Nelspruit attracts broad spectrum of buyers
An eclectic collection of buyers including transferees, wealthy retirees and investors are purchasing properties in Nelspruit, all with very different goals in mind but all keen to take advantage of what the area has to offer.

So says Carl Jacobs, principal of leading local agency Homenet Nelspruit who notes that as the growth-point for Mpumalanga, Nelspruit is increasingly attracting transferees from other towns and cities who are bringing their families with them. Typically these buyers are purchasing freehold homes priced at around R1,3m.

Overseas buyers, meanwhile, are buying into new developments with a view to letting and are purchasing guesthouses, while wealthy retirees are also making their mark, buying quality lock-up-and-go type accommodation priced at around R1,5m and above.

“But investment isn’t restricted to outsiders,” says Jacobs. “Locals looking to upgrade or downsize are also generating activity in this market.”

Nelspruit is ideally centrally situated on the Maputo Corridor and is within easy reach of the Kruger National Park and Mozambique as well as the picturesque countryside around Hazyview, Pilgrims Rest, Sabie and Graskop.

The Kruger Mpumalanga International airport located 20 minutes from Nelspruit has done much to channel tourist traffic into the area, with flights arriving from all major cities daily. Major malls and chain store groups have also sprung up in response to increased demand for such amenities.

Fuelling this momentum, says Jacobs, is the fact that Nelspruit is a 2010 Soccer World Cup host city and the construction on the 2010 ‘Mbombela’ stadium is well under way.

Meanwhile, activity in the rental market is relatively stable. Many who have re-located to the area are renting temporarily until they find a property they like. And interestingly, many landlords are opting to waive rental escalations in order to retain good “permanent” tenants.

Typical freehold rentals in the area are priced at R6000 a month while apartments are leasing for R3300 a month.

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