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Investment and holiday-home buying accounted for 24 percent of all home sales in the US in the past year but only 10 percent in South Africa. Shaun Rademeyer, chief executive of BetterBondHomeloans, says that those who are new to this type of investment need to know the cost before investing.…

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Find out what Norbert Sasse, Growthpoint Properties CEO, says about listed property sector share price volatility and the correlation to bond yields. In addition, Ian Anderson, Grindrod Asset Management chief investment officer, provides insight into why performances of property stocks exceeded expectation but the market should expect lower yields. To…

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Seeff agent, Ross Levin is excited about the sales activity and average residential property prices of the V&A Marina Apartments and ultimately about the year-on-year prospects. Despite the turnover levels being below expectation, if buoyant demand continues through the summer season, Levin expects property values to increase and more local…

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President of the South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA), Estienne de Klerk, might have a lot on his plate but looks forward to the challenge. After Growthpoint Properties unsuccessful bidding war with sector rival Redefine Properties for Fountainhead’s R10bn portfolio, de Klerk is turning his attention to new challenges. Find…

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As sustainable building designs become more important, more multinational companies investing in South Africa seek to limit their impact on the environment and their carbon footprint. Grundfos, a Denmark-based global pump manufacturer, is the latest multinational aiming for a five-star rating from the Green Building Council of South Africa. Read…

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The Southern suburbs of Cape Town are experiencing a quiet property boom with average house prices increasing by 15% over the past year. Read what Claude McKirby, southern suburbs franchise principal of Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty, and agents Polly Papadakis and Nicky Tait have to say about the increased…

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Many people think that bank valuers do more than they do. All bank valuers really do is establish if there is sufficient value in the property to secure your home loan and often do it electronically rather than visiting the property.  According to Berry Everitt, managing director of the Chas…

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Improvon’s annual Property Trends Forum took place on Wednesday, 11th September in Sandton, Johannesburg where the major challenges facing the commercial and industrial property sector were discussed. A highly respected and knowledgable speaker panel, consisting of JP Landman, a self-employed Analyst on political-economic trends; Stan Garran, the Executive Director and…

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More and more property developers are opting for sustainability, not only as an alternative building initiative, but as a unique selling point to discerning buyers. Why green?  What value does it give to property developers as a company and does it help with a company’s bottom-line or public perception? Six…

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