Sunday, November 2, 2014

Upington, Keidebees for sale - From R1,050,000

The new plot and plan ultra-modern town houses development offer 78 units to the market. All units are 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, and modern living spaces with a carport. Choices of finishes as per developer's selection. Book your unit immediately. From R1 050 000 inclusive of transfer costs

Dirk Myburgh: (073) 307-8148 / (054) 331-2748

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Home selling tip

Property for sale - Upington, Keidebees - R4,200,000

Upington Keidebees - spacious and modern 5 bedroom house with 3,5 bathrooms. Open plan living areas walking out onto stoep with braai and lovely view. Swimming pool in garden. 4 garages and lots of safe parking. Cooler facilities in garage.

Sirena Viljoen: (083) 241-0657 / (054) 331-2748

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For sale - Upington, Blydeville - R3,500,000

Upington Blydeville - spotless 4 bedroom family house. 2,5 bathrooms. Open plan living areas. Swimming pool, double garage and carports.

Elserie Benade: (083) 664-3135 / (054) 331-2748

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Velddrif, Dwarskersbos - R1,420,000

Situated in the established residential area of Dwarskersbos called Kersbosstrand. This enchanting West Coast style house offers 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. A lovely flow from the covered braai area to the lounge, dining room and kitchen area. The lounge opens unto a patio. Lots of built-in cupboards. The house featuring west coast style finishes. It is very popular with holiday makers as this area caters for adventure seekers, diving, fishing and kayaking.

Suzette Louw: (083) 241-8639 / (022) 783-1523

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Nearly 5 000 land claims processed

The Department of Rural Deve-lopment and Land Reform has processed close to 5 000 applications from claimants ever since President Jacob Zuma assented to a law that re-opened the lodgement of land claims.

The President assented to the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Act, 2014 (Act No. 15 of 2014) at the end of last month, which reopened the lodgement of land claims on 1 July for another five years.

The President assented to the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Act, 2014 (Act No. 15 of 2014) at the end of last month, which reopened the lodgement of land claims on 1 July for another five years.

Briefing members of the Parliamentary Portfolio Commit-tee on Rural Development and Land Reform at the department’s Mowbray regional office, Nomfundo Gobodo, the Chief Land Claims Commissioner, said the process had gone smoothly ever since it was re-opened.

"As of 25 July 2014, the claims captured over the past four weeks increased to 4 917.

"The electronic lodgement system has been stable and all 14 lodgement sites are fully operational," she said.

Gobodo said normal system problems that have been experienced were attended to by the support team and were resolved immediately.

She said, however, that it was difficult to anticipate how many claimants would come forward on a daily basis, but her office had the capacity to facilitate all claims.

Early data showed that 300 claims have been lodged across all lodgement offices on a daily bases, she said.

It is estimated that 7.5 million people were alienated from their land after the 1913 Land Act was signed into law. To date, only 1.7 million individuals have benefited from the restitution programme.

A bulk of the new claims is expected to come from individuals and communities who were left out and are aware of their rights. The previous round of claims was done between 1994 and 1998.

Claims that could not be finalised during the pre-1998 round would be prioritised, Gobodo said.

The department will deploy mobile offices to rural areas to help people, who might not be able to afford transport to prepare their claims.

This will be a process of ensuring that they have everything they need to lodge a valid claim, from the identity documents or information of the persons or relatives they may be claiming on their behalf, to ensure their claims are not disqualified due to a lack of information.

Phumzile Ngwenya-Mabila, the chairperson of the portfolio committee, said the visit by Members of Parliament (MPs) was aimed at assessing the lodgement process and the progress made since the second phase was opened.

The visit also gave them an opportunity to assess government’s implementation plans, capacity and turnaround time to administer the claims.

She told journalists that the visit would arm the committee with all the information they need when they go back to Parliament for them to exercise their oversight role over the department. -

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Spring is fast approaching and good agents are gearing up for the influx of additional buyers by getting good saleable stock. 

The only way to know about the one or two "diamonds"(good saleable well priced properties) in your area is by having a system to follow that will make you aware of all the properties that comes into the market first! This is a challenge in itself as there are a lot of agents out there competing for the same inventory or "stock".  

It is a known fact that the agent that potential sellers chose to assist them in selling their property is the agent that has the ability to become, and stay, top of mind. Property owner or sellers are influenced by the marketing activities that they experience in their area and unlike buyers that study the newspapers and frequent the internet to make up their minds, sellers only have the agent's activities in the area, to determine which, out of all, they will appoint as there agent. In other words the best known agent will get the business!

Anything that makes you well known can be seen as good marketing, this is normally not just one thing, it is a combination of activities done repeatedly in order to become "top of mind". Canvassing is about repetition, you have to be noticed in order to be remembered.
The more effort it takes is normally an indication of the response we will get, only by really getting involved in our communities and becoming part or the area and its people, can we be sure of their ongoing support and business.

We as agents need to make "canvassing" or target area marketing interesting as this is a big and very important part of our day to day activities as estate agents. Prospecting can be time consuming but it is neither difficult nor hard and if done correctly, will establish you as the agent of choice.
Here are a few tips on how to become well know:

  1. Have at least 20 "FOR SALE" SIGNS up in your area as this is an easy way of canvassing, signs work for you while you are doing something else and gives the impression of a active agent!
  2. Contact all "PRIVATE SELLERS"in your area and offer your services to them, most of them are frustrated and there are more of them than what you might think.
  3. Have your car "BRANDED" or at least use your Magnetic stickers as nothing says, "active agent" like a moving billboard!
  4. Talk to at least 5 People a day, "KNOCKING ON DOORS" is still one of the best ways to become well known. If it works for politicians, it will work for you!
  5. Get a mail drop or Pamphlet out to your sellers every month.  Remember it is called JUNK MAIL because it is about quantity and repetition rather than quality.
  6. Spend time with the people that know what is happening in the area, these are the people that are home during the day. Get your "INFORMANTS" to work for you!
  7. Don't be a secret agent, give out your BUSSINESS CARD to everyone, leave this at the properties you visit, every time you visit it and wear you name tag!
  8. Conduct a SHOW HOUSE in your area every weekend, it is all about visibility and branding and not necessary about the number of visitors!
  9. Use your "THANK YOU CARDS", by thanking people for their business and services; you will get business of your own.
  10. Utilise the influence of the SMALL BUSINESSES in your area by working with them, remember one hand washes the other.
  11. Get involved at your local SCHOOLS by offering your time rather than money and you will amazed at the listings that can be generated.
  12. Always leverage of you own SPHERE OF "INFLUENCE" by regularly reminding your friends, colleagues, fellow club members and associates of what you do.
  13. Make 10 "COLD CALLS" a day with a well thought out script to sellers in your area with great results!
Sellers list their properties with the agents that they perceive to be active in their areas, by regularly doing these activities; you will become the agent of choice and start earning the commission that you deserve.   

The biggest mistake that we as agents can make is to rest on our Loral's and expect the Sellers to contact us when they consider selling their properties.
Let's get out there and make thing happen for us this spring!

Stefan Louw

Monday, August 18, 2014

Langebaan, Myburgh Park - R6,600,000

This exclusive and stylish home offers spacious, open plan living at its best. Designed for the discerning, it offers a combination of a large lounge adjacent to designer open plan kitchen leading to an entertainment room with bar and built in braai. Sliding windows open to unsurpassed views of the Langebaan Lagoon.

Danie Mulder: (082) 493-5421 / (022) 714-0016

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Blouberg, Bloubergstrand - R5,800,000

A setting to sooth your soul! Open the door to a sophisticated lifestyle. This fantastic Tuscan double volume delight allows you to take refuge from the pressures of daily life. All bedrooms are very spacious & comfortable, the main en suite offers smashing views from its private balcony. 5 Reception areas, open plan living for the entertainers need.

Lindy Dippenaar: (083) 480-3703 / (021) 557-1124

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Blouberg, Big Bay - R3,000,000

Bloubergstrand at its best! Spacious and absolutely beautiful house in a secure Estate. Five very spacious beds, three full bathrooms, double garage...... All these just 2 min walk to the famous beach.

Gina Radkova: (079) 166-8197 / (021) 557-1124

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

It is a new ERA!

A changing real estate industry. A fully revitalized brand.
The next evolution of ERA Real Estate

2014 ERA International Business Conference held in Los Angeles, California.
It’s a New Direction

Change is constant. And while home ownership remains an important goal for the majority of Americans, dynamic changes in the real estate industry have transformed how we do business, from the Internet to IDX, from smartphones to Facebook.

ERA Real Estate has always been at the forefront of that change. In 1971, the newly established brand pioneered the use of the fax machine to connect buyers and sellers across the country. In 1981, ERA Real Estate became the first real estate franchise to expand internationally.

Keeping pace with industry advances, ERA Real Estate was the first franchise to post listings online in 1994. In 2000, the ERA® eCampus online training program launched, providing virtual, self-directed professional development courses for the entire ERA® system.

Friday, July 25, 2014

ERA Real Estate unveils new logo, announces 2014 marketing campaign

Realogy franchisor ERA Real Estate has unveiled a new, streamlined logo and announced a national marketing campaign that will hit the streets and airwaves in July.
The ad campaign will coincide with the roll out of the new branding to 2,300 offices and 31,000 brokers and agents affiliated with the brand in 33 countries including the addition of new storefront and yard signs.
ERA Real Estate's new logo.
ERA Real Estate's new logo.
The new logo, which features ERA’s traditional three-color, roofline scheme in a sleek, updated design, brings the franchisor’s image into the modern age, Charlie Young, ERA’s president and CEO, told Inman News. It’s the fourth logo design in the firm’s 43-year history, he said.
“It’s time for consumers and the industry to take a fresh look at ERA,” Young said.
Previous ERA logo.
Previous ERA logo.
Since 2009, when Young took the helm at ERA, the firm has revamped its training program, revamped its website and upped its affiliates’ satisfaction with the brand, Young said.
For example, in 2009 ERA held just 10 live in-market training events for its agents. In 2013, that number jumped to over 130, Young said.

n 2011, ERA unveiled the “ERA Powered” program, which provides regional firms with access to the resources of a global brand while allowing them to retain their strong local identity.
As members of the ERA network, franchisees maintain greater control of local advertising but their yard signs and other materials include the ERA logo. Participating brokerages take advantage of the franchise’s lead management system, training and referral network.
ERA’s also added larger brokerages to its network under Young’s tenure with five of its six largest affiliates signing up with the brand since 2009.
The brand wants to continue serving larger brokerages, either by signing up new franchisees or helping existing network members grow through mergers and acquisitions like ERA Herman Group Real Estate did earlier this month in the Los Angeles area, Young said.
Two of ERA’s fellow Realogy franchisors, Coldwell Banker Real Estate and Century 21 Real Estate, have also launched national marketing campaigns this year, in addition to global giant Re/Max and the new kid on the block Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices.

ERA Polokwane - Sake Ontbyt

Spreker: Brand Pretorius
Afgetrede CEO van die McCarthy Groep

Spesiale gaskunstenaar: Dewald Gouws

ERA Prinsipaal:  Marnus Bergh en  Brand Pretorius

Alberton Meysersdal - R12,999,000

Elegance, Sophistication and Class is a Definite! This Amazing Home offers 4 Beautiful Bedrooms, En Suite bathrooms, Lounge, Diner, Study and Family Room. Extremely Modern Kitchen perfectly suited for a Queen! Pajama lounge upstairs, Wet bar, Cinema, Entertainment rooms. Bar Area surrounded by a Tranquil manicure garden with a sparkling pool! 6 Garages and ample parking and so much more - Call me for a Viewing today! Don't miss out on this lifetime opportunity!

Leroy Segoai:  (072) 308-0330 / (011) 867-6255

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North West, Vryburg - R3,220,000

This master piece has imported finishes throughout. Immaculate bedrooms, leading onto beautiful balconies, mahogany built in cupboards along with 2 en-suite bathrooms each with a bath and shower. Magnificent kitchen top of the range. Automated gate. Manicured garden with water features and stunning views from the first floor. A lapa/ entertainment area and a pool that will make summer months a great time for entertainment.

Lorindie Visser: (082) 418-3052 / (053) 927-3739

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Blouberg, Waves Edge - R2,495,000

Luxury holiday suite apartment with an enviable seafront location! The sunny unit is North-facing with great views of the ocean & beach, & also completely sheltered from the prevailing South Easter. The apartment is airy & light with expansive open plan living space & 2 dedicated parking bays. Some great facilities include gym, swimming pool, laundry & beauty spa on the 12th floor. Perfect holiday rental

Tom Theunissen:  (082) 095-1736 / (021) 557-1124

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Northern Cape, Springbok - R4,000,000

A log guest house with spectacular views in the hart of Namaqualand. Situated on a 23 hectare land. 10 minutes drive from town. It's fully furnished for a guesthouse and is registered with all major travel agencies. 

Zander Beukes:  (061) 344-0938 / (027) 712-1231

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Upington, Keidbees - R4,730,000

Very modern 4 bedroom tiled family house. 3 Bathrooms, open plan living area and lounge. Braai walking out on beautiful garden with swimming pool. Canal water. 2 garages

Sirena Viljoen:  (083) 241-0657 / (054) 331-2748

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Hartbeespoort, Birdwood - R3,900,000

Spacious 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom house in security estate. Amazing view of the dam and mountains.It also offers a suana, built in braai and swimming pool. The bar and kitchen has built in fridges. 

Stefan Coetzee:  (079) 415-1221 / (012) 252-7278

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Western Cape, Robertson - R2,430,000

Beautiful home in the Golf Estate Village with stunning finishes. Open plan kitchen (with scullery) leads into living area. The living area leads out onto a wrap around patio with pool. Breathtaking views of the mountains and ponds of water around the property. Top floor consists of a small lounge/TV room and 2 bedrooms with 2 bathrooms. Bottom floor houses the living area and one bedroom with its own bathroom.

Tony Granger: (082) 771-4669 / (023) 626-3821

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Alberton, South Crest - R2,500,000

Crystal Palace offers 4 Luxury bedrooms (all en suite), pajama lounge and Patio upstairs. Downstairs, 2 Lounges, separate diner, Superb Modern Kitchen with a separate Laundry and scullery. Study, guest loo and Triple garage. Glorious patio’s upstairs and downstairs with built in braai plus panoramic views Divine.

Tony Gunning:  (073) 313-5034 / (011) 867-6255

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Winter is the time for home - ERA

Gordons Bay - R3,965,000

Magnificent family home with awesome views of the ocean and mountains! Accommodation includes 5 bedrooms, (mes) with 3 other bathrooms. Two kitchens, one large & one smaller. This home also has 2 studies, 2 lounges, my personal favourite - a man cave together with dining room & lovely entertainment area with built in braai on balcony. Good flow from living areas onto balconies. Large & lovely pool. Double automated garage & extra single automated garage. Separate entrance in cul de sac!

Catherine Milligan: (079) 270-8890 / (021) 851-1969

Letting activity and escalations drive Octodec Investments results


Octodec Investments MD, Jeffrey Wapnick says the increase in revenue was mainly due to contractual escalations, letting efforts, the recovery of utility and assessment rate charges as well as an increased focus on energy management initiatives.Octodec Investments MD, Jeffrey Wapnick says the increase in revenue was mainly due to contractual escalations, letting efforts, the recovery of utility and assessment rate charges as well as an increased focus on energy management initiatives.

Real estate investment trust, Octodec Investments on Tuesday reported that it had increased its distribution to shareholders by 12,6% to 88,60 cents per linked unit for the six months ended February 2014.
The performance was underpinned by positive contractual escalations, letting efforts, the recovery of utility and assessment rate charges as well as an increased focus on energy management initiatives, said the company.
Octodec primarily invests in the retail, industrial and office property sectors, with a growing exposure to residential property.
Commenting on the interim results, Jeffrey Wapnick, Managing Director said the company outperformed expectations delivering a 12,6% growth in distributions even though trading conditions and consumer confidence remained subdued.

Rental income and net rental income increased by 8,2% and 12,2% respectively, compared to the prior interim period. Due to greater efforts on credit control, bad debt write-offs and provisions during the period were 1% of total tenant income and arrears and doubtful debt provisions remained at acceptable levels.

Vacancies, including properties held for redevelopment, amounted to 15,4% of total lettable area compared to 13,6% at year end. As anticipated, a number of properties under development or those recently upgraded, attracted high vacancies. Octodec was successful in letting a number of properties that had been vacant for a considerable period.

“We are very proud to have achieved a 0,3% vacancy rate for our retail shopping centres. Killarney Mall, the company’s flagship centre maintained vacancies at below 2% of gross lettable area following a successful recent upgrade.” added Wapnick.

During the year, Octodec completed three major projects with two projects still under construction. The total cost of the projects is approximately R189,4 million of which R110,9 million had been spent by 28 February 2014.

The projects include the redevelopment of the abandoned and dilapidated Medical City in the Johannesburg CBD into a college with residential accommodation which was occupied in November 2013; the upgrade of Time Place, a residential property in the Pretoria CBD as well as various upgrades and the construction of additional units in the Johannesburg CBD.

The Fund is upgrading a number of residential properties in the Johannesburg CBD, including Essenby, and is also completing the redevelopment of Bosman Place, at a cost of R106,4 million.

The company also increased its investment in associate company IPS Investments to 50%.

Octodec’s loan to value ratio at the end of the period improved to 33,8% of the investment portfolio’s total value from 35,9% at year end. Interest rates in respect of 57,6% of borrowings were hedged, maturing at various dates in 2017 and 2018. The average weighted interest rate of all borrowings is 8,4% per annum, with unutilised banking facilities exceeding R228 million.

“We expect growth in the local economy to remain subdued and barring unforeseen events, anticipate that the percentage growth rate in distributions per linked unit for the second half of the year will be in line with what we achieved in the first half,” Wapnick concluded.
The Wapnick family are the architects behind Octodec as well as sister company Premium Properties Limited, which are both listed on JSE.
Octodec and Premium converted into real estate investment trusts (Reits) in September last year and are in talks to merge into one listed entity. Mr Wapnick could not provide further details on the talks for legal reasons.

We are proud to announce the new ERA Franchise- ERA Centurion!

Stephen De Klerk
Stephen studied Civil Enginering in Bloemfontein and has worked in the construction chemicals and concrete rehabilitation and repair industry for the past 20 years. He has always been working in positions where he had to introduce new companies and imported construction chemicals. For the last 8 years he has been working for an International Chemical Company and as a Business Segment Manager it has been his duty to establish new divisions in the company introducing new products and training sales executives in successfully running new divisions. People are his passion and he believes in uplifting people to become the best they can be in their field by concentrating on their strengths and weaknesses and motivating them to always strive for excellence. Business management and strategic planning forms a big part of his duties and he works very closely with business coaches. He believes in constant goal setting and performance appraisals in close relationships with sales people whom he oversees. Buying into ERA REAL ESTATE is a new challenge in a different field but the principals of what he believes in stays the same.

Lizette De Klerk
I studied to be an Executive Secretary at the Technikon of the Free State. My first appointment was at an Attorneys' firm doing conveyancing and I continued doing that for the next 17 years. I attended to registrations of transfers (freehold, sectional titles, estates, developments, etc) as well and bonds (for FNB, ABSA, NEDBANK and STANDARD BANK). I decided to move onto something different but still in the property business and started working for Private Property for approximately 2 years. In January 2012 we moved from Strand to Pretoria and I started working for ERA REAL ESTATE Pretoria East. I was part of an amazing team and worked under the Mentorship of the most amazing principle to work for, Elrieta Jacobs who inspired me in the way she runs the business and strongly encourages people to constantly work according to a plan and to have goals and visions to work towards. I have always had a dream of giving away a house and thought that working as an Estate Agent I might need a bit more help in achieving that and we decided to buy a franchise of ERA REAL ESTATE because I love the brand, support and the people I have come to know. I am working towards ERA REAL ESTATE CENTURION giving away a house at the end of 207.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Single Residential For Sale in WESTCLIFF Hermanus - R2,900,000

GRAB THIS OPPORTUNITY TO VIEW... and then to buy! Walking into this luxury home the words that come to mind are 'Spacious and Immaculate'. The living areas flow through undercover verandahs to a lush, well established garden with a designer pool. Ideal for an extended family or 'Work from home' Professional with separate 2 bedroom 'Granny' cottage and large multi purpose studio. Three garages with a paved courtyard complete the picture.

Beverly Newenham: 082 977 9219 /(028) 312-1102

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

How to Create a Facebook Fan Page

Part 1

Log in to your Facebook account. Type in your username and password. If you don't already have a Facebook account, you'll have to create one to have a Fan Page.
  • Having a Facebook account will be useful because you'll already be familiar with Facebook and will have friends you can invite to become fans of your page.
Click on the settings gear on the top right-hand corner of your page. You can find it to the far right of the page.
  • Click on "Advertising."
  • Look under "Step 1: Build Your Facebook Page" to the left of the center of the screen and click on "Create a Page."
Click on the type of page you'd like to create. There are six categories:
  • Local business or place: If you choose this option, you need to select the category of your business or place and to type in the address of your business.
  • Company, organization or institution: If you choose this option, you'll need to select the category of your company, organization, or inawstitution, and to type in the name of your company.
  • Brand or product: For this option, you'll need to select the category of product and to type in the name of the product.
  • Artist, band, or public figure: For this option, you'll need to select the category for the type of artist, musician, or public figure you'll be promoting as well as his or her name.
  • Entertainment: For this category, you'll need to type in the type of entertainment as well as the name.
  • Cause or community name: For this option, you'll have to type in the name of the cause or community.
    • For all of these categories, you'll have to click to "Agree to Facebook Pages Terms" before you can move on.
Click on "Get Started." After you've chosen the appropriate category and provided basic information, you'll be able to start adding some information for your page.

Upload a profile picture. You can upload the photo from your computer or a website. Choose a photo that will represent the person or place you are trying to promote.
  • Click "Save Photo."
Complete the About section. In this step, you'll provide basic information about your cause. You should include a description as well as a website, because this will improve your rankings.
  • You can also provide another link, such as the link to your organization's Twitter page.
  • Click whether or not the page represents a real celebrity or famous person.
  • Click "Save Info."
Decide whether you want to enable ads. Choose whether or not you'd like to enable ads. Advertising is a great way to reach out to more people, but if you choose this option, you'll have to pay for it and provide your credit card information.
  • Click on either "Enable Ads" or "Skip" to move on.
Provide more information on your fan page. Now that you've created your Facebook page, you should provide as much information as possible to build support. Here's what to do:
  • First, like your page to build support.
  • Post a status update to give your fans more information. Write your post in the comment box and then click on "Post."
  • Upload more photos to give people more information about your organization. Click on "Photos." Once this brings you to a new page, click on "Add photos," and then choose the photos you'd like to upload from your computer.
  • Upload a cover photo. Click on "Add a cover" on the right-hand side of the place where your cover page should be, and then click on "Upload Photo." Choose a photo for your cover page.
Use the admin panel to edit your page, build an audience, and seek help. Use the three subcategories to improve your page. They are:
  • "Edit Page." If you click on this, you can update your page, manage permissions, add administrators to your page, manage notifications, use an activity log, and see a list of banned users.
  • "Build Audience." If you click on this tab, you will be able to to invite your email contacts, invite your Facebook friends, share the page, or create an advertisement for your page.
  • "Help." If you still have questions on how to work your page, then you can visit the help center, or look for tips on getting started.
  • You should only use the "Build an Audience" option once you've filled out the basic information about your page and know how everything works. Your audience should be impressed by how well you run the page, so work out any kinks be