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Monday Jan 23, 2017

Cape Town's planning by-laws require caution

The latest revision of Cape Town's Municipal Planning By-law has as many permutations as a Rubik's cube, and signing an offer to purchase can be a very costly mistake if you haven't done your homework.

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Cape water restrictions start to bite

While City of Cape Town considers tighter water restrictions, golf clubs say they have taken strain as the drought begins to bite.

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Buy-to-let property market slowing down : FNB survey

The buy-to-let market is slowing down with primary residential property being the king in the property arena at present, according to the 4th Quarter 2016 FNB Estate Agent Survey.

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Short-term letting's insurance implications

Accommodation companies like AirBnB and favourable exchanges rates have encouraged property owners to let their houses and flats on a short-term basis to earn some extra money.

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Friday Jan 20, 2017

None of R8m Beyers Group deposits found

The Estate Agency Affairs Board of South Africa has painted a bleak picture of embattled Beyers Realty Group's financials, saying none of the R8 million worth of deposits for 29 purchasers and 26 tenants has been recovered.

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Don't fall victim to Joburg account scammers

The City of Joburg regularly advises its customers not to let their guard down and to always contact the city whenever they receive e-mails, letters or have someone visit their property asking for money to be paid into private accounts.

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Thursday Jan 19, 2017

Tiny houses are big elsewhere - but in SA?

The tiny house movement was started in the US by young singles or childless couples who could afford decent housing but balked at the thought of spending up to half their incomes to service 20-year home loans.

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Joburg property valuer arrested for fraud

The City of Joburg said one of its former candidate valuers Mbali Maclare, had been arrested on charges of fraud and corruption amounting to almost R500 million.

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Wednesday Jan 18, 2017

Insurance implications of a flawed property valuation

A flawed property valuation could have a severe financial impact for the homeowner and lead to big financial loss in the event of an insurance claim.

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Tuesday Jan 17, 2017

A buyer's guide to keeping track of properties

While it may sound like a reasonably easy thing to do, finding the ideal home may take a little more time and effort than most expect, especially if the potential buyer doesn't follow any specific process.

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