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11 January 2013


Welcome to the 1st Tivvit Newsletter edition of 2013! We hope that most of you enjoyed a well deserved break and are ready to take the new year by the horns.

Knowledge Factory has moved its Property Clock back by one minute to 23 minutes to the hour. Dieter Deppisch, comments: "The decision to move our Property Clock back by another minute shortly after the retreat in November 2012 should not be viewed in a negative light. Rather it is a frank appraisal of where we are in the cycle. Residential real-estate has undergone monumental changes in the past five years due to socio-political and more importantly, economic factors." Read more in Latest Property Clock

In House price growth to slow, John Loos‚ FNB’s household and property sector strategist, said that according to the FNB House Price Index‚ the average house price for the entire 2012 rose by 5 percent compared with the average price for 2011. This was a slight‚ but not too significant improvement on the average house price growth of 2011 which measured a lesser 3.3 percent.

In Focus on this week we take a closer look at Hoedspruit, a town situated at the foot of the Klein Drakensberg, in the Limpopo province of South Africa. Hoedspruit is known for its wildlife breeding and care centres and is a game reserve mecca. Many of the game reserves have removed their fences and now form part of the greater Kruger National Park.

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Hoedspruit, Limpopo
Relocate to the bush and consider breathtaking views, small game, abundant bird life and natrual surroundings...

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Latest Property Clock

Knowledge Factory has moved its Property Clock back by one minute to 23 minutes to the hour. The Clock measures high-level national trends in the residential real-estate market. It retreated by 5 minutes in 2011 and by 2 minutes in 2012...

House price growth to slow

2012 was a slightly better year overall than 2011‚ in terms of house price performance‚ but weak economic conditions as we entered this year suggest that 2013 average house price growth may be slightly weaker‚ John Loos‚ FNB’s household and property sector strategist said on Thursday...

Commercial property market will stagnant - and effectively reverse - in 2013

Anyone expecting 2013 to usher in even a modicum of fireworks in the commercial property market is going to be sorely disappointed as it is very likely that landlords are going to have to accept minimal rental increases and, in many cases, rentals might well remain pegged at 2012 prices...

"Puttin On The Ritz"

"High hats and arrowed collars, white spats and lots of dollars".
The lyrics of this 1929 song inspired by the swanky Ritz Hotel and made famous by Fred Astaire, alludes to the outrageously fabulous lives of the rich and famous...

Ask not only why property is good, but also how to make it good

PROPERLY titled and recorded assets in huge "public memory institutions" gave today’s developed countries much of their growth...

Disaster recovery locations are growing in popularity in tandem with furnished offices

This year there could very well be an upsurge in the popularity of offices that come fully set up as disaster recovery sites – and this upsurge is likely to be in tandem with the growth in popularity of furnished offices...

Rawson Finance National Manager urges aspirant home owners to save more

The bond origination service, Rawson Finance, a division of the Rawson Property Group, had an extremely busy December 2012 season. The turnover for the period up to the 21st of December 2012 was 20% up on that of the same period in 2011, says Mike van Alphen, National Manager of Rawson Finance...

The next generation homebuyer - Savvy, knowledgeable and eager

The past few years have been an extremely interesting time that has irrevocably changed the real estate market as we know it, says Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa...

Qualified help the key to buy-to-let success

With interest rates at 40-year lows and stock markets so volatile, it’s difficult at the moment for individual investors to achieve a return on their money that’s even equal to inflation – which is probably the main reason why the interest in buy-to-let property investments has been increasing again over the past year...

Vigilence and simple security measures needed on show days

The practice of installing security guards, asking visitors to produce identity documents and asking them not to take bags into the home, now seen at show houses open for the day to visitors, is not excessively cautious or paranoid...

No pets is actually the norm

There is often discord over pets in sectional title (ST) complexes, but there needn’t be, says Berry Everitt, MD of the Chas Everitt International property group...

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Focus On

Hoedspruit, Limpopo, South Africa

Hoedspruit, gateway to the various game lodges, the Timbavati Game Reserve and the Kruger Nationl Park, was laid out in 1869...

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In The Area

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

  • Bronkhorstspruit
  • Fish Hoek
  • Limpopo
Waterfront living draws Bronkhorstspruit buyers

Upmarket homes in scenic surroundings at the Bronkhorstpruit dam are firm favourites among buyers in this bustling Gauteng town...

Fish Hoek prices rising from 6 to 8% per annum

Cape Peninsula property trend-watchers have, on several occasions, commented on the fact that Fish Hoek’s average home price is around R1,250,000 while its neighboring precincts, Clovelly and Simonstown, have an average price of around R2,000,000...

Festive season booms for Limpopo

Nearly 3 000 more tourists visited Limpopo Wildlife Resorts in December 2012 than the previous year...

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