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01 February 2013


With a 16% Eskom price hike looming the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry said Eskom’s proposed increases would be a “destroyer” of industry. They also said that the proposed electricity hikes could cripple businesses and lead to job losses and higher food prices. Eskom is asking the National Energy Regulator of SA (Nersa) to approve hikes that would increase the cost of electricity by 16 percent a year for the next five years. How will this affect the property market? Send us your views at news@tivvit.com

Further real house price deflation is projected for 2013 on the back of expected low nominal price growth and headline consumer price inflation forecast to average around 6 percent this year. This according to Absa property analyst Jacques du Toit. Read more on how the middle segment of the market performed at provincial level in 2012 and the outlook for the year ahead in House prices to fall in 2013

Due to the continuous development of Google, new tools are developed daily to assist in property trend changes throughout the year. Engel & Völkers Southern Africa says that recent data has revealed that the cities which have been most searched for to buy property are predominantly Durban, Pretoria and Cape Town. In Most searched-for cities in South Africa Google suggests that these cities have been the most popular searches for the last year and 10 months.

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International investors spent £2.2 billion on Central London property in 2012

Knight Frank's new report, International Residential Investment in London, reveals the size of overseas investment into the London new-build sector. It also examines how the financial crisis has changed the dynamics of the market, looking particularly at the rise in investment by Asian buyers...

Case-Shiller survey indicates US housing recovery underway

Those who believe, probably correctly, that economic trends in the USA are always mirrored, to an extent, a few months later in South Africa will take heart from the latest US housing data published by Standard & Poor/Case-Shiller and analysed in a recent article by "The Economist".


'House prices to fall in 2013'

A third consecutive year of real house price declines is forecast for this year‚ Absa property analyst Jacques du Toit said on Tuesday...

Property Barometer - Emigration and foriegn buying

2012 won't go down as one of South Africa's great economic years. It wasn't bad if one looks at overall economic growth for the year...

SA property beats The World

Among his friends and business associates, says Bill Rawson, Chairman of the Rawson Property Group, there are several who have invested in residential properties overseas in the last year or two — especially in Europe and the UK...

Listed property’s investor returns among the best

South Africa’s largest unit trust in the general real estate sector, Stanlib Property Income Fund, headed by Keillen Ndlovu, gives an average person access to the commercial property market for as little as R500 a month or for a lump sum of R5,000...

Listed property set for ’lively’ year

After two years of significant listing activity within the South African property sector‚ industry pundits expect an eventful year in terms of corporate activity among the new listings...

Property moves up despite weak rand, bond rates

South Africa’s listed property sector has started 2013 by climbing 4% in just the first three weeks of trading. The sector climbed 0.60% during the week ending 25 January 2013, despite significant rand weakness and an increase in bond yields...

Most searched-for cities in South Africa

With the new developments in all aspects of digital marketing, the tools for property sales have also increased tremendously. This however is only viable for an agency with the understanding of digital marketing...

Get bond advice before you set out to buy a home

A weaker rand and rising fuel prices, plus the 16% hike in electricity charges just proposed by Eskom, could easily put paid to many families’ hopes of becoming homeowners this year – unless they take steps now to counter the effects of these increases...

Sectional Title Property: How a body corporate begins

The body corporate of a sectional title (ST) scheme is actually established automatically – at the moment when the first unit that has been sold is transferred from the developer to its new owner...

Emerging market student accommodation attracts Investors' attention

As education levels improve and millions more students attend universities in the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa), emerging market student accommodation as a sub-sector of commercial property is attracting the attention of forward-looking investors...

New stand-alone Pick 'n Pay shopping centres meet developing retail trends

Retail giant, Pick ‘n Pay, has developed two new stand-alone retail centres situated in Chatsworth, Kwazulu Natal and in Roodepoort, Johannesburg...

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The areas we are going to take a closer look at this week are;

  • Cape Town
  • Parys
  • Moot
  • Stellenbosch
A revived interest in Cape holiday homes is now evident

Reports from a wide cross-section of the Rawson Property Group’s Western Cape coastal franchises indicate that the demand for holiday and retirement homes in these areas, which has been almost non-existent for the last three years, is starting to pick up again – and is fuelled in many cases by upcountry buyers...


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