What does the rest of 2022 hold for property investment?

Apr 7, 2022 11:21:32 PM Share this:

Rising interest rates, lowered COVID restrictions and increasing expenses, are but a few of the factors influencing the property market. What does that mean for the real estate in 2022. Over the past two years of the pandemic the real estate industry experienced interesting trends, that for the most part had a positive impact on the market. Record interest rate lows coupled with a major rise in demand by first time buyers translated in real estate companies reaching never before seen highs.

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Topics: Property Investment, Market Value, Buying and Selling

Aesthetic attraction to transform your simple home

Feb 9, 2022 1:44:50 AM Share this:

As the famous quote by Andre Rieu identifies, "coming home is one of the most beautiful things". The aesthetic, or external beauty if you will, of a home is often the very thing that makes you fall in love with it. How the contrasting colour wall brightens up a once boring room or a fresh coat of paint with beautiful complimenting curtains bring a regal look to a simple structure. 

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Topics: Property Markets, Buying and Selling

What can we expect from the property market in 2022?

Jan 19, 2022 12:39:35 AM Share this:

The following appeared in a recent national article where the CEO’s of the top 5 real estate companies were asked to reflect on 2021 and give their predictions for 2022.

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Topics: Richard Gray, Harcourts South Africa, Sellers market, Buying and Selling

2022 set to solidify real estate returns

Jan 13, 2022 7:48:33 PM Share this:

The past two years have changed our lives forever. We see little kids not knowing what it's like to walk around in public spaces without a mask and many of us have lost family and friends during the pandemic. At times it appears the light at the end of the tunnel keeps shifting and normality fades with every step we take. The reality is, none of us knows when the COVID pandemic will come to an end, but what we do know is that every day we still have the opportunity to live and breathe. This is synonymous with how South Africans have approached their property purchasing. 

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Topics: Property Markets, COVID-19, The new normal, Buying and Selling

Festive season coastal property market set to boom

Dec 20, 2021 10:56:25 PM Share this:

Every year the South African Summer trends tend to fluctuate based on regional buying activities and economic circumstances influencing consumer confidence. During the beginning of this year and the festive period of 2020 we saw fantastic trading months along Coastal regions, especially Cape Town, and this year is set to be no different. 

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Topics: Harcourts South Africa, South African Markets, Buying and Selling


Dec 4, 2021 2:04:15 AM Share this:

Prepare your substrate properly. We can’t stress the importance of this step enough. Cracks, peeling or flaking areas must be sanded, scraped or smoothed prior to applying new primer and paint. Otherwise, the thicker, heavier new coat will end up pulling the old paint off the wall and you’ll have wasted the money you spent on your new paint as well as your time.

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Topics: Harcourts Real Estate, Buying and Selling, Agent Tips

Interest rate change still favours property market and economy

Nov 20, 2021 12:52:06 AM Share this:

The repo rate will increase by 25 basis points to 3.75%, South African Reserve Bank (Sarb) governor Lesetja Kganyago announced explained today, which means that the prime lending rate of commercial banks will increase to 7.25%.

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Topics: Richard Gray, Harcourts South Africa, Interest Rates, Property Markets, Buying and Selling

Loadshedding's effect on the property market

Nov 17, 2021 10:21:51 PM Share this:

South African's are no strangers to unfavourable economic conditions paired with adversity in the market. Recent fuel hikes and continuous price increases of basic goods, loadshedding stresses seem to be the last thing we need. And this, all in a year of a global pandemic.

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Topics: Harcourts South Africa, Loadshedding, Going Green, Buying and Selling

Selling secrets for the warmer months

Oct 26, 2021 11:36:45 PM Share this:

The weather is warming up and Spring is in full swing. Despite South Africa being a relatively warmer winter nation, it still feels as if we hibernate during the colder months. Thankfully Harcourts experienced unprecedented growth this past year so we are expecting even more activity in the real estate market in the coming months. Summer is approaching fast and if you are thinking of selling this summer, here are a few insider secrets.

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Topics: Richard Gray, Real Estate Agents, Information on buying and selling, Harcourts Real Estate, Buying and Selling