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Why it makes sense to pay only 3% commission!

Napier Property

Residential real estate is usually your biggest asset. The process of selling a home can be difficult, and even after the sale is concluded, legal problems can occur. You deserve real estate attorneys who can represent your interests from the moment you decide to sell.

List your property with us – Our fees for a Sole Mandate are 3% + VAT (why pay more than that? It just makes sense!)

Prior, During, and Post Sale

Prior to the sale of a home, we will (at NO extra charge):

  • Market your property using our own client database, internet portals, social media and property role player referral network. (You do not need to appoint a separate estate agent!) for an agreed fee
  • Draft an Agreement of Sale that will be tailor-made to your circumstances and needs. It will ensure that your intrests are protected
  • Handle all legal issues regarding any mortgage that needs…

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The Big Birding Day – who’s coming?

You are hereby invited to take part in a Birding Big Day fun experience in the Agulhas Plain. Teams consist of a maximum of four birders and must register online at:


Teams record as many species as possible in a 24-hour period. You will need to download the free Birdlasser App.

Teams will compete for the first time for the AGULHAS PLAIN BIG BIRDING DAY TROPHY for recording the most species in one day.

For information: Go to www.agulhasplainbirding.co.za, or https://www.birdlife.org.za/events/birding-big-day or
Contact Wim De Klerk at doc@agulhasplainbirding.co.za.
Emmerentia De Kock at emme.dekock@sanparks.org

Attorneys selling properties – it makes sense!

Buying or selling a house is one of the most significant transactions in life. It stands to reason that you’d want to turn to a professional rather than navigating the process on your own. If you’re purchasing a new home or considering selling your house, your first inclination might be to enlist the help of a real estate agent. Agents can be a good option, but you might be surprised to learn that your best option would be to use a specialist attorney.

Attorneys have a very clear duty to their clients.

The real estate lawyer/client relationship provides for a high degree of privacy and confidentiality, which does not exist in a real estate agent-client relationship because a real estate agent’s obligations to his or her client are somewhat limited, and they may not necessarily be working in your best interest. Did you know that a real estate agent can represent both the buyer and the seller in the same transaction? They could even be the buyer, which could leave you in a very vulnerable position.

A real estate attorney will be representing you, and only you, in the buying or selling of a property. It is vital to know that an attorney is not incentivised by increasing or decreasing the purchase price.

The typical practice in South Africa is that people hire an agent for the marketing and advertising portion of the sale of the property. However, it is the real estate attorney who will typically get involved during the transactional phase.

So, doesn’t it make sense that your real estate attorney can attend to the marketing and advertising of your property as well? Is there really any need for a separate estate agent?

A real estate attorney will give you the best and most unbiased representation possible.

Compensation: Real estate agents are usually paid by commission, which they will only receive if the transaction closes. If the transaction doesn’t close, they aren’t paid. This means agents are motivated to “seal the deal,” which on the surface may sound like a good thing. But that motivation may cause an agent to push for a closing that might not be in your best interest.

On the other hand, an attorney (specifically a real estate attorney), will be paid directly by you. Their fees will be made clear to you from the start but the attorney will be motivated by the fact that they are your representative, and not because of commission.

By dealing with Neil Parker Attorneys, your fees for selling a property will be 3% + VAT. This is signifiantly lower than estate agents may charge you. This means that the price barrier a buyer may encounter is taken out of the equation, and your property will sell quicker! Everyone’s a winner.

If a closing falls through or you decide you don’t want to go through with a deal, it won’t affect your representation by an attorney.

Local resident, Irene Harris, is the property consultant for the experienced Real Estate Attorney, Neil Parker. Based in Napier, she deals with all properties in the Overberg Region. Give her a call on 076 315 1668 to hear how she can help you with your property transactions.

Electronics ban on flights into the UK

Saffa's in the UK

News reports today outlined changes in what one can and cannot take on board certain electrical devices! Read the full article HERE

In a nutshell, ONLY mobile phones can now be taken on board in hand luggage – laptops, tablets, kindles must be placed in luggage that goes in the hold of the aircraft. This regulation affects passengers travelling on some direct flights to the UK from certain countries.

How does this affect South Africans travelling to the UK? Any passenger who travels on the following airlines may be affected: Turkish Airlines, Pegasus Airways, Atlas-Global Airlines, Middle East Airlines, EgyptAir, Royal Jordanian, Tunis Air and Saudia.

However, you should assume that even though your port of ORIGIN is not one of these countries listed, people travelling from South Africa via any of the Middle East cities to the UK, should expect that large devices will not be permitted to be…

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… we’re at the gate of the year

Grumpy's Book of Knowledge

finger family travels at the beach as conceptSo, we made it through 2016! We lost some folk along the way … family, loved ones, friends, celebrities … but we have so many of the same who remain to accompany us through the year ahead. Many years ago my mother shared this with me, which was penned by Minnie Louise Haskins (it was also quoted by King George VI during his Christmas message that was broadcast to the nation in December 1939) …

And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year:
“Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”
And he replied:
“Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God.
That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”
So I went forth, and finding the Hand of God, trod gladly into the night.
And He led…

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Nissan SA – How amazingly stupid!

nissanNissan South Africa have sent out letter to Nissan Lavina owners recalling a number of models because of a potentially faulty airbag …. the letter to the clients do not outline any course of action the client is meant to take, nor who to contact, in short they say ABOLUTELY NOTHING other than they are recalling the model.

It is up to the client to take all the initiative and try to find out how serious the matter is, who to contact, what to do etc …. after numerous, non-returned phone calls to the nearest dealership (in Hermanus) the client was told that the driver’s side airbag has to be replaced in all the models ….. BUT (wait for it) the factory has no stock! Maybe the part will be available in the new year … we will phone you! (better not hold your breath!)

The Fox is back! … be there on the 30th!

the-fox-logoKathy and Geoff are pleased to announce the official opening function of The Fox Restaurant & Pub will be on Thursday 24th November from 18h00 for guests and Naparians to come and see the changes that have been made and to sample the food!

The venue will be closed on Friday 25th BUT normal activities will commence from Saturday 26th onwards – opening daily (except Tuesdays) from 11h00 onwards (by the way … have you booked for Christmas? The Fox will be open but booking is essential)

Come along and experience the hospitality you’ve all been anxious to enjoy … the whole building and grounds have been renovated and “spruced up” … sit on the enlarged and enclosed front verandah and relax with a glass of local brew or wine while you partake of the new and exciting menu, food and features.

You can expect the favourite menu items of:

  • Beef and chicken burgers
  • Fish and Chips
  • Calamari and Chips
  • Prawns
  • Mussels
  • Rump Steak

But there will be a lot more to follow and to tempt you to become a frequent guest of Kathy & Geoff.

Snooze you lose! There’s another next year … Greyton Rose Fair

Greyton Rose FairAhh the Greyton Rose Fair… full of pungent smells, delicious food and friendly people. celebrating 25 years this passed weekend of the 29th -30th October 2016, if you missed it this year be sure to make a stop by this beautiful town next time round! With lineup Programmes like, the Rose Show,  opening parade and the open gardens there were plenty of things to do and see at this time of the year.

Don’t forget the outstanding Greyton market that is held every weekend. Goods at the market range from 2nd hand books to breakfast stands, plants to accessorize your garden and veggie patch, odds and ends and much, much more…

Keep fit … AND support the local school at the same time!

untitledGreyton is well known for its amazingly epic MTB and trail running routes available to all fitness freaks (and the not so fit freaks) throughout the year.  However, SOME routes are kept secret and we are thrilled to have been granted access to the pristine Greyton Nature Reserve for this exclusive event….

100% of the proceeds raised from this event go to our local village school, Greyton House.  More than 30% of the children attending the independent school are accepted on reduced fees, calculated according to the parent’s financial circumstances.  The school is currently in dire financial need and we hope to raise as much as we can!  Thank you for your support in our endeavor to educate the little people in our village.

Back to business…

Check out the routes:

20km  –  R200
12km  –  R150
6km  –  R100

Kids 12 and under pay half price

20km details –

20kmTwo main climbs await, both offering different views of Greyton and the valley below.

The flat start down main road doesn’t last long before a jeep track climb allows for some seeding before the second half if the climb takes you up and around Hardepeer Kloof on a steep, scramble in places, path.

The footpath continues down to the top of Platkloof and then down to your first water point. Then it’s into Noupoort and out again and over to the Gobos crossing and onto a short piece of open jeep track.  The split for the 20km takes you straight into Maermanskloof for your second proper climb rising quickly above the scenery below.

Take a breath before plummeting down and around for a south approach to the village up historic Vigne lane. There’s craft beer at the finish, but you’ll have to run brew, run!

12km details –

12kmThe same first climb and up to the split add the 20km, but instead of heading for another hill you’ll be on a fast single track to the finish. Elevation is just over 400m and most of the route is on Greyton Nature Reserve hiking trails so if you’ve got the legs you’re in for a good one!




6km details –

6kmAbout half the route is on jeep track and the other half single track, but we’ve kept it flattish and fast, but will take you almost right around Greyton.  Enjoy!




Start and finish  – The Old Potter’s Inn and Brewhouse (hic) have generously donated their venue (and some brew – hic).  You’ll find them at 16 Main Road, Greyton.  You can’t miss it!

What does your entry get you?

Well the way it works….jumpstart your day with a MIKO coffee and padstal rusk.  Along the route you’ll find two water points – one for the 12km and two for the 20km – we have BOS tea energy drinks, cokes, water, treats and banana bread galore!  If you make it to the finish, and trust me you’ll want to…kick back on the lawns opposite Potter’s Inn and Brewhouse with a pint of Greytons very own brew.  Nothing could be better!


We are doing this manually and promise to be as professional as possible!


6km route – prizes for first in….

12km and 20km both have the same –

Junior – up to 18
Open – 19- 39
Veteran – 40 – 49
Maters – 50 plus


Yes, as many as we can get together for the day… rumour has it that Overberg Asset Management is dishing out some dosh to one or two deserved winners.  All entrants will receive a souvenir to take home on the big day…something small to remember us by J.  The big event should take place at 12:30pm on the lawn opposite Potters Inn.


Greyton has a few good restaurants very close to the race venue.  There will also be some easy-food and drinks for sale on the lawn, or bring your own picnic and picnic blanket.  Good chill out zone.


Pass Greyton House Village School (on your left) as you enter Greyton and park at the Old Moravian Hall next door to the yellow library.  Parking attendants will keep an eye on your car for the day.

FREE Childcare?

Yes absolutely!  We are a school after all – duh!  Park your car and take a few steps back to the school – teachers and child minders will be available to look after your little munchkins.  There may be one or two grumpy teens (apologies in advance) on hand to kick a ball or just generally hang out with.  But  PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE give us an indication beforehand if you are going to use this facility – we need to make sure we have enough child minders on hand.  Either call Sally Harris at the school reception:  028 254 9260 or email greytonschool@telkomsa.net for  more info.  Indemnities will need to be signed.


Ready or not we’ll be waiting for you from 7am, Old Potters Inn and Brewhouse, 16 Main Road

Starting times?

20km – 8:30am
12km – 8:45 am
6km – 9am

What do I need?

All the usual – and please take your phone along – this way you can call us if you need assistance.  And a back pack with water is a good idea – these mountains can get quite hot.

Where is Greyton?

Seriously?  You’ve never been here?  We’re 140km from CT along the N2 – travel towards Arniston but head left on the R406 just before Caledon.  Our dorpie is 32km from the turnoff.  Watch out for the donkeys between Genadendal and Greyton  – the speed limit is 80km for a good reason! Find us on Google maps

Where to stay?

Greyton has some pretty lekker accommodation – check out the following links or simply google away –looooadds on offer:


If you need any further info please call Gemma 0825689990 – I’ll do my best to answer your questions.

How do I enter?

Go to Ninja https://www.entryninja.com/

What to do on Sunday?

Join the GGMTB (our local mountain biking club) on a guided cycle on their local routes.  You can choose your route according to your fitness levels…check out our website



A massive thank you to our sponsors:  Old Potters Inn and Brewhouse, Overberg Asset Management, Miko Coffee, BOS and Greyton Conservation Society.


More information: www.entryninja.com