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Has technology truly diminished the value of estate agents?

20 Jul 2018

"Given the rise in technology, the value offering of real estate agents has fallen - as reflected in their compensation." This point was made to me last week in a response to my column on diminished agent earnings on LinkedIn. It was preceded by a story I had seen in The Guardian, one o...

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Flat repo rate welcomed amidst slow economy and property market

20 Jul 2018

We have welcomed the decision by the Reserve Bank's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) to retain the repo rate at the current level of 6.50% (base home loan rate of 10%). Flat repo rate welcomed amidst slow economy and property market The decision was largely anticipated by the market given the bet...

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Is it better to restore or repair a heritage home?

19 Jul 2018

It's no secret that old homes have a very special kind of character that is difficult to replicate in modern spaces. From Cape Dutch to mid-century modern or even 70s-kitsch, a well-preserved period property has the potential to achieve record-breaking sales figures in the right market. To fulfil...

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External factors turn optimism to caution

19 Jul 2018

The downhill slide to the end of 2018 could be more an uphill struggle for the country's property market, with external factors leaving it facing a bleak outlook. South Africa's slow economy and rising living costs chiselled away at the optimism felt at the start of the year, leaving the 'Ramapho...

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