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Negotiation is key when purchasing a property

Finding the right property is hard enough but negotiating the right price and related fees can be harder, especially if one party is unwilling. Sometimes you may need to walk away from the deal.

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Why developing retirement facilities under R1.5m is a no-brainer

We all know retirement facilities are the new big investment opportunity, and research shows that the R1.5 million price mark is the sweet spot. The most recent census conducted in 2011 put the total South African population at 57.7 million people. Of this number, 5.4% were aged 65 and over. When compared to the same figure in 2000, only 3.7% were aged 65 and over.

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How does Johannesburg measure up as a megacity?

Joburg is fast becoming a megacity, but how does it compare with existing African megacities for return on investment? Cairo, Kinshasa and Lagos all carry the status of megacity – cities with a population of at least 10 million inhabitants. Fast on their heels are Dar es Salaam, Luanda and Johannesburg, which are predicted to attain the status of megacity by 2030, according to the United Nations.

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Bamboo houses … are they the answer to the affordable housing crisis?

Bamboo is sustainable and easy to grow, and South Africa has the perfect conditions for cultivation. Could this be the answer as a building material for affordable housing?

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How green is green?

To take the greening of your estate seriously, you must consider each step from conception to design, through the building process and continuing to operation and management.

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Xers mark the spot

As Gen X hits 50, existing and planned estates need to re-evaluate their position on retirement, and on multi-generational living. As the oldest of the Gen Xers are turning 50, and watching their baby boomer parents ‘raging against the [dimming] of the light’, they are starting to ponder their own mortality, potential morbidity and – shock, horror, gasp – old age!

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Estate Living interview with Santam

Louise Martin, COO of Estate Living, interviews Santams Head of specialist real estate, Karl Bishop, on Santam’s development guarantees.

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A global trend

It should seem unsurprising to most of us that urban space is at a growing premium. It’s been a growing trend across the world since the industrial revolution, but particularly so in the last few decades as people flock to urban areas.

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Customer complaints & social media

Not so long ago, if somebody wanted to have their complaint heard, the best options were to write a letter to the newspaper (and hope that it would be published) or dial into the radio. now, in the digital age, everyone has a voice. Never before has it been easier to have your concerns or thoughts heard – no matter how insignificant or trivial they are – and that has implications for estate managers

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Property Development and Section 12J

The Section 12J tax allowance has introduced an exciting new asset class that has attracted over R6 billion within a very short period of time. Let’s explore how this can benefit developers.

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Protecting your investment with insurance

Your home is likely to be one of the most valuable assets you will own. While you put a lot of time, effort and money into making it the ideal home, it is equally important to keep yourself informed on how well this investment is protected.

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Estate living: getting ahead in today’s risky property market

As with anything in life, knowledge is power and in today’s risky economic climate, investors need as much as possible to make bold, calculated investment moves that yield great results. Cue Estate Living, South Africa’s leading resource and specialist consultancy within the community living environments. Masters at building relationships and identifying new opportunities, Louise Martin and Jaime-Lee Gardner’s innovative services are helping investors and developers all over the country to understand their market.  

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How to find the luxury in city living

Some of us get the idea of “Joburg luxury” completely wrong: We see ourselves in the car of our dreams driving down William Nicol on the way to work. When in fact, real city luxury (or perhaps even city happiness) could be found not when you upgrade your ride but when you shorten your commute. Living closer to work does not only add more time to your day and more buck to your budget, but recent research shows that it can also improve your overall wellness.

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What deteriorating municipal infrastructure means for residential estates

Not a day goes by without one hearing of some municipal crisis somewhere in the country. These range from banal but extremely annoying stories of billing crises, lack of budgetary control and bloated bureaucracies to the horror story unfolding in Emfuleni, where total collapse of the municipality as a functional entity has unleashed a tsunami of raw sewage flowing unabated along the streets and through the buildings, as it makes its way to the nearest river.

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UNICITI: a vision for education on the west coast of Mauritius

The Medine group, a century-old key player in the local sugar industry with a land bank of over 10,000 hectares, launched its Education Village in 2012 in the region of Pierrefonds as part of its diversification strategy. This campus has been designed to host a selective cast of world-class and internationally recognised institutions across different fields of study.

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Simple, transparent utility metering can be a differentiator for developers

In a worryingly flat property market, developers are facing an ever-growing challenge to find value-adds to help them move units.

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Investing in a sustainable future

We’ve come a long way since Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth documentary in 2006. Although not the first we’d heard of climate change and the effects of globalisation, it was an eye-opener for many and it sparked fierce debate. Things that were only spoken of then are now becoming reality, and we probably all understand the severity of global climate change, and what this means for future generations. 

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Building Retirement Communities

People aren’t retiring like they used to. Instead, many are working longer out of necessity or from a desire to remain vital and engaged.

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Keep it Clean

Probably one of the most difficult issues facing estate managers is waste management. It’s a truly Sisyphean endeavour – just...

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Fire Risk Management for Estates

Every time we hear stories of veld fires, we are alerted to the very real danger to our homes of...

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The Next Chapter

ARC (Association for Residential Community), proactively supports Homeowners Associations and Bodies Corporate, their management teams and trustees, to establish, maintain...

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Evergreen Sitari

A recently concluded joint venture between Evergreen Retirement Holdings and the Uvest Property Group will see the development of Evergreen...

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Bamboo

Bamboo is one of the world’s oldest natural building materials. In Asia and South America, where it occurs naturally, it’s...

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Builders DIY: How to Make a DIY Chalkboard Serving Tray

In this video we show you how to make a DIY chalkboard serving tray that's cute and easy to make....

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How Do Insecticides Work

In this video Tanya Visser talks about the different types of insecticides and how to use them. Insecticides are ideal...

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Using Water Crystals For Your Plants

The Efekto water-wise crystals is a polymer which attracts water and it's completely biodegradable and non-toxic. This means it's safe...

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How To Use Fired Earth Woodworks

Fired Earth Woodworks is a water based wood stainer and sealer that's perfect for interior and exterior use. It has...

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Protect your walls with Fired Earth Breakthrough 5-in-1

One paint with five applications. It's a world-first in paint technology. View product and shop online with Builders. {{ vc_btn:...

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Builders DIY: Paint your ceiling with Fired Earth Ceiling Paint

It applies pink and dries white - so you'll never miss a spot again. View product and shop online with...

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Builders DIY: Geometric feature wall

Transform a bland white space into a stunning feature wall in a snap with this short and sweet DIY video!...

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New jozi developments may have to include affordable housing

Johannesburg’s proposed new housing policy, which recognises the need for developments to yield a profit, may turn out to be...

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Lifestyle meets style La Balise Marina

There are so many reasons to invest in Mauritius, and even more reasons to live in Mauritius – for at...

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Trending small

Is bigger always better? Not always – and especially not if you want the convenience of living close to your...

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Why estates should join association of residential communities and estate living partnership

The Association of Residential Communities (ARC) has been in existence for over 10 years, with 11 founder members, 10 chapters...

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If you build it, they will come – or will they?

So, you’ve gazed upon your ‘fields of corn’ … you’ve dreamt, you’ve designed and you’ve built. Now what? Do you...

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Best practice transition

A development is not a residential estate – it’s a place with houses in a greater or lesser stage of...

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Going green is profitable

It’s good business to protect natural areas within your housing estate, not only because they make it a nicer living...

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Landscape construction

Brand image is everything. We understand the importance of this, which is why we ensure that your image reflects perfection...

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Security and beyond security

A professional security presence with 24/7 staffed access is a given, but sometimes a developer needs to add an extra loss...

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Fibre is the digital differentiator but what is the cost to you?

As a developer, you are already adding fibre to new properties; in fact, you may very well be retrofitting it...

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Mobile’s next generation

As providers prepare to roll out 5G mobile technology, what does this mean for us? A generation ago, mobile video...

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The battle of the brands

There are people who get a thrill out of picking out new furniture and appliances when they move house –...

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Getting the retail mix right in mixed-use developments

Gone are the days when developers took a shot in the dark choosing retail tenants, with some white elephants that...

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Selling your development estate agent vs sales team

Your development is ready for sales, and you need widespread marketing to reach as many potential buyers as possible, followed...

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Sweet spot

The beautiful plantations of sugar cane that are such an intrinsic part of the landscape of the KZN North Coast...

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Urban regeneration vs gentrification

Rejuvenating inner-city neighbourhoods can be an uplifting, progressive and profitable enterprise, but it’s not as simple as that. There is...

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Dem bones

You’ve probably heard all the hype about Maropeng and the Cradle of Humankind, but there is a lot more to it than the tourism marketers make out.

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Building well for living well

In an urban world where we are increasingly paying attention to our physical and mental health needs, the buildings that...

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Work hard, work fair, nobody hurt

Author: T van Staden – attorney specialising in health and safety legal compliance Construction is a hazardous endeavour, so here’s how…

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Builders DIY: DIY Kitchen Stand

Andrew Donkin and Builders Warehouse show you how to build your own DIY kitchen Stand.

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Builders DIY: How to build a Kitchen

Creating a kitchen with off-the-shelf units not only makes building your kitchen a breeze, but is really affordable too.

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JNCS Beyond Security presents the future of proactive estate security

Come and join Estate Living at JNCS Beyond Security’s highly informative presentation on the Future of proactive Estate Security at…

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PROACTIVE SECURITY IS THE BEST PROTECTION FOR TODAY’S RETIREMENT VILLAGE

Security is top of mind for people looking for a retirement village, so cutting edge security systems such as CCTV…

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Wireless – the 5G vision

Mobile and wireless data are expected to increase a thousandfold over the next decade as more than 50 billion devices,…

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Dynamic security solutions with Enforce Security Excellerate Services’

Central to any estate security product offering should be the understanding that estate security is not only about keeping the…

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Smart City: Security adds value to estates

State-of-the-art security is a natural expectation in any upmarket development, and the more unobtrusive it is the better. Estates with…

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Treasure in the cellar

Perspectives change, and that’s just one of the reasons you need to keep an open mind. This whole management-speak gobbledygook…

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Open up your Views

If there’s one strong design feature that defines homes in a modern estate, it has to be expansive, frameless glass…

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A new semigration destination

The Western Cape may be the primary destination for inlanders seeking a coastal lifestyle, but soaring property prices in the province, and Cape Town in particular, have made potential home buyers turn their focus to the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) North and South coasts.

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Iconic Park Square set to change uMhlanga Ridge

PARK SQUARE TO BENEFIT COMMUNITIES AND INVESTORS IN THRIVING UMHLANGA RIDGE uMhlanga’s most significant new commercial and retail development is…

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Enigma Private Estate in KZN sets new records

Having launched 9 months ago, Enigma Private Estate in KwaZulu-Natal has had a positive response, so positive that this new…

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Wireless – the 5G vision

Mobile and wireless data are expected to increase a thousandfold over the next decade as more than 50 billion devices,…

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Water and Real Estate – Making the Connection

For decades, residential real estate developers and managers have worked within a given set of relationships between themselves, the municipality…

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Occupational health and safety act (OHS)

At a recent health and safety workshop, the question of contractor responsibility was raised in cases where the homeowners’ association…

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How will we live in 2025?

As early as 2025 homes could look vastly different. By 2020, UberAir plans to run air taxis in at least…

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Regulation of roads in secure estates

Over the past couple of decades, the number of secure estates in South Africa, both residential and commercial/ industrial, has…

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Seeing value in the Life Right model

One of the biggest business surprises in the latter half of 2017 was PSG’s investment of R 675 million in…

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Sibaya Coastal Precinct: What’s on the cards for 2018

The 1 000 hectare Sibaya Coastal Precinct on KwaZulu-Natal’s North Coast is well on its way to realising its vision…

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Steyn City Properties CEO named Business Person of the Year

Giuseppe Plumari, CEO of Steyn City Properties, has been named Business Person of the Year at the Nedbank Business Excellence…

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FTTX Conference 2017 – Cape Town ICC: 3 – 5 October 2017 

Under the patronage of Dr Siyabonga Cwele, Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Dr Andile Ngcaba, President FTTX Council Africa, the CEO Juanita Clark and other…

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What makes a modern home better?

Two words define modern lifestyles – mobility and flexibility. Building a contemporary home or home office, therefore, has become all…

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More estates and homeowners are ‘getting off the grid’. Drilling a borehole is a good start.

The world is clearly getting warmer – 2016 was recorded as the hottest year since records have been kept, and…

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Cape Town’s signature urban spaces

Ten years ago, a desirable lifestyle would probably have been to own a modest house in the suburbs with a…

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Propertuity: Bringing Durban’s grande dames back to life

With land at a premium and in short supply wherever in South Africa you may be, property developers are now…

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Impact Zone

The forecast warned that an extreme cold front was to hit the Western Cape that night. Emergency services were preparing…

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Century Property Developments: One size for all

The residential property market, just like any other market today, continues to evolve, and one developer is fast off the…

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With an exceptional approach to comfort and wellness, independent living is designed to surpass traditional retirement living expectations by enriching and enhancing every facet of residents’ lives.

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Located as it is within Cape Town’s historical Bo Kaap district, FORTY ON L also necessitated a far more considered approach to contextual integration — adding to the character and value of the neighbourhood rather than distorting it.

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Eaton Square

Flyt’s new Eaton Square boutique apartment block in Diep River offers a beautiful lifestyle at an even more attractive price – whether you choose  one of our conventional apartments, or opt for our innovative fully-furnished  co-living solution. 

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Greenhill Estate

Fabulously positioned at the top of Waterkloof Heights, Greenhill Estate offers 360-degree views and energy-efficient, sustainable living in an exclusive, secure lifestyle estate.

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Azuri Ocean & Golf Village

Ocean River Golf View Villas, Ennéa, and Amara each have their own identities and vibes. But what they do have in common is perpetual tranquility, and all the benefits that come with living by a golf course.

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Anuva Investments

We multiply value for the investor and the country by combining extraordinary tax savings with carefully selected opportunities, while applying our tested methodology using Section 12J as a vehicle.

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Tsebo

As the leading workplace management solutions provider across Africa,  we provide employment for more than 40,000 people and form an important part of many societies. Our values underpin who we are and serve to direct our thinking, our decision-making and the way we conduct our business as ‘One Tsebo’. The four Tsebo values support our vision, shape our culture, and reflect what we value.

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Flyt Hospitality Fund

A Section 12J opportunity via Anuva Investments. Initiated by SARS in 2009, Section 12J of the Income Tax Act is a tax incentive aimed at boosting business via investment into the venture capital sector. By stimulating new businesses in South Africa and, in turn, job opportunities, Section 12J essentially offers investors an immediate tax break via investment into a Section 12J Venture Capital Company (VCC).

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Servest Security

Security is more than just creating a barrier and controlling access. It’s a relationship that – at its best – so seamlessly integrates vast amounts of data that it almost seems not to exist. And that’s what we at Servest pride ourselves in – creating whole-view solutions for every aspect of your estate’s security.

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