Real Estate

Cancelling an Estate Agent’s Mandate

On whose side is the Consumer Protection Act? The decision to sell a property is usually not one taken lightly. And it’s not an endeavour that is braved alone: most homeowners opt to enlist the assistance of an experienced estate agent to help them sell their home. But because so many parties are involved in the transaction, there needs to be legislative and contractual guidelines that protect the...

Cape Town

More Gauteng residents are semigrating to the Western Cape than ever before – here’s where they are moving to

Ex-Gauteng residents and semigrants from other South African provinces are buying more properties in the Western Cape than ever before, says Alexa Horne, managing director of Dogon Group Properties who adds that an increasing number of South Africans are relocating to Cape Town and snapping up properties close to good schools, amenities, and lifestyle offerings. “Semigration to the Cape is by no means...

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...

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 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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