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Property News - 14 January 2016

FROM THE EDITOR

Welcome to the 1st Tivvit Newsletter edition of 2016! We hope that most of you enjoyed a well deserved break and are ready to take the new year by the horns.

The latest ABSA Housing Review predicts mortgage interest rates to hit 10.25% by the end of 2016. Add to this consumer price inflation (forecast to increase from an average of 4.6% to 5.7% in 2016) and low economic growth thanks to a struggling global economy, it looks set to be a pretty tough year for property owners and buyers alike. Read more in Difficult year for property owners predicted

Amidst glum economic reporting currently marking all media headlines, the growth of house prices continues to beat inflation and the demand for homes still exceeds the supply in South Africa’s major metropolitan areas, read more in S.A Property market still beats inflation 

In Here’s how to beat the interest rate blues Shaun Rademeyer, CEO of BetterLife Home Loans, explains that with interest rates set to rise, it does not necessarily mean that it is a good time to run to your bank and try to fix the interest rate on your home loan.

Enjoy!
The editor

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Difficult year for property owners predicted

Difficult year for property owners predicted
With the repo rate climbing 50 basis points in the last half of 2015, the upward trend in the prime lending rate looks set to continue...
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S.A Property market still beats inflation

S.A Property market still beats inflation
The growth of house prices continues to beat inflation and the demand for homes still exceeds the supply in South Africa’s major metropolitan areas. This according to the CEO of Keller Williams Southern Africa, Niël Cronje...
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Managing the finances when buying property

Managing the finances when buying property
The full costs of buying a property (apart from the property price itself) are often underestimated as they are not just the prescribed conveyancing fees for the registration of transfer, but other items such as the costs of levy clearance certificates, bond registration or occupational rent...
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Here’s how to beat the interest rate blues

Here’s how to beat the interest rate blues
With the rand tanking and inflation rising as a result, most economists are agreed that the Reserve Bank will have to start raising rates sooner rather than later – and probably by more than would otherwise have been expected this year...
Here’s how to beat the interest rate blues

Big choice for young people

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Many young people starting out on their careers in 2016 will be faced with the choice of buying their first car or their first apartment...
Big choice for young people

Co-ownership of property

Co-ownership of property
While buying a property is often an emotional decision, it should be approached with a business-like attitude, in that all the pros and cons should be considered as well as a contract drawn up between shareholders in the property, says Anne Porter, head of Knight Frank Residential SA...
Co-ownership of property

Don't get caught High and Dry

Don't get caught High and Dry
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Don't get caught High and Dry
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