MyProperty News Feed http://www.myproperty.co.za Court gives billion rand Bantry Bay development the green light http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/14775/Court-gives-billion-rand-Bantry-Bay-development-the-green-light-.aspx Posted: 4/26/2017 1:31:47 PM<br/><br/>Construction of the Bantry Hills development in Sea Point will continue after the Cape Town High Court dismissed an application by Fresnaye businessman, Allan Targhi Tavakoli, to stop the ultra-luxury development. <br />Construction of the Bantry Hills development in Sea Point will continue after the Cape Town High Court dismissed an application by Fresnaye businessman, Allan Targhi Tavakoli, to stop the ultra-luxury development.&nbsp;<br><br><img src="https://oms.entegral.net/uploads/o97/Bantry%20Hills_2.jpeg" alt... 14775 2017-04-26T13:31:47.343 Future home owners: dealing with blacklistings http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/14773/Future-home-owners--dealing-with-blacklistings.aspx Posted: 4/26/2017 10:48:35 AM<br/><br/>If a prospective homeowner has not kept up to date with their credit bureau reports, they may be in for a surprise when they apply for finance. According to Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, a large number of potential buyers are referred by their estate agents to attorneys, if they have a blacklisting against their name that is preventing them from obtaining a bond.<br />If a prospective homeowner has not kept up to date with their credit bureau reports, they may be in for a surprise when they apply for finance. According to Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, a large number of potential buyers are referred by their estate agents ... 14773 2017-04-26T10:48:35.087 Savoy Estate – It’s a flipping delight http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/14772/Savoy-Estate-–-It’s-a-flipping-delight.aspx Posted: 4/26/2017 9:13:33 AM<br/><br/>Widespread densification in Johannesburg in recent years has dramatically altered the residential landscape. With most areas now dominated by sectional title or cluster developments, finding accessibly-priced renovation gems is becoming increasingly difficult.<br />Widespread densification in <a href="http://www.myproperty.co.za/property/for-sale/gauteng/johannesburg/109/" target="_blank">Johannesburg</a> in recent years has dramatically altered the residential landscape. With most areas now dominated by sectional title or cluster developments, finding accessi... 14772 2017-04-26T09:13:33.36 The importance of a good relationship between landlord and tenant http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/14770/The-importance-of-a-good-relationship-between-landlord-and-tenant.aspx Posted: 4/26/2017 7:44:41 AM<br/><br/>In the past a tenant would only contact his landlord when reporting a problem, while the landlord’s main contact with the tenant occurred if the rent had not been paid or there was an upcoming increase in costs. <br />In the past a tenant would only contact his landlord when reporting a problem, while the landlord’s main contact with the tenant occurred if the rent had not been paid or there was an upcoming increase in costs. <br><br>“It is of paramount importance that a healthy and amicable relationship between ... 14770 2017-04-26T07:44:41.753 Bardale village is reaching major milestones http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/14768/Bardale-village-is-reaching-major-milestones.aspx Posted: 4/25/2017 12:04:35 PM<br/><br/>Various major milestones have been reached at Bardale Village, where the developers, Integrated Housing Developers’ (IHD) plan for a fully integrated area is coming to fruition. <br />Various major milestones have been reached at Bardale Village, where the developers, Integrated Housing Developers’ (IHD) plan for a fully integrated area is coming to fruition.&nbsp;<br><br><img src="https://oms.entegral.net/uploads/o97/Streetscape_final.jpg" alt="" style=""><br>&nbsp;<br>The first... 14768 2017-04-25T12:04:35.893 Purchasing a rented home http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/14767/Purchasing-a-rented-home.aspx Posted: 4/25/2017 10:54:08 AM<br/><br/>You have been looking for the ideal property to purchase for months and finally find it, but there is a catch, there is a tenant who is currently renting the property. What now?<br />You have been looking for the ideal property to purchase for months and finally find it, but there is a catch, there is a tenant who is currently renting the property. What now?<br><br>Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, says that because the lease agreement is le... 14767 2017-04-25T10:54:08.67 Allocation, use and maintenance of parking bays in a sectional title scheme http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/14766/Allocation,-use-and-maintenance-of-parking-bays-in-a-sectional-title-scheme-.aspx Posted: 4/25/2017 8:53:46 AM<br/><br/>Many sectional title schemes have a recurring problem in common, and that is the debate of who decides on the parts of the scheme that will be allocated to parking, who is allowed to use these bays and who is responsible for their maintenance, says Michael Bauer, general manager of property management company IHFM.<br />Many sectional title schemes have a recurring problem in common, and that is the debate of who decides on the parts of the scheme that will be allocated to parking, who is allowed to use these bays and who is responsible for their maintenance, says Michael Bauer, general manager of property manageme... 14766 2017-04-25T08:53:46.423 Are you thinking of building your dream home? http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/14762/Are-you-thinking-of-building-your-dream-home-.aspx Posted: 4/25/2017 7:36:31 AM<br/><br/>Unless you have the cash saved up, constructing a home is going to require getting a loan from a financial institution called a building loan. Essentially, a building loan can be used to finance the construction of a home, additions to an existing property or renovations.<br />Unless you have the cash saved up, constructing a home is going to require getting a loan from a financial institution called a building loan. Essentially, a building loan can be used to finance the construction of a home, additions to an existing property or renovations.<br>&nbsp;<br>According to A... 14762 2017-04-25T07:36:31.417 Investment report shows confidence in Cape Town Central City http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/14759/Investment-report-shows-confidence-in-Cape-Town-Central-City.aspx Posted: 4/24/2017 12:41:12 PM<br/><br/>Approximately R16.232 billion of investment has, conservatively, been committed to the Cape Town Central City since 2012, spanning between that year and 2019. This is according to the latest edition of The State of Cape Town Central City Report: 2016 – A year in review, released this week.<br />Approximately R16.232 billion of investment has, conservatively, been committed to the Cape Town Central City since 2012, spanning between that year and 2019. This is according to the latest edition of The State of Cape Town Central City Report: 2016 – A year in review, released this week.<br><br><a... 14759 2017-04-24T12:41:12.973 House hunting in South Africa - what you can buy for R2 million in the major cities http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/14758/House-hunting-in-South-Africa---what-you-can-buy-for-R2-million-in-the-major-cities.aspx Posted: 4/24/2017 10:44:42 AM<br/><br/>The weather might be cooling but for R2 million you can buy some pretty hot properties across South Africa’s greatest cities!<br />The weather might be cooling but for R2 million you can buy some pretty hot properties across South Africa’s greatest cities!<br><br><strong>Gauteng</strong><br><br>Small in size but this province packs a big property punch and with new developments and older established areas there is a large selec... 14758 2017-04-24T10:44:42.387 House hunting tips from a property professional http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/14757/House-hunting-tips-from-a-property-professional.aspx Posted: 4/24/2017 8:28:13 AM<br/><br/>As a new buyer on the market, it can be very tempting to dive straight into the show house circuit, but a little preparation can go a long way towards finding that perfect home. Bill Rawson, Chairman of the Rawson Property Group, shares his tips on house hunting for a property that lives up to all your hopes and dreams.<br />As a new buyer on the market, it can be very tempting to dive straight into the show house circuit, but a little preparation can go a long way towards finding that perfect home. Bill Rawson, Chairman of the Rawson Property Group, shares his tips on house hunting for a property that lives up to all y... 14757 2017-04-24T08:28:13.533 How to avoid being turned down for a home loan http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/14756/How-to-avoid-being-turned-down-for-a-home-loan.aspx Posted: 4/22/2017 8:07:32 AM<br/><br/>When you apply for a home loan, lenders will look at many factors before deciding whether to approve your application or not - and if you don't "pass the test" for any one of these they are quite likely to turn you down.<br />When you apply for a home loan, lenders will look at many factors before deciding whether to approve your application or not - and if you don't "pass the test" for any one of these they are quite likely to turn you down.<br><br>"This is why it is so important for prospective borrowers to make sure t... 14756 2017-04-22T08:07:32.003 Invest in your home, get excellent returns http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/14752/Invest-in-your-home,-get-excellent-returns.aspx Posted: 4/21/2017 12:25:38 PM<br/><br/>At the start of the new financial year, many people are making plans to get better control of their finances and are reviewing their insurance, investment and savings plans.<br />At the start of the new financial year, many people are making plans to get better control of their finances and are reviewing their insurance, investment and savings plans.<br><br>“Everyone’s looking for the best return on their money, whether they are saving for a holiday, planning a legacy for th... 14752 2017-04-21T12:25:38.803 Planning the perfect bathroom http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/14750/Planning-the-perfect-bathroom.aspx Posted: 4/21/2017 10:43:38 AM<br/><br/>Bathrooms endure a lot of wear and tear as it is a vital part of our daily routine. As one of the most important rooms in the home, having a well-designed, good quality bathroom is crucial for your overall enjoyment and satisfaction of your house. However bathrooms also need to be comfortable and functional.<br />Bathrooms endure a lot of wear and tear as it is a vital part of our daily routine. As one of the most important rooms in the home, having a well-designed, good quality bathroom is crucial for your overall enjoyment and satisfaction of your house. However bathrooms also need to be comfortable and fu... 14750 2017-04-21T10:43:38.69 Tips to downsize efficiently http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/14748/Tips-to-downsize-efficiently-.aspx Posted: 4/21/2017 9:04:02 AM<br/><br/>Making a move from a large freestanding home to a smaller, lock-up-and-go unit in a retirement estate has several advantages for consumers entering their golden years, says Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa.<br />Making a move from a large freestanding home to a smaller, lock-up-and-go unit in a retirement estate has several advantages for consumers entering their golden years, says Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa.<br><br> “For one, a smaller home is far easier to maint... 14748 2017-04-21T09:04:02.577 Wellness and lifestyle take centre stage for modern developments http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/14746/Wellness-and-lifestyle-take-centre-stage-for-modern-developments.aspx Posted: 4/21/2017 7:34:04 AM<br/><br/>Recent years have seen a noticeable growth in public awareness of the importance of a healthy and balanced lifestyle. This has not only impacted our lives but also the way developments are designed.<br />Recent years have seen a noticeable growth in public awareness of the importance of a healthy and balanced lifestyle.<br><br> Bankers and CEOs are trading the 19th hole for water bottles and cycling shorts, techies are doing triathlons, and back-to-basics diets like Paleo are taking the world by sto... 14746 2017-04-21T07:34:04.81 Cylindrical “treehouse” on stilts stuns in Cape Town http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/14744/Cylindrical-“treehouse”-on-stilts-stuns-in-Cape-Town.aspx Posted: 4/20/2017 11:46:07 AM<br/><br/>We are calling a it a treehouse simply because it stands on stilts among the trees, and although it is technically not a treehouse it is definitely inspired by the tall forms surrounding it.<br />We are calling a it a treehouse simply because it stands on stilts among the trees, and although it is technically not a treehouse it is definitely inspired by the tall forms surrounding it.<br><br><img src="https://oms.entegral.net/uploads/o97/PaarmanTreehouse.jpg" alt="" style=""><br><br>This tree... 14744 2017-04-20T11:46:07.097 Johannesburg homes market poised to rise http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/14743/Johannesburg-homes-market-poised-to-rise.aspx Posted: 4/20/2017 10:40:58 AM<br/><br/>“The Johannesburg residential property market is set for an upturn after a long period of uncertainty and flat-lining prices,” says homes marketer Ronald Ennik.<br />“The <a href="http://www.myproperty.co.za/property/for-sale/gauteng/johannesburg/109/" target="_blank">Johannesburg residential property</a> market is set for an upturn after a long period of uncertainty and flat-lining prices,” says homes marketer Ronald Ennik.<br><br>“And first-time buyers stand t... 14743 2017-04-20T10:40:58.117 How to sell a property quickly - the essence of home staging http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/14742/How-to-sell-a-property-quickly---the-essence-of-home-staging.aspx Posted: 4/20/2017 8:34:21 AM<br/><br/>First impressions count, that’s the bottom line. This even applies to selling a home ?presentation is key. If a potential buyer walks past a ‘For Sale’ sign at your front gate only to be greeted by a house in a sad state of disrepair, they are likely to try make a hasty exit ? unless they are excited by the prospect of buying a ‘charming fixer-upper’ at a reduced price, of course. But don’t bank on it.<br />First impressions count, that’s the bottom line. This even applies to selling a home ?presentation is key. If a potential buyer walks past a ‘For Sale’ sign at your front gate only to be greeted by a house in a sad state of disrepair, they are likely to try make a hasty exit ? unless they are excite... 14742 2017-04-20T08:34:21.36 Tax tips for landlords http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/14741/Tax-tips-for-landlords.aspx Posted: 4/20/2017 6:29:54 AM<br/><br/>Owning a rental property portfolio that provides an income is much like owning a business, and as such there are tax implications and dues that need to be paid to the South Africa Revenue Service.<br />Owning a rental property portfolio that provides an income is much like owning a business, and as such there are tax implications and dues that need to be paid to the South Africa Revenue Service.<br><br>According to Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, landlords a... 14741 2017-04-20T06:29:54.353 Commonly overlooked costs when buying or selling property http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/14738/Commonly-overlooked-costs-when-buying-or-selling-property.aspx Posted: 4/19/2017 12:45:32 PM<br/><br/>When planning their finances around the purchase or sale of a property, buyers and sellers often overlook some items and forget to include them in their budget, says Debbie Justus-Ferns, divisional manager of Renprop Residential Sales.<br />Whether you are buying or selling a home, the transaction will come with certain cost implications. When planning their finances around the purchase or sale of a property, buyers and sellers often overlook some items and forget to include them in their budget, says Debbie Justus-Ferns, divisional ma... 14738 2017-04-19T12:45:32.567 Sectional title: The role of the Body Corporate explained http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/14733/Sectional-title--The-role-of-the-Body-Corporate-explained.aspx Posted: 4/19/2017 9:18:40 AM<br/><br/>In the past 10 years, the number of sectional title schemes in SA has risen exponentially, and the latest figures show that there are currently well over 700 000 sectional title homes in the country, estimated to house more than 6-million people.<br />In the past 10 years, the number of sectional title schemes in SA has risen exponentially, and the latest figures show that there are currently well over 700 000 sectional title homes in the country, estimated to house more than 6-million people.<br><br>“What is more,” says Bill Rawson, chairman of ... 14733 2017-04-19T09:18:40.47 A bank evaluation is not a home inspection http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/14732/A-bank-evaluation-is-not-a-home-inspection.aspx Posted: 4/19/2017 7:28:12 AM<br/><br/>Homebuyers should not confuse a bank’s valuation of a property with a home inspection. Bank evaluations are performed to see whether there is sufficient value in the property to secure a home loan, and not to identify possible defects.<br />Homebuyers should not confuse a bank’s valuation of a property with a home inspection. Bank evaluations are performed to see whether there is sufficient value in the property to <a href="http://www.myproperty.co.za/bond-calculator/" target="_blank">secure a home loan</a>, and not to identify possibl... 14732 2017-04-19T07:28:12.88 Is it still a good idea to hold immovable property in a trust? http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/14728/Is-it-still-a-good-idea-to-hold-immovable-property-in-a-trust-.aspx Posted: 4/18/2017 12:35:04 PM<br/><br/>With the changes introduced in this year’s Budget affecting the wealthy in particular, one might wonder if holding a property in a trust still makes sense. Unfortunately, it is not as simple as transferring the property out, and closing the trust, as there are permutations to consider.<br /><em>(Article by Willie Fourie, Head of Fiduciary Services, PSG Wealth)</em><br>&nbsp;<br>With the changes introduced in this year’s Budget affecting the wealthy in particular, one might wonder if holding a property in a trust still makes sense. Unfortunately, it is not as simple as transferring the ... 14728 2017-04-18T12:35:04.597 Global exposure for George property http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/14727/Global-exposure-for-George-property.aspx Posted: 4/18/2017 10:40:27 AM<br/><br/>The small city of George on the Garden Route is increasingly perceived not only as a “safe haven” for retirees but also as an excellent choice for families who are semigrating to the Cape from Gauteng, KZN and other northern provinces – and its property market is doing well as a result.<br />The small city of <a href="http://www.myproperty.co.za/property/for-sale/western-cape/george/91/" target="_blank">George on the Garden Route</a> is increasingly perceived not only as a “safe haven” for retirees but also as an excellent choice for families who are semigrating to the Cape from Gauteng... 14727 2017-04-18T10:40:27.39 Red flags home-buyers should never ignore – and questions you should always ask http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/14726/Red-flags-home-buyers-should-never-ignore-–-and-questions-you-should-always-ask.aspx Posted: 4/18/2017 9:17:43 AM<br/><br/>Buying a new home can be overwhelming, not least because for most of us it’s as much an emotional purchase as a financial transaction.<br />Buying a new home can be overwhelming, not least because for most of us it’s as much an emotional purchase as a financial transaction. With so much information overload during a viewing – especially if we’ve fallen head over heels in love with a home – it is possible, though, to miss important detai... 14726 2017-04-18T09:17:43.457 How traffic and transport costs are reshaping property markets http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/14725/How-traffic-and-transport-costs-are-reshaping-property-markets.aspx Posted: 4/18/2017 7:49:07 AM<br/><br/>Traffic jams are a daily challenge for many residents of Johannesburg and Cape Town and the desire to avoid them is informing many current property purchasing decisions in these two metros.<br />Traffic jams are a daily challenge for many residents of <a href="http://www.myproperty.co.za/property/for-sale/gauteng/johannesburg/109/" target="_blank">Johannesburg</a> and <a href="http://www.myproperty.co.za/property/for-sale/western-cape/cape-town/88/" target="_blank">Cape Town</a> and the des... 14725 2017-04-18T07:49:07.053 New mall for Groblersdal http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/14724/New-mall-for-Groblersdal.aspx Posted: 4/15/2017 7:47:03 AM<br/><br/>Groblersdal Mall will introduce line-up of exceptional retail when it opens in the Limpopo town of Groblersdal on October 26, according to Gavin Tagg, chief executive of Retail Network Services, the full-service specialist in retail leasing and development for the centre.<br />Groblersdal Mall will introduce line-up of exceptional retail when it opens in the Limpopo town of Groblersdal on October 26, according to Gavin Tagg, chief executive of Retail Network Services, the full-service specialist in retail leasing and development for the centre.<br><br><br><img src="https:... 14724 2017-04-15T07:47:03.783 Architects show what they could have done with Nkandla’s budget http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/14721/Architects-show-what-they-could-have-done-with-Nkandla’s-budget.aspx Posted: 4/13/2017 1:50:48 PM<br/><br/>South African architects, Architecture for Change has taken a satirical approach to the Nkandla scandal and designed UN-kandla<br />South African architects, Architecture for Change has taken a satirical approach to the Nkandla scandal and designed UN-kandla<br><br><img src="https://oms.entegral.net/uploads/o97/e8c7b7_21ef38514af4439c95bec14133e775bd-mv2.png" alt="" style=""><br>&nbsp;<br>The architects state on their website th... 14721 2017-04-13T13:50:48.87 STSMA - Specific guidelines for insurance http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/14720/STSMA---Specific-guidelines-for-insurance.aspx Posted: 4/13/2017 12:31:30 PM<br/><br/>Each year the trustees of sectional title schemes should be re-assessing the insurance taken out for their schemes, which is usually tabled at the annual general meeting as an agenda item as per the Sectional Title Schemes Management Act (Section 17 (7)(j)), says Mandi Hanekom, operations manager for sectional title finance company Propell.<br />Each year the trustees of sectional title schemes should be re-assessing the insurance taken out for their schemes, which is usually tabled at the annual general meeting as an agenda item as per the Sectional Title Schemes Management Act (Section 17 (7)(j)), says Mandi Hanekom, operations manager fo... 14720 2017-04-13T12:31:30.483 Investing in student accommodation: pros and cons http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/14719/Investing-in-student-accommodation--pros-and-cons.aspx Posted: 4/13/2017 10:25:03 AM<br/><br/>The recent protests at universities and colleges across SA have caused many to question the wisdom of investing in student accommodation - but it still remains a highly attractive option provided you buy the right kind of property in the right location, says Bill Rawson, chairman of the Rawson Property Group.<br />The recent protests at universities and colleges across SA have caused many to question the wisdom of investing in student accommodation - but it still remains a highly attractive option provided you buy the right kind of property in the right location, says Bill Rawson, chairman of the Rawson Prope... 14719 2017-04-13T10:25:03.967 False Bay real estate market enjoying boom http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/14717/False-Bay-real-estate-market-enjoying-boom-.aspx Posted: 4/13/2017 8:20:33 AM<br/><br/>It’s no secret that estate living has become an increasingly significant sector of the residential market with growing demand across all segments, but these properties are also often assumed to be priced beyond the reach of most budgets, especially gated communities in sought-after areas.<br />It’s no secret that estate living has become an increasingly significant sector of the residential market with growing demand across all segments, but these properties are also often assumed to be priced beyond the reach of most budgets, especially gated communities in sought-after areas.<br><br><im... 14717 2017-04-13T08:20:33.537 Managed rental schemes offer advantages for tenants http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/14716/Managed-rental-schemes-offer-advantages-for-tenants.aspx Posted: 4/12/2017 1:26:31 PM<br/><br/>In recent years there has been a surge in demand for rental accommodation in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg, which has led to the development of rental schemes - sectional title developments that are owned and managed by one company purely for rental purposes.<br />In recent years there has been a surge in demand for rental accommodation in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg, which has led to the development of rental schemes - sectional title developments that are owned and managed by one company purely for rental purposes.<br><br>“There are a number of adv... 14716 2017-04-12T13:26:31.347 Cape Town’s new electricity tariff for properties valued at more than R1-million http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/14715/Cape-Town’s-new-electricity-tariff-for-properties-valued-at-more-than-R1-million-.aspx Posted: 4/12/2017 10:36:55 AM<br/><br/>The City of Cape Town is hitting properties valued at more than R1-million with a new R8.21-a-day electricity tariff from July 1. This amounts to an extra R250 a month.<br />The City of Cape Town is hitting properties valued at more than R1-million with a new R8.21-a-day electricity tariff from July 1. This amounts to an extra R250 a month.<br><br>Mayoral committee member for utilities, Xanthea Limberg‚ said households that consumed more than 600 units of electricity a ... 14715 2017-04-12T10:36:55.993 Tesla debuts new solar panels that blend into existing roofs http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/14714/Tesla-debuts-new-solar-panels-that-blend-into-existing-roofs.aspx Posted: 4/12/2017 9:49:28 AM<br/><br/>Tesla recently launched their solar roof tiles, which grabbed a lot of attention, but the company has quietly debuted a solar option that could be a lot more practical for homeowners that can’t replace their entire roof. <br /><a href="http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/14032/Tesla-introduces-solar-roof-tiles.aspx" target="_blank">Tesla recently launched their solar roof tiles</a>, which grabbed a lot of attention, but the company has quietly debuted a solar option that could be a lot more practical for homeowners that can’... 14714 2017-04-12T09:49:28.557 Cape Town’s dearth of retirement accommodation putting the squeeze on the mid-market http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/14713/Cape-Town’s-dearth-of-retirement-accommodation-putting-the-squeeze-on-the-mid-market.aspx Posted: 4/12/2017 9:16:37 AM<br/><br/>The gap between supply and demand in Pinelands is growing as more buyers are drawn by the leafy suburb’s traditional family atmosphere and the good value it offers, while many keen sellers are holding onto their properties as they have nowhere to go.<br />The gap between supply and demand in Pinelands is growing as more buyers are drawn by the leafy suburb’s traditional family atmosphere and the good value it offers, while many keen sellers are holding onto their properties as they have nowhere to go.<br><br>This according to Stephen Macpherson, Prop... 14713 2017-04-12T09:16:37.813 Insuring against a tighter economy http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/14708/Insuring-against-a-tighter-economy.aspx Posted: 4/12/2017 7:19:46 AM<br/><br/>In light of South Africa’s recent downgrade to junk status, many analysts are warning we need to tighten our belts and prepare for tougher economical times. Looking at your insurance and ways you can save at home are good places to start.<br /><em>(Article by Bertus Visser, Chief Executive of Distribution at PSG Insure)</em><br>&nbsp;<br>In light of South Africa’s recent downgrade to junk status, many analysts are warning we need to tighten our belts and prepare for tougher economical times. Looking at your insurance and ways you can save... 14708 2017-04-12T07:19:46.553 Western Cape retirement mecca of SA http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/14707/Western-Cape-retirement-mecca-of-SA.aspx Posted: 4/11/2017 11:34:48 AM<br/><br/>It’s no secret that the Western Cape’s residential property market is outperforming every other province in the country and recent data suggests that it’s predominantly due to migration from other provinces. <br />It’s no secret that the Western Cape’s residential property market is outperforming every other province in the country and recent data suggests that it’s predominantly due to migration from other provinces. <br><br>A new report by Lightstone Property analysts indicate that there has been a signific... 14707 2017-04-11T11:34:48.65 Home maintenance: Getting geared for winter http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/14706/Home-maintenance--Getting-geared-for-winter.aspx Posted: 4/11/2017 9:39:34 AM<br/><br/>The winter season is not just hard on us, it is also hard on our homes - but with some elbow grease and these winter home maintenance tips you can ensure you aren’t caught off guard when the cold hits.<br />The winter season is not just hard on us, it is also hard on our homes - but with some elbow grease and these winter home maintenance tips you can ensure you aren’t caught off guard when the cold hits.<br><br>Here are our top 5 things to do before winter:<br><br><strong>Check the roof</strong><br><b... 14706 2017-04-11T09:39:34.267 Conveyancing attorneys - their role in a property transaction http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/14703/Conveyancing-attorneys---their-role-in-a-property-transaction-.aspx Posted: 4/11/2017 7:47:54 AM<br/><br/>The change of ownership of an immovable doesn’t happen when the Offer to Purchase is signed, or even when the purchase price is paid to the seller.<br />The change of ownership of an immovable doesn’t happen when the Offer to Purchase is signed, or even when the purchase price is paid to the seller. Rather, for ownership to change hands, the property needs to go through a registration process at the deeds office, where the home is transferred into t... 14703 2017-04-11T07:47:54.587 When the going gets tough, the tough get an agent http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/14702/When-the-going-gets-tough,-the-tough-get-an-agent.aspx Posted: 4/10/2017 12:28:19 PM<br/><br/>Landlords should be aware that renting a property out while lucrative, now comes with even more risk as the economy impacts affordability for tenants.<br />Economically we are in a time of fear and uncertainty and many of us will be looking for ways to offset financial risks. Landlords should be aware that renting a property out while lucrative, now comes with even more risk as the economy impacts affordability for tenants. While a managing agent’s ass... 14702 2017-04-10T12:28:19.883 A new take on retirement living http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/14701/A-new-take-on-retirement-living-.aspx Posted: 4/10/2017 11:02:43 AM<br/><br/>Forty years ago you got dressed in your Sunday best to visit granny and grandpa whiling away their time in their old-age home or retirement village. Nowadays you struggle to get hold of them as they jet-set their third-age away!<br />Forty years ago you got dressed in your Sunday best to visit granny and grandpa whiling away their time in their old-age home or retirement village. Nowadays you struggle to get hold of them as they jet-set their third-age away!<br><br><img src="https://oms.entegral.net/uploads/o97/deLand01.jpg" alt... 14701 2017-04-10T11:02:43.133 Rapidly evolving Rosebank in a league of its own http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/14700/Rapidly-evolving-Rosebank-in-a-league-of-its-own.aspx Posted: 4/10/2017 9:42:45 AM<br/><br/>One of Johannesburg’s most dynamic suburbs has changed dramatically in recent years, transforming from a vibey residential enclave into the template for successful mixed use areas and, in a city known for its crippling traffic congestion, Rosebank is also one of very few places where once can easily live without a car.<br />One of Johannesburg’s most dynamic suburbs has changed dramatically in recent years, transforming &nbsp;from a vibey residential enclave into the template for successful mixed use areas and, in a city known for its crippling traffic congestion, Rosebank is also one of very few places where once can ... 14700 2017-04-10T09:42:45.723 Regulation of Agricultural Land Holdings Bill published for comment http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/14698/Regulation-of-Agricultural-Land-Holdings-Bill-published-for-comment.aspx Posted: 4/8/2017 8:01:58 AM<br/><br/>The Draft Regulation of Agricultural Land Holdings Bill (Bill) was published on 17 March 2017. Members of the public are invited to comment before 13 April 2017.<br />( Article by William Midgley - Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr)<br>&nbsp;<br>The Draft Regulation of Agricultural Land Holdings Bill (Bill) was published on 17 March 2017. Members of the public are invited to comment before 13 April 2017.<br>&nbsp;<br>The Bill, if enacted in its present form, will have far re... 14698 2017-04-08T08:01:58.743 Eight things a commercial property landlord should do before signing a lease http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/14697/Eight-things-a-commercial-property-landlord-should-do-before-signing-a-lease.aspx Posted: 4/7/2017 11:15:09 AM<br/><br/>When leasing a commercial property, there are several things a landlord should keep in mind, in order to select the best tenant for the property and create a good degree of professionalism for the relationship ahead. <br />When leasing a commercial property, there are several things a landlord should keep in mind, in order to select the best tenant for the property and create a good degree of professionalism for the relationship ahead. <br><br>“A happy tenant is usually a good tenant,” says Leon Breytenbach, National ... 14697 2017-04-07T11:15:09.61 Swellendam is SA’s most eco-friendly destination http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/14694/Swellendam-is-SA’s-most-eco-friendly-destination-.aspx Posted: 4/7/2017 9:05:25 AM<br/><br/>Swellendam in the Western Cape has been selected as the Eco-Friendly Destination of the Year by the Luxury Travel Guide publication in the Africa and Middle East Awards 2017 category. <br />Swellendam in the Western Cape has been selected as the Eco-Friendly Destination of the Year by the Luxury Travel Guide publication in the Africa and Middle East Awards 2017 category.&nbsp;<br><br><img src="https://oms.entegral.net/uploads/o97/eaf264_513d2239dc194c3b92f2d380b4bbf8d9-mv2_d_1885.png" ... 14694 2017-04-07T09:05:25.187 Appreciative businessman buys a home for housekeeper of 30 years http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/14692/Appreciative-businessman-buys-a-home-for-housekeeper-of-30-years.aspx Posted: 4/7/2017 7:29:22 AM<br/><br/>“Watching our agent Leonard Ellis hand over the house keys to first-time owner Nancy Witbooi will go down as one of the great moments of my real estate career.” <br />“Watching our agent Leonard Ellis hand over the house keys to first-time owner Nancy Witbooi will go down as one of the great moments of my real estate career.”&nbsp;<br><br><img src="https://oms.entegral.net/uploads/o97/Walmer%20house%20handover%20PE.jpg" alt="" style=""><br><em>From left Pam Goldi... 14692 2017-04-07T07:29:22.837 How to keep your star tenants renewing their leases http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/14689/How-to-keep-your-star-tenants-renewing-their-leases.aspx Posted: 4/6/2017 12:48:21 PM<br/><br/>If you have an excellent tenant occupying your rental unit, you’ll want to make sure you do everything in your power to encourage them to carry on renting from you. <br />If you have an excellent tenant occupying your rental unit, you’ll want to make sure you do everything in your power to encourage them to carry on renting from you. <br><br>Finding a new tenant can cost time and money, and there are no guarantees that a replacement tenant will be conscientious enoug... 14689 2017-04-06T12:48:21.217 Top three indicators that you are ready to buy a property http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/14688/Top-three-indicators-that-you-are-ready-to-buy-a-property.aspx Posted: 4/6/2017 11:07:07 AM<br/><br/>The current residential property market presents a good opportunity for property buyers, but how do you know if you are ready to own a property? <br />The current residential property market presents a good opportunity for property buyers, but how do you know if you are ready to own a property? <br><br>Debbie Justus-Ferns, divisional manager of Renprop Residential Sales, says that before committing to an offer to purchase, potential buyers need to... 14688 2017-04-06T11:07:07.953 The process of rezoning or subdividing http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/14687/The-process-of-rezoning-or-subdividing.aspx Posted: 4/6/2017 9:40:16 AM<br/><br/>Homeowners who are looking to rezone their property for business use or subdivide to sell a portion of their land may be in for a longer ride than they initially expected, says Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa.<br />Homeowners who are looking to rezone their property for business use or subdivide to sell a portion of their land may be in for a longer ride than they initially expected, says Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa.<br>&nbsp;<br>“Whether applying to rezone or subdivi... 14687 2017-04-06T09:40:16.317