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Job Creation in the property sector – Picking the low hanging fruit

John Graham (National Association of Building Inspectors of SA) Aug 2017 Within the giant property sector an opportunity has arisen to pluck some “low-hanging fruit” and meaningfully address the triple threats of unemployment, lack of transformation of the economy and disintegrating infrastructure. The asset value of the property sector is massive:  Last year the Property …

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Zuma shakes up the estate agency industry

President Jacob Zuma has issued a proclamation switching control of the Estate Agent’s Affairs Board (EAAB) to Tokyo Sexwale, Minister of Human Settlements. Previously control and administration of the EAAB fell under the Department of Trade and Industry, which is also responsible for the Consumer Protection Commission.  In two related developments: Sexwale told Parliament recently …

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SA Homes Getting Smaller

The South African residential property market is adjusting to the tough economic climate and new homes are getting smaller and more basic – with fewer bedrooms, swimming pools, staff quarters or garages.  These reductions have implications for home inspection fees:  HouseCheck home inspection quotes are based on the number of rooms and so HouseCheck clients …

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