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Monday Apr 24, 2017

Voortrekker Road makes comeback as Cape's second CBD

Property prices in the Voortrekker Road Corridor Improvement District, including certain areas of both Bellville and Parow CBDs, have risen by about 15% over the past year.

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Cellphone tower upsets rural idyll

Spend some time at Henley on Klip, and it's clear that you're no longer in Joburg. Birds fly around, filling the air with chirping sounds. Houses sit on properties with sprawling lawns.

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Friday Apr 21, 2017

How to avoid being turned down for a home loan

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.

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Thursday Apr 20, 2017

Tax tips for landlords

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.

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Wednesday Apr 19, 2017

A bank evaluation is not a home inspection

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.

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Tuesday Apr 18, 2017

'Police palace' set for Muizenberg mountain-side

An elaborate extension of the Muizenberg police station will require large-scale excavation of the mountain, with the cost estimated at about R20 000 a square metre, the Cape Argus has reliably learnt.

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Junk status 'could boost buy-to-let sales'

Two property markets should gain momentum in the aftermath of South Africa's downgrading to junk status: the rental market and the Western Cape property market with semigration likely to continue unabated.

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Pretoria property owners win tug of war over city park

The homeowners association of an upmarket security estate in Waterkloof Ridge is embroiled in a bitter legal battle with the City of Tshwane regarding an eco-park adjacent to the estate which the city is now threatening to "put on tender to the highest bid".

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Joburgers flock southwards

The number Gauteng "semigrants" coming to the Western Cape is likely to intensify in the coming years as South Africans look to live in perceived safer havens around the country.

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Property investors eye 'Generation Rent'

Millenials are fast becoming known in the property industry as "Generation Rent" as increasing numbers are opting to rent their homes as opposed to buying them.

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