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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

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

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

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: 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

#BizTrends2018: Household rental on the rise, albeit slowly
#BizTrends2018: Household rental on the rise, albeit slowly

Judging by the current economic climate - which is unlikely to improve over the next year - rent levels will continue to rise in 2018...

By Johette Smuts 11 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Buyer's market emerging for property heading into 2018
#BizTrends2018: Buyer's market emerging for property heading into 2018

The property market has shifted notably over the last 18 months as the fall-out from the weak political and economic climate, poor growth and credit downgrades continue...

By Samuel Seeff 11 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Politics to have key influence on SA property market in 2018
#BizTrends2018: Politics to have key influence on SA property market in 2018

There is still very much uncertainty regarding the outlook for the South African economy in 2018...

By Paul Stevens 11 Jan 2018

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#BizTrends2018: Property market will not 'fall off a cliff' in 2018

Negativity seems to be in fashion in SA's real estate industry, especially since the Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS)...

By Berry Everitt 9 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Six trends set to gather momentum in the property market
#BizTrends2018: Six trends set to gather momentum in the property market

Here are the key trends we believe will gather momentum in the property market in 2018...

By Dr Andrew Golding 8 Jan 2018

What are the main issues that affect property prices in SA?
What are the main issues that affect property prices in SA?

The answer is more complex than it would seem at face value. There are various factors at play, the most important being market conditions which affect so many elements including the cost of loans...

By Paul Stevens 3 Jan 2018

Shipping containers and commercial property - a sign of the times
Shipping containers and commercial property - a sign of the times

The development of shipping containers in the 1950s transformed the face of the transport industry...

By Leon Breytenbach 11 Dec 2017

Sectional title property performance indicates buyer priorities
Sectional title property performance indicates buyer priorities

Since 2012, sectional title complexes have been leading the South African property market, not only in terms of price growth, but sales volumes as well...

By Bill Rawson 20 Nov 2017

Buying a tenanted property
Buying a tenanted property

What happens if you find your ideal home, but the current owner has leased the property?

By Bruce Swain 31 Oct 2017

Database of 30 million+ South Africans leaked online, property group is culprit
Database of 30 million+ South Africans leaked online, property group is culprit

NEWSWATCH: After a database of more than 30 million South Africans had been leaked online, including estimated incomes‚ addresses, and cellphone numbers, one of the country's top real estate companies has admitted to being the unwitting source...

By Ilse van den Berg 19 Oct 2017

#EntrepreneurMonth: Want to be a property entrepreneur? Be prepared to step outside your comfort zone
#EntrepreneurMonth: Want to be a property entrepreneur? Be prepared to step outside your comfort zone

Under the leadership of Durban-based property entrepreneur Grant Gavin, RE/MAX Panache in the North Durban suburbs went from annual property sales of R320m in 2006 to over R1bn in 2017...

By Sindy Peters 3 Oct 2017

#InnovationMonth: Propertuity, LOT-EK collaborate on SA's first large-scale residential container development
#InnovationMonth: Propertuity, LOT-EK collaborate on SA's first large-scale residential container development

Property developer Propertuity partnered recently with New York-based architecture firm and upcycling experts LOT-EK in creating South Africa's first large-scale residential container development, Drivelines...

By Sindy Peters 28 Sep 2017

#InnovationMonth: New proptech player makes show days more accessible
#InnovationMonth: New proptech player makes show days more accessible

OnShowThisWeek.com is one of the latest entrants to the South African proptech scene. The platform allows home buyers, property investors and tenants to search for on show properties from around the country, removing some of the frustration from the home-buying/home-selling process...

By Sindy Peters 26 Sep 2017

Repo rate remains unchanged, property market to remain restrained
Repo rate remains unchanged, property market to remain restrained

South African Reserve Bank governor Lesetja Kganyago announced on Thursday, 21 September, that the Monetary Policy Committee has decided to keep the rates at their current levels...

By Adrian Goslett 22 Sep 2017

#InnovationMonth: Here's an app that takes the frustration out of estate management
#InnovationMonth: Here's an app that takes the frustration out of estate management

Founded in 2016, EstateMate was born out of the frustration often experienced by being a resident, owner and body corporate member in a residential estate...

By Sindy Peters 19 Sep 2017

What you need to know about occupational rent
What you need to know about occupational rent

Whether you are a buyer or a seller, it is vital that you are familiar with the terms and conditions stipulated in the property sales agreement...

By Adrian Goslett 15 Sep 2017

Positive economic indicators could trigger a property market turnaround
Positive economic indicators could trigger a property market turnaround

Statistics released by Stats SA on 5 September 2017 have revealed that South Africa is officially no longer in recession...

By Bill Rawson 8 Sep 2017

Here's what you need to know before taking the buy-to-let plunge
Here's what you need to know before taking the buy-to-let plunge

Correctly managed, buy-to-let properties can be one of the most attractive investment opportunities out there...

By Tony Clarke 7 Sep 2017

Housing “bubbles” and “over-exuberant” periods - always a subjective call
Housing “bubbles” and “over-exuberant” periods - always a subjective call

Periods of strong housing market price growth can often be a cause for concern...

By John Loos 6 Sep 2017

Concourt judgment a big win for real estate
Concourt judgment a big win for real estate

New homeowners will no longer have to worry about being held liable for historical debt incurred by previous owners...

By Berry Everitt 29 Aug 2017

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All that twitters is not sold

Online real estate companies offering to sell your home for a low fixed price or a discounted commission appear to be multiplying daily, but they are actually just peddling old - and unsuccessful - concepts dressed up in new digital clothes.,,

By Berry Everitt 24 Aug 2017

How to survive the disruption of estate agencies
How to survive the disruption of estate agencies

The estate agency profession is facing disruption, and for agents to survive, they need to evolve...

By Paul Stevens 23 Aug 2017

The for-sale sign, does it still work?
The for-sale sign, does it still work?

We get a lot of enquiries, both internally and externally, about the validity of the for-sale sign...

By Richard Gray 18 Aug 2017

Homes market will shrug off Zuma confidence vote
Homes market will shrug off Zuma confidence vote

The state president's widely expected survival of yet another parliamentary vote of no confidence in him should have little or no material impact on South Africa's generally flat-lining residential property market...

By Ronald Ennik 16 Aug 2017

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