Real Estate

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...

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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...

7 Kitchen Details You Might Not Have Considered

Good kitchen design is made up of lots of little well-executed details. But sometimes one significant detail can make an entire kitchen feel fresh and exciting every time you’re in it. Here, seven designers share a key detail that elevated their clients’ kitchen design. 1. Shiplap Cabinet Fronts Homeowners’ request. “Since this is a ground-up new construction, we did not start by...

Tips For Moving House

There are many reasons why we move house. Most often it’s because of our work, changing jobs, upgrading to a better location, finding the right schools for our children, marriage and divorce, inheritance, and so on. They say moving your home is one of the most stressful events in life – and there are always so many things to consider. However, depending on your reasons for moving, there are various...

Interest Rate Cut – What does it mean?

WHAT THE INTEREST RATE CUT MEANS FOR THE SA PROPERTY MARKET The MPC announced on Thursday a lowering of the repo rate by 25 basis points. The repo rate drops to 6.25% and the prime lending rate changes to 9.75%. The repo rate is the benchmark interest rate at which the Reserve Bank lends money to other banks. Before Thursday, the last time the bank changed the rate was in July 2019, when it was cut...

5 great reasons for buying a house in an estate

Marcel Hoogebeen, Leon Buter "The Property Specialists" We help with all aspects of developing property and purchasing property.   There are many South Africans buying houses or making property investments in security estates and complexes. Here are some great reasons why they are investing in these lifestyle villages: Security Estates provide a lot of safety and security for...

African inspired living room

African Inspired Decor

African Inspired Decor Africa is trending. We are in the spotlight for everything from fashion and film to visual arts and design and of course our epic rugby team. Creating a space in your home that is inspired by the African aesthetic is a great idea if you’re keeping up with décor trends. African décor and design elements can give your home a warm, sophisticated feel. Decorative tribal elements...

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News – Cheaper Properties Sell faster

‘Cheaper’ homes in South Africa are hot right now – in some cases even selling for above the asking price Properties priced between R250,000 and R500,000 are experiencing a strong third quarter, a new report by FNB showed.  Due to increased demand, 5% of properties in that bracket is sold above asking price.  FNB said there is a lack of supply in that bracket which leads to strong house...

10 Bathroom styles

Bathroom renovation styles

Bathroom renovation styles Whether you’re tackling a bathroom remodel with the help of a bathroom designer, architect or contractor, knowing which style resonates with you can be a big help. Read on for the need-to-know details about 10 popular bathroom styles, including colour palettes and key features of each look. Transitional Transitional bathrooms gracefully walk the line between traditional...

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