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 2 days ago

Self-sustainable green homes are hot property
Self-sustainable green homes are hot property

Homes featuring energy-saving alternatives and greener living solutions are more in demand and are selling at premium prices...

2 days ago

Complexities of smoking cannabis in sectional title quarters
Complexities of smoking cannabis in sectional title quarters

While South Africans can now smoke marijuana in the privacy of their own homes, what does the ConCourt's ruling mean for those living in sectional title developments with potentially shared spaces...?

3 days ago

Why agents need to adapt to changing consumer behaviour
Why agents need to adapt to changing consumer behaviour

How do changing consumer needs dictate the way in which successful real estate agents need to operate...?

By Linda Erasmus 19 Sep 2018

The great north coast 'semigration'
The great north coast 'semigration'

The north coast of KwaZulu-Natal is attracting younger buyers, while current property owners in the area are just as keen to stay put, recent property statistics have revealed...

17 Sep 2018

The pros and cons of deed digitisation
The pros and cons of deed digitisation

While the digital signing of documentation could pave the way to more efficient and streamlined processes for the real estate industry, it comes with its own set of risks...

17 Sep 2018

BetterBond CEO calls for rate cut
BetterBond CEO calls for rate cut

Rudi Botha, CEO of BetterBond, believes that while real estate and construction are among the economic sectors that are currently doing best, both could really do with a helping hand from the Reserve Bank...

14 Sep 2018

Victor Zuma and his wife Beverly Msibi lost their home after it was repossessed over a R6,000 outstanding debt. Archive photo (2015) by Ciaran Ryan
Gauteng court rules against cheap bank repossessions

A full bench of the South Gauteng High Court ruled on Wednesday, 12 September, that repossessed homes may no longer be sold at auction without reserve prices...

By Ciaran Ryan 14 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

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

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

6 distractions to eliminate on show day
6 distractions to eliminate on show day

It's important to put your best foot forward when it comes to selling your property...

7 Sep 2018

Cape Town approves rezoning of prime property for social housing in inner city
Cape Town approves rezoning of prime property for social housing in inner city

On Tuesday, 4 September, the City of Cape Town's Municipal Planning Tribunal approved an application by the Western Cape government to consolidate and rezone the Somerset Precinct...

By Thembela Ntongana 6 Sep 2018

Marketing your home to the right buyer
Marketing your home to the right buyer

In the competitive real estate market, agents need to have an advantage when selling property...

5 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

Banks still bullish on real estate
Banks still bullish on real estate

According to Rudi Botha, CEO of bond originator BetterBond, there has been a 4.2% increase in the number of bond approvals over the past 12 months...

3 Sep 2018

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

The "price reduced" tag - what it really means for buyers and sellers
The "price reduced" tag - what it really means for buyers and sellers

With a number of Cape Town online property listings displaying a rather prominent "price reduced" tag, this may cause some trepidation for property owners...

31 Aug 2018

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

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

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Cape Town best luxury-for-price proposition for retirement property

Retirement property markets worldwide are strengthening. Driven by increasing longevity and quality of lifestyle trends, retirees are now looking to dual citizenships and investment in international destinations...

29 Aug 2018

New water regulations to impact community living levies
New water regulations to impact community living levies

According to local experts, the property market in the Cape Town region has suffered in the wake of the Western Cape's water shortage...

28 Aug 2018

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Impact of a "right of extension" clause in a sectional title sale agreement

Andrew Schaefer, MD of Trafalgar, advises sectional title home buyers to look out for a "right of extension" clause in their sale agreement...

24 Aug 2018

King Sibiya of the Lungelo Lethu Human Rights Foundation has gone to court in a case that will have implications for home-owners struggling to pay their bonds. Archive photo: Ciaran Ryan
Court to decide how to handle home repossessions

A landmark case to decide how banks should deal with home repossessions will be heard on 28 and 29 August in the South Gauteng High Court...

20 Aug 2018

The NU29 project was commissioned in 2014 to benefit poor families in the metro. Construction was abandoned halfway, leaving many unfinished flats. Photo: Joseph Chirume
National government to "go after" housing officials, blacklist contractors for rotten buildings

The Department of Human Settlements earlier this week said it will be taking legal action against officials across the country who oversaw the construction of poor houses...

By Joseph Chirume 17 Aug 2018

SA needs youth home-building plan
SA needs youth home-building plan

The latest available figures from StatsSA show that there are about 3.3-million South Africans aged 15 to 24 who are not currently in education, training or employment...

By Berry Everitt 16 Aug 2018

Pam Golding Property group acquires Eazi.com
Pam Golding Property group acquires Eazi.com

The Pam Golding Property group has acquired online, digital estate agency Eazi.com, embracing the online 'hybrid' estate agency model...

14 Aug 2018

Occupiers of Cape Town buildings hold first congress
Occupiers of Cape Town buildings hold first congress

About 300 members and supporters of Reclaim the City gathered at Queen's Park High School in Woodstock...

By Phathiswa Shushwana 13 Aug 2018

Cash or bond, what's the wise property investment move?
Cash or bond, what's the wise property investment move?

There are certainly advantages to paying cash for your investment property, however there is an intriguing alternative...

By Pieter Piek 10 Aug 2018

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