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Property Barometer – Housing Market Transaction Volume Trends

Transaction volume growth in the housing market started 2018 mildly improved, and mortgage lenders are expected to experience positive growth in volumes in the bonded segment of the market in 2018 as a whole after a slight decline in 2017. But growth in the near term may get slightly worse before...


Local Smart Cities aim to drive sustainability

More and more property developers are moving towards incorporating nature into building design. Green spaces have proven popular, even in major cities where they are seemingly rare. Rooftop gardens are popping up in central business districts such as Hong Kong, Tokyo, Rotterdam and New York. Urban...


Subdued household credit and mortgage balances growth in Q1 2018

The value of outstanding credit balances in the South African household sector (R1 564,1 billion at the end of March) showed growth of 3,9% year-on-year (y/y) up to the end of the first quarter of 2018. Year-on-year growth in secured credit balances was marginally lower at end-March, whereas growth...


Property value effects rates and taxes, says RE/MAX

Each month home owners receive a bill for the rates and taxes applicable to their property, but what are these municipal rates used for and how is the amount worked out? Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, Adrian Goslett, says that municipal property rates are financial...


JHB’s subdued rental market sees significant shifting

Numerous economic and geographic dynamics have created a year-on-year downturn in Johannesburg’s property rental market in 2016, taking its toll on the province’s economy and precipitating notable market shifts. The major causes of the slump in earnings derived from investment properties have been...

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Divergent trends in residential building activity in early 2019

Private sector-financed building activity in the South African market for new housing showed divergent trends in early 2019. The number of building plans approved for new housing was down by 19,8% year-on-year, or 2 160 plans, to 8 739 plans in the first two months of the year, whereas the volume...

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Mauritius paves the way for the rise of the Smart City

The digital revolution has altered our lives in just two decades, impacting almost every aspect of our lives however, experts believe that we have yet to experience the most dramatic transformation. Once a futuristic concept, smart cities are already an established trend in Europe and the United...


Amdec unveils Cape Town Foreshore’s mixed-use The Yacht Club

The Amdec Group has recently unveiled its latest development, The Yacht Club. This R1.5 billion, mixed-use property includes 170 luxury residential apartments, 6 000 square meters of premium grade office space spanning two levels and, Africa’s first AC Hotel by Marriott. The group acquired the...


intu and Cale Street Investments announce 50/50 joint venture

intu Properties and Cale Street Investments LP have announced the establishment of a 50/50 joint venture for the intu Derby shopping centre. Cale Street, an investment firm backed by the Kuwait Investment Office in London, will acquire for cash the 50 per cent interest for consideration which...