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How internet penetration affects the housing market
How internet penetration affects the housing market

One need only glance at news headlines and the trending topics on social media to discover that data costs are a hot topic right now...

By Adrian Goslett 2 Jul 2019

SOUTH AFRICA

The average age of buyers in SA's capital cities
The average age of buyers in SA's capital cities

Knowing the age profile of recent buyers and sellers within your suburb can help you market your home effectively and increase your chances of selling fast...

By Adrian Goslett 21 Jun 2019

SOUTH AFRICA

Property market: Flat prices, more stock and potential rate cut ahead
Property market: Flat prices, more stock and potential rate cut ahead

The news that the economy contracted by 3.2% in the first quarter and that the GDP growth outlook for the year has been adjusted to 1% by the Reserve Bank and Moody's is not what we had wanted to hear right now...

By Samuel Seeff 14 Jun 2019

SOUTH AFRICA

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

SOUTH AFRICA

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

SOUTH AFRICA

These are the top performing suburbs in the Western Cape
These are the top performing suburbs in the Western Cape

While looking at past performance by no means guarantees similar future performance, it can provide investors with an insight into where some of the investment hotspots might be in the year ahead...

By Adrian Goslett 26 Mar 2019

SOUTH AFRICA

Mboweni's Budget must source maximum revenue, restore confidence
Mboweni's Budget must source maximum revenue, restore confidence

With the National Budget Speech looming on 20 February 2019, the general consensus appears to be that Finance Minister Tito Mboweni is on a tightrope of sorts...

By Dr Andrew Golding 12 Feb 2019

SOUTH AFRICA

#SONA2019 serves up positive news for the housing sector
#SONA2019 serves up positive news for the housing sector

The very detailed State of the Nation Address dealt with all of the economic and social issues that are currently of concern to the real estate industry...

By Berry Everitt 8 Feb 2019

SOUTH AFRICA

Transfer duty, capital gains tax too high a burden for property market
Transfer duty, capital gains tax too high a burden for property market

While government had intended to boost its tax income from wealthy buyers with the introduction of transfer duty and capital gains tax, it has actually had the opposite and stifling effect on the upper end of the market...

By Samuel Seeff 7 Feb 2019

SOUTH AFRICA

Is the 'sweet spot' for home buying now upon us?
Is the 'sweet spot' for home buying now upon us?

Astute investors know that the basic premise of sound investment is the timing and pricing of the item purchased. In real estate another basic consideration is location...

By Ronald Ennik 25 Jan 2019

SOUTH AFRICA

Expect more property developments in 2019
Expect more property developments in 2019

During 2018 the South African property market was under immense pressure. We saw many agents having to reinvent their strategies...

By Richard Gray 22 Jan 2019

SOUTH AFRICA

Unchanged repo rate positive, while buyers gradually return to the market
Unchanged repo rate positive, while buyers gradually return to the market

After an unexpectedly tough 2018, but with the welcome announcement that the repo rate remains unchanged following this first MPC meeting of the year, the outlook for 2019 is somewhat brighter...

By Dr Andrew Golding 18 Jan 2019

SOUTH AFRICA

Interest rate news good, time to get on with rebuilding the economy
Interest rate news good, time to get on with rebuilding the economy

Following the November rate hike, the Seeff Property Group has welcomed the decision to keep the interest rate on hold as the right decision...

By Samuel Seeff 18 Jan 2019

SOUTH AFRICA

4 ways arms-length property valuations are shooting sellers in the foot
4 ways arms-length property valuations are shooting sellers in the foot

Between online service providers, low-cost agencies and traditional real estate agents, sellers are spoilt for choice when it comes to getting a property valuation before they sell...

By Tony Clarke 12 Dec 2018

SOUTH AFRICA

Belt tightening ahead for homeowners as interest rate climbs
Belt tightening ahead for homeowners as interest rate climbs

Homeowners and buyers will need to continue tightening their belts as the interest rate climbs...

By Stuart Manning 23 Nov 2018

SOUTH AFRICA

Interest rate hike a disappointing decision at this juncture of the year
Interest rate hike a disappointing decision at this juncture of the year

While many market commentators would probably have liked to be a fly on the wall during the Monetary Policy Committee's earnest deliberations this week, the final outcome is what matters...

By Dr Andrew Golding 23 Nov 2018

SOUTH AFRICA

How tax breaks for first-time buyers could help stimulate the economy
How tax breaks for first-time buyers could help stimulate the economy

The state of the South African economy has been on a downward spiral that has culminated in a technical recession announced in September this year...

By Adrian Goslett 19 Nov 2018

SOUTH AFRICA

The A-Z guide to selling your home
The A-Z guide to selling your home

Selling a much-loved home can be an emotional prospect, but it's an important part of moving onwards and upwards to better things...

By Tony Clarke 29 Oct 2018

SOUTH AFRICA

Pricing a property is not an exact science
Pricing a property is not an exact science

What is the right price of a property? Is it the advertised price? Or 10% lower than advertised? Or even 20% lower?

By Ronald Ennik 15 Oct 2018

SOUTH AFRICA

Community Schemes Ombud Service: Who is guarding the guardian?
Community Schemes Ombud Service: Who is guarding the guardian?

While there has been much focus in the property media on how homeowners can save costs as the fees for basic services continue to rise, sectional title property owners had more added to their monthly levies...

By Chris Renecle 12 Sep 2018

SOUTH AFRICA

Flat outlook for property, but a great time to buy
Flat outlook for property, but a great time to buy

Like everyone else, we had hoped that the technical recession would be staved off...

By Samuel Seeff 11 Sep 2018

SOUTH AFRICA

Why property show days are still relevant
Why property show days are still relevant

It's spring, which is traditionally one of the best home sales periods of the year and a great time for sellers to list...

By Berry Everitt 3 Sep 2018

SOUTH AFRICA

How to increase the value of your home without overcapitalising
How to increase the value of your home without overcapitalising

Homeowners who are intent on renovating and / or extending their homes should take care...

By Ronald Ennik 31 Aug 2018

SOUTH AFRICA

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Is higher density in prime residential areas a good thing?

For the past 15 years there has been a gradual but consistent increase in residential density in the central and fringe areas of Sandton and Rosebank...

By Ronald Ennik 30 Jul 2018

SOUTH AFRICA

Positive about property: Here's why you don't need to panic
Positive about property: Here's why you don't need to panic

If one were to believe everything you read, or take to heart everything the analytics and reports suggest, you may end up feeling rather gloomy...

By Bruce Swain 26 Jul 2018

SOUTH AFRICA

National housing market: Q2 2018 yields promise
National housing market: Q2 2018 yields promise

After a slow first quarter, the 2018 property market is beginning to show promising improvements...

By Adrian Goslett 26 Jul 2018

SOUTH AFRICA

Why Gen-Z is set to go back to the 'burbs
Why Gen-Z is set to go back to the 'burbs

Generation-Z are obviously the future of real estate, and the industry is starting to think seriously now about where they might live and what type of housing...

By Berry Everitt 25 Jul 2018

SOUTH AFRICA

Flat repo rate welcomed amidst slow economy and property market
Flat repo rate welcomed amidst slow economy and property market

We have welcomed the decision by the Reserve Bank's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) to retain the repo rate at the current level of 6.50%...

By Stuart Manning 20 Jul 2018

SOUTH AFRICA

SA needs an injection of confidence to stimulate the economy
SA needs an injection of confidence to stimulate the economy

With inflation still within the target range, but with concerns following a round of fuel price increases and other potential inflationary impacts, the Monetary Policy Committee has kept the repo rate unchanged...

By Dr Andrew Golding 20 Jul 2018

SOUTH AFRICA

Should you sell in a down market, or wait it out?
Should you sell in a down market, or wait it out?

With the Ramahoria-effect waning fast, it is clear that it has not had the desired and anticipated effect on the economy and property market...

By Stuart Manning 12 Jul 2018

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