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Top findings from PayProp's State of the Rental Industry Survey
Top findings from PayProp's State of the Rental Industry SurveyArticle

PayProp has released the results of its second PayProp State of the Rental Industry Survey, with agents continuing to feel the effects of Covid-19...

28 Apr 2021

Keeping commercial properties performant: key focus areas for 2021
Keeping commercial properties performant: key focus areas for 2021Article

Emerging from the economic challenges of 2020, Craig Mott from the Rawson Property Group,says now is the time for commercial property landlords to regroup...

21 Apr 2021

State of SA's rental industry, what landlords can expect
State of SA's rental industry, what landlords can expectArticle

Pearl Scheltema, CEO of Fitzanne Estates, weighs in on what to expect from the real estate landscape in the coming months...

24 Mar 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

#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 industryArticle

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

Paul Stevens 6 Jan 2021

What the rise of short-term rentals means for landlords and tenants
What the rise of short-term rentals means for landlords and tenantsArticle

As the short-term rental market begins to pick up, landlords and tenants alike must take steps to protect themselves while the effects of Covid-19 and an unstable economy continue to disrupt the industry...

9 Dec 2020

Mixed outlook for SADC property markets as impact of Covid-19 becomes clearer
Mixed outlook for SADC property markets as impact of Covid-19 becomes clearerArticle

SADC real estate markets are diverse, often with high interest rates and large rental components affected by factors such as a decline in income, business closures and expat departures...

3 Dec 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

New proptech startup Averly takes rental applications online
New proptech startup Averly takes rental applications onlineArticle

Zabeth Venter and her team at Averly, a new South African startup aimed at positively impacting the rental space, was just about ready to launch when the national lockdown was announced...

25 Aug 2020

Covid-19 sees 'overvalued' commercial property market correction
Covid-19 sees 'overvalued' commercial property market correctionArticle

Covid-19 has pushed the restart button on almost every sector of the property market...

Norman Raad 17 Aug 2020

Applying the shared value approach to the South African rental economy
Applying the shared value approach to the South African rental economyArticle

Can an online platform counter gentrification, deliver a double-sided business proposition that leverages shared value for the improvement of an entire segment of the economy, while simultaneously solving for one of humankind's essential needs?

Gil Sperling 3 Jul 2020

Level 3 lockdown: Eviction process protects tenants, but landlords still have rights
Level 3 lockdown: Eviction process protects tenants, but landlords still have rightsArticle

The Covid-19 crisis and the resulting lockdowns has impacted many financially. Some have been placed on unpaid leave, while others have been informed of a reduction in salary or completely lost all income...

1 Jul 2020

Big standoff between retailers and landlords looms
Big standoff between retailers and landlords loomsArticle

Shopping centres and large retail outlets are bleeding. With most having to keep their doors closed during the lockdown period, revenue has slowed to a trickle...

Kagiso Mahlangu 7 May 2020

Flow adds behavioural search functionality to proptech platform
Flow adds behavioural search functionality to proptech platformArticle

A year since launch, with over 80,000 users, Flow has made some unique additions to the proptech platform...

Sindy Peters 15 Apr 2020

Considering a payment holiday for tenants? Put it in writing
Considering a payment holiday for tenants? Put it in writingArticle

The banks have stepped up to offer landlords payment holidays during the lockdown, but will the effects be felt by tenants and what should a landlord with a struggling tenant do?

Grant Smee 1 Apr 2020

Covid-19: Lockdown plans for tenants and landlords
Covid-19: Lockdown plans for tenants and landlordsArticle

All tenants who were due to move at the end of March will now need to do so before midnight on Thursday 26 March, or they will have to remain in place at least until after the nationwide lockdown, which currently ends at midnight on 16 April.

Andrew Schaefer 25 Mar 2020

Tips for reducing vacancies in your property portfolio
Tips for reducing vacancies in your property portfolioArticle

Tough economic times like the downward cycle we are in now calls for a new and fresh approach to ensure you are not sitting with costly vacancies...

Org Geldenhuys 10 Feb 2020

Survey: How to get tenants to stay put
Survey: How to get tenants to stay putArticle

Just Property recently conducted a national survey of tenants beyond their existing client base with more than 2,600 responses providing insights invaluable to landlords wanting to retain or attract great tenants...

6 Feb 2020

Sound strategy essential for rental investors in the Western Cape
Sound strategy essential for rental investors in the Western CapeArticle

The Western Cape rentals market, renowned for its historically record-breaking returns, has raised eyebrows with an uncharacteristically severe decline over the last three years...

23 Dec 2019

Good tenants get the best rental homes
Good tenants get the best rental homesArticle

Building a desirable tenant profile will help tenants to be top of the list of applicants for new rentals. Here's how to do it...

Issued by Private Property South Africa 6 Aug 2019

Attracting and retaining desirable tenants
Attracting and retaining desirable tenantsArticle

Buy-to-let property can be the route to wealth creation. But you need the right tenants at the right rental to make it work...

Issued by Private Property South Africa 24 Jul 2019

Uptick in semigration, tourism to boost Cape rental market
Uptick in semigration, tourism to boost Cape rental marketArticle

According to the Seeff Property Group, it is not just the demand for residential accommodation that drives the Cape Town rental market, but added economic drivers such as tourism, conventions and events, corporate contracts and semigration...

18 Jun 2019

Common landlord headaches and how to deal with them
Common landlord headaches and how to deal with themArticle

Owning a rental property can provide a much-needed source of additional income however, they can also be a source of many a headache if not managed properly and efficiently...

Issued by Private Property South Africa 10 Jun 2019

Property market outlook flat as we head towards May elections
Property market outlook flat as we head towards May electionsArticle

While we wait for the conclusion of the May elections and the economy to take the positive turn that we are all anticipating, it would be remiss not to continue cautioning that economic and property market recovery will take time...

Samuel Seeff 16 Apr 2019

Cape Town rental market in state of flux
Cape Town rental market in state of fluxArticle

The rental market in Cape Town is in a state of flux at the moment and tenants are possibly in a better position in terms of value for money and the choices available to them than ever before...

Michael Bauer 11 Mar 2019

Cape Town's southern residential property market shows resilience
Cape Town's southern residential property market shows resilienceArticle

While 2018 was another subdued year for the Cape Town real estate market, it was not all doom and gloom...

28 Jan 2019

Increase in tenant fraud is taking its toll
Increase in tenant fraud is taking its tollArticle

An unintended consequence of the sluggish economy has been a spike in the fraudulent behaviour of would-be tenants who are desperate to sign a lease...

Gary Palmer 12 Nov 2018

Realistic pricing remains key in Southern Suburbs rental market
Realistic pricing remains key in Southern Suburbs rental marketArticle

Slowing semigration and the reluctance of landlords to adjust their price expectations are some of the factors which contributed to the steady decline...

25 Jun 2018

Bruma Oriental City in Bruma, Johannesburg
Is investment in the commercial property market a safer option than shares?Article

Now, more than ever, investors are finding it a safer option to invest in direct property...

19 Apr 2018

Why water-saving investments are worth it for your property - with or without Day Zero
Why water-saving investments are worth it for your property - with or without Day ZeroArticle

There are at least six very good reasons for Cape Town property owners to become less dependent on municipal water...

14 Feb 2018

Delta City Belgrade
Hyprop hard at work to regain past gloryArticle

Hyprop Investments has taken steps to regain its status as one of the most reliable dividend-paying and capital growth-generating listed real estate investments in 2018...

Alistair Anderson 2 Feb 2018

Lack of maintenance causes breakdown in landlord-tenant relationships
Lack of maintenance causes breakdown in landlord-tenant relationshipsArticle

Sunell Afrika, rentals manager for SAProperty.com, says that "one of the biggest causes of a breakdown in landlord-tenant relationships is where there is a lack of maintenance or repair"...

9 Oct 2017

Don't lose good tenants through high rental increases
Don't lose good tenants through high rental increasesArticle

Landlords that insist on unreasonable residential rentals every year risk losing those tenants... and in the current economic climate good tenants are hard to replace...

Issued by Private Property South Africa 28 Aug 2017

Think you're ready to invest in a rental property?
Think you're ready to invest in a rental property?Article

You need to take care, there are pitfalls...

Samuel Seeff 21 Aug 2017

Demystifying the rental agreement
Demystifying the rental agreementArticle

The days of 10% increases when renewing the lease on your house or flat are all but extinct...

15 Mar 2017

Why good tenants are worth their weight in gold
Why good tenants are worth their weight in goldArticle

If you have a great tenant in place it might be advisable to forgo that annual rental increase or at least keep it to a minimum. Here's why...

Issued by Private Property South Africa 20 Jan 2017

How to avoid risk when renting
How to avoid risk when rentingArticle

According to Stefan du Plessis, managing member at Rent Protect, there are certain best practice principles that help all parties avoid the typical risks associated with rental agreements...

5 Dec 2016

Seven deadly rental sins
Seven deadly rental sinsArticle

Grant Rea, rental specialist at RE/MAX Living, lists the seven deadly rental sins as committed by landlords, tenants, and agents...

14 Nov 2016

When to buy (or run from) a tenanted property
When to buy (or run from) a tenanted propertyArticle

Any landlord or investor knows good tenants are worth their weight in gold. So, it goes without saying that finding a property already occupied by a dependable, trustworthy tenant is something of a bonus for property investors: immediate rental income, no upfront agent fees, confidence in the reliability of the occupant...

Charlotte Vermaak 14 Oct 2016

Become an investor, keep your home
Become an investor, keep your homeArticle

It may be easier than you think to become a property investor, says Gerhard Kotzé, new MD of the RealNet estate agency group, by hanging on to your existing home instead of selling it when you need to move...

11 Oct 2016

Stay on top of your rental property with a mid-term inspection
Stay on top of your rental property with a mid-term inspectionArticle

Conducting an inspection of a rental property midway through the lease allows the landlord and tenant to identify any issues early on...

Issued by Private Property South Africa 3 Oct 2016

Renting out private property without headaches
Renting out private property without headachesArticle

A large percentage of South African landlords still rent their homes or investment properties out privately not making use of letting professionals...

25 Nov 2015

Advantages for property investors using a rental agent
Advantages for property investors using a rental agentArticle

While there are pros and cons whether a rental agent is the best option for managing an investor's buy-to-let property, or to handle the letting on their own, the benefits of using an experienced and trustworthy rental agent will far outweigh the self-managed alternative...

14 Oct 2015

Louw’s Avenue development in Southern Paarl
JLK Construction awaits approval for new developmentArticle

Paarl-based JLK Construction anticipates, subject to Paarl municipality's approval, to announce a residential apartment development that will be by far the largest they have yet handled on their own account...

22 Sep 2015

Consumers to stick with what they know and where to go in 2015
Consumers to stick with what they know and where to go in 2015Article

The greater the dominance of a property asset, the more protected the property investment will be in 2015's subdued economic markets...

30 Jan 2015

Tips for improving your chances of securing a rental property
Tips for improving your chances of securing a rental propertyArticle

With demand for rental properties continually increasing and inventory shortages experienced throughout the country, it might be quite a task for tenants to find the right property.

29 May 2014

Protection skewed when it comes to property
Protection skewed when it comes to propertyArticle

Regardless of the economy and the rising interest rate, property remains one of the best ways for the average South African to accrue wealth.

5 Mar 2014

Tips for pain-free lease agreementsArticle

The New Year typically signals the time when lease agreements are up for renewal. For commercial tenants, this presents a good opportunity to reassess the appropriateness and feasibility of the space for the business occupying it, and then either renew the lease or seek new space.

11 Dec 2013

Ewald Kellerman
FNB Home Loans Quarterly Report June 2013 releasedArticle

The 2nd Quarter FNB Estate Agents Survey shows little change in the interest in residential property buying for buy-to-let purposes. Remaining on a low value, the estate agents surveyed estimated that only eight percent of buyers buy for buy-to-let purposes. This figure has systematically reduced since the early part of last decade when agents quoted a figure three times as high as today.

Ewald Kellerman 3 Jul 2013

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