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Monday Jul 09, 2018

Consumer pressure hits property market

Landlords, tenants and homeowners have not been left unscathed in the wake of petrol price increases, a stagnant economy and impending municipal rate hikes.

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Township micro-developers thrive in affordable market

A new generation of property entrepreneurs is emerging in Cape Town's townships. They have seen a gap in the property market for low-cost rental accommodation, and have seized the opportunity by building solid bricks-and-mortar developments offering affordable micro-units.

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Factor in all costs when buying or selling property

When it comes to property transactions, whether a person is a buyer or seller, there are many expenses involved, and it's best to be fully prepared beforehand, so that there are no "surprises" that cannot be covered, says Nelio Mendes,'s marketing manager.

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Parking rates to increase in Cape Town

Cape Town is pushing ahead with a plan to increase kerbside parking in the CBD to up to R400 a day. A new parking management plan that it wants council to adopt makes provision for those who want to park for longer hours at higher rates.

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Fire-retardant homes under development

Shack fires are commonplace in South Africa, and are one of the major problems facing informal settlements, often leading to death and leaving people homeless.

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Friday Jul 06, 2018

Cape Town property owners irate over large water bills

Sky-high municipal accounts of some Capetonians have sparked a massive outcry after it emerged that some ratepayers had been billed in excess of R300 000 following a system glitch.

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Check rules, finances and levies when buying Sectional Title

If you are thinking of buying into an apartment building or other Sectional Title (ST) complex, it's vital that you read and understand the Conduct Rules of that particular complex before you sign any offer to purchase.

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Thursday Jul 05, 2018

Prospective property owners hit by rising prices and tariffs

Factors such as the weaker rand, rocketing fuel prices and the steep electricity and municipal tariff increases could delay many families' hopes of becoming homeowners, especially if they start borrowing more to make ends meet.

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What property owners need to know about electricity and insurance

Homeowners are at risk of having their insurance claims rejected if it is found that they are not in possession of a valid Electrical Certificate of Compliance (ECOC) for their property.

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Monday Jul 02, 2018

Property pricing calls for reality check

Property pricing has been a much discussed topic in Cape Town in recent months as the stagnating market and price growth declines have seen more properties for sale than buyers.

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