Innovative local students launch online textbook resale platform

Innovative local students launch online textbook resale platform

Bramble is an online platform aimed at connecting students wanting to sell or buy textbooks, as well as physical and electronic notes. This not only allows students to earn an extra income, but it also makes the learning process a whole lot easier.

As students ourselves, we understand the real life of a student and we hope to give you more room for the good life, more time for studying and, most importantly, more money at the end of the month.

The Bramble platform has one major beneficiary,

– the students.

We hope that the creation of a platform that allows students to set their own prices will allow shopping for textbooks to be more affordable and less stressful.

This post is sponsored by Chas Everitt International 

Waterwise properties highlighted in marketing initiative

Waterwise properties highlighted in marketing initiative

Chas Everitt Cape Town South is the first company in South Africa to highlight waterwise properties.
“This step recognises the substantial investment that many sellers have made in their properties with regard to water efficiency as well as independent water sourcing and storage solutions.

These efforts and investments can cost hundreds of thousands of Rands and a mere passing reference in the property description fails to draw sufficient attention to the investment which has gained enormous importance as the drought has become a crisis in our region.  This ‘waterwise’ marketing campaign further serves to raise the awareness of the water situation in our region.  We are encouraging other real estate businesses to embrace the idea and follow our lead and use the waterwise logo in their marketing.

Sellers and buyers have already responded very positively to this initiative and we are highlighting these properties in our listings on as well as and



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Tokai has a strong turnover of sales for such a small suburb, a strong indication of the demand for property in the area, although the number of sales dropped slightly from 42 in 2016 to 38 in 2017 with the highest sale in Glenugie Ave at R6 840 000 earlier this year.  Average price for 2016 was R3 928 268 and R4 251 439 for 2017. Property prices in Tokai have maintained steady growth over the last few years with the annual average increase in sales prices between 8-10 % year on year. The average days listing is 67 days with a difference of approximately 7-10% between asking and selling price.

Due to the area’s many attributes, residential properties in Tokai are in constant high demand across all sectors of the market. Entry-level homes and cottages start from around R2.5million, ranging up to around R4-6 million for a spacious family home in sought-after Dennendal close to the greenbelt and Tokai Forest and particularly the Forest Glade security complex, where recent sales exceed R4m, homes are generally snapped up when they come onto the market, as such properties are usually tightly held by owners.

Despite the slowdown in growth nationally, Cape Town and Tokai are still thriving.  However, due to changing property market conditions, the key for serious sellers is smart pricing and all the more reason to choose a reputable company and agent that can offer you the best marketing solutions for your property –

Contact Fiona Eadie on 083-2703353 for further details.


Number of sales: 15
Average price: R  4 369 667
Average R/m²: R   4 149
Total spend: R  65 545 000
Median price: R  4 000 000

Highest sale 10 Paddock Lane R6 350 000   16/7/2016


Number of sales: 11
Average price: R  4 406 818
Average R/m²: R   4 494
Total spend: R  48 475 000
Median price: R  4 000 000

Highest sale 41 Lismore ave R6 800 000   11/01/2017


Number of sales: 27
Average price: R  3 486 870
Average R/m²: R   3 895
Total spend: R  94 145 500
Median price: R  3 400 000

Highest sale 39 Anderson Close R4 800 000   17/04/2016


Number of sales: 27
Average price: R  4 096 060
Average R/m²: R   4 259
Total spend: R  110 593 617
Median price: R  3 850 000

Highest sale Glenugie Ave R6 840 000  Jan 2017

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Tokai Property YEAR IN REVIEW

Entertainers Delight

IMG_6477c IMG_6503Best described as an “Entertainers’ delight” in agent speak, but it is a warm home that a loving family will grow and remember.  Besides the three bedrooms it has the most delightful reception rooms that all opening onto a full-length, all weather patio with leafy views of a manicured garden setting off a sparkly blue pool and the Constantiaberg mountains.  The property is on a good sized corner erf and borders Dennendal, Tokai.  This really should be regarded as essential viewing and the sooner the better!  To view contact Lisa Rowell , and I do have to stress such a property is not going to be available for too long in this market so act now. Full details at :

Tokai Property Snapshot

Tokai Property Snapshot – Sales and Trends for 2014 vs 2015

Table of Comparison: 2014 vs 2015



Total number of Sales



Total Rand value



Average Asking Price



Average Selling Price



Av negotiated down by buyers



Average Days on Market



Steady and fairly consistent results again for the suburb of Tokai.

Although there were 9 fewer sales, the average selling price was up by about 7.97%.

Buyers only managed to negotiate an average of -5.28% off asking prices this year compared to -6.12% last year. Gone are the days of immediately knocking 10% off asking prices.

Days on market, typically driven by asking price, remained fairly similar at 39 and 31 respectively.

It’s interesting from an Estate Agent’s point of view to see the changing trends in buyer sources.  Showhouses and Newspaper Advertising were King but stats tell the tale of their decline.  Showhouses;  only 11 in 2014 and a meagre 4 in 2015 yielded buyers.  Newspaper Advertising;  only 3 in 2014 and 2 in 2014.  Security concerns and ever more pressure to make the most of off time can be ascribed as reasons for fewer Showhouses, and of course the exponential improvement in form and functionality of property web portals will definitely impact on the cost-effectiveness of Newspaper Adverts.

There’s no doubt that fascinating times lie ahead with the threat of further interest rate increases ever present.  Real Estate activity will continue to be suppressed with pressure from banks keeping would-be first time homeowners in the rental market and with the continuing low stock situation, would-be sellers have little choice to tempt them into new investment.

Whatever lies ahead you can rely on our Tokai area specialist, Lisa Rowell, to be at your call for any property related advice.

With another round of municipal valuations on the cards in 2016, Lisa Rowell  – 082 844 0800 will be more than happy to provide free, no obligation and confidential evaluation so you can see what your home might be worth in today’s market.

(All figures sourced from Propstats for the suburbs of Tokai and The Hamlets, excluding Sectional Title and Lifestyle Estates.)

Celebrate all the Awesome Women in your Life

Womens Day - Chas

South Africa commemorates Women’s Month in August as a tribute to the thousands of women who marched to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956 in protest against the extension of Pass Laws to women.

This historic march was a turning point in the role of women in the struggle for freedom and society at large. Since that eventful day, women from all walks of life became equal partners in the struggle for a non-racial and non-sexist South Africa.

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.”

~Eleanor Roosevelt

Happy Mothers Day

Mothers DayHappy Mother’s Day! For all the moms out there today, we wish you a very warm and thoughtful day full of the love and appreciation.