Author: Lauren

5 ways an interior designer will have the edge

The layout of interior spaces can make or break a sale and can add value to a home. An interior designer will help your clients swing that deal. Stephanie Woodhouse has been an interior designer for more than 40 years and owns her own business, Wowhaus. She has been involved with the Society of Designers South Africa (now IID) in KwaZulu-Natal for about 20 years, including a stint as the president. AN INTERIOR DESIGNER CAN HELP WHERE AN ARCHITECT CAN’T Architects are usually more concerned with bigger issues such as site plans, exterior materials and structural safety. An interior...

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It’s time to clean up the industry!

Rebosa has launched a whistle-blower initiative on their website and are inviting all agents to report illegal operators. There are a multitude of agents practicing illegally and the general perception is that no action is being taken in this regard. Rebosa has been interacting with the EAAB on an ongoing basis but has experienced difficulty in measuring the success of this. As a result, Rebosa has  launched a whistle-blower initiative on their website and are inviting all agents to report illegal operators in this manner. Anonymity is guarenteed. This does not mean that the whistle-blower opportunity on eaab.org.za must...

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Seeff’s successful learnership programmes

Seeff’s unemployment Learnership programme of 2017 is paving the way towards transformation in real estate. In 2017 the Seeff Training academy received funding from Services SETA for an unemployment learnership programme where 36 previously disadvantaged individuals between 18 and 33 years of age, were given the opportunity to obtain qualifications and various skills in Real Estate before being deployed to Seeff’s offices over Gauteng. Ronel Bornman, Seeff’s National HRD Manager, says that for this programme Seeff was assisted by Harambee, a youth employment accelerator and independent, non-profit social enterprise, who helped with the initial screening and recruitment process. “Seeff...

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SA HOME LOANS BUYS STAKE IN PROPERTY START-UP

SA Home Loans has announced it has acquired a 49% stake in online property start-up PropertyFox. SA Home Loans CEO Kevin Penwarden says the investment is an excellent fit for both companies. “We had been looking for an opportunity to enter the property industry … and PropertyFox resonated strongly with us.” While PropertyFox will continue to operate independently, the deal will directly benefit both businesses. “PropertyFox will become a strong source of leads for us,” says Penwarden. PropertyFox CEO Crispin Inglis says the investment will allow his company to ramp up growth in 2018. “We are looking forward to...

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URBAN UPGRADES: THE RIGHT MODEL

Savvy developers increasingly look for a balance between successful upliftment and profits As with most aspects of property, making the business case for urban renewal of industrial and other neighbourhoods involves getting the location, pricing and timing just right. Developers in these areas tend to be more entrepreneurial and often have to identify opportunities that form part of a broader strategy for the location rather than creating just a single, attractive development. The upliftment of areas that have fallen out of favour, but have a central location, are increasingly being driven by demand for more competitive rentals, an alternative...

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