Quick uptake now of affordable units in Gauteng

Units in entry-level developments to the south and east of Johannesburg are selling fast. Indeed, eight out of every 10 prospective buyers who view units in the affordable price range are making offers to buy, says Carlos Moreira, owner of the Harcourts Olympic estate agency that operates in these areas.
Moreira, who specialises in marketing new developments, says two projects are currently in particular demand. "Firstly, we have just taken over the marketing of units in Helderwyk Village near Carnival City on the East Rand, and young buyers are now lining up to sign offers here.
“The development currently offers about 150 units in the R400 000 to R800 000 price range, with a further 300 to be released in the near future, and it is in an excellent location with regards to highways, shopping centres and recreation facilities."
Units in Ormondo View Estates, near Nasrec and Southgate to the south of Johannesburg are also selling like hot cakes, he says. Harcourts Olympic sold a total of 120 units in this development last year and Moreira says his team is on track to sell at least another 100 this year.
"Young black professionals between the ages of 25 and 30 are flocking to the development thanks to good value, excellent security and good location. Prices range between R379 000 for one-bedroom units and R900 000 for three-bedroom units”.
Meanwhile, he says, Harcourts Olympic is also marketing a new development in Beyers Park in Boksburg. The free-standing units are being sold off-plan at prices ranging from R469 000 for 75sqm units with two bedrooms to R549 000 for units of about 80sqm with three bedrooms.
Moreira expects that these units will also be heavily targeted by young buyers thanks to the proximity of the East Rand shopping mall. "It is a popular area and the nearby highway network makes a commute to offices in other areas very convenient," he says.

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