Over the past few weeks devastating fires have swept across areas in and around Cape Town, creating severe damage to properties, and huge financial losses for the property owners. Dawie Loots, CEO of MUA Insurance Acceptances, says that consumers who live in areas that are known

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Double digit property price inflation in Cape Town means that prices in the city are much higher than elsewhere in the country.  Although many dream of moving to Cape Town this has meant that affordable options are often the prime consideration. The stand-out performance of the

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The Western Cape’s Q4 2016 year-on-year average house price growth was 8%, according to FNB House Price Indices. The country’s star performer has slowed for three consecutive quarters from a 10-year high of 10.6% reached in Q1 2016. “It is likely that, after a recent period

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In the past 12 months, 6% of home loans granted were switches from one lender to another. This is according to Peter Swartz and Nondumiso Ncapai, heads customer interaction and business development at Absa Home Loans. There are many reasons why homeowners switch their mortgages from

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Q We sold a property and the purchaser has submitted a complaint about certain defects in the electricity and plumbing. There was a Certificate of Compliance (COC) issued but it appears that some of the electrical issues do not fall under what is required for a COC document. The

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When it comes to setting goals, you’ve heard it before: “If your goals don’t scare you, they’re probably not big enough!” Up until this past week, I’ve never truly understood that. Yes, I’ve made the big jump to launch a speaking career, and I’ve had to

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Sectional title, bodies corporate and managing agents began collecting CSOS levies from January this year. But since the Gazetting of the new regulations in October last year, managing agents, homeowners associations and bodies corporate have not had clarity on where or how to transfer the

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Q We are in a complex of three houses which is run by a common law homeowners association (HOA). My question is do we have to register our HOA with the CSOS if we are not registered [as a non-profit company] and therefore do not have

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