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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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Fairvest Ltd boasts SA’s first solar facade skyscraper

Energy Partners and Fairvest Limited have set a new standard in sustainable architecture with the completion of South Africa’s first solar facade skyscraper, Metalbox in Auckland, Johannesburg.   Standing 80 metres tall with just under 15 000m² of GLA, Metalbox is one of the largest commercial...