On 23 August 2017, Stats SA released South Africa's latest inflation figures.
These figures showed inflation dropped to 4.6% in July, from 5.1% in June.
With the SA inflation target at 6%, the SA Reserve Bank now has a lot more room to lower interest rates further.
In July, the bank dropped the interest rate by a marginal 0.25% from 10.5% to 10.25%.
But following this latest announ... ››› more
There's no denying it. Property is one of the best performing sectors of the JSE, year in, and year out.
In fact, a quick look at the SAPY property index shows that it returned 1,035% between the start of August 2004 and August 2016.
In comparison the JSE All-Share index returned 626% including dividends…
Clearly property is a top performing sector.
What's even better - with list... ››› more
I was recently at a property auction. The developer of a complex had been liquidated and was left with 7 apartments that needed to be sold on auction.
Before the auction these properties were advertised for around R560,000. And there was not much interest in them.
Considering they could fetch around R5,200 in rental per month I hoped to pick one or two up for a bargain at the auction… ... ››› more
Right now there's a shift happening in the South African property investment space that's perfect if you're a property investor that wants to get your money into the rental property game.
Demand for buying property is falling quickly and more people are looking to rent property right now. This is because the weakening rand, banks tightening their lending criteria and the general increase in co... ››› more
Last week a property investors told me that: “Property in SA is too big a risk. New laws coming out soon will limit property ownership to two properties and there will be no foreign ownership allowed.”
Is this true? Should you up and sell your property right now, or is there hope left for the South African property sector?
The truth about new property laws – it’s not as bad as yo... ››› more
I've often argued the fact that renting property is the quickest way to throw your money away. Why would you rent, when you could buy?
When you buy a property, you're making a solid investment in your financial future. Not only do you have a place to live, your property value increases too. Once your bond is paid off, you could decide you keep your property or sell it for a pretty decent retur... ››› more
Property buyers have more negotiating power - Now is the perfect time to invest in property
In the last few years, investors buying residential property for investment purposes were struggling to negotiate the price of the properties down.
That's because higher property prices were giving sellers all the negotiating power.
But there's a shift of power happening in the markets right now.... ››› more
“Investing in property doesn't make money any more. I should rather sell everything and put my money in the bank.”
That's the words of a friend of mine, Jaco, whilst we spoke about property investing the other day.
Jaco owns a number of properties but feels that he's not making enough money from them to keep on bothering investing in property.
The thing is, after investigating the ... ››› more
Whenever I look for a way to generate income, I ask myself three questions:
• How much is this going to cost me to start?
• How much effort will I have to put into this?
• How quickly can I make my money back?
These three questions are important. I know that most of us don't have money to waste investing in ideas that may, or may not work.
The good news is that I've done this... ››› more
Over the weekend I was speaking to a friend of mine. He just moved into a new area after switching jobs. While he's checking out the property in the area he's renting a property.
One of the issues he faced was a rental deposit - and this actually affected which property he chose to rent initially.
You see, because of tenants not paying rent, or damaging property many landlords have been fo... ››› more
Many homeowners can't afford to keep up with their bond payments thanks to the latest interest rate hike... And economists expect even more hikes over the next two years. That means there'll be an oversupply of properties on the market which means one thing - Bargain properties on the market!
You see, properties sold on auctions are about 30% cheaper than ones sold on the open market!
To fin... ››› more
Many investors are afraid of investing in property because they simply don't know how to get started and what to expect from their property investments.
The truth is investing in rental property is a great way to increase your monthly income and grow your long-term investment portfolio.
Today, let's look at three benefits of investing in property and why you should consider property rental... ››› more
Today's property prices are high and it's become near impossible to jump onto a property listing website and find a deal that's worth your time.
The best way to find under-priced property right now is at sheriff auctions.
But before you jump into action and race to the first sheriff auction to buy a property there's a number of things you need to consider first before you even consider buyin... ››› more
Igor Marinkovic is a self-made millionaire property investor who captivated the audience at the FSP Invest Symposium 2014.
But it's not his exotic name or thick Serbian accent that caught the attention of the delegates.
In fact, unlike the other speakers, he didn't even have a fancy PowerPoint presentation. He merely used two pages of a flip-chart paper to explain his simple, yet highly effe... ››› more
I made a grave mistake when selling my first property.
I had an apartment which was on the market for about six months. I wanted to sell it because it was underperforming the rest of my portfolio in terms of rental escalations. And due to certain changes in the neighbourhood it was in I didn't expect a recovery anytime soon.
So, when the tenant I had in the apartment made an offer to purc... ››› more
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