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Is it wise to take out a 100% bond while interest rates are low?
Is it wise to take out a 100% bond while interest rates are low?

The recent interest rate cut has stoked the coals in the first-time buyer's market...

By Adrian Goslett 2 days ago

RE/MAX housing report shows slow start for Q1 2018
RE/MAX housing report shows slow start for Q1 2018

In the first quarter of 2018, Lightstone data revealed that 31,875 new bonds were registered at the Deeds Office...

By Adrian Goslett 3 days ago

Rediscover the V&A with its new audio walking tour
Rediscover the V&A with its new audio walking tour

The V&A Waterfront has launched a free audio walking tour, giving visitors insight into the history of the property and its evolution from an industrial port to one of the country's top attractions...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 12 Apr 2018

Five reasons property makes a great retirement investment
Five reasons property makes a great retirement investment

One of the biggest challenges facing South Africans at present is how to adequately prepare for retirement...

By Bill Rawson 11 Apr 2018

The effect of the interest rate cut explained in real terms
The effect of the interest rate cut explained in real terms

The recent announcement of the interest rate cut was a mini triumph for all South Africans...

By Adrian Goslett 9 Apr 2018

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Everything you need to know about levies in sectional title schemes

Often referred to as the "life-blood" of the body corporate, owners have to pay contributions and trustees, managing agents and attorneys may have to collect them...

By Jennifer Paddock 6 Apr 2018

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Rate cut a further boost for market sentiment

The recent announcement of an interest rate cut of 25bps, coupled with Moody's decision to not only leave South Africa's credit rating unchanged...

By Dr Andrew Golding 29 Mar 2018

Repo rate cut a welcome boost for economy, property market
Repo rate cut a welcome boost for economy, property market

The decision by the Monetary Policy Committee of the SA Reserve Bank to cut the repo rate by 25bps from 6.75% to 6.50%, taking the base home loan rate from 10.25% to 10%, is a welcome boost for the economy and property market...

By Samuel Seeff 29 Mar 2018

1% matters - how the VAT increase affects property sales
1% matters - how the VAT increase affects property sales

The power of one: a phrase that has been quoted in many a clichéd motivational poster, but one whose power has never quite been fully grasped - until now...

By Adrian Goslett 22 Mar 2018

Is it time to put the sleep pod to bed?
Is it time to put the sleep pod to bed?

The impact of the millennial generation on workplace design has been significant. It's all about communication, collaboration, flexibility and happiness...

By Tracy Anderson 13 Mar 2018

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: The garden of envy
A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: The garden of envy

"I hate you", I said to the pregnant pharmacist. The vilification was justified. She had the second best house in the village...

By Marcus ‘The Maltese Falcon’ Brewster 9 Mar 2018

#Budget2018: Rising tax burden on shrinking base worrying for economy, property
#Budget2018: Rising tax burden on shrinking base worrying for economy, property

It was always going to be a tough budget given that finance minister Malusi Gigaba already signalled during his mini-budget late last year that there was a significant fiscal deficit that needed to be funded...

By Samuel Seeff 22 Feb 2018

What body corporate finances really mean for your investment
What body corporate finances really mean for your investment

Whether you own a property in a sectional title complex or are looking to invest in one, the financial standing of the body corporate is the single most important thing that can affect your investment or your buying decision...

By Chris Renecle 20 Feb 2018

How to navigate the property market in today's economy
How to navigate the property market in today's economy

Big decisions regarding high value assets can be risky during uncertain times, but is the only option to hang tight until our political future is decided?

By Tony Clarke 30 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: The new rules of retail
#BizTrends2018: The new rules of retail

If you're searching for proof that retail as we know it is changing, look no further than Shanghai's 24-hour, unstaffed, self-driving grocery store...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 29 Jan 2018

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A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: The Valletta effect

Because of my public relations background, I flagged a recent story in The Business Observer headed 'A great PR opportunity for the city and for Malta'. Of course, it was about the Valletta European Capital of Culture 2018 (V18) which just launched here this past weekend...

By Marcus ‘The Maltese Falcon’ Brewster 26 Jan 2018

Is Day Zero the beginning of the end for Cape Town property?
Is Day Zero the beginning of the end for Cape Town property?

Capetonians are bracing for the onset of Day Zero - the day the City turns off the taps and residents will have to collect their 25-litre water ration at one of 200 public distribution points...

By Tony Clarke 26 Jan 2018

Top 10 points to include in a rental agreement
Top 10 points to include in a rental agreement

A written lease agreement needs to protect both the tenant and the landlord and should therefore detail as much about the rental agreement as possible to leave no room for misinterpretation...

By Chris Renecle 26 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Top trends for hotel investors in 2018
#BizTrends2018: Top trends for hotel investors in 2018

Today's hotel developers are under constant pressure to 'future-proof' their respective hotel projects. We see this translate into the function and style of hotels under development, as well as those hotels that have recently commenced operations across the continent...

By Michelé de Witt 25 Jan 2018

Further housing market weakness noted in Q4 2017 survey, but this may change soon
Further housing market weakness noted in Q4 2017 survey, but this may change soon

As at the time of the fourth quarter FNB Estate Agent Survey in November, agents had not yet perceived any strengthening in the housing market, according to all of the major survey questions...

By John Loos 24 Jan 2018

What's on the cards for property in 2018
What's on the cards for property in 2018

2017 was a challenging year for the South African property market in general, despite small pockets of thriving activity in areas like the Western Cape...

By Tony Clarke 22 Jan 2018

Stable start to 2018 with no change in repo rate
Stable start to 2018 with no change in repo rate

It was a stable start to the New Year with the Reserve Bank on Thursday, 18 January, announcing no change in the repo rate...

By Dr Andrew Golding 18 Jan 2018

Average first-time home buying percentage stabilised in 2017 after two years of decline
Average first-time home buying percentage stabilised in 2017 after two years of decline

According to the FNB Estate Agent Surveys through 2017, the estimated average first-time home buyer level was 20.27% of total home buying for the year...

By John Loos 18 Jan 2018

Are show days still relevant?
Are show days still relevant?

With most consumers looking online for property, many real estate professionals have stopped using open show days as a marketing tool to sell a home...

By Adrian Goslett 17 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Does timeshare deserve its bad rap?
#BizTrends2018: Does timeshare deserve its bad rap?

The term 'timeshare' all too often conjures up images of late-night phone calls and promises of freebies if you can endure the persuasive sales pitch. Despite this poor reputation, timeshare in South Africa has been growing in stature...

By Brent Dickson 17 Jan 2018

How to build a property portfolio as a young professional
How to build a property portfolio as a young professional

As a long-term investment, it makes sense to start building a property portfolio as early in life as possible...

By Bill Rawson 16 Jan 2018

Michael Louis (co-founder and CTO), Michael-John Dippenaar (founder and CEO), and Henri Bam (co-founder and COO)
#StartupStory: Sxuirrel platform solves storage space issues

Sxuirrel is a local disruptive tech company that connects individuals with extra space to those in need of storage and parking space...

By Ilse van den Berg 15 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Township retail is taking its rightful place at the top
#BizTrends2018: Township retail is taking its rightful place at the top

Township shopping centres are bucking the trend and outperforming other types of retail centres...

By Ina Lopion 12 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Malls think outside the box to win over shoppers
#BizTrends2018: Malls think outside the box to win over shoppers

Time. There is never enough of it. It is an increasingly valuable commodity for all South Africans across the entire social and economic spectrum...

By Paul Gerard 12 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: The residential property market in 2018
#BizTrends2018: The residential property market in 2018

South Africa's real economic growth has been on a gradual downward trend since reaching a level of 3.3% in 2011, shortly after the recession of 2008/09...

By Jacques du Toit 11 Jan 2018

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