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14 June 2013

 
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The Public Investment Corporation (PIC) is awaiting final approval to invest up to R12 billion in commercial real estate in various countries across Africa, the PIC’s first foray into property markets outside SA’s borders. More info on PIC in African Property Investment drive

Find out more on how the currency has been on the slide for some time now, weakening by over 13 per cent in the last year. More details on Can currency devaluation spur South African property investment?

The weak South African Rand has spurred African property buyers to snap up high-end homes on Cape Town's luxurious Atlantic Seaboard and the City Bowl. Read an article titled Nigerians Buy Up Beach Houses in Cape Town for further elaboration on this story.

Last week we looked at why buying a property in a winter season is ideal. This week we give you tips on Selling your property during the winter

It seems like all roads lead to Cape Town in this week's newsletter. Cape Town is set to host this year’s much-anticipated Investment Property Databank (IPD) Property Investment Conference in July as property investors from across Africa gather to assess the sector’s prospects. Get a full story on African property investors head to Cape Town for the IPD Conference in July

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Can currency devaluation spur South African property investment?
Ongoing devaluation of the rand could be just the trigger needed for renewed investment in South African property. The currency has been on the slide for some time now, weakening by over 13 per cent in the last year...

Property Firms urged to get familiar with REITs Regime before making a move
Ongoing devaluation of the rand could be just the trigger needed for renewed investment in South African property. The currency has been on the slide for some time now, weakening by over 13 per cent in the last year...

Listed property sector bounces back

South Africa’s listed property sector bounced back during the week ending 7 June 2013, despite a further increase in long bond yields...


Another interest rate drop would be welcomed by the SA property sector
While it was expected that Monetary Policy Committee would keep interest rates at their current levels and looking at the state of the South African economy today (with its low Rand and higher inflation rate), this course is almost certainly the wisest to follow...

Global Real Estate Price Averages Up
Average residential property prices around the world increased by 6.6% on an annual basis, the highest rate of growth since the second quarter of 2010...

Actis $1.5 Billion Africa Property Plan to Tap Middle Class (2)
Actis LLP, a private-equity company, will lead investment of as much as $1.5 billion in African commercial property to meet rising demand from international companies targeting a growing middle class...

Glowing outlook for U.S commercial real estate Investment

The Urban Land Institute conducted a survey that estimated United States real estate transaction volume for the year would top $310 billion...


PIC in African Property Investment drive
The Public Investment Corporation (PIC) is awaiting final approval to invest up to R12 billion in commercial real estate in various countries across Africa, the PIC’s first foray into property markets outside SA’s borders...

South African Jews find a home in L.A.

Raikin will speak about the Jews of South Africa on June 18 at the Skirball Cultural Center. She will also lead several workshops on African folk art embroidery this summer...


Gearing can enable property investors to achieve spectacular returns on small outlays
The big advantage of buying property (as compared to most other assets) is that it can be geared by means of a mortgage bond, thereby greatly increasing the investor’s return on his capital outlay, which can be relatively small...

Market related pricing

Very often when a homeowner has lived in a property for an extended period of time, it is exceptionally difficult for them to detach themselves emotionally when setting an asking price...


Security in estates should never be taken for granted
There is often a misconception in security estates that crime is eradicated and will never occur inside the gates and fences...

Selling your property during the winter

Winter is the most difficult time of year to sell your property. The dreary depressing cold takes its toll on the charisma of the property, however there is a great deal you could do to enhance the appeal of your home...


Shine a light on your home’s best features

When a property is for sale, the owners usually try to ensure that it looks its best and will often repaint, steam clean carpets, clean out clutter and spruce up the garden ahead of potential buyers coming to view it...


Saving energy this winter
As temperatures drop and we head into the colder winter months, households will start using a lot more energy as homeowners turn up the heat to stay warm...

More difficult for self employed people to get bonds so have documentation ready

It is a fact that it is more difficult to get a home loan if you are self-employed than if you work for a company and earn a fixed salary every month but if you are organised and know beforehand what is needed when applying for a mortgage bond, it will be easier...


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Commercial property investment course

On the 19 to 21 June 2013, the Institute of Estate Agents are hosting a course being facilitated by Johan Meyer, a Seeff Properties franchisee with 20 years’ experience in property, which is aimed at estate agents wanting to brush up on their knowledge of commercial property and investing in commercial property...


Property News Continue

Common expenses in sectional title

Prescribed management rule (PMR) 31 is the rule that gives the detail of how the provisions of section 37, that deal with general and special contributions, must be implemented...


Reserve funds should be in the budget

With most sectional title schemes now having their annual general meetings, or have just had them, it is usually also around this time of the year that budgets are being prepared by the trustees and approved by the owners...


Auctioneers observe surge in value of commercial property

"We are seeing a slow and steady recovery in both the residential and commercial property markets. High end properties are great investments at the moment due to the low interest rates...


Moving homes 101

Moving to a new home is something that most people have experienced at least once in their lifetime. For some, the move could have been rather easy with little or no problems, while for others it could have been enough to make them want to stay in their current home forever...


Property around central stations and bus routes will rise in value faster
“Residential property values around central Crossrail stations are already outperforming, and will rise a further 40% over next five years”...

African property investors head to Cape Town for the IPD Conference in July

Cape Town is set to host this year’s much-anticipated Investment Property Databank (IPD) Property Investment Conference in July as property investors from across Africa gather to assess the sector’s prospects...


Coats and Cans Drive

As the days get progressively shorter and temperatures drop, many South Africans who are less fortunate will feel the bite of the cold winter months ahead. It is for this reason that the RE/MAX Foundation, a non-profit organisation aimed at uplifting underprivileged communities...


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