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Flat repo rate welcomed amidst slow economy and property market
Flat repo rate welcomed amidst slow economy and property market

We have welcomed the decision by the Reserve Bank's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) to retain the repo rate at the current level of 6.50%...

By Stuart Manning 1 day ago

SA needs an injection of confidence to stimulate the economy
SA needs an injection of confidence to stimulate the economy

With inflation still within the target range, but with concerns following a round of fuel price increases and other potential inflationary impacts, the Monetary Policy Committee has kept the repo rate unchanged...

By Dr Andrew Golding 1 day ago

Should you sell in a down market, or wait it out?
Should you sell in a down market, or wait it out?

With the Ramahoria-effect waning fast, it is clear that it has not had the desired and anticipated effect on the economy and property market...

By Stuart Manning 12 Jul 2018

It's not all doom and gloom for SA's property market
It's not all doom and gloom for SA's property market

As South Africans reel from the news of a 2.2% GDP decline in the first quarter of 2018, property experts remain optimistic...

By Tony Clarke 19 Jun 2018

Equites ends year strong with continued focus on logistics sector
Equites ends year strong with continued focus on logistics sector

JSE-listed Equites Property Fund recently announced its annual results for the year ended 28 February 2018, revealing...

By Sindy Peters 15 May 2018

#AfricaMonth: Growthpoint Investec African Properties launched
#AfricaMonth: Growthpoint Investec African Properties launched

First announced in 2015, Growthpoint Investec African Properties (GIAP) is finally off the mark, commencing operations in the pan-African real estate market.

By Sindy Peters 14 May 2018

Property outlook improves, but still all about the buyers
Property outlook improves, but still all about the buyers

Although the economy and property market is showing improvement, it is still all about the buyers...

By Samuel Seeff 10 May 2018

FNB Mining Towns House Price Indices growth rates slow
FNB Mining Towns House Price Indices growth rates slow

The FNB Mining Towns House Price Indices growth rates have slowed in recent quarters...

By John Loos 8 May 2018

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A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: An expectation of salaries

What can a marketing or communications worker expect to earn in Malta? New figures released in April by Eurostat give broad sectoral outlines across five areas of economic activity providing an indication of wages across the EU in general and the Maltese islands in particular...

By Marcus ‘The Maltese Falcon’ Brewster 4 May 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

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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

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

#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

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

#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: 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

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#BizTrends2018: Real estate sector should strengthen foundations while economy is depressed

The property sector has seen exceptional growth and expansion over the past ten years, but in keeping with the more recent deterioration of general economic circumstances...

By Lee-Anne Bac 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 sector set to grow in 2018 despite economic uncertainty

While the South African business sector is faced with many challenges, there is significant opportunity for growth sectors of the local industry during 2018...

By Stuart Chait 9 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Sub-Saharan Africa real estate opportunities abound
#BizTrends2018: Sub-Saharan Africa real estate opportunities abound

To some people, Africa south of the Sahara is an unknown - a region of which to be wary. But to informed investors and entrepreneurs...

By Malcolm Horne 9 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

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Ramaphosa at ANC helm is best possible outcome for SA economy

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa assuming leadership of the ANC will be nothing less than a direct cardiac adrenaline shot to business confidence...

By Lew Geffen 19 Dec 2017

Finding the ideal coastal investment
Finding the ideal coastal investment

Much debate surrounds the topic of whether or not a holiday home is a viable investment, especially when you consider the costs involved in maintaining and managing a second property...

By Adrian Goslett 6 Dec 2017

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#MTBPS2017: Mini budget's sobering economic outlook points to period of prudence for property market

The key messages to take out of Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba's maiden mini budget presentation to parliament all point to a period of prudence for the property market...

By Samuel Seeff 26 Oct 2017

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