Landlords or tenants - who has more rights?
Landlords or tenants - who has more rights?

A sentiment frequently expressed by many a frustrated landlord these days is that "tenants have all the rights". Similarly, tenants often feel that there is no-one fighting their corner when a landlord does not fulfil their obligations. So who is right?

15 hours ago

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. Here are the property trends and market influences that could make their impact felt in the new year.

By Tony Clarke 15 hours ago

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On land expropriation without compensation: Be aware of the risks

The National Emergent Red Meat Producers' Organisation (NERPO) has, according to reports, come out in favour of expropriation of land without compensation. We expect that there are other groups that will do the same over the coming weeks. However, they must be aware of the risk that what they wish for will undermine their own interests and the very people they are trying to help.

By Kerwin Lebone 3 days ago

Resilient creates Twitter account after fake one set up in Des de Beer's name
Resilient creates Twitter account after fake one set up in Des de Beer's name

A fake twitter account purporting to represent Resilient CEO Des de Beer was created on Thursday, 18 January, and was promptly deleted by the social media company after the real estate investment trust (Reit) complained.

By Robert Laing 3 days ago

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 at the conclusion of its Monetary Policy Committee meeting, as forecast by various market commentators.

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

Maitland retail property snatched up in pre-auction sale
Maitland retail property snatched up in pre-auction sale

A retail property situated at 182 Voortrekker Road in Maitland was recently sold for R6.4m in a pre-auction sale, highlighting the area as attractive from both a business and residential perspective.

18 Jan 2018

Why sectional title schemes should have separate water billing for units
Why sectional title schemes should have separate water billing for units

With the Western Cape still in the midst of a severe severe drought, many households have had to adjust the way they use water. According to Mandi Hanekom, operations manager for sectional title finance company Propell, it is a little more complicated in sectional title schemes. It is not easy to implement grey water systems for multiple users and it is also difficult to monitor water usage accurately if there are no separate water meters.

17 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?

Let's face it, 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 over recent years as locals are pushed to seek affordable alternative holiday options with an increasingly unfavourable rand exchange rate.

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, but with prices as high as they are in many parts of South Africa, getting that first foot in the door can be a daunting prospect.

By Bill Rawson 16 Jan 2018

Maitland slumlord forced to fix up property
Maitland slumlord forced to fix up property

The Maitland house crammed with 52 immigrants who shared one toilet is under renovation, following action taken by the City of Cape Town.

By Tariro Washinyira 16 Jan 2018

South African property market predictions for 2018
South African property market predictions for 2018

Wondering what the property market will be doing this year? We asked some of the country's leading experts for their views.

Issued by Private Property 16 Jan 2018