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Friday Feb 05, 2016

Tycoon loses to gated estate

A property tycoon has lost his legal battle to overthrow what he says are "draconian" rules - involving speed limits and fines and access for domestic workers and contractors - at the Mount Edgecombe housing estate where he lives and owns several properties.

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Thursday Feb 04, 2016

'RDP houses can't be rented out'

The government is aware that most RDP house owners are renting them out to foreigners, who in turn use them as tuck-shops.

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Wednesday Feb 03, 2016

Should a property be bought in a trust?

A trust can be a very cost efficient estate planning tool and may provide protection from creditors in the case of insolvency as well as the unfortunate event of an untimely death in the family.

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Pets in sectional schemes

With the increasing demand for sectional title units (according to a recent FNB Property Barometer report) comes, too, the need for pet friendly sectional title schemes.

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Tuesday Feb 02, 2016

How to decide whether an older property is worth restoring

In a market where homes to buy are in short supply and prices continue to rise, the appeal of renovating and modernising an older property is strong - especially if it is in a good position and comes at a discount price.

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Monday Feb 01, 2016

Residential building growth all but ground to a halt late last year

The South African Reserve Bank finds the number of residential building plans passed for flats, townhouses and dwelling houses larger than 80sql, to be a useful leading business cycle indicator, so this data is included in the SARB's composite leading business cycle indicator along with a host of other data.

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Friday Jan 29, 2016

Architects and commission at odds over expertise restrictions

The SA Council for the Architectural Profession (Sacap) is at loggerheads with the Competition Commission over restrictions the council wants to place on architectural practitioners according to their competency and expertise to protect the public.

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Friday Jan 22, 2016

Can you evict someone else's tenant?

One of the frustrating elements of communal living is noisy, unruly neighbours who refuse to respect the body corporate rules. Often, the culprits are tenants of an absent owner.

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Friday Jan 15, 2016

Knysna property owners oppose rezoning for mosque

Opponents of plans to construct a mosque in Knysna have been called bigots by one of the town's community activists.

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'Upmarket rental market alive and well'

"There is a lively rental market at the top end of the market in the more affluent areas of Northern Johannesburg such as Craighall Park, Morningside, Sandton and Bryanston."

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