In the past 10 years, the number of sectional title schemes in SA has risen exponentially, and the latest figures show that there are currently well over 700 000 sectional title homes in the country, estimated to house more than 6-million people.

One of Johannesburg’s best kept secrets is Gallo Manor, a leafy residential suburb situated just minutes from the Sandton city centre.

The mercury is rising as the peak tourist season gets underway, and Cape Town’s beaches and scenic mountains are resplendent, reminding us why the Mother City has just been named one of the best three travel destinations in the world by Lonely Planet.

Much has been said about the attributes of living on a residential estate, and while lifestyle appeal is a crucial component, the fact is the sound investment value both in terms of capital appreciation and potential rental income also speaks volumes to property buyers across the country, says Dr Andrew Golding, CE of the Pam Golding Property group.

Relocating for a better lifestyle which includes living off the grid in a more self-sustainable manner is catching on fast in the coastal Garden Route areas of Knysna, Plettenberg Bay and Sedgefield.

Easy access to the workplace, educational institutions, shopping, entertainment, transport, and other facilities, as well as security, remain important concerns to the residents of Pretoria, and are assisting to drive ongoing demand for properties in well-situated estates and sectional title complexes.

Private sector real estate investment in the suburb of Richmond Hill in Port Elizabeth is rising on the back of ongoing regeneration projects, with a record 68 percent of businesses and 34 percent of home owners making improvements to their properties in 2014. 

While much has been said regarding the slowing in house price growth in recent months, the residential property market in Gauteng is a highly complex one, with sharp regional and suburban variations, and there are a number highly positive developments within the region’s property sector.

Founded forty years ago to house a few thousand people working on the then-new Sasol Two and Sasol Three plants in Mpumalanga, Secunda has since grown into a thriving modern town with about 300 000 residents and a complex economy of its own.

The total value of sales in the South African housing market has been steadily increasing, with an 8.3% increase in the value of residential-property transactions from 2014 to 2015.

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