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Friday Oct 28, 2016

Tenants vs. landlords - who covers what?

It is important that tenants and landlords understand the insurance implications involved in their lease agreement, and who is responsible for what.

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Wednesday Oct 26, 2016

Tenants in good standing on the rise

The percentage of residential tenants in good standing recovered to 85.08 percent in the second quarter of the year after the shock 2.8 percentage point decline to 82.17 percent in the first quarter, the third-largest deterioration in this category of tenants on record.

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Tuesday Oct 25, 2016

Pet-owners face shrinking pool of properties to rent

Across the major metros it's becoming increasingly difficult to find pet-friendly rental properties as more landlords and body corporates adopt "no pet" policies.

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Gauteng's average property prices slow down

The rate of increase in average house prices in Gauteng has slowed from 9.3 percent at the end of 2012 to 2.1 percent in the third quarter of this year.

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Monday Oct 24, 2016

Rise in prices paid by first-time property buyers

The average price paid by first-time homebuyers rose by 5.8 percent to R739 000 in the 12 months to September as demand in this sector of the market ticked up, according to the latest statistics released by mortgage originator BetterLife Home Loans.

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Thursday Oct 20, 2016

Consumers' property needs are evolving

In 1960 around 46.6% of the population lived in urban areas, however, that figure has changed dramatically with around two-thirds of the South African population now living in metropolitan hubs.

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Wednesday Oct 19, 2016

'Florida-style' retirement plan for Durban

Sugar conglomerate Tongaat Hulett's land development division is putting plans in place to bring the "Florida retirement lifestyle" to Durban.

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Old-age home sues upmarket estate over stormwater

The Pietermaritzburg and District Council for the Care of the Aged (Padca) has taken Redlands Development Projects and 32 others to court to stop them allowing any increase in the natural flow of water from an estate development on to its property.

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Tuesday Oct 18, 2016

Sectional title levies will rise

Most owners in Sectional Title schemes can expect their levy payments to increase now that the Sectional Titles Schemes Management (STSM) Act has come into operation.

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Thursday Oct 13, 2016

Get the low-down on your new home - from the seller

"While you're looking at homes for sale, it’s usually a bit uncomfortable to have a seller hovering nearby and listening in on your observations. But once you’ve actually signed an offer to purchase, you may feel quite differently.''

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