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Collaborative consumption - an emerging property trend for 2020 and beyond
Collaborative consumption - an emerging property trend for 2020 and beyond

The real estate industry is going through significant change for the first time in my 20-year history in this business. And it is technology-driven. I expect that more and more, players in our industry will adapt their business models to ensure that they stay relevant in times to come...

By Paul Stevens 27 Jan 2020

Weak economy expected to keep average commercial property vacancy rate rising
Weak economy expected to keep average commercial property vacancy rate rising

We head into 2020 with little in the way of improvement in key leading economic indicators, suggesting to us that the commercial property market will likely see "more of the same" this year...

By John Loos 21 Jan 2020

Global investment trends of the next decade - and their impact on the property industry
Global investment trends of the next decade - and their impact on the property industry

The last 10 years have been somewhat of a rollercoaster; an era of disruption shaped by the fallout of the global financial crisis, strident technological advances influencing the way in which we live and work, numerous significant power and social shifts and influential emergent trends...

By Yael Geffen 20 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: A new generation of homeowners emerge
#BizTrends2020: A new generation of homeowners emerge

Millennials have been accused by some media outlets of "killing the housing market", due to their reluctance to buy property. Their hesitancy stems more from being unable to afford it than from an emotional state...

By Andrew Price 20 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: Main threat to SA businesses in 2020 is uncertainty
#BizTrends2020: Main threat to SA businesses in 2020 is uncertainty

While South Africa's power crisis is reportedly costing the country up to R80bn a month, it is not loadshedding itself that is currently the biggest threat to the economy...

By Karen Petersen 17 Jan 2020

Rate cut welcomed for housing market, but more needed
Rate cut welcomed for housing market, but more needed

The decision by the Reserve Bank's Monetary Policy Committee to cut the repo rate by 25 basis points to 6.25% (from 6.5%), reducing the mortgage rate to 9.75% (from 10%) is welcomed, but we need more...

By Samuel Seeff 17 Jan 2020

Contained inflation made the case for an easing in the repo rate
Contained inflation made the case for an easing in the repo rate

With limited, modest growth anticipated for the year ahead, it is encouraging that the Monetary Policy Committee saw fit to reduce the repo rate by 25bps in order to help kickstart the economy and foster increased confidence among consumers who are feeling the pressure of ever-rising costs...

By Dr Andrew Golding 17 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: Road map to the future and digital transformation in property
#BizTrends2020: Road map to the future and digital transformation in property

The real estate business is going through significant change for the first time in my 20-year history in this industry...

By Paul Stevens 7 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: Student housing - what do Gen Z's want?
#BizTrends2020: Student housing - what do Gen Z's want?

Born between the mid-90s and early 2010s, Gen Z's have grown up around Wi-Fi, smartphones and social media. With easy access to Google and YouTube, they're accustomed to having infinite knowledge at their fingertips...

By John Schooling 6 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: The rising role of women in real estate - 2020 and beyond
#BizTrends2020: The rising role of women in real estate - 2020 and beyond

According to a recent Time magazine article, women are 'on the brink of a massive power shift...

By Yael Geffen 6 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: Is a rental rebound on the cards?
#BizTrends2020: Is a rental rebound on the cards?

For most of 2017 and 2018, the rental growth rate trended downward - in other words, rents still increased, but at a slower pace...

By Johette Smuts 6 Jan 2020

6 energy management steps for a sustainable residential development
6 energy management steps for a sustainable residential development

Multi-unit residential buildings consume more energy than other housing types. This is due to the provision of shared space and common area facilities and services...

By Francois Schoeman 2 Jan 2020

2020 vision: Outlook and trends in the residential property market
2020 vision: Outlook and trends in the residential property market

Following another year of tepid economic growth, and with the latest round of load shedding further dampening the economy and expected to result in a Moody's downgrade early next year, where does that leave South Africa's residential property market?

By Dr Andrew Golding 12 Dec 2019

Predictions for the 2020 real estate market
Predictions for the 2020 real estate market

The property market was off to a slow start in the beginning of the year building up to the elections...

By Adrian Goslett 12 Dec 2019

Why you should choose rental homes as carefully as your own
Why you should choose rental homes as carefully as your own

When buying an investment property, you should apply the same "rules" about location, condition and security as when buying a home for yourself...

By Berry Everitt 10 Dec 2019

Why property developers need to create more agile business models
Why property developers need to create more agile business models

Many business models around the world are under pressure, now more than ever, to be able to respond more speedily to volatile developments...

By Francois Schoeman 9 Dec 2019

Reasons to stay in the local housing market
Reasons to stay in the local housing market

Recent reports reveal that emigration sales are on the rise, climbing from 7.3% of property sales in 2017 to 15.7% of sales in Q3 2019...

By Adrian Goslett 6 Dec 2019

Tale of two markets, will 2020 be a turnaround for property sellers?
Tale of two markets, will 2020 be a turnaround for property sellers?

Two to three years ago the property market was all about sellers, rising prices and the tale of two cities with Cape Town on a high performance trajectory with no price too high for upper-end sellers...

By Samuel Seeff 26 Nov 2019

Technology, research data forcing real estate innovation
Technology, research data forcing real estate innovation

Analysing property trends in South Africa based on recent barometers and research documents, there are varied reasons and opinions explaining why certain markets are under pressure and others are thriving. ..

By Richard Gray 25 Nov 2019

No rate cut, but still a good time to buy
No rate cut, but still a good time to buy

After a challenging year for the property market, the decision by the Reserve Bank's Monetary Policy Committee to retain the repo rate unchanged at 6.5% and the mortgage rate at 10% is disappointing...

By Samuel Seeff 22 Nov 2019

MPC decision on repo rate anticipated but disappointing
MPC decision on repo rate anticipated but disappointing

Against the backdrop of a persistently sluggish economy, subdued market confidence and lower-than-expected inflation, but with an eye on future inflationary impacts, global economic headwinds and the prospect of a Moody's downgrade, the Monetary Policy Committee's decision to hold the repo rate steady was anticipated...

By Dr Andrew Golding 22 Nov 2019

Making property ownership more accessible to more people
Making property ownership more accessible to more people

The costs of buying a property in South Africa include transfer duty, attorney's fees, and deeds office registry fees. As a rule of thumb, these costs amount to 8-10% on top of the purchase price of any property over R900,000...

By Paul Stevens 21 Nov 2019

In consulting on development risk, it's nose in, fingers out
In consulting on development risk, it's nose in, fingers out

Nose in, fingers out! This is what I was taught on how best to approach the subject of risk detection in property development...

By Francois Schoeman 21 Nov 2019

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#OrchidsandOnions: Mahlangu does the impossible

Poignant: Kudos for athlete, Toyota's tough message but whole bunch of estate agents a law unto themselves with their illegal boards...

By Brendan Seery 19 Nov 2019

Kgothatso John Malange was recently announced as the official winner of the Caesarstone Student Designer of 2019. Image supplied.
#Newsmaker: Caesarstone's 2019 Student Designer, Kgothatso John Malange

Hailing from Alexandra in Johannesburg, Kgothatso John Malange is a design force to be reckoned with and was recently announced as the official winner of the Caesarstone Student Designer of 2019, placing him in the ranking as South Africa's most promising designer...

By Juanita Pienaar 19 Nov 2019

3 tips for good returns on a holiday home
3 tips for good returns on a holiday home

A holiday home investment provides an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. And, with the wide variety of leisure destinations throughout the country, buyers are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a location in which to purchase a holiday home...

By Adrian Goslett 8 Nov 2019

Considerations before leasing your home for short-term rentals
Considerations before leasing your home for short-term rentals

With the holiday season drawing near, many homeowners might be carefully considering the idea of short-term letting over the peak season...

By Adrian Goslett 28 Oct 2019

#SACSCCongress: How green roofs can contribute to people, profit and planet
#SACSCCongress: How green roofs can contribute to people, profit and planet

Vacant rooftops across all major cities around the world are a dime a dozen. Their concrete surfaces aren't just a waste of space in a highly urbanised world, but also contribute to the heat island effect that afflicts these built-up areas. So why not farm on them?

By Sindy Peters 23 Oct 2019

#SACSCCongress: How physical retail is reinventing itself
#SACSCCongress: How physical retail is reinventing itself

John Ryan, a London-based journalist and analyst focused on retail design and strategy, shares a glimpse into what's new and what matters in the global retail environment...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 22 Oct 2019

#SACSCCongress: Footprint Marketing Awards winners for 2019
#SACSCCongress: Footprint Marketing Awards winners for 2019

The SACSC announced the winners of the Footprint Marketing Awards 2019 at its Annual Congress in Cape Town...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 18 Oct 2019

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