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Friday Feb 24, 2017

Ruling on old utility accounts 'victory for property owners'

Property owners scored a victory this month after a Joburg High Court ruled against errant municipalities regarding the prescription of water and electricity accounts.

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Thursday Feb 23, 2017

Budget speech signals opportunity for first-time home buyers

Property buyers and sellers alike should be delighted with the Finance Minister's announcement yesterday that the Transfer Duty threshold on home purchases is to be raised from R750 000 to R900 000.

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Wednesday Feb 22, 2017

Tough times for property market

Recent data on South Africa’s residential mortgage market paints a bleak picture of the housing market. But beneath the concern, there are indications that a turnaround may be in sight.

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Illegal churches upset Yeoville residents

Unless the City of Joburg addresses the influx of illegal churches in Yeoville, residents have warned that the vigilante violence seen in Rosettenville could erupt in the densely populated suburb.

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Durban plans electronic billing system

"Trudging" to community halls every month-end to settle municipal accounts will soon be a thing of the past with the eThekwini Municipality partnering with Ithala Bank to allow residents to receive and settle their bills electronically.

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Tuesday Feb 21, 2017

Durban eyesore messes with neighbours' property values

Another year and property owners face another increase in rates. However, property owners in Currie Road, Durban, are taking a stand against their values for a different reason.

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Durban valuations roll 'littered with mistakes'

The property valuations roll recently released by the eThekwini Municipality looks set to be challenged by residents who are already complaining that their homes have been incorrectly evaluated.

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Complaints pour in about Durban billing

The eThekwini Revenue Management System (RMS) billing system is continuing to cause headaches with hundreds of residents allegedly objecting to the amounts on their bills every week.

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Monday Feb 20, 2017

Cape Town's rental prices soaring

Prices for rental accommodation in Cape Town have continued to soar and are now nearly double compared with just seven years ago.

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The pros and cons of buying a property through a trust

"While the cost of starting a trust can be significant, purchasing a property through a trust has certain advantages that many feel outweigh the cost"

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