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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 3 days ago

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

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

#StartupStory: HouseAfrica is changing the housing market in Africa
#StartupStory: HouseAfrica is changing the housing market in Africa

HouseAfrica is a Nigerian-based startup on a mission to make real estate investment accessible to everyone through technology...

By Evan-Lee Courie 9 Oct 2019

Property outlook positive despite static interest rates
Property outlook positive despite static interest rates

The recent decision from the South African Reserve Bank to leave interest rates unchanged was met with disappointment from several sectors...

By Tony Clarke 30 Sep 2019

Property or money market: Which is the better investment?
Property or money market: Which is the better investment?

For some time now, house prices have grown at a rate slightly below inflation. This continued house price decline in real terms has caused investors to take stock of their options...

By Adrian Goslett 23 Aug 2019

Rate cut should've been bolder to kickstart economy, property market
Rate cut should've been bolder to kickstart economy, property market

While welcoming the decision by the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Reserve Bank to cut the repo rate by 25 basis points to 6.50%, the bank should have been bolder...

By Samuel Seeff 19 Jul 2019

Property market: Flat prices, more stock and potential rate cut ahead
Property market: Flat prices, more stock and potential rate cut ahead

The news that the economy contracted by 3.2% in the first quarter and that the GDP growth outlook for the year has been adjusted to 1% by the Reserve Bank and Moody's is not what we had wanted to hear right now...

By Samuel Seeff 14 Jun 2019

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Promising signs for an uptick in activity in SA's housing market

As anticipated, the MPC kept the repo rate steady, taking a conservative approach against the backdrop of rising fuel prices, and with a wary eye on CPI inflation...

By Dr Andrew Golding 24 May 2019

Rate cut needed to kickstart the economy
Rate cut needed to kickstart the economy

The Reserve Bank should have been brave and should have cut the interest rate to kickstart the economy...

By Samuel Seeff 24 May 2019

What to expect from the post-election property market
What to expect from the post-election property market

As the excitement of the 2019 general elections begins to die down, the question on most citizens' lips is, "What happens now?" For the property market, at least, predictions are cautiously optimistic...

By Tony Clarke 15 May 2019

Property experts optimistic for post-election upswing
Property experts optimistic for post-election upswing

Property owners across South Africa will be pleased to hear that industry experts are predicting a strong chance of a post-election market upswing...

By Tony Clarke 30 Apr 2019

Buyer analysis-paralysis, the elections can't come quick enough
Buyer analysis-paralysis, the elections can't come quick enough

The 2019 elections simply cannot come quick enough. It is time to get it done and dusted as quickly and efficiently as possible so that we can get back to the business of building the economy and property market...

By Samuel Seeff 30 Apr 2019

What Moody's silence means for homeowners
What Moody's silence means for homeowners

International credit ratings agency Moody's was scheduled to make an announcement on South Africa's credit rating on Friday, 29 March. However, the agency failed to announce an updated rating...

By Adrian Goslett 2 Apr 2019

Stable repo rate underpins ongoing resilience of residential property market
Stable repo rate underpins ongoing resilience of residential property market

With inflation currently below the mid-point of the Reserve Bank's inflation target and economic growth remaining sluggish, the Monetary Policy Committee kept the repo rate steady at 6.75%, as expected...

By Dr Andrew Golding 29 Mar 2019

No rate hike a welcome relief, but likely short lived
No rate hike a welcome relief, but likely short lived

The decision by the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Reserve Bank to keep the repo rate unchanged at 6.75% (base home loan rate at 10.25%) is welcome news for the property market, but likely to be short-lived...

By Samuel Seeff 29 Mar 2019

These are the top performing suburbs in the Western Cape
These are the top performing suburbs in the Western Cape

While looking at past performance by no means guarantees similar future performance, it can provide investors with an insight into where some of the investment hotspots might be in the year ahead...

By Adrian Goslett 26 Mar 2019

Why property markets slow before elections
Why property markets slow before elections

With the election date recently set for 8 May 2019, it is possible that activity in the property market may improve in the months to follow...

By Adrian Goslett 7 Mar 2019

How to spot a profitable real estate investment
How to spot a profitable real estate investment

If there's one thing I've learned in my career in property investment, it's that there are a lot of different approaches to making a profit from real estate...

By Sylvia Koketso Milosevic 27 Feb 2019

#BudgetSpeech2019, a budget for the future
#BudgetSpeech2019, a budget for the future

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni's National Budget Speech was predictably conservative - as one might expect within an election year...

By Adrian Goslett 22 Feb 2019

#BudgetSpeech2019: Budget measured, but time to get the house in order
#BudgetSpeech2019: Budget measured, but time to get the house in order

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni's maiden budget was always going to be tough given the extent of the economic challenges...

By Samuel Seeff 21 Feb 2019

#BudgetSpeech2019: No quick fix for SA's Budget, but there's some hope
#BudgetSpeech2019: No quick fix for SA's Budget, but there's some hope

In what was arguably one of the most closely watched National Budget speeches in recent years, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni outlined government's plan to boost growth...

By Dr Andrew Golding 21 Feb 2019

A foreign investor's guide to the South African property market
A foreign investor's guide to the South African property market

Considering the political turmoil that is running rampant across the globe, South Africa does still hold some of the more promising growth potential for foreign investors...

By Adrian Goslett 19 Feb 2019

Unchanged repo rate positive, while buyers gradually return to the market
Unchanged repo rate positive, while buyers gradually return to the market

After an unexpectedly tough 2018, but with the welcome announcement that the repo rate remains unchanged following this first MPC meeting of the year, the outlook for 2019 is somewhat brighter...

By Dr Andrew Golding 18 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Will 2019 be the turnaround for the economy and property market?
#BizTrends2019: Will 2019 be the turnaround for the economy and property market?

That is the question on everyone's lips as we look forward to dusting off the challenges of 2018 which was, by all accounts, a challenging year for the economy and property market...

By Samuel Seeff 9 Jan 2019

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