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Why investing in residential estates provides good long-term value
Why investing in residential estates provides good long-term value

According to Clifford Oosthuizen, MD for Westbrook, and Christo Slabbert, sales associate at RE/MAX, despite housing markets around the world experiencing a slowdown in prices thanks to challenging economic conditions and political uncertainty, there is still potential and value in investing in property in South Africa...

10 May 2019

Buyer advice: Where is just as important as what
Buyer advice: Where is just as important as what

While all property values fluctuate in line with the country's overall economic conditions and with interest rate levels, some areas do consistently experience better growth over time - and generate higher returns for home owners...

By Berry Everitt 9 May 2019

How credible is your builder
How credible is your builder

When you are about to spend five-figure rands (or more) on a new home build, you need some reassurance that the home builder you appoint has the right credentials...

Issued by Private Property South Africa 6 May 2019

Property developer John Rabie launches new venture in Portugal
Property developer John Rabie launches new venture in Portugal

South African property developer John Rabie has embarked on a new joint venture in Portugal, creating a €90m (over R1.4bn) residential and retail development in Amoireras, Lisbon...

3 May 2019

Buyer analysis-paralysis, the elections can't come quick enough
Buyer analysis-paralysis, the elections can't come quick enough

The 2019 elections simply cannot come quick enough. It is time to get it done and dusted as quickly and efficiently as possible so that we can get back to the business of building the economy and property market...

By Samuel Seeff 30 Apr 2019

How to flood-proof your home
How to flood-proof your home

With the recent floods in Durban, it's time to stop and reflect on how well we are prepared and protected when it comes to harsh weather conditions...

Issued by Private Property South Africa 29 Apr 2019

Key trends that will shape home design in 2019
Key trends that will shape home design in 2019

There are a number of trends that will continue to shape home design in 2019 and beyond. For both home owners and architects there is a keen focus on sustainability, wellness, smart homes and the comforts of technology...

By Veruska De Vita 25 Apr 2019

Amdec Group unveils R1.5bn Yacht Club in Cape Town
Amdec Group unveils R1.5bn Yacht Club in Cape Town

The Amdec Group recently unveiled its latest development The Yacht Club, a mixed-use property that includes 170 luxury residential apartments, 6,000m2 of premium-grade office space spanning two levels, and Africa's first AC Hotel by Marriott...

24 Apr 2019

Residential estate income: What's tax exempt and what isn't?
Residential estate income: What's tax exempt and what isn't?

The levy income of a body corporate, share block or an association of persons, such as a home owners association (residential estate), is exempt from income tax. However, not all income received by a residential estate is exempt from tax, only levy income...

By Graeme Palmer 23 Apr 2019

Before you sell, know the market value of your property
Before you sell, know the market value of your property

As a home owner looking to sell your home and wanting to realise the best value on your investment, the most useful starting point is to put yourself in the buyer's shoes...

Issued by LexisNexis 23 Apr 2019

Why you should invest in property sooner rather than later
Why you should invest in property sooner rather than later

If you want to set yourself up for long term financial gain, investing in property is an excellent way of ensuring this and the sooner you start climbing the property ladder the sooner you start creating wealth...

By Grant Wheeler 23 Apr 2019

RE/MAX Q1 2019 housing report indicates signs of a changing market
RE/MAX Q1 2019 housing report indicates signs of a changing market

According to Lightstone Property data, a total of 39,836 bond registrations were recorded at the Deeds Office over the period January to March 2019, totalling an amount of R43,880,124,000....

17 Apr 2019

Property market outlook flat as we head towards May elections
Property market outlook flat as we head towards May elections

While we wait for the conclusion of the May elections and the economy to take the positive turn that we are all anticipating, it would be remiss not to continue cautioning that economic and property market recovery will take time...

By Samuel Seeff 16 Apr 2019

Choosing the retirement option that is right for you
Choosing the retirement option that is right for you

When you retire from work, choosing where to spend the next phase of your life is probably the most important decision to make, and will depend on personal circumstances...

Issued by Private Property South Africa 12 Apr 2019

Is your home ready for winter?
Is your home ready for winter?

The chilly season is creeping in. Here's how to make sure your home is ready to keep you and your family warm and cosy this winter...

Issued by Private Property South Africa 12 Apr 2019

Divercity takes transfer of Towers Main, redevelopment set to begin
Divercity takes transfer of Towers Main, redevelopment set to begin

Divercity Urban Renewal Fund has taken transfer of the 30-storey Towers Main building in Johannesburg's ABSA Precinct...

12 Apr 2019

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New report: Africa to remain a compelling property investment destination

Knight Frank has published its new Africa Horizons report highlighting that office yields remained largely stable in most African markets over the past two years, anchored by patient domestic capital...

12 Apr 2019

Kenya property sector set to boom in 2019
Kenya property sector set to boom in 2019

Kenya's real estate industry is set to boom once again in 2019, following a stagnant economy brought on by political turmoil...

9 Apr 2019

10 tips for when the lights go out
10 tips for when the lights go out

Although the threat of loadshedding seems to have faded for now, it's always a good idea to stay prepared. Here are 10 ways you can stay loadshedding-ready...

Issued by Private Property South Africa 8 Apr 2019

Technology complements rather than replaces show houses as a sales tool
Technology complements rather than replaces show houses as a sales tool

With the emergence of sophisticated electronic technology, almost all estate agents are now using advanced marketing tools...

8 Apr 2019

3 signs of a shifting property market
3 signs of a shifting property market

Like any free market, property is subject to cyclical highs and lows which can be difficult to predict as a private homeowner...

By Schalk van der Merwe 8 Apr 2019

Why building plans must be updated and fully approved by the local municipality
Why building plans must be updated and fully approved by the local municipality

In order for a residential property to be sold or for a bond to be acquired, South Africa's banks are increasingly insisting that the property has up-to-date building plans which have been approved by the local municipality...

4 Apr 2019

What Moody's silence means for homeowners
What Moody's silence means for homeowners

International credit ratings agency Moody's was scheduled to make an announcement on South Africa's credit rating on Friday, 29 March. However, the agency failed to announce an updated rating...

By Adrian Goslett 2 Apr 2019

How loadshedding affects the residential market
How loadshedding affects the residential market

The hows and whys of loadshedding and how it affects the property market...

Issued by Private Property South Africa 2 Apr 2019

New study: Improved housing doubles in Sub-Saharan Africa between 2000-2015
New study: Improved housing doubles in Sub-Saharan Africa between 2000-2015

A new study published in the Nature International Journal of Science has revealed that improved housing had doubled in Sub-Saharan Africa between 2000 and 2015...

1 Apr 2019

Using technology to ensure accurate property assessments
Using technology to ensure accurate property assessments

Cape Town property owners have until 29 March 2019 to submit in person objections to the 2018 General Valuation Roll (GV2018) and until the 30 April 2019 to submit objections via e-services or email...

Issued by LexisNexis 29 Mar 2019

Stable repo rate underpins ongoing resilience of residential property market
Stable repo rate underpins ongoing resilience of residential property market

With inflation currently below the mid-point of the Reserve Bank's inflation target and economic growth remaining sluggish, the Monetary Policy Committee kept the repo rate steady at 6.75%, as expected...

By Dr Andrew Golding 29 Mar 2019

No rate hike a welcome relief, but likely short lived
No rate hike a welcome relief, but likely short lived

The decision by the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Reserve Bank to keep the repo rate unchanged at 6.75% (base home loan rate at 10.25%) is welcome news for the property market, but likely to be short-lived...

By Samuel Seeff 29 Mar 2019

Despite high levels of debt, older tenants are best
Despite high levels of debt, older tenants are best

According to the quarterly PayProp Rental Index, older tenants are the ideal tenants - even though they typically have higher levels of debt, they also have the highest credit scores...

28 Mar 2019

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