Opportunity awaits the wild at heart

Over the years Hoedspruit developed to become a pivotal role player in the provision of infrastructure and services to the Central Lowveld region.

Today the town supports a large network of farms, businesses, game reserves, lodges and educational facilities. Hoedspruit is part of the Kruger to Canyon Biosphere and the major tourist attractions in the region include The Kruger National Park, Blyde Poort Canyon, Maholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and the Hoedspruit Endangered Cheetah Centre at Kapama. Home to the Big 5, Hoedspruit offers investors many opportunities. Subsequently, Hoedspruit has transformed into a tourist hotspot and offers tourists a wonderful array of accommodation and other small town conveniences.

Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, says that in light of these developments and expansion, RE/MAX of Southern Africa is delighted to have a presence in this marketplace and notes that property purchasers in Hoedspruit will be spoilt for choice with a range of properties fromB&Bs, guesthouses, to game lodges, private game reserves and residential wildlife estates available through RE/MAX Wildlife Properties Hoedspruit, which is due to officially open its doors on 7 October.

Annie van den Berg, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Wildlife Properties Hoedspruit, has worked in the Hoedspruit real estate market for the past 11 years, and hopes that her property expertise will be invaluable to the successful sales of wildlife properties that contribute to the protection of the country’s wilderness.

Annie currently has two agents working with her Elise Schuld and Gareth Putter, and reports that to date good progress has been made in the sales and rental market. Looking forward she says that while the property market is still feeling the effects of the economic slump, clear goals have been set for RE/MAX Wildlife Properties Hoedspruit and she looks forward to achieving incredible sales success.

In Hoedspruit, Annie reports that the top end properties have retained their value, as with many similar properties throughout the country.  “Most of the wildlife estates have also kept their prices with the exception of a few desperate sellers,” she says.

Annie says that most of the buyers in the area are leisure investors who are looking to purchase a luxury bushveld retreat or second home and are therefore not as affected by the tight economic circumstances that many consumers have felt.

The RE/MAX Wildlife Properties Hoedspruit property profile ranges from basic bush accommodation to luxury bushveld homes in secure, private wildlife estates. Prices start at around R250 000 for vacant land with houses ranging from around R1,2million to R8million.

“The buyers are typically those who want to escape the city life,” explains Annie, “as well as pilots, bush lovers, single mothers, young families and retirees, as well as international families and investors. They are mainly people who love the African bushveld and range from young executives looking for lock-up-and-go properties to older couples who want to get away from the rushed city life. The well known nature-based Southern Cross School is situated in Hoedspruit and provides facilities for the children of the many families that have moved to Hoedspruit.”

Over the next three years Annie sees the Hoedspruit property market growing from strength to strength, as she believes the worst of the recession is over now.

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