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A task team made up of leading South African property industry figures is putting together an urgently needed sectional title arbitration panel – the Sectional Title Alternative Dispute Resolution Panel – in an attempt to break the deadlock that has arisen over the resolution of disputes in sectional title complexes.…

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The latest Lightstone review of the South African residential property sector gives further evidence that, although it would be premature to talk about a full-on recovery in the residential property market, trading conditions are very definitely improving, says Bill Rawson, chairman of the Rawson Property Group. “Lightstone’s figures are fairly…

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Read about the laws and guidelines in regards to setting, collecting and interest on late payment of sectional title levies. General manager of property management company, IHFM, Michael Bauer, discusses the streamlined process of arbitration, according to the levy default system in the Prescribed Management Rule 71.  This could save…

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A common mistake some people make is thinking that trustees in sectional title schemes have to be owners in that scheme, says Michael Bauer, general manager of IHFM property management company. In fact, anyone who is legally nominated and elected can be a trustee – as long as most of…

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Demand for properties to rent is at an all-time high, and this is a good time to invest in a property to rent, as you are unlikely to struggle to find a tenant, according to Glenda Taylor, director of Greeff Rentals, which manages more than 400 rental properties in Cape…

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If you’ve ever wanted to own a property in Plettenberg Bay, now’s the time to buy one, with the last stands available in the beautiful Schoongezicht Country Estate being sold at half price. “There are only about 20 stands left,” says John Fuller, the Chas Everitt International franchisee in Plett,…

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If South Africa's surviving emerging construction companies were a patient, the ambience in the hospital ward would be intensely uptight.    These companies are facing a financial crisis of sorts as local and provincial governments in some provinces allegedly continue to fail to pay them timeously for commissioned work.   …

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Now that women’s month is over, has the construction industry forgotten about women’s rights? Can the construction industry lead to changes in equality?    Read more about the problems women face in the construction sector, the changes that can be made to remedy the situation and the solutions the construction…

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The Green Building section of the Sustainability Conference addressed the current hot topics of green building and energy efficiency. The conference, held at the Sandton Convention Centre from the 26-29 July 2012, covered many themes concerning sustainability. One of the modules within the Green Building section was Energy Efficiency. Speakers…

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