Foreign home buyers increase again

While fewer South Africans were selling their homes in order to emigrate, the percentage of foreign buyers of local houses was rising, reports John Graham CEO of HouseCheck. Graham says that the FNB estate agent survey for the last quarter of 2012 shows that the percentage of home sellers who…

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It’s cheaper to buy than to build

It is still much cheaper to buy an existing  house than to build a similar size new house.  Second hand housing in South Africa is now on average one third cheaper than similar size new housing.  However, buyers of second hand housing are advised to make their purchase subject to…

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Consumers are now less trusting

By John Graham CEO HouseCheck Research over the past 10 years on consumer behaviour shows clearly that all over the world the common denominator is a search by the consumer for something to trust. Easy access to independent information via the internet, the banking scandals, political scandals and increasing incidents…

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Property market still fragile

161 000 properties sold – down 35% on previous year South African property Transfer Guide (SAPTG)  analyst, Dieter Deppisch  says the South African property market is still very fragile, although showing very slight signs of recovery.  “In essence we see the market moving in a recuperative mode. Some pockets of…

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