Property Trends 2017

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Five mistakes sellers make
Five mistakes sellers make

After more than twenty five years in the industry, Bruce Swain, MD of Leapfrog Property Group, has noticed that sellers are prone to making one or more of five mistakes...

1 hour ago

Rates Watch reappointed to monitor rates policies
Rates Watch reappointed to monitor rates policies

The South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA) has reappointed specialist consultants Rates Watch on a five-year contract to monitor rates policies...

3 hours ago

#DesignMonth: Creative collaboration central to Blok's Konnect
#DesignMonth: Creative collaboration central to Blok's Konnect

Besides the nine properties Blok has launched since its inception in 2014, the urban property developer has also worked on various urban and design intervention projects...

By Sindy Peters 1 day ago

Pros and cons of buying a property through a trust
Pros and cons of buying a property through a trust

A trust is a legal entity created by a trust founder that can be used to purchase and own property. Once a trust is created, all assets are placed into the trust by either the trust founder donating the assets to the trust or the trust buying the assets...

By Adrian Goslett 1 day ago

Amanda Clack, president of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is one of the speakers at the RICS Africa Summit.
RICS Africa Summit to host mentoring workshop with Women's Property Network

The annual RICS Africa Summit, taking place in Sandton, Johannesburg, 22-23 February, will place a stronger focus on the empowerment of women in the built environment...

1 day ago

Tradehold acquires Collins Group
Tradehold acquires Collins Group

Investment holding group Tradehold has completed its acquisition of the Collins Group, with the purchase of the company's South African property portfolio, as well as its property development and management business, exposing Tradehold to property worth R7.8bn...

By Alistair Anderson 1 day ago

Africrest and StandOut merge
Africrest and StandOut merge

Private groups Africrest Properties and StandOut Properties have decided to merge, after having purchased buildings together over the last three years...

By Alistair Anderson 1 day ago

Redefine to move to lower European dividend metric
Redefine to move to lower European dividend metric

Redefine International is set to pay out a lower proportion of its income as dividends as it caters for the demands of its UK shareholders...

By Alistair Anderson 2 days ago

Constantia, Cape Town
Dogon expands presence into Gauteng

Dogon Group Properties has launched a Gauteng-based division operating from Hyde Park which will be overseen by Dawn Dorfman as the managing director...

2 days ago

One-bedroom apartment remains best investment property performer
One-bedroom apartment remains best investment property performer

According to Jonathan Kohler, CEO of Lansdowne Investment Properties, for over 12 years in the residential sectional title space, the one-bedroom apartment has been the best investment property performer...

2 days ago

Growthpoint partners OPEN in new co-working locations
Growthpoint partners OPEN in new co-working locations

JSE-listed REIT Growthpoint Properties has partnered with local co-working space providers OPEN in a 50/50 joint venture to grow a network of co-working spaces across South Africa...

2 days ago

Liberty Two Degrees is 'well positioned' for year ahead
Liberty Two Degrees is 'well positioned' for year ahead

Liberty Two Degrees (L2D) has declared a distribution of 4.85c a share for its first month of trading, with its management saying the group is well positioned for the year ahead...

By Alistair Anderson 17 Feb 2017

Insuring your property
Insuring your property

For most of us, our homes are the largest and most valuable assets we will ever have. That it might be damaged or destroyed is an inevitable risk, and one that we need to guard against. For this reason, getting the right insurance is a facet of the property business than can never be overemphasised...

By Richard Gray 17 Feb 2017

Is it possible to terminate a lease agreement without recourse?
Is it possible to terminate a lease agreement without recourse?

There are a number of possible reasons that could arise that lead to a tenant wanting to terminate their lease agreement before it has run it course, however, it is possible for them to get out of a lease agreement without being in breach of the contract?

By Adrian Goslett 17 Feb 2017

Rockcastle grows interim reward after strong performance in Poland
Rockcastle grows interim reward after strong performance in Poland

Rockcastle Global Real Estate, which invests in Eastern Europe, grew its aggregate distribution 12.1% in the six months to December because of a strong performance from its Polish shopping centres...

By Alistair Anderson 17 Feb 2017

Reviving brownfield sites to create mixed-use communities
Reviving brownfield sites to create mixed-use communities

The office sector is still firmly entrenched in its recovery phase although this is becoming increasingly fragile...

16 Feb 2017

Emira to rebalance diversified portfolio, pursue new opportunities
Emira to rebalance diversified portfolio, pursue new opportunities

Performing in line with expectations for its full year, Emira Property Fund Limited recently reported a 68,93 cents dividend per share for its half-year ended 31 December 2016...

16 Feb 2017

Look out for restrictions on your property
Look out for restrictions on your property

Owning a property does not mean that the owner is entitled to do whatever they want to the property...

By Adrian Goslett 15 Feb 2017

Pam Golding Properties, 5th Avenue Africa take on sub-Sahara African venture
Pam Golding Properties, 5th Avenue Africa take on sub-Sahara African venture

Pam Golding Properties and 5th Avenue Africa, associates of international real estate advisor Savills, have joined forces to begin a new venture...

15 Feb 2017

Good city governance enhances home values
Good city governance enhances home values

It is a global real estate fact that well-managed cities that are clean, relatively crime-free, with solid infrastructure and reliable service delivery, invariably protect – and grow– home values within their municipal boundaries...

By Ronald Ennik 14 Feb 2017

Should you buy property together?
Should you buy property together?

Property is pricey and for many first time home owners the only way to get onto the property ladder is by doing it with a partner...

By Bruce Swain 14 Feb 2017

2017 – still money to be made in property
2017 – still money to be made in property

2016 was a year many people would like to forget. Both local and global politics increased investor caution as the winds of change continued to stir up uncertainty. Macro economic data painted a gloomy picture for South African investors and consumers alike. Inflation passed the Reserve Bank's 6% benchmark, unemployment hit a 13-year high and GDP growth slid to a negligible 0.1% according to IMF figures...

By Gary Palmer 13 Feb 2017

SAPOA, DPW partner for skills development training
SAPOA, DPW partner for skills development training

The South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA) has partnered with the Department of Public Works' (DPW) Property Management Trading Entity (PMTE) for skills development training and facilitation within the division...

13 Feb 2017

Costs, compliance retard transformation in real estate sector
Costs, compliance retard transformation in real estate sector

President Jacob Zuma noted on Thursday, 9 February, during his State of the Nation address that less than 5% of the property market in SA is managed by black South Africans...

13 Feb 2017

What rights do squatters actually have?
What rights do squatters actually have?

Here we examine what “squatter rights” are in the context of the South African Law of Landlord and Tenant, in relation to both commercial and residential property...

By Chantelle Gladwin and Anja van Wijk 10 Feb 2017

Mara Delta to lift annual dividend
Mara Delta to lift annual dividend

Pan-African property fund Mara Delta is on track to grow distributions between 2% and 4% for the financial year to June, as it weathers a multitude of headwinds on the continent...

By Alistair Anderson 10 Feb 2017

Escalating investment activity in sub-Saharan Africa hotel sector predicted
Escalating investment activity in sub-Saharan Africa hotel sector predicted

Observing a notable increase in liquidity in the sub-Saharan Africa hotel real estate market over the past six months, commercial real estate specialist JLL predicts escalating investment activity in the sector...

10 Feb 2017

Bridgitte Mathews
Bridgitte Mathews joins Redefine Properties board of directors

Bridgitte Mathews has been appointed to Redefine Properties' board as an independent non-executive director. She has also been approved as a member and chairperson of the remuneration committee...

10 Feb 2017

SONA lacked excitement needed to boost economy, property market
SONA lacked excitement needed to boost economy, property market

President Jacob Zuma's 2017 State of the Nation address offered very little new from last year and is unlikely to boost business and investor confidence, desperately needed to re-energise the economy and property market...

By Samuel Seeff 10 Feb 2017

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