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7 REASONS WHY IT’S A GOOD TIME FOR SOUTH AFRICANS TO INVEST IN UK PROPERTY

The UK is a unique investing environment and quite unlike many other regions globally. As the country negotiates its way through Brexit, many foreign investors are making use of the favourable exchange rate to enter the property market. The UK, even with austerity programmes, is still spending on regenerating cities like Liverpool and this is where savvy investors are buying. Anthony Doyle, a director of …

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THIS DURBAN BUILDING GOT SOLD FOR JUST UNDER A R100 MILLION

DURBAN – A Durban CBD building was recently purchased at an auction for just under R100 million. The building in question is the Absa building that is located on Anton Lembede Street was bought for R99.7 million by a private local investor but how the building will be used in the future is unknown. Bradley …

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PROPERTY OWNERSHIP IS A POWERFUL WAY FOR WOMEN TO ATTAIN FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE

Property ownership among South African women is on the rise. An FNB report published in June showed single women now make up an estimated 10.3% of South African buyers‚ while single male buyers top out at 7%. Online estate agent PropertyFox says 55% of its clients are women. Not all are buying on their own, but all …

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THE PROS AND CONS OF ALTERNATIVE PROPERTY INVESTMENT AND CROWDFUNDING

With tax changes and stricter lending rules making it harder for some to finance a property purchase, investors are increasingly looking to navigate the challenges in the buy-to-let sector. It’s why setting up a limited company through which to buy and operate rental properties is growing in popularity. However, buy-to-let is only one way to get involved in the …

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ESTATE PLANNING FOR OFFSHORE PROPERTY

For South Africans who have invested in offshore property, estate planning can be challenging given the legal and tax frameworks of another country. Therefore, it is vital to know what to expect and how to mitigate financial risk. “Taxation can be a complex business even if you are liable to pay in only one country,” …

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LIFESTYLE RETIREMENT PROPERTY HITS HIGH NOTES WITH UP TO 20% INVESTMENT RETURNS

More and more South Africans are investing in retirement lifestyle developments and enjoying superior returns of up to 20% per annum.  With the benefits of excellent security, luxury lifestyle, close-knit community, full ownership and quality medical and nursing facilities on your doorstep, it’s not hard to see why demand for these properties far outstrips supply. …

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HARD TIMES IN SA: HOW TO START MOVING YOUR WEALTH OFFSHORE

JOHANNESBURG — Sable International has become known as the expert when it comes to moving your wealth (or yourself) offshore and taking advantage of the likes of Portugal’s Golden Visa programme. But there’s a statistic in this interview with the group’s Andrew Rissik that stood out for me. Amid recent challenging economic and political uncertainties in South Africa, Sable International …

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SUBURBS STILL OFFER GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY PROPERTIES

South African property buyers in the current economic climate are looking for properties that offer them good value for money – more so than ever before. This is according to Linda Erasmus, CEO of Fine & County Sub-Saharan Africa, who says that purchasers who undertake thorough investigation into the micro markets of the areas in …

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