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    8 Jun

    Cybercrime runs rampant in Real Estate

    The transition from using digital and Proptech has hastened significantly since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, but cybercriminals grow wiser .

    8 Jun

    Sandton Expo gives sneak peak to interested semigration homebuyers

    Seeff to exhibit a showcase of properties in Sandton from end of July to early August. 43% Of buyers in the Gauteng province relocated down to Cape Town.

    24 May

    Winter is the perfect time to sell your property

    Sell your house this winter, as South African residents are not deterred by winter conditions when looking for their next home.

    24 May

    Gauteng property market booming for homebuyers

    Gauteng property market saw a massive boom in sales activity over the past year, with ground-breaking transaction volumes equating to over R137 billion in value.

    23 May

    Cape Town City Bowl estate homes set to top R60 million

    Last year, the Atlantic Seaboard and City Bowl in South Africa experienced a dramatic bounce-back. It has reached some of the highest sales volumes.

    9 May

    Building Plans and Compliances: How to Get Your House in Order Before Selling

    Get a few necessary things relating to building plans and compliances; from water installations to electrical maintenance. Click to find out more

    9 May

    Selling or Letting? A Well-Maintained Home is Key to a Higher Asking Price

    Basic home maintenance can ultimately ensure that your original asking price is “locked down”. asking prices are frequently negotiated down by 20%; avoid this loss.

    25 Apr

    Mauritius lures SA retirement buyers with new visas and property

    Mauritius offers renewable 10-year visas for retirees and people over fifty. You can also bring along your spouse, partner, and children under twenty-four.

    31 Mar

    Hartbeespoort Property Market Boom on WFA Trend

    The Hartbeespoort property market grew significantly over the past year and reached the highest recorded numbers to date.

    14 Mar

    Richards Bay Property Market Booming for Buyers and Sellers

    With significant transactions falling below R1.6 million; however, the most active price range remains between R1 million and R1.5 million.

    2 Mar

    Given the Difficult Economic Circumstances, Budget 2022 Is a Welcome Relief

    Samuel Seeff states that the maiden budget laid out by the new finance minister, Enoch Godongwana, is a welcome relief considering the challenging environment.

    21 Feb

    How the Property Practitioners Act Will Affect Sellers in 2022

    The PPA 2019 enforces several reforms to the property industry, most notably the renaming of estate agents as property practitioners.

    16 Feb

    Top Performing Cape Luxury Estates Hit Record Prices for City Bowl Plots

    Buyers are now looking at luxury housing estates in Cape Town’s City Bowl for a better quality of life and security.

    14 Feb

    How the Property Practitioners Act Will Affect Homebuyers in 2022

    The (PPA) gives homebuyers extra protection, such as the requirement to disclose flaws in purchases and rentals; even though it has been in use for some time, it is now a legal obligation.

    11 Feb

    Buyers prefer lifestyle estates over freehold, despite their high price

    We explain the critical difference between living in an estate and a freehold property and why lifestyle estate have become a popular decision for homebuyers.

    7 Feb

    Why homebuyers should pay attention to the housing market in 2022

    We expect the interest rate to stay substantially below pre-pandemic levels in 2022. Bank loans remain at their highest level in over ten years.

    27 Dec

    Use the holidays to prepare for your next property move

    If you are ready for your next property move, the upcoming holiday season might be the ideal time to prepare so that you are ready to move in the new year.

    20 Dec

    Holiday homes as an investment

    Owning a holiday home in South Africa is often high on the wanted list and there is so much to choose from, but do your homework before investing.

    13 Dec

    From your home to homes in need

    Seeff’s Home2Home Campaign operates across all branches and enables households and businesses to donate unwanted goods to those in need.

    15 Nov

    Inland housing markets stage strong post-lockdown comeback

    The housing markets in the inland provinces such as Mpumalanga, Limpopo and North-West have stages a strong comeback from the hard Covid Lockdown last year

    11 Nov

    Young buyers drive high demand for affordable Midrand property

    The Midrand property market is dynamic and attractive for buyers and investors with many first-time buyers and sellers currently flocking here.

    8 Nov

    New apartments in Pretoria East meet demand for convenience and luxury

    It is a great time to invest in new developments and Seeff is delighted to offer a choice of new apartments in Lynnwood Glen and Menlyn in Pretoria East.

    1 Nov

    Mortgage values rise as bank lending continues to support the market

    The historically low interest rate and banks’ propensity to lend continue to underscore activity in the housing market.

    22 Oct

    Umhlanga now a hotspot for high-net-worth semigration buyers

    Umhlanga on Durban’s north coast has become one of the hottest markets for semigration buyers, especially Johannesburg and surrounds.

    15 Oct

    House prices steady as we head to local elections

    While slowing marginally, mid-year data from the Deeds Office indicate that prices are still growing, predominantly in the lower price categories.

    11 Oct

    Cape estates in demand, Applegarth launches townhouses to meet demand

    High demand for housing in secure estates are now evident while Applegarth Estate has launched townhouses to offer a broader choice for buyers.

    8 Oct

    Apartment living in demand, new development for Pinelands a first in 25 years

    PineworX, a modern, mixed-use block, located in the heart of Pinelands, is a first new apartment development in 25-years. Prices start from just R845 000.

    4 Oct

    Favourable lending continues as property recovers to pre-pandemic levels

    It remains one of the best times to invest in property as mortgage lending approval rates continue trending upwards and deposit requirements downwards.

    29 Sep

    Winelands “Zoom towns” sees strong rental demand

    Paarl, Franschhoek, Stellenbosch, Wellington and Tulbagh have become popular Zoom towns attracting people from upcountry and the Cape metro.

    21 Sep

    Waterfront property benefits from pandemic as buyers weigh quality of life

    While the pandemic has boosted demand for more outdoor space and greenery, waterfront apartments are also back in demand for a better lifestyle.

    16 Sep

    South Coast is the new north as KZN property bounces back after unrest

    KZN property remains resilient in spite of the recent spate of unrest. While there will no doubt be some effect and the market has slowed, it is bouncing back.

    13 Sep

    West Coast property tops R2,5bn, record prices as WFH trend drives demand

    West Coast property is “booming” driven by the low interest rate and Work From Home (WFH) trend as people look to escape or relocate close to Cape Town.

    10 Sep

    From influencers to purchasers, millennial women dominate property

    Mortgage loan data shows women are increasingly purchasing their own property with the highest number of sales concluded in the 31-35 millennial age bracket.

    7 Sep

    Low interest and monetary easing drive strong global house price boom

    Contrary to expectation, house prices in Europe, Asia-Pacific, the USA and Canada are up by 8% to 10% over the last year compared to 5.75% in South Africa.

    4 Sep

    Low to no rent increases keep Pretoria rental market active

    Low to no rent increases has enabled Pretoria landlords to retain good tenants and continue earning rental returns despite the Covid financial challenges.

    1 Sep

    Best time to buy a house since 2007

    It is arguably the best time to buy a house since 2007 as the property market continues to be a positive story for the economy, buyers and sellers.

    30 Aug

    Dealing with negative equity when selling

    Seeff provides insight into negative equity and how to avoid being unable to cover your mortgage bond or the cost of improvements when selling.

    26 Aug

    Buying off-plan versus buying an existing home

    Seeff gives some advice on what to consider when deciding whether you want to purchase an existing home or buy into a new development on an off-plan basis.

    23 Aug

    What to do when your property does not sell

    Market conditions continue to largely favour buyers and it is a good time to sell. Seeff provides guidance on what to do if your property does not sell.

    20 Aug

    Micro-apartments are trending in urban areas

    Micro-apartments are trending as a cost-effective solution and is ideal for buyers who spend little time at home and do not want the burden of maintenance.

    11 Aug

    Seeff Home2Home in action, mobilising food relief for KZN

    In the midst of the looting crisis, Seeff mobilised our Home2Home CSR initiative to assist with food relief collection and transportation to KZN.

    6 Aug

    Stable interest rate welcomed for positive property cycle

    The SARB decision to retain the interest rate unchanged is welcome news and will continue supporting the positive property cycle.

    2 Aug

    Why use a rental agent and how to choose the right one

    If you do not have a good calibre tenant who pays on time or looks after the property, you can quickly be left out of pocket. A rental agent can help.

    20 Jul

    Rental market stabilises, but challenges remain

    Rental market continues to stabilise, but it remains under pressure, particularly in areas where there are high stock. Seeff summarises the latest trends

    16 Jul

    Investing in Mauritius property, visa options and new development

    The Government of Mauritius has made it easier for foreign buyers to obtain a residency visa by lowering the required investment into a qualifying property

    12 Jul

    Does your estate agent have what it takes?

    While success in real estate sales may look easy, the reality is that successful agents tend to be those who have been doing the job for years

    8 Jul

    Property market … the good news story

    If the current trend continues, the market could be in for a bumper year for home sales in the context of the current climate. Read here for more!

    7 Jul

    Congratulations Brett Botsis for celebrating 10 years as Seeff Umhlanga Licensee

    Turning forty this year and celebrating 10 years’ as Seeff’s Licensee for Umhlanga, Brett Botsis’ real estate story began when he was just 22-years old.

    5 Jul

    The benefits of buying off plan are plentiful

    The starting point for any potential purchaser is always to ensure they invest in a credible development which is backed by the banks. Find out more!

    1 Jul

    No debate, it is always better to buy than rent

    There is simply no debate when it comes to owning the roof over your head. It creates security, stability and personal wealth. View our article for more!

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