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How to Define Luxury Real Estate in Today’s Market

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If you say a word enough times, it starts to lose its meaning. And in real estate, where the right description can draw buyers to a home on the market, using the right terms is crucial. So when half the homes on the market are suddenly marketed as “luxury,” the definition of the word starts […]

Valuing a Mine

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The first step in valuing a property is to assess its development state at the date of valuation. The stage of development most often will indicate the appropriate valuation approach and will have a significant impact on the final value. Mining projects follow a broadly predictable development path, from the identification of the mine’s potential, […]

Heritage property ownership in South Africa

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There’s nothing quite like the romance, charm and grace of a heritage property, but many people are wary of buying into the historic market for a variety of reasons. For some, it’s the expectation of high prices and excessive maintenance that puts them off; for others, it’s the seemingly endless rules and regulations governing their […]

Africa Hotel Valuation Index 2017

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HVS, the global hospitality consulting firm and host of the THINC Africa conference, launched their 2017 African Hotel Valuation Index (HVI) at the conference. This year sees the fourth edition of the African HVI, which includes more markets and increasing progress for Africa. “The number of markets included in the study continues to grow each […]

What to expect from South Africa’s property market in 2018

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The property market has shifted notably over the last 18 months as the fall-out from the weak political and economic climate, poor growth and credit downgrades continue. The inevitable result is that this rather good performing economic sector, is now also taking strain, says chairman of the Seeff Property Group, Samuel Seeff. “Where it was […]

Most expensive homes for sale in Cape Town

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South Africa has no shortage of expensive homes for sale for multi-millionaires, but there are a select few which are even more exclusive, priced over R100 million – and they’re all in Cape Town. According to estate group, HomeBid, in 2015 home sales and transfers in the R10 million-plus saw the biggest increase than all […]

Your Christmas antiques could actually be collectibles!

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Have you ever wondered whether those old dusty vintage Christmas decorations you store in the garage could be worth something? From glass-blown ornaments to Santa figurines, this post can help you identify what vintage collectible you might have in that Christmas box. Christmas trees Decorating the Christmas tree originated in Germany. Traditionally, nuts, fruits and […]

Valuing Any Gold Project

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Here’s how you value any gold project The mining industry is a fascinating space – not only for the fact that almost everything around us comes from mining but also because of the possibility of striking gold with penny stocks that have the potential to turn into a multi-million dollar mine-producing company. But just as […]

SA’s Crazy Housing Market

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SA’s crazy housing market: Why it’s a great time to be a middle-class homeowner   With ongoing strain in the economy, the housing market is following suit but that’s not necessarily a bad thing according to a new report by LightStone. According to the report, Lightstone has picked up a decline in house price inflation […]

Who’s Buying Farms These Days

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Commercial farmers are being blamed by politicians and the landless alike for supposedly inflating the prices of farms in an attempt to counter land reforms. They are also accused of being slow to participate in black economic empowerment in the agricultural sector. However, real estate agents have a different view. According to Mr Jan Viljoen, […]

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