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Is the first offer on your property really always the best offer?
Is the first offer on your property really always the best offer?Article

Almost every property seller will at some stage hear from estate agents that the "first offer is always the best offer", but is this always the case?

Gerhard van der Linde 6 May 2021

#BehindtheMask: Linda Erasmus, international brand ambassador, Fine & Country
#BehindtheMask: Linda Erasmus, international brand ambassador, Fine & CountryArticle

Property doyenne Linda Erasmus began her journey in real estate 35 years ago when she and her family relocated from Namibia to Johannesburg. She soon rose from estate agent to...

Sindy Peters 23 Apr 2021

Price right, sell fast and cut your holding costs
Price right, sell fast and cut your holding costsArticle

Record fuel price increases are grabbing headlines at the moment, but home sellers should be even more concerned about the increases in municipal tariffs that will be implemented in just a few months' time...

Gerhard Kotzé 23 Apr 2021

Fica and KYC compliance for property professionals
Fica and KYC compliance for property professionalsArticle

LexisNexis will host a free webinar on 4 May 2021 at 10am, specifically looking at KYC verification as a subset of Fica compliance...

Issued by LexisNexis 22 Apr 2021

#BehindtheBrandManager: Dr Andrew Golding of the Pam Golding Property group
#BehindtheBrandManager: Dr Andrew Golding of the Pam Golding Property groupArticle

Established in 1976 by the late property and real estate icon Pam Golding, the Pam Golding Property group has since achieved world-class status...

Sindy Peters 15 Apr 2021

Busted: 6 myths about real estate auctions debunked
Busted: 6 myths about real estate auctions debunkedArticle

According to lead auctioneer and director of High Street Auctions Joff van Reenen, even seasoned investors sometimes still believe old myths about auctions...

14 Apr 2021

Advancing a real estate sector that embodies ethics, credibility
Advancing a real estate sector that embodies ethics, credibilityArticle

The real estate and property sector is constantly encountering challenges, and it comes as no surprise when issues around ethics and credibility are brought into question...

Matseleng Mogodi 9 Apr 2021

Community housing scheme rules also bound by Constitution
Community housing scheme rules also bound by ConstitutionArticle

Trustees and directors of community housing schemes cannot simply make up new rules by themselves...

7 Apr 2021

Qualified Buyer's Certificate: What is it and do you need one?
Qualified Buyer's Certificate: What is it and do you need one?Article

In the current unstable economic climate, even experienced buyers may require some help determining their current financial standing when buying property...

31 Mar 2021

Tenant payment performance recovering but requires tough administration
Tenant payment performance recovering but requires tough administrationArticle

A 'full' recovery to pre-lockdown tenant payment performance levels is yet to be achieved, however, the sector is showing signs of recovery...

30 Mar 2021

Survey: Only 51% of estate agents met their sales targets in 2020
Survey: Only 51% of estate agents met their sales targets in 2020Article

According to a Lightstone Property survey, only 51% of estate agents met their sales targets in 2020, down from 69% in 2019, as Covid-19 took its toll...

19 Mar 2021

New guard in real estate beginning to make their distinctive mark
New guard in real estate beginning to make their distinctive markArticle

Doing things differently, the new guard of real estate agents are beginning to make their distinctive mark on the industry, says Yael Geffen...

18 Mar 2021

High Court rules in favour of Rebosa in battle for FFCs
High Court rules in favour of Rebosa in battle for FFCsArticle

The High Court has found the failure of the Estate Agency Affairs Board (EAAB) to issue Fidelity Fund Certificates (FFCs) to the applicant estate agents without merit...

16 Mar 2021

Where should African real estate investors put their money?
Where should African real estate investors put their money?Article

2020 was one of the most extraordinary years in living memory. The world to which we'd become so accustomed was flipped on its head...

Barbara Chanakira 10 Mar 2021

Rebosa takes EAAB to court over 'ongoing service delivery issues'
Rebosa takes EAAB to court over 'ongoing service delivery issues'Article

Rebosa has turned to the courts over what it describes as ongoing service delivery issues with the Estate Agency Affairs Board...

2 Feb 2021

6 factors hanging in the balance for property in 2021
6 factors hanging in the balance for property in 2021Article

Having started 2020 in recession, only to be hit by Covid-19, few would have predicted a successful year for property...

Schalk van der Merwe 25 Jan 2021

Making the career switch into real estate - success requires perseverance
Making the career switch into real estate - success requires perseveranceArticle

With the ongoing Covid-19 lockdown restrictions resulting in many left jobless, many are now forced to reconsider their career options and switch over into an industry that is still able to operate...

14 Jan 2021

Craig Hills
Corruption blitz highlights importance of KYC, FICArticle

Over 100 people have been arrested in South Africa's corruption crackdown in 2020 and it's of particular interest to note that many of these cases involve allegations of money laundering and fraud.

Craig Hills 1 Dec 2020

Estate agents: SA's unsung entrepreneurs
Estate agents: SA's unsung entrepreneursArticle

South Africa's new generation of estate agents , or property practitioners, are unheralded entrepreneurs and consultants in their own right...

Marcél du Toit 30 Nov 2020

Beware the dreaded 'double-commission' claim
Beware the dreaded 'double-commission' claimArticle

As the property market continues to heat up and shortages of homes for sale in certain areas and price brackets start to develop, hopeful buyers and investors are increasingly turning to estate agents directly...

Gerhard Kotzé 26 Nov 2020

How to successfully transfer a property into your name in SA
How to successfully transfer a property into your name in SAArticle

Understanding the basics of conveyancing, also known as property ownership transfer, is an essential part of being a property owner. Depending on your situation, this can be a complicated process...

Pearl Scheltema 23 Nov 2020

Lowest prime rate in decades driving tenants towards home ownership
Lowest prime rate in decades driving tenants towards home ownershipArticle

Currently at 7%, the prime rate is at its lowest level in decades, driving more South African tenants to consider property ownership...

6 Nov 2020

Why 2020 does not compare to the 2008 housing market crash
Why 2020 does not compare to the 2008 housing market crashArticle

When the national lockdown was first announced at the end of March, the real estate industry braced itself for another housing market crisis similar to that of the 2008 crash...

Adrian Goslett 4 Nov 2020

Ghana has a housing crisis: what we found in Kumasi, and what needs to change
Ghana has a housing crisis: what we found in Kumasi, and what needs to changeArticle

Housing is one of the most basic human needs and can have a profound impact on the happiness, lifestyle, self-esteem, and productivity of an individual...

Lewis Abedi Asante and Richmond Juvenile Ehwi 3 Nov 2020

#OrchidsandOnions: Out of the 'ordinary'
#OrchidsandOnions: Out of the 'ordinary'Article

Dove campaign: acceptance by a woman of herself and her body; Billboards for new lifestyle estate are both illegal and dangerous...

Brendan Seery 3 Nov 2020

Research key to decision-making in currently ripe property market
Research key to decision-making in currently ripe property marketArticle

Despite the impact of Covid-19 and the tightening of economic activity, property remains a sound investment, according to Lightstone's Esteani Marx...

28 Oct 2020

FinCEN leak highlights need for proactive KYC in AML processes
FinCEN leak highlights need for proactive KYC in AML processesArticle

Financial sector due diligence and compliance with anti-money laundering regulations are back in the spotlight with the release of the FinCEN files in September 2020 - the latest in a string of leaks over the past five years that have exposed secret deals, money laundering and financial crime...

Issued by LexisNexis 27 Oct 2020

Know your property valuation types to avoid being led astray
Know your property valuation types to avoid being led astrayArticle

Today's world is characterised by the availability of information, but with this easy access comes the risk of misinformation and disinformation sending DIY knowledge-seekers astray...

Schalk van der Merwe 23 Oct 2020

Stone castles can be tough to renovate
Stone castles can be tough to renovateArticle

Stop me if this sounds familiar. You're in the market for a new home, and your estate agent takes you to see a series of houses that are totally out of your price range or that tick none of your boxes...

Marcél du Toit 14 Oct 2020

Brisk recovery of Central Cape Town residential market surprises analysts
Brisk recovery of Central Cape Town residential market surprises analystsArticle

The brisk pace of recovery in property sales over recent weeks in Cape Town's Central City residential market has surprised market analysts and estate agents alike...

1 Oct 2020

8 hazards of trying to sell privately
8 hazards of trying to sell privatelyArticle

Selling your home yourself and keeping the commission in your pocket instead of paying it to an estate agent may sound like a good idea, especially in a busy market, but you should be aware of the dangers before you decide on this approach...

23 Sep 2020

SPLUMA results in 60% spike in demand for property inspections
SPLUMA results in 60% spike in demand for property inspectionsArticle

According to Sheldon Jennings, principal architect and founder of property inspection firm ArchiCheck, the Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act (SPLUMA) - set for implementation in October 2020 - has led to a 60% increase in the demand for property inspections over the past three months...

16 Sep 2020

6 tips for first-time real estate agents
6 tips for first-time real estate agentsArticle

To help those who are new to the real estate industry, Dietmar Muller of RE/MAX Advance provides a few strategies that he used to become one of the fastest-growing success stories in his region...

4 Sep 2020

REBOSA calls for continued caution under Level 2 lockdown
REBOSA calls for continued caution under Level 2 lockdownArticle

Real Estate Business Owners of South Africa (REBOSA) is calling on real estate agents not to relax their Covid-19 safety protocol...

28 Aug 2020

New platform launched to support, develop women in sectional title property
New platform launched to support, develop women in sectional title propertyArticle

According to specialist sectional title attorney and BBM Law director Marina Constas, while women are reportedly the largest group of property buyers in South Africa today, they are underrepresented...

26 Aug 2020

How pre-qualifying for a home loan can support your offer to purchase
How pre-qualifying for a home loan can support your offer to purchaseArticle

There is a misconception that a 'pre-qualification' on a bond means you are guaranteed that a bank has approved a home loan up to a certain amount. This is not true. Nondumiso Ncapai Head of Product for Absa Home Loans explains...

Issued by Private Property South Africa 24 Aug 2020

Despite rising use of tech during lockdown, property sees minimal disruption
Despite rising use of tech during lockdown, property sees minimal disruptionArticle

The estate agent versus proptech disruption debate was recently explored during a Let's Talk Property webinar hosted by Real Estate Investor and eLan Property Group...

24 Aug 2020

What to look out for when property shopping for a home office
What to look out for when property shopping for a home officeArticle

According to Craig Mott, Cape Town regional sales manager for the Rawson Property Group, home offices are certainly taking off in popularity...

19 Aug 2020

Why next-level trust fund separation is vital in rental property management
Why next-level trust fund separation is vital in rental property managementArticle

No estate agent or property manager needs to be reminded of the legal specification that trust funds must be held separate from business funds. The reason for it is well known too...

Jan Davel 29 Jul 2020

Tony Clarke appointed chairperson of REBOSA board
Tony Clarke appointed chairperson of REBOSA boardArticle

Rawson Property Group MD Tony Clarke has been appointed chairperson of the board of Real Estate Business Owners of South Africa (REBOSA)...

16 Jul 2020

Property transfers - what could be the delay?
Property transfers - what could be the delay?Article

Most sellers, purchasers, estate agents, banks and attorneys were relieved when it was announced that deeds offices could re-open on 4 May 2020 under the Alert Level 4 of lockdown regulations...

Lethabo Mashishi 15 Jul 2020

How property markets are faring as global lockdowns ease
How property markets are faring as global lockdowns easeArticle

Now that the majority of countries are loosening restrictions, following Covid-19-related lockdowns which negatively impacted the global economy...

8 Jul 2020

Estate board waives penalties for late audit submissions
Estate board waives penalties for late audit submissionsArticle

The Estate Agency Affairs Board (EAAB) says it will not penalise estate agents who submit late audit records for the 2019/2020 financial year due to the Covid-19 pandemic...

1 Jul 2020

Lew Geffen Estates sold to Savukazi Properties
Lew Geffen Estates sold to Savukazi PropertiesArticle

Lew Geffen Estates has been sold to Savukazi Properties, owned by Hloniphizwe and Masechaba Mtolo...

29 Jun 2020

Like economy, housing market recovery dependent on confidence, investment rebound
Like economy, housing market recovery dependent on confidence, investment reboundArticle

Indicating the severity of the current economic contraction experienced as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown, finance minister Tito Mboweni is expected to deliver an Emergency Budget on 24 June...

Dr Andrew Golding 19 Jun 2020

5 things you need to look out for before buying property this year
5 things you need to look out for before buying property this yearArticle

The property sector, like all sectors, has not escaped the effects of Covid-19 and its impact can be felt in multiple ways...

Tim Akinnusi 11 Jun 2020

Covid-19: Business unusual for property developers during Level 3 lockdown
Covid-19: Business unusual for property developers during Level 3 lockdownArticle

Historically, property has been an asset class that has managed to withstand fluctuating market forces...

10 Jun 2020

New vision for real estate in which all can win
New vision for real estate in which all can winArticle

The real estate industry will no doubt look very different by the end of this year to the way it looked before the Covid-19 pandemic...

Berry Everitt 8 Jun 2020

Gumtree SA offers free, unlimited listings for property agents
Gumtree SA offers free, unlimited listings for property agentsArticle

As of 1 July, professional real estate agents will be able to list unlimited properties on the Gumtree SA website for free...

4 Jun 2020

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