While a further reduction to the interest rate would have been a bonus for aspirant first-time home buyers and existing homeowners with mortgages, the Monetary Policy Committee’s decision to leave the repo rate unchanged at 3.5% was anticipated by the majority of market commentators, says Dr Andrew Golding, chief executive of the Pam Golding Property group.

After the worst economic downturn in decades, further dampened by the recent tightening of lockdown restrictions in response to the second wave of the pandemic and the recommencement of load shedding, economic growth – while admittedly coming off a low base - is still widely expected to show some positive growth of around 3% this year.

Sectional Title schemes that are not yet compliant with the reserve fund provisions of the Community Housing Schemes Ombud Services (CSOS) Act should rectify that position as soon as possible.

As the property market continues to heat up and shortages of homes for sale in certain areas and price brackets start to develop, hopeful buyers and investors are increasingly turning to estate agents directly and paying them a fee to go out and find suitable properties.

After last month's bleak budget speech by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni, South Africans are settling in for a long and uncertain road to economic recovery. While the inevitable increase in pressure on consumers’ pockets will unavoidably filter down into the property market, experts remain cautiously optimistic about property’s performance.

Cape-based Flyt Property Investment has announced the official launch of Quivertree, a trendy new property offering in the university town of Stellenbosch, featuring 102 self-catering, fully-furnished apartments for long- and short-term rentals or for purchase, geared not only for the student market also but for young professionals, transient  workers and business travellers.

Thursday, 19 November 2020 06:25

Emira is powering business the sustainable way

Mitigating environmental and economic risks for itself and its tenants’ businesses, Emira Property Fund is continuing its programme of investment into clean energy from renewable resources to create long-term growth and drive economic recovery.

Berry Everitt, CEO of the Chas Everitt International property group, says the most positive news to emerge from the Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement delivered by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni today is that the economy is expected to “rebound” in the final quarter of 2020, and return to positive growth next year of 3,3%, following an expected decline of 7,8% this year.

Competing against real estate companies from around the country, this is the 14th year that Pam Golding Properties has received the prestigious 5-Star award for ‘Best Real Estate Agency in South Africa’ (over 20 offices) in the world-renowned International Property Awards.

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