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10 May 2013


According to an article in the iafrica.com's business section, "The Standard Bank House Price Index (HPI) improved by 9.3 percent y/y in April‚ from 8.6 percent y/y in March. Read more in Property finally recovers

South African investors looking for opportunities in the current world of low yield should consider global property funds as part of their portfolios. According to Ursula Maritz, Chief Investment officer at Southern Charter, the global listed property market as a whole is not cheap, it isn't at a premium to Net Asset Value, unlike in 2008 and there are plenty of regional opportunities. Read more in Listed Global Property looks set to a sterling year

In SA property sector insufficiently marketed globally we read that Africa is still regarded as a comparatively underdeveloped continent. It is one of the last remaining regions that can allow for a significant amount of future growth, but actively attracting direct foreign investment in local properties and development remains severely lacking.

“How can I help my children get onto the property owning ladder?” Read more in It can be a very wise move to assist children with bonds

And last but not least, the 6th annual Green Building Council Convention is officially open for registration. Find out more in Green Building Convention 2013

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In This Issue
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Saldanha, Western Cape, South Africa
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Property finally recovers
The Standard Bank House Price Index (HPI) improved by 9.3 percent y/y in April‚ from 8.6 percent y/y in March...

Listed Global Property looks set to a sterling year
South African investors looking for opportunities in the current world of low yield should consider global property funds as part of their portfolios...

Rate expectations boost interest in listed property
South Africa’s listed property sector advanced 2.4% during the week ending 3 May 2013, outperforming the local equity and bond markets which both returned 1.3%. The listed property sector has returned 18.8% for the year-to-date, significantly outperforming both the bond and equity markets...

Interest rates and its effect on property sales

The current low interest rates in South African has influenced many markets, both positively and negatively...

Comment on economy and property industry

The way that many consumers react to any industry is largely affected by international feed from the news and economists, says commercial director for Asrin, Shiraaz Hassan...

SA property sector insufficiently marketed globally
Despite massive interest in Africa from the global real estate industry, little is being done proactively to market the continent abroad...

Comparing foreign buyers to emigration figures

On the back of the recent global residential conference held by Knight Frank in London, where the percentage of sales in some high net worth areas was discussed, Knight Frank Anne Porter see the fact that South Africa’s foreign buyers currently represent 3,5% of the total residential sales market...

Boost for property market in rising tourism numbers
The real value of tourism is its ability to create new businesses and jobs – which boost the economy but also, in a very real sense, give many more South Africans the opportunity to realise their dreams of becoming homeowners...

Beware of those 'experts' and advisors who downgrade the value of property investments
Although it is by no means generally the case, there is a small grain of truth in the old taunt “those who can’t do, become financial consultants”...

Slash your home loan and save

One of the best investments a homeowner can make is to pay off their home loan faster to reduce the amount of interest they pay over the term of the loan, says Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa...

It can be a very wise move to assist children with bonds

“How can I help my children get onto the property owning ladder?”...

Make sure the seller is the (real) owner

Having hunted for months and found the perfect home to fit their needs and their budget, homebuyers keen to close a deal must first make sure that the seller they are dealing with is, in fact, the legal owner of the property....

City of Joburg 96/97 campaign is not the answer to housing backlogs in the metro
Today, the City of Johannesburg launched the 96/97 Campaign, aimed at verifying the number of applicants who first applied for housing subsidies during the period 1996/97...

Student accommodation be careful of zoning
With the ever increasing established need for student accommodation and the ability for homeowners to create an additional income by letting out rooms, there are some constraints that need to be considered...
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The areas we are going to take a closer look at this week are;

  • King William's Town
  • Claremont
  • Tableview
  • Llandudno
Right price, quick sale now in King William's Town
Sharply increased home-buying activity and a lack of new property development are combining to create something of a stock shortage at the lower end of the property market in King William’s Town in the Eastern Cape...

Apartments with country style gardens
If looking for a country style cottage but cant afford it, consider a garden apartment instead...

Cash is king in Table View
Property transactions in Cape Town's Table View area are being expedited by the high percentage of cash sales...

Llandudno area sheltered and sought after
Llandudno a few decades back would have been referred to as the “back of beyond” and “too far and isolated an area to live in...

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Preventing fires in sectional title schemes

The Sectional Titles Act, 1986, includes under the functions of bodies corporate an obligation to insure the building or buildings in a scheme and to keep them insured to the replacement value against fire and such other risks as may be prescribed...

Green Building Convention 2013
The leading green building event in South Africa - the 6th annual Green Building Council Convention- is officially open for registration...

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