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. 


Read more

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

Spring has sprung the luxury market into season

Sep 8, 2021 8:09:46 PM Share this:

Traditionally Franschhoek has been a property market that has primarily seen buyers emanate from beyond local shores. European buyers have for many years made up the bulk of the Franschhoek property market. However, as COVID restricted international travel this has had an undoubted effect on the market in the region. Surprisingly, in recent times, we are seeing far more South African buyers with an appetite for luxury properties come to the proverbial table.


Read more

Topics: Harcourts South Africa, Spring selling season, Harcourts Real Estate, Harcourts Winelands, COVID-19, Franschoek

Level 4 lockdown will impact real estate market

Jun 29, 2021 1:07:58 AM Share this:

Following the President's announcement yesterday evening that the country will move to Lockdown Level 4, as the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic intensifies, we as Harcourts South Africa have already put structures in place to protect both our agents and clients to the highest degree.


Read more

Topics: Richard Gray, Real Estate Agents, Information on buying and selling, COVID-19, Virtual Tour, Virtual Inspection

The human factor in modern real estate

Jun 10, 2021 10:23:22 PM Share this:

It often seems as if every day there is a new app, a new technological feat, a new digital advancement being introduced into the global real estate market. It is often difficult to discern between the necessary and unnecessary. At Harcourts, we have invested hours upon hours developing strategies and we are very proud of our achievements and service offerings in the tech space and are happy to say that we lead the real estate market in certain aspects of the technological world.


Read more

Topics: Technology, Richard Gray, Real Estate Agents, Information on buying and selling, Harcourts Real Estate, COVID-19

COVID effects on the property market and South African investment positivity

Apr 9, 2021 8:58:55 PM Share this:

It is difficult to address the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy when so many people experienced personal loss and trauma during this time. But then you think about it for a minute and consider the impact the virus has had on our livelihoods and business operations as well, and then only does the entire picture come into view.  With that being said, why then has the real estate market not only been able to stay buoyant but, in contradiction to earlier predictions, show immense activity and growth during the past year.


Read more

Topics: Selling, Richard Gray, Harcourts South Africa, Property Markets, Property and Investments, COVID-19

COVID effects on the property market and South African investment positivity

Mar 11, 2021 10:34:06 PM Share this:

It is difficult to address the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy when so many people experienced personal loss and trauma during this time. But then you think about it for a minute and consider the impact the virus has had on our livelihoods and business operations as well, and then only does the entire picture come into view.  With that being said, why then has the real estate market not only been able to stay buoyant but, in contradiction to earlier predictions, show immense activity and growth during the past year.


Read more

Topics: Selling, Richard Gray, Harcourts South Africa, Interest Rates, COVID-19

Evolving and adapting to the current economic climate

Jan 14, 2021 9:29:14 PM Share this:

The new year has come and with it new challenges. We're still in the wake of 2020 and with the current restrictions, many businesses remain under pressure. The real estate industry continued to work through a lot of the difficulties facing in the industry. Thankfully, in some regions, the market is highly active and sales have improved beyond previous years. How do we navigate the foreseeable future and adapt enough so we can sustain and grow our business?


Read more

Topics: Real Estate Agents, Estate agent training, Innovative technology, Harcourts Real Estate, COVID-19

How buyers can gain leverage in a seller’s market

Oct 13, 2020 1:17:54 AM Share this:

Many areas are experiencing a hot real estate market and have shifted to a seller’s market. This is despite the COVID-19 pandemic or perhaps because of it, as well as the subsequent record low-interest rates. While current conditions are prime for sellers, they can make the process more challenging for property buyers. Navigating a seller's market can seem daunting for prospective buyers, however, they can still position themselves for success and zero in on their ideal property. 


Read more

Topics: Buying, Richard Gray, Real Estate Agents, Harcourts Real Estate, First time homeowner, COVID-19

Proptech industry propelled into action during COVID-19 pandemic

Oct 5, 2020 10:28:02 PM Share this:

The Proptech, or property technology industry, is experiencing a massive push by the coronavirus pandemic, with companies implementing and investigating technology-backed solutions to combat ongoing challenges. The proptech value chain as a whole has always depended on whether the country is equipped to transition into a more technologically-driven system, however, COVID-19 didn’t lend itself to choice.  


Read more

Topics: Richard Gray, Real Estate Agents, Harcourts Real Estate, COVID-19, Proptech

Port Elizabeth - investment opportunity due to pandemic-induced market

Sep 21, 2020 9:43:15 PM Share this:

Real estate in the Port Elizabeth region is a burgeoning market in unprecedented times. As a whole, the property industry has experienced many unforeseen changes due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, including a record-low interest rate. By far the most surprising development has been the dramatic switch to a seller’s market. With many people seeking refuge in quieter cities, as well as a growing desire for simpler lifestyles, investing in the PE property market could provide an ideal solution. 


Read more

Topics: Richard Gray, Harcourts South Africa, Property Investment, COVID-19, Port Elizabeth, Harcourts Beachfront, Nikki Strooh