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Residential transactions: a turnaround in sight?
Residential transactions: a turnaround in sight?

The property industry weathered a very difficult year in 2016. Declining sales have mauled the industry, hitting agents and homeowners alike. But there may be some good news on the horizon...

By Richard Gray 1 day ago

Deborah Aremband and Ricky Tomaselli, Fieldspace's marketing team
#BrandManagerMonth: How the Fieldspace brand stays ahead of the game

Deborah Aremband and Ricky Tomaselli are the marketing managers behind the Fieldspace Property Group brand...

By Sindy Peters 16 Mar 2017

Be aware of possible rental scams
Be aware of possible rental scams

While the internet is an extremely useful tool, it has also made it easier for criminals to prey on prospective tenants – with the number of incidences on the increase...

By Adrian Goslett 10 Mar 2017

By Ollem lins –
Hive living - a growing trend

As many consumers feel the financial constraints of higher living costs, coupled with the rising property prices, more and more people have turned to hive living as means to get into the property market...

By Adrian Goslett 7 Mar 2017

What does #Budget2017 mean for property?
What does #Budget2017 mean for property?

The 2017 Budget will add to the financial difficulties facing South African households. Tough times lie ahead, but they may prove to be a necessary step in addressing our fiscal difficulties...

By Richard Gray 24 Feb 2017

Property value affects rates and taxes
Property value affects rates and taxes

Each month homeowners receive a bill for the rates and taxes applicable to their property...

By Adrian Goslett 24 Feb 2017

Tough times for real estate – but does the future look brighter?
Tough times for real estate – but does the future look brighter?

Recent data on South Africa's residential mortgage market paints a bleak picture of the housing market. But beneath the concern, there are indications that a turnaround may be in sight...

By Richard Gray 23 Feb 2017

#Budget2017: Good news for buyers, not necessarily home owners
#Budget2017: Good news for buyers, not necessarily home owners

Minister Pravin Gordhan had a difficult budget speech to deliver on 22 February as the economy struggles through its largest under performance since the 2009 recession, with the added challenge of a R30.4bn tax shortfall...

By Bruce Swain 23 Feb 2017

#Budget2017 brings some relief for first-time home buyers
#Budget2017 brings some relief for first-time home buyers

The raising of the threshold for transfer duty on properties sold for less than R900,000, up from R750,000, as announced in the National Budget, is positive news as it provides some relief for first-time home buyers...

By Dr Andrew Golding 23 Feb 2017

#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 21 Feb 2017

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 21 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

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

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

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

Look for capital growth in your home investment
Look for capital growth in your home investment

Gauteng homeowners – both existing and aspirant – should not be daunted by the current flat-lining trend in residential property prices, but rather focus on the growth of the capital portion of the investment at the time of purchase...

By Ronald Ennik 8 Feb 2017

Emigration, semigration up moderately in recent years
Emigration, semigration up moderately in recent years

Emigration is something of a cyclical phenomenon, it would appear...

By John Loos 8 Feb 2017

Dealing with defects
Dealing with defects

Unless a property buyer is purchasing a home from a developer or speculator whose ordinary course of business is to sell properties, the CPA does not come into play...

By Adrian Goslett 7 Feb 2017

By Ollem lins –
The ins and outs of a usufruct

The definition of a usufruct is a legal right given by an owner to someone who is not the owner, to use the owner's property for a certain period, usually for the remainder of that person's life...

By Adrian Goslett 1 Feb 2017

First-time homebuyers should leave themselves some breathing room
First-time homebuyers should leave themselves some breathing room

Considering purchasing a property? First-time homebuyers should have a clear idea of what they can comfortably afford on their home repayment each month, before taking the initial steps towards ownership...

By Adrian Goslett 30 Jan 2017

The interest rate and how it impacts the market
The interest rate and how it impacts the market

South African Reserve Bank governor, Lesetja Kganyago announced recently at the first Monetary Policy Committee meeting of 2017 that the repo rate will remain unchanged at 7% with the prime lending rate staying at its current figure of 10.5%...

By Adrian Goslett 27 Jan 2017

Rates decision welcomed amidst challenging economy, property market
Rates decision welcomed amidst challenging economy, property market

The recent decision by the Monetary Policy Committee of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) to keep the interest rate at the current level of 7% (home loan base rate of 10.5%) for the fifth successive meeting is most welcome news...

By Samuel Seeff 27 Jan 2017

Should equity in the bond be used for debt?
Should equity in the bond be used for debt?

Often car loans and credit cards accrue interest at a much higher rate than a home loan, which is why many people decide to take equity out of their home loan to pay off their other debts...

By Adrian Goslett 24 Jan 2017

In the category for new neighbourhood and convenience shopping centre smaller than 20,000m² in size, Dainfern Square scooped the top award at the 2016 SACSC Awards.
Picture: Supplied / Wieland Gleich
#BizTrends2017: The year of the mixed-use mall

In the fiercely competitive South African retail sector, the retail and retail development space in 2017 and beyond will include a high-tech, interactive shopping environment in a bid to lure shoppers to centres for longer...

By Gavin Blows 20 Jan 2017

Is it worthwhile buying a fixer-upper?
Is it worthwhile buying a fixer-upper?

Purchasing a fixer-upper can be an extremely beneficial financial endeavour. However, only if the buyer has taken the time to do their research and followed the right procedures to ensure they are making a sound investment decision...

By Adrian Goslett 13 Jan 2017

Are you financially prepared to be a homeowner in 2017?
Are you financially prepared to be a homeowner in 2017?

Since the National Credit Act came into effect, prospective homebuyers have been required to have their financial affairs in order before they apply for a bond...

By Adrian Goslett 12 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Cape Town, a cut above the rest
#BizTrends2017: Cape Town, a cut above the rest

South Africa's private property market has maintained a precarious balancing act throughout 2016...

By Grant Holton 11 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: The need for autonomy powers real estate sales
#BizTrends2017: The need for autonomy powers real estate sales

According to a recent survey by Gumtree.co.za, 57% of South Africans start their search for a new home online - while only 20% will go straight to an estate agent and 14% will wait for their weekly newspaper...

By Barrie Swart 11 Jan 2017

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