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Monday Jun 11, 2018

Lightstone figures show properties with best price growth

If you are considering buying a home based on current rates of price growth, your best bet would be to buy a home on the coast or one that costs less than R250 000.

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Help for property buyers in Gap market

Buyers in the so-called gap market earn too little to qualify for home loans from commercial banks, but too much to qualify for the government's free basic housing scheme or RDP housing.

This means buyers in this market have little chance of owning their own homes - despite being permanently employed with regular incomes.

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Private sector can help with affordable housing

The demand for affordable housing is, in the mind of Brett Herron, the City of Cape Town's mayoral committee member for transport and urban development, "one of the biggest challenges Cape Town is facing at the moment", and within the affordable housing range, is the gap market.

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What happens to a tenant when a property is sold?

When a property is sold when it has a tenant in occupation, the questions often raised are: "What happens to the tenant if the landlord sells the property?", and what rights the tenant will have with regards to cancelling the lease or enforcing it, says Sunell Afrika, rentals manager for SAProperty.com.

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Several generations in one home saves money, but needs agreements

The multi-generational living trend continues to increase throughout the world as families look to pool living costs in a world which is becoming more and more expensive.

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Tuesday Jun 05, 2018

House rules for keeping pets

It is important to know the legal requirements of pet ownership in your city before you bring a pet into your home.

"According to the Animal Protection Act of 1962, anyone who does not obey the regulations set out by the Act and its by-laws may receive a penalty of up to a fine of R4,000, and could even face imprisonment for a period of twelve months," says Adrian Goslett of RE/MAX.

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Monday Jun 04, 2018

Southern Suburbs apartment rental rates decline by 36%

Cape Town's Southern Suburbs rental market has softened notably over the last few months and average rental rates have declined by up to 36%.

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The trend is to tiny, but buildings stay big

The tendency towards smaller - and even micro - homes is a growing trend in South Africa, but new figures from Stats SA disclose the private sector is planning to build more bigger homes than small in the coming months.

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Tall walls bad for security

Security experts, for years, have been warning homeowners against isolating themselves with high perimeter walls which not only discourage interaction with neighbours, but also prevent law enforcement members, neighbours and passersby from spotting suspicious activity.

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Joburg names and shames developers stealing water

Several major development companies have been named and shamed by the City of Joburg after they were allegedly caught stealing water and electricity.

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