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Monday Jun 27, 2016

'How to sell your property in a slow market'

Even in a hot sellers' market, agents say, about 20 percent of the homes they list don't sell right away - and in a cooler market there are usually quite a number that they don't expect to sell even within a few months.

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Tougher economic conditions see property slowdown

Property statistics for May from mortgage originator, ooba, reveal a marked slowdown in house price growth, with the year- on- year change in the average purchase price showing negative nominal growth.

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Friday Jun 17, 2016

How marriage affects your property rights

The contractual side of tying the knot may not be particularly romantic, but it can have far-reaching effects on your future, and should definitely be a part of your discussions before you say "I do".

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Conveyancing fees: what are we paying for?

The conveyancing fee is one of several costs - above and beyond the purchase price – that buyers need to budget for when making a property purchase.

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Friday Jun 10, 2016

Building industry confidence sinks

Confidence in the building industry has deteriorated for the second consecutive quarter, with more than 65 percent of respondents to a survey dissatisfied with prevailing business conditions.

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Tuesday Jun 07, 2016

KZN court rules on rights of property developers and objectors

Property developers face an uphill, expensive battle to get the green light for projects as their plans can get stuck for years in approval processes.

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Saturday Jun 04, 2016

Estate agents fearful after killings

Fear and anxiety have gripped the real estate and insurance broking industries following the gruesome deaths of three people in three separate attacks.

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Tuesday May 31, 2016

'If buying because of the view, check zoning of surrounding properties'

Buyers should be aware of what might happen to buildings around them before they sign an offer to purchase, particularly if they are buying a property because of its views or lack of higher storey buildings surrounding it, says Shan Hulbert, sales manager at Knight Frank Residential SA.

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Monday May 30, 2016

Gentrification 'threat' to District Six

Working class residents in District Six's Springfield Terrace flats feel threatened, claiming estate agents are "shopping for properties" and pushing for the sale of their homes which will result in a wave of gentrification on central Cape Town's doorstep.

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Thursday May 26, 2016

Stay in the rental market or buy?

With 2016 touted as a financially challenging year, many buyers may be hesitant to take the step towards homeownership and are quite content to stay within the rental market for the time being.

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