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

Focusing on paying off debt with the highest interest rate is a very good financial strategy. For this reason, many choose to use the equity in their home loan to pay...

By Adrian Goslett 3 Jun 2021

Q1 2021 shows positive growth in residential building numbers
Q1 2021 shows positive growth in residential building numbers

Stats SA's March building statistics completed the building picture for the first quarter of 2021. Perhaps some had expected a little more new activity...

By John Loos 24 May 2021

Stable interest rate great news for best buyer's market in decades
Stable interest rate great news for best buyer's market in decades

The decision by the Reserve Bank to retain the repo rate at 3.5% (home loan base rate at 7%) is great news and underscores the best buyer's market in decades...

By Samuel Seeff 21 May 2021

Interest rate hike held off for another quarter
Interest rate hike held off for another quarter

After announcing at their previous meeting that the interest rate may increase by 25 basis points in the second quarter, the MPC cut the country a break today...

By Adrian Goslett 20 May 2021

Residential property remains a sound option for investment
Residential property remains a sound option for investment

The Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown has prompted many people to reassess their priorities and make changes and life choices that reflect a more balanced and...

By Dr Andrew Golding 28 Apr 2021

Here are the hottest property features in a WFH world
Here are the hottest property features in a WFH world

It is now clear that many of the changes in working, commuting and learning patterns that have come about because of the Covid-19 pandemic will become permanent adjustments for a great number of families...

By Berry Everitt 22 Apr 2021

Problems paying your bond? Act swiftly to minimise the damage
Problems paying your bond? Act swiftly to minimise the damage

There is little doubt that the risk of losing your home because you can no longer afford the monthly bond repayments is a terrible position to be in...

By Bruce Swain 6 Apr 2021

SARB has missed the mark, interest rate stimulus vital for economy
SARB has missed the mark, interest rate stimulus vital for economy

The Reserve Bank has completely missed the mark with their decision to retain the repo rate at 3.5% (home loan base rate at 7%)...

By Samuel Seeff 26 Mar 2021

Predictable outcome as interest rate holds steady
Predictable outcome as interest rate holds steady

The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has again announced that interest rates will remain stable, keeping the repo rate at 3.5% and the prime lending rate at 7%...

By Adrian Goslett 25 Mar 2021

Thinking of purchasing an investment property in the current market? Here's what to consider
Thinking of purchasing an investment property in the current market? Here's what to consider

Current real estate conditions pose an interesting dilemma for real estate investors. Purchasing an investment property now means that...

By Adrian Goslett 10 Mar 2021

Positive budget welcome news for homeowners and consumers
Positive budget welcome news for homeowners and consumers

Finance minister Tito Mboweni presented a "positive budget" under challenging circumstances, perhaps the most challenging over the last 27 years...

By Samuel Seeff 24 Feb 2021

Can real estate contribute towards rebuilding South Africa's crippled economy?
Can real estate contribute towards rebuilding South Africa's crippled economy?

Despite President Ramaphosa's optimistic analogies of fynbos re-emerging after fire, 2021's State of the Nation Address made it clear that South Africa...

By Tony Clarke 16 Feb 2021

Minimalism and the surprising impact it's having on the rental economy
Minimalism and the surprising impact it's having on the rental economy

Minimalism - once a niche art movement - is now a mainstream lifestyle trend. We have Marie Kondo, the Japanese organising guru...

By Jonathan Hurvitz 8 Feb 2021

#BizTrends2021: Trends to expect in the township development, office, retail spaces
#BizTrends2021: Trends to expect in the township development, office, retail spaces

As the fight against Covid-19 rages on, the property sector shows a bag of mixed results with some parts of the sector...

By Herbert Seabelo Theledi 28 Jan 2021

Interest rate disappoints as second wave could eat into property and economic gains
Interest rate disappoints as second wave could eat into property and economic gains

The decision by the South African Reserve Bank (Sarb) to retain the repo rate at 3.5% (home loan base rate at 7%) is disappointing for the economy and property market...

By Samuel Seeff 22 Jan 2021

Repo rate remains unchanged, still room for a further cut
Repo rate remains unchanged, still room for a further cut

While a further reduction to the interest rate would have been a bonus for aspirant first-time home buyers and existing homeowners...

By Dr Andrew Golding 21 Jan 2021

Where is the housing market headed in 2021?
Where is the housing market headed in 2021?

After the worst economic downturn in decades, economic growth is still widely expected to show some positive growth of around 3% this year...

By Dr Andrew Golding 19 Jan 2021

2021 (property) resolutions your future self will thank you for
2021 (property) resolutions your future self will thank you for

You'll be forgiven for being hesitant to make resolutions for 2021, what with 2020 being the year of 'Plans turned upside down!'...

By Bruce Swain 12 Jan 2021

#BizTrends2021: Subdued rental growth and new ways of working - during and after Covid-19
#BizTrends2021: Subdued rental growth and new ways of working - during and after Covid-19

Amplified by the pressures of a global pandemic, 2020 saw the continuation of a challenging economic climate for both consumers and rental agencies...

By Johette Smuts 7 Jan 2021

#BizTrends2021: There's good news as well as bad for the property industry
#BizTrends2021: There's good news as well as bad for the property industry

Looking ahead, here is our forecast for South Africa's property landscape in the year to come...

By Paul Stevens 6 Jan 2021

Resilience of SA's housing market reflects ongoing aspiration for home ownership
Resilience of SA's housing market reflects ongoing aspiration for home ownership

Residential real estate, while also being impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, has so far proven to be one of the more resilient sectors...

By Dr Andrew Golding 15 Dec 2020

How fibre to the home is redefining SA's property market
How fibre to the home is redefining SA's property market

Fibre internet connectivity has joined sustainability in redefining the country's property market. New research reveals that it can add almost R80,000 to the price of the average home...

By Shane Chorley 7 Dec 2020

Board committees in property associations - the legal side of social, ethics committees
Board committees in property associations - the legal side of social, ethics committees

The duties of directors of property development-related associations have at times been an uncertain area of law...

By Francois Schoeman 7 Dec 2020

Several contributing factors set to potentially see property market through these tough times
Several contributing factors set to potentially see property market through these tough times

After last month's bleak Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement by finance minister Tito Mboweni, South Africans are settling in for a long and uncertain road to economic recovery...

By Tony Clarke 24 Nov 2020

Interest rate disappoints, but South Africans will buy property this festive season
Interest rate disappoints, but South Africans will buy property this festive season

The decision by the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) to retain the repo rate at 3.5% (home loan base rate at 7%) is disappointing and out of step with the economy...

By Samuel Seeff 20 Nov 2020

Low interest rate, realistic pricing sustaining buoyant property market
Low interest rate, realistic pricing sustaining buoyant property market

What we are experiencing at present is a continued strong uptake in demand for residential property acquisitions around the country - particularly in the price band up to R3m...

By Dr Andrew Golding 20 Nov 2020

Unpacking the macro property risks in SA's 3 major provinces post-lockdown
Unpacking the macro property risks in SA's 3 major provinces post-lockdown

Earlier in the year, we discussed the three major provincial regions' (Gauteng, KZN and Western Cape) property markets' ability to handle the major economic shock emanating from the coronavirus-related lockdowns...

By John Loos 16 Nov 2020

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