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Knowledge is power – particularly when it comes to property acquisition

Making a well-informed property purchase decision is often reliant on the quality of information and expert advice one is able to glean from the property market in the area or neighbourhood and its location to suit individual lifestyle and requirements. 


In prime position in Fresnaye on the Cape’s Atlantic Seaboard, this luxury home is on show at the Pam Golding Properties property exhibition and is priced at R200 million.

Important factors such as current prices being achieved in the market and price appreciation trends can play an important role in one’s final decision to invest in property in a specific location, and at the right price.
 
Property buyers today have a wealth of options to consider, including a broad selection of homes in major centres and towns in regions right around the country, with migration to other provinces a frequent occurrence, as experienced in the Cape Town Metropole, where Pam Golding Properties reports that in the high selling season some 40 percent of buyers on the Atlantic Seaboard hail from Gauteng.


Artist’s impression of a Stefan Antoni designed golf villa in Le Parc de Mont Choisy in Mauritius - on show at the Pam Golding Properties property exhibition.
 
Regional trends provide interesting food for thought for home buyers.  According to the Pam Golding Residential Property Index, Cape Town remains the top performing house market within the major metros, peaking at 9.6 percent price growth in May (2015), with both Johannesburg (6.8 percent) and Tshwane (8 percent) house price inflation continuing to gather momentum.
 
“Although national house price inflation has eased to 5.3 percent in August (2015), this is only one percent below the previous cyclical peak of 6.3 percent in September 2014,” says Dr Andrew Golding, chief executive of the Pam Golding Property group. “The lower end of the market continues to perform strongly with pricing rising by 8.7 percent from year-earlier levels. Within the lower price band, KwaZulu-Natal is the top performing region with house price growth of 16.7 percent, followed by the Western Cape at 12.8 percent and Gauteng at eight percent. Regionally however, the Western Cape is now the top performing overall.”
 
Pam Golding Properties Property Expo

Providing prospective property buyers and investors with an opportunity to meet with area specialists from around the country and simultaneously view an entire portfolio of desirable properties in a variety of locations - all at one venue, Pam Golding Properties is hosting a national and international property exhibition in Sandton from 13-18 October 2015. 


This elegant home in Saddlebrook Estate – a secure country lifestyle estate in Midrand, is on show at the Pam Golding Properties property exhibition and is priced at R8.5 million.
 
“While it is common practice these days for many home buyers to browse the internet to research the market, there is still nothing quite like a face-to-face discussion with those in the know to help provide in-depth knowledge and expert advice regarding the property market and the broad range of properties available. This includes our complete database of some 36 000 properties as well as a specifically selected portfolio showcasing approximately 1 000 properties and prime-located residential developments.
 
“PGP agents will be on hand throughout the exhibition to personally discuss individual requirements. Furthermore for those requiring mortgage finance ooba consultants will be available to provide advice and pre-qualify buyers to help smooth the entire process.


Located in Zimbali on the KZN North Coast, this upmarket home is on show at the Pam Golding Properties property exhibition and is priced at R7.5 million.
 
“We’ve chosen Gauteng as the venue due to the fact that this province represents a key driver of property buying across the various regions in South Africa as well as internationally. Migration to other provinces is one of the ongoing trends that is seeing buyers from this major economic hub look to acquire property not only locally but in a host of locations around South Africa for a myriad of reasons including a primary residence for relocation – including upgrading or downscaling, leisure or weekend getaways, pure investment, a different lifestyle, student accommodation and retirement.”
 
Properties on show cover a broad spectrum from vacant land, urban apartments, townhouses and spacious family homes to lifestyle and golf estates, small holdings, country estates, wine farms and exotic game properties. These vary from starter homes below R1 million right through to iconic, luxury properties at the top end of the market upwards of R20 million – including a spectacular home in Fresnaye on the Atlantic Seaboard priced at R200 million.
 

Situated in sought after Thesen Islands in Knysna, this upmarket waterfront home is on show at the Pam Golding Properties property exhibition and is priced at R12.274 million.

Notable residential developments on display include Steyn City lifestyle resort in Fourways, the luxury high-rise residential development Park Central in Rosebank, landmark Melrose Arch in Melrose and Copperleaf in Centurion – all in Gauteng, as well as the acclaimed Val de Vie estate in the scenic Paarl-Franschhoek Valley in the heart of the Cape Winelands and Emanzini Private Reserve and Mahathunzi  development in the picturesque KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.
 
Showcased properties available for purchase in Gauteng are situated in popular locations such as Hyde Park, Sandton, Northcliff and surrounds, parts of the West Rand, Midrand, Fourways and Dainfern, and Pretoria. Garden Route and Eastern Cape areas such as Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, George, Port Elizabeth, Mossel Bay, Kenton on Sea, East London and Jeffreys Bay are well represented at the exhibition as well as KZN’s Durban Coastal region stretching along the sought after North Coast to Ballito and Zimbali, plus the Pietermaritzburg, the Midlands and Underberg areas.
 
As South Africans continue to show a sustained appetite for international property, PGP has included three ideally-situated developments in the popular Grand Baie area in Mauritius, with their International & Projects Division on hand to explain the benefits and process involved in buying offshore property in these prime locations. The first of these is the upmarket Le Parc de Mont Choisy Golf and Beach Estate, where PGP has already sold over 120 units at a total value the current equivalent of approximately R2 billion. Designed by renowned architect Stefan Antoni, apartments are priced from US$710 000 and villas from US$1.1 million.


Priced at R35 million and situated at the foot of the Helderberg Mountain between Stellenbosch and Somerset West, this 6.47ha small holding includes a  guesthouse, restaurant and wedding venue and  is on show at the Pam Golding Properties property exhibition.
 
A brand new offering is Le Domaine de Grand Baie, the first retirement investment product in Mauritius available to foreigners, which caters for investors looking for a guaranteed Euro-based return of up to 4.15 percent per annum or for seniors seeking to retire to the island with units priced from US$235 000. There is also KI Grand Baie Residences, a development geared towards holidaymakers or those relocating, with apartments priced from US$390 000 and penthouses from US$700 000.
 
The Pam Golding Properties national exhibition takes place 13-18 October in the Checkers Court at Sandton City from 9am to 8pm Monday to Saturday and from 9am to 6pm on the Sunday.


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