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Accolades Galore for Dullstroom

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We like to think of ourselves as a small town with a big heart, but with INCREDIBLE talent, it would appear! In the last few months five, Dullstroom establishments have won national and international awards/accolades. Locals and visitors can EAT, DRINK, STAY and PLAY in style!!

MRS. SIMPSONS has just been awarded a place in the top 100 of the 2017 Accredited American Express Platinum Fine Dining Restaurants or the “100” Club (anyone who knows the dynamic of the characters of Mrs Simpsons would read “FUN” dining, in place of FINE dining!!) During the course of the year, two judges visit each of the nominated restaurants “undercover” to experience their food, ambiance and the general eating experience first-hand. Only TWO restaurants in Mpumalanga have been included in the final top 100 – Mrs Simpsons and Zest from Nelspruit. A well-deserved accolade that has been achieved thanks to each and every member of staff, in the kitchen and front of house.

ANVIL ALE – Brew Master, Theo de Beer and apprentice, Christo Holtzhausen have done it once again in winning a Gold medal with their Mjölnir Indian Pale Ale (IPA) in the International Beer Challenge 2016 that was held recently in the UK. The IPA, that this brewing team has developed over 21 months of trial and error, also received a gold medal in the National Beer Challenge held in Cape Town in August and were named runners up at the Capital Craft Beer Festival held in Pretoria in June. An awards presentation was held on Monday 5th September 2016 in London and for the National Beer Challenge on Thursday 22 September in Cape Town. We are very proud of these two, who have placed Dullstroom on the National and International map!

WALKERSONS HOTEL AND SPA– have just been awarded the Diners Club Wine List award in the Diamond category – the highest category of the awards and is one of only two establishments that won this award in Mpumalanga (the other being Zest Restaurant in Nelspruit!). The judges assess how comprehensive the wine list is in terms of covering the full range of wines, in context of the regionality (and so in this case there is a bit more emphasis on reds to suit our climate), in terms of suitability for the menu, the presentation and the cost. They were commended on the number of wines that they have that are not “off the shelf” but rather come from “boutique” wine farms. Kate, Adri and Klippies all put their heads together to compile the list. Owners Geoff and Dandre will be spending more time in the Cape, so could it possibly be that they are taking on the task of thoroughly exploring the winelands of South Africa seriously……..?

MILLSTREAM is an eco-friendly, syndicated share block where time share owners can enjoy leisure time with family, friends, colleagues or nobody at all. It was developed in the 1990’s, has 26 beautifully appointed self-catering cottages and offers a wonderful opportunity to experience trout fishing in any one of 8 dams and a kilometre of river frontage which includes 13 cascading weirs.
It is a Gold Crown resort affiliated to RCI and can lay claim to two awards for their performance in 2015 – the “Top Resort of the Year” in the small resort category (83 other small resorts in southern African). They have previously won this award in 2010, 2012 and 2014. Jackie Vincent was awarded RCI General Manager of the Year for 2015. This award
encompassed all the Southern African RCI affiliated resorts (171 nominees). Steve and Jackie Vincent have managed Millstream on and off since 1996, assisted by Dana and Pheona Kemp since 2005 and a loyal local workforce from the beginning. Maria Thomo (housekeeping) and David Mathebula (fish management), were recently recognized within the industry for their outstanding contribution to the success of Millstream, both having won RADA awards (RCI developer achievement award –employee category.)

HIGHLAND GATE – It is the golf course at Highland Gate that has always been most talked about, and has won accolades including the award of being rated the 21st best golf course in South Africa as judged by “Golf Digest” magazine as well as a gold Sali award for turf maintenance and landscaping. This high standard continues to be maintained thanks to Evan Du Plessis of Southern Turf Management. But less well known is that the Estate has also just been acknowledged as being in the top 10 Residential Estates in the country, along with Val De Vie, Zimbali and other esteemed estates. This was recently revealed by FIN24 and as judged by New World Wealth. What many people are not aware of is how well rounded it is, as an estate, offering many other activities for the whole family.
There are hiking trails of up to 12 kilometers including a 2 kilometers walk to the waterfall, they are currently building mountain bike trails that are geared for the whole family so will not require technical prowess and later this year they will be co-hosting an Adventure Trail Running event. For those that have a less active notion of what relaxation should be, the dams are well stocked with trout, the clubhouse has a fully licensed restaurant and will shortly have a very fancy “modular” jungle gym to keep the kids entertained. There is a picnic spot in the most beautiful setting by the river, with tables and benches. Approved and ready to roll out are plans to build a tennis court and swimming pool (not for the faint hearted….)
Century Properties can be very proud of what they have achieved and congratulations are also due to Bryce Clarence, Matt Gibbons and his team.
Visitors to Dullstroom are encouraged to enjoy any of these recreational facilities but are asked to make prior arrangements by phoning
087 808 6570

Expectional Home On Walkersons Estate

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I met the owners of this house in 2010, when I sold the vacant stand to them. Despite a few invitations, I had not seen the completed house but I was really blown away when we went to list it a couple of weeks ago.

The house is situated on one of the largests stands on the Estate, and is elevated, so the views are something to behold. The design has maximised these 270 degree panoramic views by including huge areas of glass, in some cases being from floor to ceiling. The cosiness has been maintained with Morso fireplaces, including one in the main bedroom.

Being owner built, the attention to detail is extraordinary, the finishes are top quality – a Smeg stove and a Palazzo bath, for example, while not losing the homely feel. The living areas are very spacious and flow from one to the other, creating a welcoming space for entertaining.
I’ve been involved in the initial development, developer sales and subsequent resales on Walkersons since the end of 2006, and have been to most of the completed houses – W74 is certainly one of my favourites. It stands out as an exceptional home. For more details and photos click here or call me, Del-Monté 082 895 5933

Written by: Del-Monté Roberts – Property Consultant @ Zest Property Group

Signed on the dotted line? What happens next?

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Purchasing property is usually a significant financial and emotional investment. Once you have made the commitment, signed the offer to purchase and finances are in place, the transfer process starts. This process should ideally take between 8 to 12 weeks, however as the process is very thorough and involves multiple parties it may take longer – every transfer differs. Many people are not aware of the fact that you must have cash available to make payment of the transfer fees, bond cost (if applicable) and transfer duty (if applicable) – ask your property consultant to provide you with an estimate.

Here is a basic outline of the transfer process:

Initial Stages

–    It is the seller’s right to choose the conveyancing attorney, unless otherwise agreed by both parties;
–    Once appointed the conveyancing attorney collates all information and documents needed to lodge at the deeds office in Nelspruit;
–    The conveyancer will require several documents to comply with the FICA act and start the process:
–    Copies of identity documents
–    Proof of residence
–    Income tax number or VAT registration number
–    Marriage certificates (in case of a marriage in community of property, also FICA documents for the spouse)
–    Antenuptial agreement
–    Divorce orders
–    In the case of a close corporation or a company, the details of the directors, shareholders or members. Additionally, the incorporation documents of the legal entity or the trust deed and trust letters of authority will also be required
–    The original title deed from the seller or in the case where a bond is registered, the bond account number and details of the bond holder to request cancellation figures.

–    The conveyancer will inform you of the due dates for deposit payments, bond approval and bond guarantees. They will also provide their trust account details for payments of deposit as well as the purchase consideration (if you are paying cash)

Bond Application (if applicable)

–    If a bond application is involved the purchaser is responsible for contacting his / her Bank/s directly and supplying them with the necessary requested documentation. Alternatively, the purchaser can apply for a bond through a bond originator. Bond originators submit applications on behalf of the purchaser to various banks and handle the follow through with the bank. The cost of a bond originator is carried by the bank at no charge to the purchaser.
Once the bond is approved, a bond attorney will be appointed by the bank. The bond attorney with liaise with the purchaser and conveyancing attorney.

–    Once the finances are in place i.e. deposit paid into conveyancer’s trust account and/ or bond approval / bank quotation are supplied, as specified in the offer to purchase, the actual transfer process will continue.

Transfer Process:

Bond Cancellation
If there is an existing bond, the conveyancer will apply for the cancellation of the bond. Only once instruction is sent to the bond cancellation attorneys to cancel the bond, will the conveyancer receive a copy of the title deed/s. The conveyancer will require the title deed/s to prepare the necessary transfer documentation.

Transfer documents
Once the conveyancer has received all the necessary documents including FICA and the title deeds of the property, the conveyancer will draft and prepare for transfer. Both the purchaser and the seller will be required to sign these documents. Original documents will be required and must be signed in the presence of a commissioner of oaths:

Documents to be signed by the seller:
–    Power of attorney
–    Transfer duty declarations
–    Affidavits (Solvency; FICA)
–    Resolutions (if applicable)

Documents to be signed by purchaser:
–    Transfer duty declarations
–    Affidavits (Solvency; FICA)
–    Power of attorney for bond documents

Rates Clearance Certificate
A rates clearance certificate is required from the local municipality before lodgment of the transfer at the deeds office. The conveyancer will request the clearance figures and may appoint a correspondent to liaise directly with the local municipality. Should this happen, the cost is minimal but will be for the seller’s account. The figures include outstanding amounts on the account as well as 3 months in advance. This could be a lengthy process, depending on the municipality. The seller is liable for payment outstanding rates and the purchaser will pay a prorate amount, unless stated otherwise in the offer to purchase.
Levy Clearance Certificates (if applicable)
This is required where the property is part of a sectional title scheme or an estate which has a home owner’s association, to verify that all outstanding levies have been paid up to date.

Additional certificates
Should there be any electric or gas installations on the property compliance certificates will be required. An inspection will be done on the property by the respective registered service providers i.e. an electrician or gas installer. Any installations that are not compliant will be repaired/corrected before a certificate will be issued. The seller is responsible for these costs unless otherwise agreed upon in the offer to purchase.
Transfer duty or VAT receipts from SARS
Transfer duty receipts are required for all transactions, or alternatively an exemption certificate where transfer duty is not payable. As transfer duty applications are done via eFiling, all involved parties (including the property consultant / agency) need to be up to date with their taxes. Transfer duty (if applicable) will be payable by the purchaser. Should the seller be registered as a VAT vendor, VAT will be payable. The offer to purchase will stipulate which party will be liable for the payment.

The final steps
–    Once the conveyancer receives the Transfer duty receipt, the rates clearance certificate, electrical compliance certificate and all other documentation is in place, lodgment in the deeds office can be arranged with the simultaneous attorneys (e.g. attorneys attending to the bond cancellation and the new bond to be registered). ALL parties must be ready before lodgment can take place.
–    The time period between the date of lodgment to the date of registration is dependent on the deeds office. The standard time frame is approximately 10 working days, but this does vary.
–    Only once the property has registered at the deeds office, will the funds held be paid over from the conveyancers’ trust account to the seller. All interest earned on the funds in the trust account are for the account of the purchaser. Funds are usually paid within 24 hours to the relevant parties if they are held in the conveyancers’ trust account. If a bond is involved the Bank will only pay out their portion to the conveyancer in approximately 3 days from date of registration.

Once the transaction is complete, the purchaser will need to ensure that the municipal and Eskom accounts are transferred into their name. The conveyancer will provide a letter of registration to the municipality.

Good luck & feel free to call us if you need any advice.
Zest Property Group Dullstroom 013 254 0219

Highland Gate – Developer Stands

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Since the relaunch of Highland Gate Golf and Trout Estate, the Estate has gone from strength to strength. There are now 22 completed houses on the Estate and an increasing number in various stages of build or proposed for next year.

Highland Gate is one of the country’s premier Residential Golf Estates spread over 700 hectares of Highveld grassland punctuated by magnificent mountains, ravines and gorges. The highlight of the estate is the 18 hole championship Ernie Els signature golf course. All 455 full title stands are fully serviced and the estate has an excellent services and management team to ensure it is well run and beautifully maintained.

The golf course has been most talked about recently, and has won accolades including the award of being rated the 21st best golf course in South Africa as judged by “Golf Digest” magazine as well as a gold Sali award for turf maintenance and landscaping.

But less well known is that the Estate has also just been acknowledged as being in the top 10 Residential Estates in the country, along with Val De Vie, Zimbali and other esteemed estates. This was recently revealed by FIN24 and as judged by New World Wealth. What many people are not aware of is how well rounded it is, as an estate, offering many other activities for the whole family. There are hiking trails of up to 12 kilometers including a 2 kilometers walk to the waterfall, they are currently building mountain bike trails that are geared for the whole family so will not require technical prowess and later this year they will be co-hosting an Adventure Trail Running event. For those that have a less active notion of what relaxation should be, the dams are well stocked with trout, the clubhouse has a fully licensed restaurant and will shortly have a very fancy “modular” jungle gym to keep the kids entertained. There is a picnic spot in the most beautiful setting by the river, with tables and benches. Approved and ready to roll out are plans to build a tennis court and swimming pool.

This is the ideal Estate to build your dream holiday home on. Visit our website for more info or contact us on 013 254 0219 info@zestpropertygroup.co.za

 

Exporting Cherries From Dullstroom?

If you think that cherries only grow in the Eastern Free State then think again. They are grown right here in Dullstroom as well, mainly for the export market!

Last week we were invited to a guided tour of Crimson Creek Cherry Farm, by owner Fanus Kritzinger. The farm is situated about 8km north of town on the Tonteldoos Rd, the altitude and more specifically the climate at that particular altitude, makes it ideal for cherry farming.

Fanus and his staff run a very intensive and scientific farming operation, growing cherries for export – the biggest ones go to China, smaller ones to Europe and guess what? The smallest ones to a leading chain store in SA.

It was really very informative to see how Fanus goes about his business and one can immediately sense that he is very passionate about growing only the best cherries and also creating employment for the locals as well.

Visit the Crimson Creek website for pics and info

Thanks for the invite Crimson Creek to experience your extremely interesting farming operation.

Written by: Del-Monté Roberts – Property Consultant @ Zest Property Group

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Buying or selling property in Dullstroom?

We can help you. Zest is the largest independent Estate Agency in Dullstroom, our agents are fully qualified and are passionate about property. Customer Service is the rock upon which we have built our business and we believe that transparency and professionalism will ensure our clients are clients for life.

We sell residential houses, farms (guest farms, agricultural farms, weekend farms), vacant land, small holdings, commercial, secure residential estates, country estates (Walkersons, Teal & Trout, Lost Valley, Wagenbietjieshoek, Highland Gate) and everything in-between.

Our Dullstroom office is open 7 days a week for your convenience, located on Dullstroom’s main road. (Shop 3 Cherry Grove, Naledi Drive, Dullstroom, 1110).

Contact us on 013 254 0219 of visit our website.

Investing in the Dullstroom Lifestyle #1

Yesterday, I launched my own YouTube channel, called “Investing in the Dullstroom Lifestyle”. And no, I am not going to pursue a fulltime acting career, I am still first and foremost a property professional!

Episode one focusses on Highland Gate Golf and Trout Estate, the magnificent residential development just outside Dullstroom, featuring an Ernie Els designed championship golf course. This is truly an investment opportunity not to be missed, with stand prices starting from around 300k.

In weeks to come, I will feature many other interesting aspects of the unique Dullstroom lifestyle that we are so privileged to experience every day.

Let me know what you think of episode 1!!

Cheers,
Del-Monte
082 895 5933
dr@zestpropertygroup.co.za

Waterfront Home In Oak Lane Dullstroom

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This stunning home is situated on the waterfront of the Dullstroom dam with views of the famous Suikerboschkop Mountain within Oak Lane Residential Estate. The home has been designed for entertaining with a massive open plan living area which includes the kitchen, dining area, formal lounge, TV room and pub area with an in-door braai. The home has a modern look, but with a country feel, the fixtures and features throughout are of excellent quality and taste.

The home can accommodate 12 guests in the four bedrooms, two of the bedrooms are suited for a couple while the remaining two are ideal for children. Ideal getaway for weekends for the whole family. Currently on the market at R 3,250,000, for more info click here or call us on 013 254 0219

Dullstroom’s Learning Centre

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Inspired by some philanthropically minded locals and sponsored initially by the Mackenzie Family Trust, the Dullstroom Learning Centre came into being in 2013. Helping Hands, a local charity got stuck in with many hours of hard work to make it happen, and other locals donated computers, internet access and a “library”.

Its purpose;

–   To offer assistance to Grade 8 and 9 pupils with homework and school projects;

–   To offer a safe haven for school aged children during the holidays, offering videos, art and craft projects along with tea and sandwiches!

Walkersons very quickly got on board and Adri began his hospitality and cooking classes for mature students, many of whom have moved on to get jobs at the local restaurants.

The Centre recently had another significant injection of funds when Geoff and Dandre from Walkersons asked guests to their wedding to donate to the Centre in lieu of wedding presents. This has funded new equipment for the cookery classes, uniforms for primary school children and they are working on an exchange outreach programme to match the skilled and unskilled workers with employers with specific needs.

Maxima is the Centre manager and makes an invaluable contribution to the running of the Centre.

The MacKenzie foundation has provided funding for a full time social worker for the year and she has been able to help identified the needs of students and is able to assist with abuse cases as well.

If you would like to make a contribution to this very worthy cause, contact us for info on how you can help info@zestpropertygroup.co.za 

Selling Your Property?

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When deciding to sell your property, two of the most important factors are, choosing the correct agency and going to market at the correct price.

Most reputable agencies will be able to give you a CMA (current market analysis). A good CMA will include a geographical analysis of properties sold in your area, a comparable property sales analysis, an age analysis of how long these properties have been on the market, any special features or negatives aspects specific to your property and how these many influence the selling price and finally a suggested selling price.

From reputable agencies could can except the following:

Advertising in various mediums such as local and regional publications and customized brochures (should your property be suitable), website exposure on the agency’s website, and at least one of the larger country wide websites such as Property 24, Private Property.

Regular feedback on the activities on your property such as site visits with clients, enquires made on your property, marketing done, general news and stats on the property market in your area and marketing efforts of the agency etc.

An agency should have a professional office that keeps regular hours, is well located and visible, has ample marketing material on all properties and last but no least presentable well-spoken and knowledgeable staff members.

The transfer to registration process is just as important. A signed Offer to Purchase isn’t the end of the sales process; it’s the beginning of the after sales process. The agency should undertake to ensure that your property transfers in the shortest time possible, and facilitate the completion of each element of the process through regular communication with the relevant service providers and give you regular progress reports.

Property in most cases is usually one’s largest assets and when selling you are entitled to professional, efficient service.

If you’d like more information about selling your property through Zest Property Group Mpumalanga, please click here or give us a call:

Office 013 254 0219

Trish: 082 330 3503

Del-Monté 082 895 5933

Haideé 073 188 4306