Weekly Property News
29 June 2012

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Some great news to kick off the weekend. On Wednesday the price of fuel will decrease by much more than predicted, the energy dept said. The price of 93 octane petrol would decrease by 89 cents and a litre of 95 octane petrol would cost 85 cents less.

Something else to look forward to is that a cut in interest rates may be on the cards and will boost the South African home buying market, according to Bill Rawson.

Headlines: SA listed property is outperforming most asset classes globally. In SA, for the first five months of 2012, listed property achieved returns of 11.1%, compared with shares at 5.1% and bonds at 4.2%. This according to Estienne de Klerk, Executive Director of Growthpoint Properties Limited, the largest South African JSE-listed property company. One of the reason for this is the lower interest rate environment.

Market news: Student accommodation is tipped by a further financial planner. "There is large demand for halls of residence and purpose-built flats... and income yields are around 8 per cent, relatively low risk, and with the prospect of capital growth." That being said, a prominent estate agency predicts total returns in the student accommodation market will be 11.5 per cent in the current academic year, down from a staggering 13.5 per cent in the previous 12 months. International property outlook

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In This Issue

Heidelberg, Gauteng, South Africa
Agricultural Holding:
This Smallholding Estate is in total 34,24ha and is made up of 2 title deeds each covering approximately 17ha.


South Africa's listed property gives best returns as it continues to Outperform

Most REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust) managers are upbeat about the prospects for this asset class over the next two years, despite the economic malaise in Europe and concerns about global economic growth...

International property outlook

The views held by some market commentators in the UK and across the Atlantic could perhaps be construed as somewhat optimistic, but at the very least they suggest where some of the key sector and niche market opportunities lie...

Africa 'offers rich pickings for property developers'

Fast growth and rapidly developing economies mean ‘demand will create itself’, say speakers at Sapoa-IPD event, warning a ‘one size fits all’ approach will not work...

South Africa's ANC ponders policy reforms

South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) is holding a major policy meeting this week to discuss plans to transform the continent's largest economy, which the party says is still largely controlled by whites...

'Don't create land reform chaos'

The ANC must not create "pandemonium" among business and the public over land reform, Agriculture Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson said on Thursday...

Cut in interest rates definitely on the cards - and will boost housing market

With the cost price index (and inflation in general) likely to continue to stay below the 6% upper limit (it is already at 5.7%) and with South Africa's economy now feeling the effects of significant reductions in exports to Europe, the South African Reserve Bank's Monetary Policy Committee will 'almost inevitably' find itself able to reduce its interest rates so as to stimulate economic growth, says Bill Rawson, Chairman of the Rawson Property Group...

Savings - A foreign word

Definition: SAVING - income not spent, deferred consumption, expenditure reduction.

Every economy measures its health on the balance between income and expenditure. While consumption creates jobs, pays salaries and grows industry, consumption when not funded by income, requires credit...

Engel &Völkers Hoedspruit sells R42 million game lodge

The Kruger Park is one the largest game reserves in Africa and covers a total of 19,485 km². The park is home to the big 5 and has more larger-mammal species than any other game reserve in Africa. All this has contributed immensely to the national, as well as international, attraction of property buyers...

Insolvent Bloemfontein suburb acquired by foreign investors

Indian and Russian investors have purchased the balance of the Vista Park suburb of Bloemfontein and will shortly be installing the last of the services for phase 4 in a move that is punted as creating 'an ideal new South Africa suburb'. A vaiety of business and community opportunities also present themselves to investors...

Insurance for home owners associations

When considering insurance for community living, most people only think of Sectional Title Schemes where the Body Corporate has a legal obligation to insure all common and public property...

Newspaper in deal with Levitt?

Independent newspapers has slammed a story by investigative magazine Noseweek claiming the newspaper struck an underhanded deal with Auction Alliance, it was reported on Thursday...

A winter solution for frozen buyers

Cars need anti-freeze in winter and so, it seems, do many potential homebuyers who find themselves stalled now in the search for a suitable property...

How to choose between two special homes

There are a lot of homes on the market for buyers to choose from right now and it is not uncommon for them to see two (or more) that they really like - and then to have a tough time making a purchase decision...

The impact of the CPA on real estate

The real estate market is where most people make one of the biggest financial commitments of their lives - where they buy and sell their homes. Not only does one need to worry about applying for a bond or making sure that the house is ready for showing on Sunday - it doesn't matter which end you're at, the process is costly and the legalese can be overwhelming with all its clauses and sub-clauses to attend to...

Should CT destroy its stadium?

The debate about whether Cape Town Stadium should be demolished is heating up...

Landholders - and land sellers must understand how lengthy and expensive the gaining of approval process is

No matter how public-spirited and community orientated a property developer is, he is likely to have to battle with a perception held by members of every community that he is ruthless or uncaring, says Marius Halgryn, Land Acquisition and New Business Manager for Rawson Developers...

Focus On

Heidelberg, Gauteng, South Africa

At the foot of the Suikerbosrand, Heidelberg began in 1862 as a trading station built by a german, HJ Uekermann. A town was laid out around the store and named after Uekermann's alma mater...

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

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In the area 1 - Stellenbosch

The Chas Everitt International franchise in Stellenbosch has been unbundled into a number of individual Chas Everitt Notebook® licences that will facilitate the spread of the high-profile brand to a wider area of operation...

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PE - Average prices still low, but much sales activity in the sub R1 million bracket

If it is true, as is often maintained, that price levels in Cape Town residential property tend to lag at least half a year behind those of Johannesburg, it is probably also true that the Port Elizabeth home market tends to be another six to nine months behind that of Cape Town...

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Local news continue

Some commercial ST schemes operating illegally

Sectional title industrial and office parks in South Africa have very often been able to operate with total disregard for the relevant act which governs all such sectional title schemes, says Michael Bauer, general manager of IHFM, the property managers...

Damp doesn't have to be a mouldy nightmare

Whether it's rising up from the ground or coming down from the roof, damp is not something you want in your house - and not something you can leave unattended as the consequences can be severe...

5 tips for staging your home

This real estate slump is a real drag, especially if you're trying to sell your abode. So, stage your pad to beat out the competition and draw in more prospective buyers. Most buyers have a hard time looking past pink walls and green shag carpet, so do the legwork for them and present their "new home" on a silver platter...

First refurbished building in SA to get a Green Star Certification - an exciting milestone for South Africa's ageing building stock

Park receives first Green Star SA certification for an office refurbishment

The Millennia Park office building has achieved a 5 Star Green Star SA Office v1 'Design' certification from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) - the first time that a refurbished building in South Africa has received this accolade.

Aucor launches diversified property sales division

Africa's auction authority, Aucor, has announced the launch of Aucor Property, a standalone division within the group that specialises in the sale of commercial, residential or legal property through either public tender, private treaty or auction, to offer a comprehensive property sales solution...

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