Maximizing the letting potential of your holiday Home

Don’t buy all of your furniture from the same place Buying all of your furniture from the same store can make a room look too uniform, and make guests feel as if they’re looking at the pages of a catalogue rather than a comfortable holiday home. Mix and match to keep things interesting and to add a touch of personality to your investment home. Be practical Think about the longevity of your...

4 Upgrades Homeowners Want Right Now

Designers and remodelers say clients have been wanting to improve these areas of their homes in recent months It’s been nearly a year since many people started working from home due to the pandemic. This period has given homeowners ample opportunity to see their houses in a whole new light and to reevaluate what works and what needs to improve. We talked to established professionals about their...

Semigration

What’s behind the semigration trend in South Africa?

South Africans are increasingly looking to greener pastures within our country’s borders in search of a better quality of life away from the stresses of big cities, notes Andrea Tucker, director at MortgageMe. Semigration, or moving from one part of the country to another, is firmly in the spotlight as Covid-19 makes working remotely de rigueur. Data from FNB shows a continued trend towards...

level 3

Tenants and landlords – what you need to know about level 3 lockdown rules

The amended level 3 lockdown regulations give tenants who can’t pay their rent due to “the disaster” some “breathing room”, but landlords will still be entitled to demand their rentals and cancel leases if tenants remain in breach indefinitely. That’s according to Cape Town-based rental property attorney Marlon Shevelew. The regulations make the following practices “unfair” in...

Property rentals

Knowing Your Rights

Knowing your rights and obligations as a tenant in South Africa With South Africans being forced to tighten their belts even further this year, it’s becoming increasingly important for consumers to learn where and how they can save money and the rental arena is no exception. There are a number of situations where tenants can unwittingly incur unnecessary and avoidable costs and even place themselves...

3 Things to do when hitting the property market today

For many of us, this has meant discovering the limitations of our current properties, triggering a search for a more suitable home in which to enjoy our new normal. Luckily, there has never been a better time to venture onto the property market. Tony Clarke, MD of the Rawson Property Group, explains how best to navigate it in today’s unusual times. Prioritise safety “The most important thing for...

Semigration

SEMIGRATION : What exactly is it all about ?

What is semigration and what’s driving it? Semigration or semi-emigration is the act of moving to another location within your home country. While this definition may prompt one to ask: “Isn’t that just known as moving?”, semigration is distinguished by the motivating factors behind the relocation. Just like those who emigrate, they hope that a change of location will be the key to a better...

SA Property Pages Land Reform

Property Rights Under Threat

Paving the way for a land-grab free-for-all By Anthea Jeffery -August 27, 2020 In a judgment handed down on Tuesday this week, the Cape Town high court issued an interim interdict barring the City of Cape Town from evicting illegal land occupiers from their shacks – whether these are occupied or not – without first obtaining a court order. This interim interdict will...

SA property pages Bathroom of the week

Bathroom of the Week

Bathroom of the Week: A Smarter Layout With a TV and Fireplace A designer transforms a Pennsylvania couple’s cramped and dated master bath into an airy retreat with relaxing amenities Steve and Christine Miller recently bought a 1998 Colonial-style home in a suburb of New Hope, Pennsylvania, to be close to a business Christine plans to start soon. The couple, who are parents of two daughters in...

SA Property Pages Cape Town Property trends 2020

2020 Cape Town Property Trends

Cape Town Property Trends for 2020 Category Property Advice Unfortunately for sellers, it continues to be a market leaning toward the buyer, with FNB's property barometer showing that while prices continue to drop, buyers are getting their biggest home loans in a decade. More supply, of course, equals more choice. And with prices continuing to drop - and home loans trending in the opposite...

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