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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 12 hours ago

#BizTrends2019: Will 2019 be the turnaround for the economy and property market?
#BizTrends2019: Will 2019 be the turnaround for the economy and property market?

That is the question on everyone's lips as we look forward to dusting off the challenges of 2018 which was, by all accounts, a challenging year for the economy and property market...

By Samuel Seeff 9 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Outlook for the 2019 property market
#BizTrends2019: Outlook for the 2019 property market

There are many people stating that the worst is over and that things will start improving soon...

By Paul Stevens 9 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Foreign capital investments through property and 'golden visa' could stimulate the economy
#BizTrends2019: Foreign capital investments through property and 'golden visa' could stimulate the economy

The South African economy is struggling, with ongoing pressure of petrol price hikes, a weakening rand and decreased consumer spend...

By Stuart Chait 8 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Rural and township retail property trends
#BizTrends2019: Rural and township retail property trends

Shortly after concluding the successful SA Investment Summit, President Cyril Ramaphosa then took a walk through the streets of the famous Vilakazi Street in Soweto to show off the township and its successful businesses...

By Seabelo Theledi 7 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Slight uptick in investment activity expected
#BizTrends2019: Slight uptick in investment activity expected

The tough economic climate during 2017 induced pressure on the property market which did ultimately deter growth within this market...

By Linda Tshabalala 7 Jan 2019

The big influences set to impact the property market in 2019
The big influences set to impact the property market in 2019

The factors that influence the performance of the property market are as numerous as there are fluctuations in the exchange rate...

By Bruce Swain 24 Dec 2018

2018 ending on a more positive note
2018 ending on a more positive note

News that South Africa's GDP increased by 2.2% in Q3, with fuel prices considerably reduced and the end of the technical recession, has ended the year (2018) on a more positive note...

By Dr Andrew Golding 12 Dec 2018

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

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

Brace yourself for coming interest rate hikes
Brace yourself for coming interest rate hikes

Nobody likes to hear bad news, but it is always better to be prepared than to be caught off guard...

By Adrian Goslett 20 Nov 2018

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: Invest in stone
A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: Invest in stone

The Maltese have a saying - invest in stone - which means put your money into property...

By Marcus ‘The Maltese Falcon’ Brewster 26 Oct 2018

Tito Mboweni, South Africa's recently sworn in minister of finance, delivered the 2018 medium-term budget policy statement this week. Image source:
MTBPS should inspire economic and investor confidence

Straight-talking as expected, the minister of finance's medium-term budget policy statement sought to inspire investor and market confidence...

By Dr Andrew Golding 25 Oct 2018

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Has 10 years of zero growth damaged fundamental belief in property?

Traditionally, property has always been a cornerstone of anyone's investment portfolio...

By Ronald Ennik 22 Oct 2018

2018 Q2 data shows new mortgage lending growth fading
2018 Q2 data shows new mortgage lending growth fading

Second quarter 2018 SARB New Mortgage Lending data showed slower year-on-year growth in the value of new mortgage loans granted compared to the previous quarter...

By John Loos 28 Sep 2018

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: A cottage for sale
A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: A cottage for sale

This month, a new report shows that Malta has edged out Hong Kong as the territory or country with the highest residential price gains. With such rampant development on the island, Malta's national bird should perhaps be... the crane?

By Marcus ‘The Maltese Falcon’ Brewster 21 Sep 2018

Ignore 'recession' talk and buy more real estate
Ignore 'recession' talk and buy more real estate

SA may be in a "technical" recession, but a closer analysis of the figures released by StatsSA shows that the economy is actually heading in the right direction...

By Berry Everitt 13 Sep 2018

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Recession? What recession? Now let's talk land reform

Economist, Dr Roelof Botha is quite adamant that South Africa is not in a recession despite what Stats SA said...

By Nicci Botha 10 Sep 2018

What the recession means for the property market
What the recession means for the property market

Following the recent announcement of a 0.7% drop in GDP in the second quarter of 2018, South Africa has fallen into another technical recession...

By Adrian Goslett 10 Sep 2018

Land reform panic unnecessary, Seeff welcomes clarity and support
Land reform panic unnecessary, Seeff welcomes clarity and support

There is no doubt that there is great concern about land reform amongst ordinary South Africans and especially property owners and buyers. At the same time, there is a huge amount of noise in the media and public discourse around this, often sending mixed messages...

By Stuart Manning 4 Sep 2018

Why you are not investing in property (and should!)
Why you are not investing in property (and should!)

When we conducted a poll last year, 66.6% of South Africans surveyed said that it's always better to own your own home...

By Barrie Swart 30 Aug 2018

Property co-ownership: The good, the bad and the letter of the law
Property co-ownership: The good, the bad and the letter of the law

For first-time buyers, property co-ownership may be the easiest and most affordable way to enter the property market...

By Bruce Swain 21 Aug 2018

Understanding the economic factors that affect property prices
Understanding the economic factors that affect property prices

Not all of us have a degree in economics. Understanding how external forces impact the price of property can be confusing...

By Adrian Goslett 8 Aug 2018

#WomensMonth: 'New normal' to hold greater opportunities for women in property
#WomensMonth: 'New normal' to hold greater opportunities for women in property

The South African Institute of Black Property Practitioners (SAIBPP) is hosting its annual convention this week, 7-8 August...

By Sindy Peters 6 Aug 2018

The ABC of buying a second property
The ABC of buying a second property

Property is almost always an appealing investment and an accessible way for most South Africans to build wealth over time...

By Bruce Swain 2 Aug 2018

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How to buy to let successfully

Buying to let is a great investment strategy. In theory, someone else will be paying your bond while you own the asset, generating an income for years to come...

By Barrie Swart 31 Jul 2018

It's not about the 2019 election, it's about growth
It's not about the 2019 election, it's about growth

Sentiment has always been the key factor that drives the residential property market. But it swings like a pendulum...

By Ronald Ennik 27 Jul 2018

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

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

5 questions to ask before becoming a property investor
5 questions to ask before becoming a property investor

No ever asks "why" when someone says they would like to invest in property. It is generally accepted as a good investment...

By Barrie Swart 26 Jul 2018

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