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'Rentvestor' A New Breed Of Property Buyer
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South Africa is currently seeing the emergence of a new type of property buyer known as a "rentvestor", says Gerhard Kotzé, MD of the RealNet estate agency group.

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What Semigrants Need To Consider When Investing In Commercial Property In Cape Town
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There`s no such thing as an inexpensive property investment mistake, says Lance Chalwin-Milton, joint MD of specialist property auction house The High Street Auction Co, but some markets are more equal than others, and in the South African commercial real estate sector, Cape Town is where ill-informed decisions are likely to exact the largest toll.

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Why Consider Serviced Apartment Investments?
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The needs of business and leisure travellers are constantly evolving. Is the serviced apartment accommodating them?

Serviced apartments are a relatively recent phenomenon. They are fully furnished flats that have similar amenities to hotel rooms and can be used for either short-term or longer-term stays

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How Junk Status Will Affect The Property Market
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News broke last week that The Fitch ratings agency could affirm SA's rand-denominated credit rating one level above junk at BBB-, a move that no doubt makes us question what this means for the property development and real estate sectors.

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The Ins And Outs Of A Commercial Lease Deposit
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A deposit is a predetermined sum of money which a tenant is required to pay the landlord before taking occupation of any commercial premises.

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Zero-Rated VAT For A Commercial Property Transactions
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The area of zero-rated VAT for a commercial property transaction can be confusing and must be properly understood if one wishes to avoid confusion and delays.

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Renting Versus Owning Business Premises
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Every growing business throughout its life cycle is confronted with the important decision to continue leasing or own the premises in which it operates.

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Can You Really Consider Equities Versus Property?
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"Is it better to invest in equities or property? " This very common question comes up frequently, but the answer is that they are not directly comparable as they are completely different asset classes.

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Investing When Universities Are Burning
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As I am writing this, the universities in my country are burning and our finance minister has been summoned to court on charges of fraud causing the currency, once again, to devaluate like a rock falling.

What does it mean to be wise as serpents and as harmless as doves when you are a business person under such circumstances?

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Make A Smooth Switch From Renting To Owning
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Owning a home is a dream-come-true for many young people, but being a first-time buyer wrapped up in finding just the right property could mean that the thought of what it will cost to run and maintain that property hasn't crossed your mind.

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SA Office Vacancy Rates Are Moving Towards Market Equilibrium
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South African vacancy rates in non-CBD nodes are gradually moving back to their equilibrium position.

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Residential Building Activity Remaining Under Pressure
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Based on data published by Statistics South Africa, building activity in the South African market for new private sector-financed housing (see explanatory notes) remained under pressure in the first five months of 2016, with much subdued year-on-year growth in activity levels in May this year.

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The Pros And Cons Of Buying A Property VS Renting
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Should you rent or buy a residential property?

It all depends on where you are in life, according to Paul Stevens, CEO of Just Property, who says that making the correct choice is entirely dependent on one`s stage of life, financial situation and personal circumstances.

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What To Be Aware Of When Selling Or Buying Sectional Title Property
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When a sectional title unit is being sold, the situation sometimes arises where it is discovered too late that the scheme's body corporate has not been run properly, that they have not held AGM's regularly or the financials are showing signs of discrepancy or debt, said Michael Bauer, general manager of property management company IHFM.

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Hot Tax Tips For Rental Property Owners
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Over the past few years, economic uncertainty and stock market volatility has boosted investor interest in residential rental property.

And it can be a great source of income as well as long-term capital gain, but what many investors forget is that those returns are not tax-free.

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Buying A Home With Your Boyfriend Or Girlfriend - What Happens If You Break Up?
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So, you've been thinking about getting a foot on the property ladder, but your salary doesn't quite cover the kind of bond you'd been hoping for.

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Buying Your First Commercial Property As An Investor Or An Owner-Occupier
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When purchasing commercial property, be it a factory workshop or an office, the value of the property can be assessed from 2 fundamentally different standpoints, Len Pears of Quagga Property Brokers says.

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The Pitfalls Of Valuing Vacant Developable Land
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The valuation of a substantial track of developable vacant land with the potential for township establishment poses special challenges to property valuers.

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Advice For Tenants And Landlords On New Lease Agreements For Industrial Property
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Many landlords and tenants feel that they have considered all the aspects of a future tenancy of premises. It is only years down the line that many side effects of a lease agreement may come into effect, many of which may be negative.

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Investing In Africa Pays Off Long Term
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South African investors and developers looking at investing in Africa need to partner with locals and be involved for the longer term as returns might not be attractive initially, according to Fergus Mackintosh, head of real estate for Africa at Standard Bank.

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It Is Not About The State Of The World, But The State Of Sub-Saharan Africa
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One of the key structural drivers of economic performance is economic openness which measures the connectedness and mobility of economies that comes about through international trade, capital flows and the movement of information and people.

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Broll Report Reveals Positive Outlook For SA Commercial Property
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Broll report reveals positive outlook for SA commercial property despite downward pressure on South African GDP Malcolm Horne, CEO of Broll Property Group, part of the global CBRE Affiliate Network, says: "The Broll Property Report 2013 shows the outlook for an upturn in world growth is now brighter than in 2012.

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New Model Needed For SA Rental Market
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SOUTH African businesses and financial institutions need to seriously explore an alternative funding mechanism that could turn rental housing into some form of equity buildup for middle-income earners who do not qualify for bonds or government housing subsidies, says Tongaat Hulett CEO Peter Staude.

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US Property Market Showing Strong Signs Of Recovery
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There have been some interesting developments in recent months in the US housing market with many regions seeing strong sales and price increases leaving analysts talking about a sustained recovery.

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Has The Value Of Your Property Declined By 25%?
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The circulation boosting headline of "25% drop in house prices" was misleading to say the least. The article referred to the fact that existing houses can be currently bought at a 25% discount when compared to the current cost of building.

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Which Investment? - Industrial - Office - Retail - Residential?
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It is generally accepted practice, depending on investor needs, that any well-constructed investment should include an appropriate split between shares, property and cash.

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The Scope For The Wily User-Investor
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The user investor market is beginning to raise its voice in the US; will SA follow suit?

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New Developments Put The Squeeze On Developers' Profit Margins
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The profit margins of developers and contractors have been squeezed in order to bring new developments to the market during the economic downturn, says Colin Green, a director of Rabie Property Group.

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SA's Missing Link
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Housing funds - Attracting interest from JSE investors.

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SARS Land Tax Ruling Shock For Developers
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Analysts warn that companies having to pay hefty tax bill on property sales could retard the development of land.

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The New Companies Act Explained
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South Africa`s new Companies Act includes making directors liable for losses and measures to give distressed companies more time to recover.

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Pigs And Arabs Through Muddy Waters
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The economic experience of the Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain bloc through the recent global financial crisis compared with that of SA has been well documented and discussed and the differences are clear.

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Collaboration To Beat Collusion
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Doug Wares, CIOB Africa president, considers the building of relationships and trust among team members, and between the team and the customer, essential to great delivery of a construction project. 

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Property Industry Has A Key Role To Play In The Green Revolution
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Sanlam's head office in Bellville is managed by JHI property services group, which is making recommendations on 'green' initiatives in various commercial properties.

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Will Infrastructure Projects Really Deliver For Property?
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Governments all over the world have turned to infrastructure projects over the past few years as an immediate means of creating employment and boosting economies out of recession.

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Lack Of Zoned Land Will Hinder An Upturn
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Zoned land with development rights is becoming increasingly scarce and the rezoning process increasingly more complex and time consuming which will make it difficult for developers to respond quickly to an upturn in the market.

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Retail Upgrades Will Kickstart Construction Industry
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Building professionals in the South African construction sector need little reminding that the development pipeline has shrunk in recent months.

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The Outlook For Property Investors
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The performance of listed property remains closely correlated to bond yields and not necessarily underlying fundamentals.

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How The Consumer Protection Act Will Affect Property Transactions?
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The Consumer Protection Act will only apply to a property transaction when the seller (or in the case of a lease, the landlord) is acting in the ordinary course of business.

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Better Prospects For SA's Commercial Property Sector
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While consensus has the South African commercial property market facing a gradual and varied recovery in 2011, specific areas of the sector are showing promise beyond the norm.

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Listed Property Outstrips Equities, Bonds In 2010
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The SA listed property posted an impressive 29.6% total return for the year 2010, notably outstripping both the All Share and the All Bond indices.

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Positive Forecast For Property Market Conditions In Sub Sahara-Africa
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There are strong signs that Sub Sahara-African economies are benefiting from rapidly developing telecommunications, mineral extraction and the energy sector.

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Most SA Tenants Pay Their Rent - SA Property News
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The payment behaviour of residential tenants in the third quarter of 2010 is relatively unchanged compared to the second quarter remain, which is possibly a sign that embattled consumers have settled down to the discipline of keeping household expenses under control

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Wall & Smith News Document
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The November 2010 Property Watch alluded to the fact that Banks consider owner/occupiers to be high risk borrowers.

Banks appear to be looking for financial utopia, i.e. non-risk lending and that's pie in the sky stuff, any form of lending carries risk of some sort.

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Lincoln On The Lake - Sunday Weekend Argus
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Intent on being the first Green Star SA Rated Office building in KwaZulu Natal, the 6700sqm Lincoln on the Lake mixed-use development in Durban`s upscale Parkside precinct of Umhlanga Ridge New Town Centre is poised to raise the bar on environmental standards for commercial projects throughout SA.

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The Devon Valley Hotel Unveils Vineyard Rooms And Flavours
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November 5, 2008 was a beautiful evening to celebrate an auspicious occasion, the unveiling of the extensive renovations to The Devon Valley Hotel outside Stellenbosch, including twenty new luxurious rooms.

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Cradle City Is Coming Soon
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Cradle City, the first city planned around an airport in South Africa, is likely to be an innovative, sustainable, green-driven development on 912 hectares surrounding Lanseria International Airport, north of Johannesburg. "In addition to a unique location, with Lanseria International Airport as the focus for the development with the attractions of the nearby Cradle of Humankind, we are in an extraordinary position to build a city from the start. This provides an exciting opportunity to optimise the mix of uses, facilities and amenities, " said Markus Kaps, Key Projects appointed director of development for Amari Land.

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Take-Off For Lanseria's New Cradle City
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Cradle city will be the first planned city built around an airport in South Africa. The Green driven city will be situated on 912ha of land around Lanseria International Airport. Key projects are the appointed development and project managers for the developer Amari Land on this very exciting project.

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Nuwe Stad In Wieg Vir Lanseria
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Key Projects is baie betrokke om op die grootste private eiendoms ontwikkeling nog in Suid-Afrika gesien.

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Rock Art: Idwala Lodge
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"Idwala is a Zulu word for rock - apt, for a site that is covered in a uniquely beautiful orange-tinged rock, a material used extensively in all the structures, one that contributes substantially to gentle invisibility." The Elphick Proome designed 5 star lodge had many logistic challenges for builders and deliveries, these obstacles were successfully project managed by Key Projects.

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Investors Rush For Office Park Venture
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Key projects were proudly involved on this prestigious office park development at Century City in Cape Town. The project, a joint venture between Louis Group International and Nucleus provides 4250sqm of AAA grade office space.

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Umhlanga Development Is One Of SA's First Green Star Rared Buildings
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Key Projects are playing a vital role in Growth Point`s ambitious goal of attaining South Africa`s first 5 Star rated green building. Key Projects are a corporate member of the Green Building Council of South Africa.

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Knowledge Is Key To Capitalising On The Competitive Holiday Rental Market
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Cape Town's popularity as a world-class tourist destination has resulted in a spike in the number of homes available for holiday lets and fuelled investor demand for sectional title units with short term rental potential.

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