MyProperty News Feed http://www.myproperty.co.za Mall of Africa: two years of terrific trading success http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16333/Mall-of-Africa--two-years-of-terrific-trading-success.aspx Posted: 4/25/2018 10:10:07 AM<br/><br/>Mall of Africa, is celebrating its second year of sensational success. This splendid super-regional shopping centre first opened on 28 April 2016, and has grown in popularity, performance and profile since then.<br />Mall of Africa, is celebrating its second year of sensational success. This splendid super-regional shopping centre first opened on 28 April 2016, and has grown in popularity, performance and profile since then.<br><br><img src="https://oms.entegral.net/uploads/o97/Mall%20of%20Africa.jpg" alt="" sty... 16333 2018-04-25T10:10:07.767 Trustees can be held liable for losses in sectional title schemes http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16332/Trustees-can-be-held-liable-for-losses-in-sectional-title-schemes.aspx Posted: 4/25/2018 8:13:42 AM<br/><br/>While the role of trustee in a sectional title scheme is a voluntary and unpaid position, it is one that comes with huge responsibility. Trustees have a fiduciary duty towards their scheme, says Chinelle Hewit, Operations Manager at sectional title finance company Propell.<br />While the role of trustee in a sectional title scheme is a voluntary and unpaid position, it is one that comes with huge responsibility. Trustees have a fiduciary duty towards their scheme, says Chinelle Hewit, Operations Manager at sectional title finance company Propell.<br><br>The word ‘fiduciary... 16332 2018-04-25T08:13:42.313 Things you should consider before upgrading to a new home http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16330/Things-you-should-consider-before-upgrading-to-a-new-home.aspx Posted: 4/24/2018 12:52:22 PM<br/><br/>The thing about the property ladder is that at some point in our lives we all have reason to want to climb a rung or two higher. Sometimes, it’s because we’ve outgrown our previous dream home, or because we want to be in a better neighbourhood that’s closer to work or to schools. Sometimes it’s because our circumstances have changed, and we’re taking care of elderly parents or relatives. Sometimes, it’s just because we want a property that reflects the financial status our hard work has won.<br />The thing about the property ladder is that at some point in our lives we all have reason to want to climb a rung or two higher. Sometimes, it’s because we’ve outgrown our previous dream home, or because we want to be in a better neighbourhood that’s closer to work or to schools. Sometimes it’s beca... 16330 2018-04-24T12:52:22.917 Global political shifts give rise to new property markets http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16325/Global-political-shifts-give-rise-to-new-property-markets.aspx Posted: 4/20/2018 12:41:40 PM<br/><br/>Whenever changes in the political ecosystem of a traditional property market create uncertainty, smart investors begin to look elsewhere for new opportunities. Property experts at IP Global have analysed the trends and crunched the numbers to find new markets to explore in Europe and the United States.<br />Whenever changes in the political ecosystem of a traditional property market create uncertainty, smart investors begin to look elsewhere for new opportunities. Property experts at IP Global have analysed the trends and crunched the numbers to find new markets to explore in Europe and the United Stat... 16325 2018-04-20T12:41:40.487 Camps Bay buyers in search of ‘green’ homes http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16320/Camps-Bay-buyers-in-search-of-‘green’-homes.aspx Posted: 4/20/2018 9:21:02 AM<br/><br/>Energy and water self-sufficiency are increasingly important factors in home buyers’ choice of property – especially in Cape Town where the extreme drought of the past few years has made municipal supply costly as well as uncertain. <br />Energy and water self-sufficiency are increasingly important factors in home buyers’ choice of property – especially in Cape Town where the extreme drought of the past few years has made municipal supply costly as well as uncertain.<br><br><img src="https://oms.entegral.net/uploads/o97/luxeatwater1.... 16320 2018-04-20T09:21:02.013 Scarborough – the unassuming coastal gem http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16306/Scarborough-–-the-unassuming-coastal-gem.aspx Posted: 4/19/2018 12:08:50 PM<br/><br/>During the last decade, rampant development has progressively transformed Cape Town’s property landscape with densification being the order of the day, but there are still one or two hidden gems like Scarborough which have retained their original character, offering an inimitable lifestyle and an attractive investment opportunity.<br />During the last decade, rampant development has progressively transformed Cape Town’s property landscape with densification being the order of the day, but there are still one or two hidden gems like Scarborough which have retained their original character, offering an inimitable lifestyle and an at... 16306 2018-04-19T12:08:50.79 A guide for first-time renters http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16305/A-guide-for-first-time-renters.aspx Posted: 4/19/2018 10:27:07 AM<br/><br/>The rental market is a cut-throat sector of the real estate market that waits for nobody. According to Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, first-time renters need to be fully prepared before they even start the process of looking for a place to rent in order to avoid the disappointment of losing out on their ideal property. <br />The rental market is a cut-throat sector of the real estate market that waits for nobody. According to Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, first-time renters need to be fully prepared before they even start the process of looking for a place to rent in order to av... 16305 2018-04-19T10:27:07.907 How to accelerate your deposit savings http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16303/How-to-accelerate-your-deposit-savings.aspx Posted: 4/19/2018 8:26:48 AM<br/><br/>Choosing to buy your first home instead of continuing to rent is a big decision that will usually take some time to put into action, but the sooner you can save up a sizeable deposit, the closer you will be to reaching your goal.<br />Choosing to buy your first home instead of continuing to rent is a big decision that will usually take some time to put into action, but the sooner you can save up a sizeable deposit, the closer you will be to reaching your goal.&nbsp;<br><br>So says Gerhard Kotzé, MD of the RealNet estate agency gr... 16303 2018-04-19T08:26:48.77 Top 5 misconceptions of selling your home http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16302/Top-5-misconceptions-of-selling-your-home.aspx Posted: 4/18/2018 10:52:12 AM<br/><br/>Selling your home is no small task and as you will quickly find out, there are a lot of misconceptions about the process. Gerhard van der Linde, Seeff's MD in Pretoria East lists the top 5 misconceptions when you are selling your home.<br />Selling your home is no small task and as you will quickly find out, there are a lot of misconceptions about the process. Gerhard van der Linde, Seeff's MD in Pretoria East lists the top 5 misconceptions when you are selling your home.<br><br><img src="https://oms.entegral.net/uploads/o97/shuttersto... 16302 2018-04-18T10:52:12.47 Enforcing water restrictions at tenanted properties http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16301/Enforcing-water-restrictions-at-tenanted-properties.aspx Posted: 4/18/2018 8:46:22 AM<br/><br/>The Cape Town municipality is now installing water-management devices at properties that have been non-compliant with the new level 5 water restrictions and there are talks of fines between R5,000 and R10,000 for households that use too much water.<br />The Western Cape is facing the biggest drought in 100 years and there have been severe water shortages in other parts of the country over the summer as well. The Cape Town municipality is now installing water-management devices at properties that have been non-compliant with the new level 5 water re... 16301 2018-04-18T08:46:22.993 The Benefits of a 100% Bond http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16298/The-Benefits-of-a-100--Bond.aspx Posted: 4/17/2018 2:23:36 PM<br/><br/>The recent interest rate cut has stoked the coals in the first-time buyer’s market. At least for the next two months until the next interest rate announcement, homeowners are guaranteed lower monthly instalments than in the previous quarter. But, is it wise to take out a 100% bond just to enter the property market while interest rates are low?<br />The recent interest rate cut has stoked the coals in the first-time buyer’s market. At least for the next two months until the next interest rate announcement, homeowners are guaranteed lower monthly instalments than in the previous quarter. But, is it wise to take out a 100% bond just to enter the ... 16298 2018-04-17T14:23:36.563 Parktown North’s unique appeal and prime location continue to drive the market http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16296/Parktown-North’s-unique-appeal-and-prime-location-continue-to-drive-the-market.aspx Posted: 4/17/2018 10:56:09 AM<br/><br/>By the end of 2017, very few housing markets remained unaffected by the mounting pressure of the prevailing economy and political climate but some fared better than others, especially sought-after, well-situated suburbs like Parktown North that tick the top boxes on buyer’s wish lists.<br />By the end of 2017, very few housing markets remained unaffected by the mounting pressure of the prevailing economy and political climate but some fared better than others, especially sought-after, well-situated suburbs like Parktown North that tick the top boxes on buyer’s wish lists.<br><br><img s... 16296 2018-04-17T10:56:09.877 Country-bound: the rise of homeowners looking for a country home http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16294/Country-bound--the-rise-of-homeowners-looking-for-a-country-home.aspx Posted: 4/17/2018 8:54:54 AM<br/><br/>With urbanisation at its peak and population density in major cities reaching frustrating levels is it any wonder that more South Africans are choosing to move away from the chaos to a quieter life?<br />With urbanisation at its peak and population density in major cities reaching frustrating levels is it any wonder that more South Africans are choosing to move away from the chaos to a quieter life?<br><br><img src="https://oms.entegral.net/uploads/o97/shutterstock_570147769.jpg" alt="" style=""><br... 16294 2018-04-17T08:54:54.17 How to prepare your guest bathroom for potential buyers http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16291/How-to-prepare-your-guest-bathroom-for-potential-buyers-.aspx Posted: 4/16/2018 2:01:03 PM<br/><br/>When you are selling your home, you will have potential buyers coming to view it. During these times, you will need to ensure that each room of your home is clean and beautifully decorated. <br />When you are selling your home, you will have potential buyers coming to view it. During these times, you will need to ensure that each room of your home is clean and beautifully decorated.&nbsp;<br><br><img src="https://oms.entegral.net/uploads/o97/shutterstock_298033814.jpg" alt=""><br><br>Potenti... 16291 2018-04-16T14:01:03.467 What you need to know about going off-grid http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16290/What-you-need-to-know-about-going-off-grid.aspx Posted: 4/16/2018 12:23:14 PM<br/><br/>As winter approaches, most of us would love to be able to generate our own power to save some money on the inevitable higher electricity bills - however before you take the plunge we take a look at a few things you should consider before going off-grid.<br />As winter approaches, most of us would love to be able to generate our own power to save some money on the inevitable higher electricity bills - however before you take the plunge we take a look at a few things you should consider before going off-grid.<br><br><img src="https://oms.entegral.net/uplo... 16290 2018-04-16T12:23:14.573 Residential activity rating strengthens in the first quarter of 2018 http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16285/Residential-activity-rating-strengthens-in-the-first-quarter-of-2018.aspx Posted: 4/16/2018 9:02:42 AM<br/><br/>There have been signs of significantly improved economy-wide sentiment early in 2018, an improvement that many link to the change in the ruling party’s leadership, which translated into a change in the country’s president too.<br /><span style="font-size: 9px;">| by John Loos, household and property sector strategist at FNB Home Loans.</span><br><br>There have been signs of significantly improved economy-wide sentiment early in 2018, an improvement that many link to the change in the ruling party’s leadership, which translated... 16285 2018-04-16T09:02:42.23 South Africans can’t contain their excitement for container homes http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16280/South-Africans-can’t-contain-their-excitement-for-container-homes.aspx Posted: 4/13/2018 2:17:04 PM<br/><br/>The recent development of Drive Lines in Johannesburg has cemented container homes in the South African property landscape and has been gaining momentum ever since then. <br />The recent development of <a href="http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/15653/Get-ready-for-upcycled-container-living-in-the-Maboneng-Precinct.aspx" target="_blank">Drive Lines in Johannesburg</a> has cemented container homes in the South African property landscape and has been gaining momentum ever sin... 16280 2018-04-13T14:17:04.83 Thrifty buyers benefit as banks’ appetite for home loans increases http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16278/Thrifty-buyers-benefit-as-banks’-appetite-for-home-loans-increases.aspx Posted: 4/13/2018 10:34:55 AM<br/><br/>Banks are competing for new home loan business at the moment and prudent home buyers are benefiting as a result, says Rudi Botha, chief executive of bond originator BetterBond.<br />Banks are competing for new home loan business at the moment and prudent home buyers are benefiting as a result, says Rudi Botha, chief executive of bond originator BetterBond.<br><br>“According to our latest statistics, the average approved bond size in SA is 6.05% higher now than it was 12 months ... 16278 2018-04-13T10:34:55.557 The hunt for the right home has begun http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16277/The-hunt-for-the-right-home-has-begun.aspx Posted: 4/13/2018 9:18:06 AM<br/><br/>Buying your first home can be a thrilling experience, although it can also come with its own unique challenges. It is quite common to be anxious when you're house hunting - especially if it is your first property. A small amount of preparation can go a long way to ensuring you end up with the perfect home.<br /><span style="font-size: 10px;">| Article By Chantalle Bell</span><br><br>Buying your first home can be a thrilling experience, although it can also come with its own unique challenges. It is quite common to be anxious when you're house hunting - especially if it is your first property. A small amoun... 16277 2018-04-13T09:18:06.663 Expert advice for Millennials about to become landlords http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16271/Expert-advice-for-Millennials-about-to-become-landlords.aspx Posted: 4/12/2018 10:39:31 AM<br/><br/>There are certain times in life when you want to settle down and others when you know it is time to move on – to a different job, a different town, or a different home that better suits your current needs.<br />There are certain times in life when you want to settle down and others when you know it is time to move on – to a different job, a different town, or a different home that better suits your current needs.<br><br><img src="https://oms.entegral.net/uploads/o97/shutterstock_709983034.jpg" alt="" style... 16271 2018-04-12T10:39:31.893 Long-distance romance: The remote home purchase http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16270/Long-distance-romance--The-remote-home-purchase.aspx Posted: 4/12/2018 8:32:27 AM<br/><br/>Finding a new home that is “just right” for your family is stressful as well as exciting – and even more so if you are planning a purchase in a remote location. <br />Finding a new home that is “just right” for your family is stressful as well as exciting – and even more so if you are planning a purchase in a remote location. But thanks to modern technology it is far from impossible, especially if you follow these guidelines:&nbsp;<br><br><img src="https://oms.en... 16270 2018-04-12T08:32:27.56 Calling all kitchens: 100% Clay promises diverse design delight http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16266/Calling-all-kitchens--100--Clay-promises-diverse-design-delight.aspx Posted: 4/11/2018 1:29:44 PM<br/><br/>For its 2018 pavilion at Decorex Cape Town, set to run from the 27th of April to the 1st of May 2018, 100% Design South Africa will bring leading local handmade ceramics to the fore with a striking exhibition concept, curated by Cathy O’Clery of Platform Creative Agency.<br />For its 2018 pavilion at Decorex Cape Town, set to run from the 27th of April to the 1st of May 2018, 100% Design South Africa will bring leading local handmade ceramics to the fore with a striking exhibition concept, curated by Cathy O’Clery of Platform Creative Agency.<br><br><img src="https://oms... 16266 2018-04-11T13:29:44.557 Safety Concerns in Apartment Blocks http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16264/Safety-Concerns-in-Apartment-Blocks.aspx Posted: 4/11/2018 10:47:22 AM<br/><br/>There is a lot to consider when purchasing in a sectional title – that is, an apartment block or residential complex – especially if you are buying for investment purposes. “Sectional titles are a great way to break into the property market. But, buyers need to consider all aspects of the property carefully if they want to ensure that it has true investment value<br />There is a lot to consider when purchasing in a sectional title – that is, an apartment block or residential complex – especially if you are buying for investment purposes. “Sectional titles are a great way to break into the property market. But, buyers need to consider all aspects of the property c... 16264 2018-04-11T10:47:22.39 Blair Atholl Golf & Equestrian Estate releases final 80 vacant stands for purchase http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16257/Blair-Atholl-Golf---Equestrian-Estate-releases-final-80-vacant-stands-for-purchase.aspx Posted: 4/11/2018 8:47:29 AM<br/><br/>Launched in 2007, the developers of the well-established and exclusive Blair Atholl Golf & Equestrian Estate - ideally positioned close to Lanseria International Airport to the west of Johannesburg - have just brought to market the very last tranche of 80 vacant residential stands.<br />Launched in 2007, the developers of the well-established and exclusive Blair Atholl Golf &amp; Equestrian Estate - ideally positioned close to Lanseria International Airport to the west of Johannesburg - have just brought to market the very last tranche of 80 vacant residential stands.<br><br><img s... 16257 2018-04-11T08:47:29.833 Kommetjie market bolstered by location and affordability http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16254/Kommetjie-market-bolstered-by-location-and-affordability.aspx Posted: 4/10/2018 1:38:40 PM<br/><br/>Last year the property market in the seaside village of Kommetjie took a significant knock in terms of sales volumes with registrations dropping from an average of 70 the previous four years to just 47, but it also saw an increase in the median house price which grew by 10.3%, from R2.9 million in 2016 to R3.2m in 2017.<br />Last year the property market in the seaside village of Kommetjie took a significant knock in terms of sales volumes with registrations dropping from an average of 70 the previous four years to just 47, but it also saw an increase in the median house price which grew by 10.3%, from R2.9 million in 2... 16254 2018-04-10T13:38:40.863 All Aboard in Alberton http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16251/All-Aboard-in-Alberton.aspx Posted: 4/10/2018 10:29:59 AM<br/><br/>The Johannesburg area of Alberton boasts property for all budgets. “It is still an affordable area, with both buying opportunities and reasonable rentals, particularly when compared to the north of the province,” says Stephen Brown, Principal of Jawitz Properties Alberton, servicing the area and parts of Germiston. “Whether you are a modest or big spender, Alberton really does have something for everyone.”<br /><a href="http://www.myproperty.co.za/property/for-sale/gauteng/alberton/116/" target="_blank">The Johannesburg area of Alberton boasts property for all budgets</a>. “It is still an affordable area, with both buying opportunities and reasonable rentals, particularly when compared to the north of the ... 16251 2018-04-10T10:29:59.04 Understanding the repo rate cut on the property market http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16249/Understanding-the-repo-rate-cut-on-the-property-market.aspx Posted: 4/10/2018 8:44:10 AM<br/><br/>On 28 March, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the South African Reserve Bank announced that the interest rates would be cut by 25 basis points, lowering the repo rate to 6.5% and the prime lending rate to 10%. While most of us know that this is good news, an alarming amount of us will turn a deep shade of crimson if pressed to explain why.<br />On 28 March, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the South African Reserve Bank announced that the interest rates would be cut by 25 basis points, lowering the repo rate to 6.5% and the prime lending rate to 10%. While most of us know that this is good news, an alarming amount of us will turn a d... 16249 2018-04-10T08:44:10.57 Record sectional title sales for Rondebosch http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16247/Record-sectional-title-sales-for-Rondebosch.aspx Posted: 4/9/2018 1:18:13 PM<br/><br/>Significant socio-economic shifts in recent years have transformed the Southern Suburbs sectional title sector, attracting a broader buyer demographic and strengthening the market. No longer the domain of first time buyers and aspirant young professionals, the sector now offers a wide range of property options across all market segments with record sales being achieved despite the prevailing climate. <br />Significant socio-economic shifts in recent years have transformed the Southern Suburbs sectional title sector, attracting a broader buyer demographic and strengthening the market. No longer the domain of first time buyers and aspirant young professionals, the sector now offers a wide range of prope... 16247 2018-04-09T13:18:13.833 How to become a zero-waste household http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16246/How-to-become-a-zero-waste-household.aspx Posted: 4/9/2018 11:48:35 AM<br/><br/>According to GreenCape’s Waste Economy: Market Intelligence Report 2017, 65% of the waste (around 38 million tonnes) that South Africa creates is recyclable. That amounts to an estimated R17 billion/year worth of resources that could be redirected into the economy if 100% of these waste streams were recycled*.<br />According to GreenCape’s Waste Economy: Market Intelligence Report 2017, 65% of the waste (around 38 million tonnes) that South Africa creates is recyclable. That amounts to an estimated R17 billion/year worth of resources that could be redirected into the economy if 100% of these waste streams were... 16246 2018-04-09T11:48:35.32 Politics, market sentiment, and bold developers drive Cape Town’s property skyward http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16244/Politics,-market-sentiment,-and-bold-developers-drive-Cape-Town’s-property-skyward.aspx Posted: 4/9/2018 8:59:48 AM<br/><br/>The Cape Town property market has been abuzz since the election of President Cyril Ramaphosa, Budget Speech and cabinet shuffle - all factors which are “expected to go a long way towards reaffirming investor confidence in real estate”, according to Dr. Andrew Golding, chief executive of the Pam Golding Property group.<br /><p>The Cape Town property market has been abuzz since the election of President Cyril Ramaphosa, Budget Speech and cabinet shuffle - all factors which are “expected to go a long way towards reaffirming investor confidence in real estate”, according to Dr. Andrew Golding, chief executive of the Pam G... 16244 2018-04-09T08:59:48.453 How to Object to the General Valuation Roll http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16242/How-to-Object-to-the-General-Valuation-Roll.aspx Posted: 4/6/2018 11:47:44 AM<br/><br/>Johannesburg homeowners have until 15h00 on Friday, 6 April, to object to the valuation of their property. <br />Johannesburg homeowners have until 15h00 on Friday, 6 April, to object to the valuation of their property. The new General Valuation (GV) Roll 2018 (valid for the period July 1, 2018 – June 30‚ 2022) was made available for public inspection on 20 February 2018. Household municipal rates will be calc... 16242 2018-04-06T11:47:44.47 7 things to look for in a good managing agent/ portfolio manager http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16237/7-things-to-look-for-in-a-good-managing-agent--portfolio-manager.aspx Posted: 4/6/2018 8:52:32 AM<br/><br/>Choosing a portfolio manager for your scheme can often be a difficult task. Not only do you want to find a manager or management firm that can promptly and effectively deal with any issues that may arise, but you also want their services to be as good and as affordable as possible.<br />|article by Prof. Graham Paddock, from <a href="https://www.paddocks.co.za/" target="_blank">Paddocks</a>&nbsp;<br><br>Choosing a portfolio manager for your scheme can often be a difficult task. Not only do you want to find a manager or management firm that can promptly and effectively deal with any... 16237 2018-04-06T08:52:32.51 Mixed-use Loftus Park in Pretoria opens its vibrant first phase http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16234/Mixed-use-Loftus-Park-in-Pretoria-opens-its-vibrant-first-phase.aspx Posted: 4/5/2018 12:36:33 PM<br/><br/>The first phase of Loftus Park opened in Pretoria recently introducing some 34 000m2 of A-grade office space, a premium gym, open air piazza with restaurants and a convenience retail.<br />The first phase of Loftus Park opened in Pretoria recently introducing some 34 000m<sup>2</sup> of A-grade office space, a premium gym, open air piazza with restaurants and a convenience retail.<br><br>Loftus Park is a dynamic, green mixed-use precinct being developed by JSE-listed diversified Real ... 16234 2018-04-05T12:36:33.453 Community driven estates in Gauteng http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16233/Community-driven-estates-in-Gauteng.aspx Posted: 4/5/2018 10:33:43 AM<br/><br/>The rise of security estates in Gauteng continues unabated and now more and more property buyers are turning towards village like estates, where community and tranquility rules the day.<br />The rise of security estates in Gauteng continues unabated and now more and more property buyers are turning towards village like estates, where community and tranquility rules the day.<br><br>You won’t be hard-pressed to find some of South Africa’s most exclusive estates in Gauteng, but for those l... 16233 2018-04-05T10:33:43.873 Pet-proofing your home http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16232/Pet-proofing-your-home-.aspx Posted: 4/5/2018 8:33:05 AM<br/><br/>Just as one prepares a home for a newborn, homeowners need to ready themselves for the arrival of the furry new addition to their family. Puppies and kittens are adorable little mess monsters that just want to explore their new surroundings. But, beyond the possible damage they might cause to your home, their careless wanderings might also land them in some seriously dangerous predicaments.<br />Just as one prepares a home for a newborn, homeowners need to ready themselves for the arrival of the furry new addition to their family. Puppies and kittens are adorable little mess monsters that just want to explore their new surroundings. But, beyond the possible damage they might cause to your h... 16232 2018-04-05T08:33:05.733 Families drawn to the enduring appeal of Arabella Country Estate http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16226/Families-drawn-to-the-enduring-appeal-of-Arabella-Country-Estate.aspx Posted: 4/4/2018 12:31:10 PM<br/><br/>House prices in the upmarket Arabella Country Estate have increased significantly in the past decade, underlining the perennial demand for homes in this well-established golf estate near Hermanus. Renowned for being one of the country’s most luxurious golf estates, Arabella is also becoming a popular option for families seeking a safe living environment.<br />House prices in the upmarket Arabella Country Estate have increased significantly in the past decade, underlining the perennial demand for homes in this well-established golf estate near Hermanus. Renowned for being one of the country’s most luxurious golf estates, Arabella is also becoming a popula... 16226 2018-04-04T12:31:10.57 Seller’s Checklist - Getting your property sale-ready http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16225/Seller’s-Checklist---Getting-your-property-sale-ready.aspx Posted: 4/4/2018 10:24:22 AM<br/><br/>There are two types of people in the world: those who make plans, and those who simply allow life to plan itself. For those belonging to the latter category, you might want to partner with somebody who belongs to the former when selling your home.<br />There are two types of people in the world: those who make plans, and those who simply allow life to plan itself. For those belonging to the latter category, you might want to partner with somebody who belongs to the former when selling your home.<br><br>“There are multiple factors that need to be c... 16225 2018-04-04T10:24:22.827 Property Icon, Pam Golding, Passes Away http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16224/Property-Icon,-Pam-Golding,-Passes-Away.aspx Posted: 4/4/2018 8:21:48 AM<br/><br/>Pam Golding, icon of the real estate industry, passed away peacefully at the of 90 at her home in Wittebomen in Constantia, Cape Town on Tuesday.<br />Pam Golding, icon of the real estate industry, passed away peacefully at the of 90 at her home in Wittebomen in Constantia, Cape Town on Tuesday.<br><br><img src="https://oms.entegral.net/uploads/o97/The%20Icon%20-%20Pam%20Golding.jpg" alt="" style=""><br><br>Golding started her career in 1976 durin... 16224 2018-04-04T08:21:48.703 Marketing your home in the digital era http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16223/Marketing-your-home-in-the-digital-era.aspx Posted: 4/3/2018 12:15:06 PM<br/><br/>There is no point in trying to fight it: the world has gone digital. From updating your debit orders to doing your grocery shopping, most everyday tasks have migrated to the realm of ones and zeros. Why should selling your home be any different?<br />There is no point in trying to fight it: the world has gone digital. From updating your debit orders to doing your grocery shopping, most everyday tasks have migrated to the realm of ones and zeros. Why should selling your home be any different?<br><br>“In today’s market, most buyers will view a pro... 16223 2018-04-03T12:15:06.907 Sectional Title Advice - Ensure the safety of playgrounds http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16221/Sectional-Title-Advice---Ensure-the-safety-of-playgrounds.aspx Posted: 4/3/2018 9:58:46 AM<br/><br/>Many new estates and sectional title complexes offer children’s playgrounds now as an added attraction for parents concerned about the safety of public parks and recreation facilities. <br />Many new estates and sectional title complexes offer children’s playgrounds now as an added attraction for parents concerned about the safety of public parks and recreation facilities.<br><br><img src="https://oms.entegral.net/uploads/o97/shutterstock_308254136.jpg" alt="" style=""><br><br>However, ... 16221 2018-04-03T09:58:46.887 New home? Why you should resist the urge to splurge http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16220/New-home--Why-you-should-resist-the-urge-to-splurge.aspx Posted: 4/3/2018 8:32:04 AM<br/><br/>Buying a new home is exhilarating and in all the excitement of moving in, there’s always a big temptation to splurge on new furniture, curtains and appliances to make everything picture-perfect – especially when your inbox and social media pages are suddenly overflowing with attractive special offers that all seem tailor-made just for you and your new home.<br />Buying a new home is exhilarating and in all the excitement of moving in, there’s always a big temptation to splurge on new furniture, curtains and appliances to make everything picture-perfect – especially when your inbox and social media pages are suddenly overflowing with attractive special offer... 16220 2018-04-03T08:32:04.293 Are Millennials doomed to rent forever? http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16217/Are-Millennials-doomed-to-rent-forever-.aspx Posted: 3/29/2018 1:52:17 PM<br/><br/>Is it possible for the average Millennial to buy property in today's economic climate? Or are they forever doomed to rent? Chris Hajec, Managing Director at Seeff Randburg weighs in.<br />Is it possible for the average Millennial to buy property in today's economic climate? Or are they forever doomed to rent? Chris Hajec, Managing Director at Seeff Randburg weighs in.<br><br>Although Millennials might feel like they are “doomed to rent forever" that may be overstating things a little... 16217 2018-03-29T13:52:17.467 Attracting Foreign Investors in the Western Cape http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16216/Attracting-Foreign-Investors-in-the-Western-Cape.aspx Posted: 3/29/2018 10:46:53 AM<br/><br/>It is well-known that property in the Western Cape has seen phenomenal growth in the last couple of years. But, while there seems to be signs of a slowing ‘semigration’ trend, Lightstone Property recently announced that the number of foreign property investments in the Western Cape has increased by 4% in January 2018 – a trend that spells ongoing hope for this booming market. <br />It is well-known that property in the Western Cape has seen phenomenal growth in the last couple of years. But, while there seems to be signs of a slowing ‘semigration’ trend (which accounted for a large proportion of this growth), Lightstone Property recently announced that the number of foreign pr... 16216 2018-03-29T10:46:53.22 How to negotiate a fair rental increase http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16214/How-to-negotiate-a-fair-rental-increase.aspx Posted: 3/29/2018 8:56:25 AM<br/><br/>Annual rental increases are an unfortunate fact of life for tenants, and a vital tool for landlords when it comes to covering expenses and protecting their investment. <br />Annual rental increases are an unfortunate fact of life for tenants, and a vital tool for landlords when it comes to covering expenses and protecting their investment. <br><br>Getting both parties to agree on a reasonable annual rental escalation isn’t always the easiest conversation to have, but ac... 16214 2018-03-29T08:56:25.98 Rate cut a further boost for market sentiment http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16213/Rate-cut-a-further-boost-for-market-sentiment.aspx Posted: 3/28/2018 3:36:43 PM<br/><br/>Today’s (28 March 2018) announcement of an interest rate cut of 25bps, coupled with Moody’s decision to not only leave South Africa’s credit rating unchanged at one notch above junk status, but to also upgrade the outlook from negative to stable, are positive factors which should provide welcome stimulus for the residential property market, says Dr Andrew Golding, CE of the Pam Golding Property group.<br />Today’s (28 March 2018) announcement of an interest rate cut of 25bps, coupled with Moody’s decision to not only leave South Africa’s credit rating unchanged at one notch above junk status, but to also upgrade the outlook from negative to stable, are positive factors which should provide welcome sti... 16213 2018-03-28T15:36:43.04 Property demand and values increasingly impacted by commute times http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16212/Property-demand-and-values-increasingly-impacted-by-commute-times.aspx Posted: 3/28/2018 12:51:12 PM<br/><br/>As our roads seem to get busier every year, people are seeking ways of reducing their commute times to improve their quality of life. Traditionally, the solution has been to live closer to the workplace, but sometimes this means sacrificing quality of location, says Gareth Bailey, Pam Golding Properties area principal for Durban Coastal on the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) North Coast.<br />As our roads seem to get busier every year, people are seeking ways of reducing their commute times to improve their quality of life. Traditionally, the solution has been to live closer to the workplace, but sometimes this means sacrificing quality of location, says Gareth Bailey, Pam Golding Proper... 16212 2018-03-28T12:51:12.337 Bantry Bay’s residential market proves its mettle after weathering a tough year http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16211/Bantry-Bay’s-residential-market-proves-its-mettle-after-weathering-a-tough-year.aspx Posted: 3/28/2018 11:01:03 AM<br/><br/>Like its exclusive neighbours, Bantry Bay’s residential market took a knock in 2017, with the upper end of the market bearing the brunt, however, the lower segment of the market still remained notably active, achieving respectable growth in the sectional title sector - and the same number of trophy home sales (six) as the previous year.<br />Like its exclusive neighbours, <a href="http://www.myproperty.co.za/property/for-sale/western-cape/cape-town/bantry-bay/1279" target="_blank">Bantry Bay’s residential market</a> took a knock in 2017, with the upper end of the market bearing the brunt, however, the lower segment of the market still r... 16211 2018-03-28T11:01:03.667 A Smart Investment: Property in Education Zones http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16210/A-Smart-Investment--Property-in-Education-Zones.aspx Posted: 3/28/2018 9:07:57 AM<br/><br/>One of the biggest decisions for a parent is deciding which school their children will one day attend. Some start researching their children’s education institutions from birth – or even before. The competition for space in good schools is increasing every year, so much so that some parents are on the waiting list before they even fall pregnant.<br />One of the biggest decisions for a parent is deciding which school their children will one day attend. Some start researching their children’s education institutions from birth – or even before. The competition for space in good schools is increasing every year, so much so that some parents are on t... 16210 2018-03-28T09:07:57.57 Cape Capri Estate provides an excellent investment opportunity http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16209/Cape-Capri-Estate-provides-an-excellent-investment-opportunity.aspx Posted: 3/27/2018 12:09:53 PM<br/><br/>Set on 5.6 hectares of land in the Capri area of Fish Hoek, Cape Capri is an excellent investment opportunity. These two and three-bedroom homes are offered on a turnkey basis, with a 10% deposit required and the balance payable on transfer.<br />Set on 5.6 hectares of land in the Capri area of Fish Hoek, Cape Capri is an excellent investment opportunity. These two and three-bedroom homes are offered on a turnkey basis, with a 10% deposit required and the balance payable on transfer. There are options for single and double-storey configurati... 16209 2018-03-27T12:09:53.833 How to prepare your home for Autumn http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16207/How-to-prepare-your-home-for-Autumn.aspx Posted: 3/27/2018 9:59:09 AM<br/><br/>The once warm mornings now greet us with an icy embrace and evening creeps in earlier and earlier each day. Summer lovers be warned: these are the tell-tale signs that Autumn has arrived. But, there is no need for frost-phobic homeowners to sound the alarm bells; plenty can be done to prepare for this coming snuggle season.<br />The once warm mornings now greet us with an icy embrace and evening creeps in earlier and earlier each day. Summer lovers be warned: these are the tell-tale signs that Autumn has arrived. But, there is no need for frost-phobic homeowners to sound the alarm bells; plenty can be done to prepare for th... 16207 2018-03-27T09:59:09.9