living area with a separate shower bathroom. The original balcony has been incorporated into the studio, with large windows for the view. There are no parking issues as you have dedicated parking bay.

Good buy and great opportunity right here, whether it be an investment or as a first home it ticks both boxes.  The apartment is sunny with spectacular mountain view and the most awesome sunsets overlooking Noordhoek beach in winter. Just minutes away from the CBD area of Fish Hoek, Beach and Longbeach mall.

This could be what you are looking for! Click here for more details!

Community Directory Launched

Fish Hoek Community Directory has been launched today on FishHoek.info – Contact Charlene Faint or Craig Peiser for a FREE listing in this directory for your Fish Hoek business.   021 784 1630
This is an exclusive offer from Chas Everitt Cape Town South http://www.capetownsouth.co.za/

The Burning Hills of Cape Town

The Burning Hills of Cape Town

The massive fire raging in the southern peninsula mountains is set to burn for at least another two days – perhaps longer.

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Fire Rages in Cape Town’s Deep South

Muizenberg Fire
Image: Shirene Brielle

Firefighters are still trying to extinguish the blaze which is burning in the Far South.

According to a report from City of Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services spokesperson Theo Layne, the fire started on Sunday afternoon in Muizenberg and has spread all along the mountain slopes to Noordhoek.

He says four helicopters were deployed on Monday morning as most of the flames are inaccessible to ground staff.

“Several properties in the Noordhoek and Sun Valley area have been damaged in the fire and at this point we are trying to keep the rest of the properties safe. The fire has already stretched to De Goode Hoop Estate.”

South Peninsula Subcouncil chairperson Felicity Purchase says two of the properties affected are in Steenberg Estate and two in the Far South.

“I have been on the scene all morning and these are the only properties I know of. Noordhoek Manor was also evacuated and we have moved residents to Nerina Gardens, False Bay Hospital and the NG Kerk in Fish Hoek,” she says.

She confirms that Ou Kaapse Weg, Chapman’s Peak and Boyes Drive are closed.

Motorists are now using Main Road but several residents have reported major delays.

Simon’s Town residents report a travelling time of 1.5 hours between Fish Hoek and Kalk Bay.

Happy Valentines Day

The Fish Hoek blog and Chas Everitt wish you our Fish Hoek  residents a happy Valentines Day.

 

Valentines Day10 Irish quotes about love and romance:

I chose my wife, as she did her wedding gown, for qualities that would wear well.
Oliver Goldsmith

Women are made to be loved, not understood.
Oscar Wilde

The most important things in the world to do are to get something to eat, something to drink, and somebody to love you.
Brendan Behan

They lived and laughed and loved and left.
James Joyce

You dont love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.
Oscar Wilde

Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world, a mother’s love is not.
James Joyce

Love will heal what language fails to know.
Eavan Boland

It often occurs to me that we love most what makes us miserable. In my opinion the damned are damned because they enjoy being damned.
Patrick Kavanagh

How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she was a perfectly normal human being.
Oscar Wilde

Noli Timere
Seamus Heaney – meaning ‘dont be afraid’. These were the last words the poet sent to his wife, just before he passed away.

Gravitation can’t be held responsible for people falling in love. 
Albert Einstein

Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. That’s relativity.
Albert Einstein

I haven’t spoken to my wife in years. I didn’t want to interrupt her.
Rodney Dangerfield