By now the whole of South Africa is aware of the increase in the VAT-rate to 15%, announced during the 2018 Budget Speech.

The Middle East is weak. Europe, Hong Kong, Macau and Canada continue to experience strong price rises. But China, Russia, Japan, and most of the Middle East are experiencing either house price falls - or a sharp deceleration of house price rises

Surrounded by mountains and situated at the foot of the Long Tom Pass in Mpumalanga, Lydenburg, now also known as Mashishing, is rapidly becoming a business hub servicing the surrounding communities and mining interests as far afield as Pilgrim’s Rest, Steelpoort, Burgersort, Ohrigstad and Rietfontein.

How often do we see those adverts “perfect for home-office” or “ideal for business” on an estate agent’s advertising platform and take it as a given that the said property is in fact ‘ideal for business’? But often these advertising statements are either loosely, incorrectly or deceitfully used in order to make a property more attractive to buyers.

Foreigners - including South Africans, wanting to acquire freedom of movement for themselves and their families to study, work and live anywhere in the European Union, are increasingly turning to Portugal to acquire EU citizenship, says Chris Immelman, MD of Pam Golding International.

In the 4th Quarter 2017 FNB Estate Agent Survey, the secondary home demand percentage was mildly lower than in the prior quarter, representing the 3rd successive quarter of decline.

The value of outstanding credit balances in the South African household sector increased by 3,8% to R1 542,8 billion in 2017, up from a low of 0,7% in 2016.

“It was a stable start to the New Year with the Reserve Bank today announcing no change in the repo rate at the conclusion of its Monetary Policy Committee meeting, as forecast by various market commentators,” says Dr Andrew Golding, CEO of the Pam Golding Property group.

SAPOA is cognisant of the fact that to postpone ‘Day Zero’, the City launched several emergency water supply augmentation projects in mid-2017.

With people today living longer and opting for a more active lifestyle, when planning for their future retirement many have no desire to spend their latter years in a typical old age home but prefer a far more independent and active lifestyle – all within a secure location and with medical facilities readily available.

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