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18 October 2013


Investors appeared reluctant to invest in risky assets while US politicians squabbled over a new budget in Washington after South Africa’s listed property sector finished largely unchanged despite a stronger Rand and lower bond yields. Get a full story in an article titled Listed property offers more value than bonds.

Read an article titled Excellent returns realised by private equity investors in affordable housing to find out how the vision to invest in the development of affordable housing in Africa is starting to pay off for pioneer private equity investors.

Find out why you shouldn't be annoyed if the bank that financed your purchaser’s bond phones to check that you are indeed the legitimate seller. Read Banks taking steps to prevent fraudulent house sales for more information.

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In this week's Focus On section we take a closer look at Kimberley. Did you know that Kimberley was a first city in the Southern Hemisphere to install electric street-lighting? Read more about this amazing city in our Focus On section of this Newsletter.

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JSE's Offshore gains spark than local property stocks

According to statistics collated by Catalyst Fund Managers, the JSE’s offshore property players are now more attractive than local counters given the potential for further rand weakness...

Listed property offers more value than bonds

South Africa’s listed property sector finished the week ended 11 October 2013 largely unchanged despite a stronger Rand and lower bond yields. Investors appeared reluctant to invest in risky assets while US politicians squabbled over a new budget in Washington...

Excellent returns realised by private equity investors in affordable housing

The vision to invest in the development of affordable housing in Africa is starting to pay off handsomely for pioneer private equity investors...

Good News for Home Loan Applicants

Gone are the days when the average person could put a decent deposit on the table when purchasing a property; these days people need to borrow more in order to buy their own home...

How will the credit amnesty bill affect the property market?

Despite industry objections to the removal of adverse credit information from the credit bureau databases, last month the Cabinet made the decision that all blacklisting will be removed from around 1.6 million consumers’ records...

Investec Australia closes oversubscribed private placement

Investec Australia Property Fund (IAP) which expects to list on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) later this month, said on Monday that its private placing had been significantly oversubscribed...

Renting in the city

The ongoing revitalisation of CBDs in SA’s big cities is being hastened by the increasing number of people seeking to live in these areas rather than the suburbs or former townships...

E-marketing;de-personalising the estate agent/client relationship

Today almost all large estate agency groups use both printed and digital media to advertise their stock, services and to build their reputations with the general public – but this has greatly complicated the whole process of identifying where buyers are coming from...

Banks taking steps to prevent fraudulent house sales

IIf in the next few months you agree to sell your home and the bank that financed your purchaser’s bond then phones to check that you are indeed the legitimate seller, that the price is as stated in their books and that certain extras included or excluded are a valid reflection of the situation, do not be annoyed by this interference...

Is this the right time to fix your interest rate on your mortgage bond?

Is the time not right to get a fixed bond rate, possibly for the next five years...

Pros and cons of a fixed rate

With the prime interest rate at a low that was last seen in the market over 30 years ago, many homeowners may be contemplating fixing the rate on their bond...

Individual debt situation in South Africa is "not unhealthy"

Success in residential property marketing depends to a very large degree on the availability of credit and, although South Africans are still inclined to regret that the banks are now ‘too strict’ and ‘lack sympathy’ with the man-in-the-street...

Challenges that today's homebuyers face

While current conditions are prime for purchasing property, many of today’s would-be homeowners - especially the younger generation - are struggling to take advantage of the opportunities in the current property market...

Should you renovate your home?

Beware of over-capitalising on your home. The South African property market is a far cry from a bubble waiting to burst...

Shoestring sparkle for first-time homeowners

Unless you're moving into a squeaky-clean flat or townhouse bought straight from the developer, it’s quite likely that you’ll notice all sorts of things you’d like to spruce up around your new home as soon as you see it empty of the seller’s belongings...

Proper financial management

Financial management in sectional title schemes must be done in an efficient and effective manner so that the main objective of the body corporate can be achieved...

Trustees as employees and vice versa

There are sometimes complicated and finicky situations that arise in the day to day management of a sectional title scheme, particularly when it comes to employment of staff, or payments of salaries...

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Focus On

Kimberley, Northern Cape - South Africa

In 1871, diamond deposits found on a hillock dubbed Colesberg Kopje on the farm Vooruitzicht, owned by the De Beer brothers, led to a mad scramble for fame and fortune and the hand digging of the colossal Kimberley Mine...

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In The Area

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

  • Bardale Village
  • Cullinan
  • Grahamstown
  • Malta
First high school nearly complete at Bardale Village
One of the much-awaited high schools at the successful Bardale Village development is nearing completion and it is anticipated that construction will be fully complete by January 2014...

Cullinan property market sparkles

The small mining village of Cullinan just outside Pretoria is not just a popular tourist spot, but also offers discerning home buyers a wide selection of historical homes and agricultural smallholdings...

RealNet opens in Grahamstown

Grahamstown, home of Rhodes University and several top private and State schools - and South Africa's only city with education as the main economic driver - has a stable property market with sustained demand for student housing...

Investing in Malta

South Africa is being targeted by Maltese real estate companies because of the potential for South Africans to get a Uniform Residence Permit which will allow the holder to travel throughout the Schengen zone without a visa...

Property News Continue

Smaller offices and sectional title offices influence property market growth

The growth in the property market is going to come from smaller offices and sectional title offices, with purchase figures of around R1. 5 million to R2 million being the median price...

Successful businesses need to embrace the "sustainability revolution"

We live in a time of unparalleled change and for businesses this means facing challenges that are more significant and complex than ever –a vulnerable economy and global warming, poverty and scarcity of natural resources...

Negotiation workshop

A workshop designed to help estate agents “unleash their negotiating genius” and to deal with objections in listing a property and closing a deal...

Overpricing still holding back sales

Higher priced properties are still taking longer to sell - and showing bigger differentials between asking and selling prices...

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