Weekly Property News
07 January, 2011

Dear Reader

The festive season has come and gone. It seems like only yesterday we were all preparing for Christmas and a little “downtime”. We hope your holiday was relaxed and enjoyable.
The New Year is upon us and a new outlook on life and business faces us. How will you enter the new year – with a refreshed outlook? We certainly hope so.

According to the latest research, it would seem that South Africa is in a good position to grab the new year by those proverbial “horns” .

“After weathering the global economic downturn in 2008 and 2009, South Africa's economy is on the mend and has shown modest recovery in early 2010. The country is expected to register gross domestic product (GDP) growth rates between 3 per cent and 4 per cent between 2011 and 2014. The sectors that are likely to grow the most are the manufacturing, finance, real estate and business services sectors. The economy will be shored up by the strengthening of the local manufacturing sector, due to the governments commitment to development. It will also be bolstered by the relatively high levels of foreign direct investment (FDI) that has stimulated the finance, real estate and business services sectors as well as the recovery of the building and construction sector after the slowdown of 2009.” Read more

So it would seem that we are in a prime position to make the most of 2011.

We hope your 2011 is prosperous and enriching. Enjoy your year.

The editor

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Local News

A better property year to come, says Berry Everitt

The residential property market is now in much better shape than it was 12 months ago and set to recover even more over the next year...

Slow burn for property in 2011 as buyers put price first

The residential property market has several factors in its favour going into 2011, including exceptionally low interest rates, slower-than-expected consumer price inflation and decreasing levels of household debt...

Take stock as the new year starts

The advent of a new year – and a new decade – often brings with it several financial “chores” for homeowners, including a review of their household (short term) insurance to make sure they are fully covered in the event of a burglary or other mishap...

Top property trends for 2011

Peter Gilmour, Chairman of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, believes that 2011 will mark the beginning of accelerated BEE transformation in the real estate industry, which has to date, lagged behind other sectors...

Low maintenance and less traffic the lures for big ticket buyers

The average home sale price in Johannesburg is now around 5% above the national average – and it’s mostly because volumes have picked up at the upper end of the market...

Signs of a positive 2011 in Plett property market

The property market in Plettenberg Bay, SA’s most sought-after holiday destination, is now in much better shape than it was 12 months ago, and sales are expected to turn and increase this year...

Chas Everitt brings cheer to Hankey children

Christmas has been made a whole lot more festive this year for the children living at the Hostel Mon de Sir refuge in the village of Hankey...

The joy of giving

For 22 years the well known Reach For A Dream Foundation has brought hope, joy and healing to South African children aged between 3 and 18 years...

How to achieve a faster sale in relocation season

At this time of the year, many people are planning to relocate, some in order to be closer to a new job, some to be closer to the school they want their children to attend and some to be closer to other family members...

The property cycle - just where exactly are we?

Cycles, a well-known phenomena in the world of economics, are evident in all economic sectors, including the property market. These cycles are predictable long-term patterns that can be divided into three distinct stages known as boom, slump and recovery...

Student accommodation offers healthy investment returns

Privately owned off-campus student accommodation is in high demand. This is according to Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, who says that statistics have shown a consistently healthy return on investment over the years...

Off-plan property popularity to increase

The residential property development market, which enjoyed robust growth and success during the property boom years preceding the recent recession in South Africa, has faced a tough period over the last two years. “This won’t last forever,” explains Adrian Goslett...

Spire Property Management awarded management contract for flagship Pick n Pay store

Spire Property Management, a specialist property asset management company with a national presence, will be working with Pick n Pay in the management of the new Pick n Pay on Nicol store – the groups’ innovative flagship store in Hurlingham, Johannesburg...

Buying a holiday home as an investment

As thousands of South Africans migrate to our magnificent coastal areas for their long-anticipated summer holiday, many will experience the sun, sea and carefree lifestyle to be a compelling motivation for buying a holiday home...

Suretyship no longer popular

“We are,” says Rob Lawrence, national manager of Rawson Finance, the mortgage origination division of the Rawson Group, “in an era where it is increasingly difficult for people (especially young people who are not earning large salaries) to get bonds – but there are ways in which this can be achieved...

Professionalism key when selling property

The best way to approach selling a property to family or friends is to deal with the transaction in a professional and business-like manner...

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Tranquil, Jacaranda-lined streets makes it difficult to realize that this is one of the most heavily mined areas in the world. Also a major agricultural centre and not far from the world-renowned Sun City Complex...

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The areas we are going to take a closer look at this week are;

  • Vanderbijlpark
  • KZN South Coast
  • V&A Waterfront
In the area 1 - Vanderbijlpark

Vanderbijlpark alive with new development

Responding to rapidly rising demand, property developers are hard at work in Vanderbijlpark, on the banks of the Vaal River, and new apartments and cluster homes are going up apace...

In the area 2 - KZN South Coast

KZN South Coast offers good investment return

While the leisure property market along the KwaZulu-Natal south coast has been hard hit by the recession, these properties still offer some of the best opportunities in the economic turnaround, providing buyers with great returns on investment despite the fallout of lower property prices...

In the area 3 - V&A Waterfront

R10bn Waterfront sale denied

The companies said to be involved in the purchase for R10 billion of one of the country’s most sought-after properties, the V&A Waterfront, have denied any involvement...

To the editor


Please give me more information on rental insurance for my investment properties.

Vikki Mamvura-gava

From the editor:

Buy rental insurance. If your tenant absconds you are covered for a certain period of time. I have discovered two companies that offer rental insurance: one has pure insurance and the other is a company that handles the rentals as well:

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Sectional Title News

If an owner does not look after his unit

The ongoing battle by some trustees of sectional title schemes to ensure that their buildings are well maintained and attractive can easily and rapidly be spoilt by one or two owners (members) neglecting to look after their units and allowing them to deteriorate in a way that detracts from the values of other units in the body corporate...

Can trustees disconnect a non-paying member's services

“Sectional title schemes throughout South Africa may from time to time experience problems from members (owners) who fall behind in the payment of their levies...

Who is responsible for insurance excess

Michael Bauer, General Manager of the sectional title management company, IHFM, has drawn attention to a fact often not known to members of bodies corporate...

Repayment of rental deposits

Disputes about the repayment of tenant deposits when the tenant vacates his unit crop up with a monotonous inevitability, says Michael Bauer, general manager of IHFM, the sectional title management company...

Ignorance of the law can prove disastrous

There is a growing weight of expectation on organisations to operate as good corporate citizens. This is because of the influence they exercise on the lives of so many individuals...

Tips and advice on choosing a tenant

Leasing a property can be a mutually beneficial association between a landlord and a tenant, if the landlord adheres to a few basic principles right from the start and without fail throughout the lease period, says Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa...

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