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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...

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REBOSA vs EAAB: forensic audit ordered against the regulatory board

The Real Estate Business Owners of South Africa (REBOSA) has officially engaged in legal action against the Estate Agency Affairs Board (EAAB) after it has exhausted all options to rectify ongoing service delivery issues. The parties appeared in court for the first time on Friday, the 5th of March...


Convenience shopping and essentials highlight Fairvest’s resilience

Fairvest Property Holdings Limited has announced its results for the six months to December 2020, portraying strong improvements in property fundamentals and a pleasing 7.2% increase in distribution against the most recent six months to the 30th of June 2020 during the height of Covid-19. When...

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Housing prices did not crash during 2020 says Lightstone

Housing prices did not crash during 2020 according to Lightstone’s Residential Property Index for January 2021. National house price inflation was 3.05% at the end of December 2020 and the low, high and luxury value bands ended the year at approximately 2.5% while the mid value segment ended the...