Property Barometer

Some excellent reading material available here for you, being the latest Property Barometer produced by FNB. See also below the link to the Property Price Forcast from Lightstone.

Select pdf file below

Note that this is a national overview and our beautiful Western Cape is not showing signs of slowing down, in fact ‘she is on top form!

Click image to access Lightone’s Property Price Forecast

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Constantia Village Open-air Art Fair at the Old Village

30 JAN AT 07:00 UTC – 31 JAN AT 12:00 UTC

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Event by The Constantia Village

30 Jan at 07:00 UTC – 31 Jan at 12:00 UTC
Price: free · Duration: 1 day
Public  · Anyone

Come and support local artists and explore stunning art from the Constantiaberg Art Society at the beautiful open-air Old Village on Saturday and Sunday, 30 & 31 January.

#ArtFair
#SupportLocal
#TheConstantiaVillage

Constantia Property Review Year to Date Jan to Sep 2020

FREEHOLD SALES in Constantia 2020 vs 2019 (excluding land sales, sectional title and houses in estates) – Please note that 2020 figures are likely to be distorted due to Deeds Office closures in 2020 due to Covid.
ESTATE SALES in Constantia 2020 vs 2019 (excluding land sales Estates) – Please note that 2020 figures are likely to be distorted due to Deeds Office closures in 2020 due to Covid.
SECTIONAL TITLE sales in Constantia 2020 vs 2019 (excluding those in Estates) – Please note that 2020 figures are likely to be distorted due to Deeds Office closures in 2020 due to Covid as can be seen in the increase in Average Price due to an average determined from only four transactions reflecting.

Cape Town Steals the Stars

IF LIGHT POLLUTION CLEARED

The image of Cape Town is the best!

Whether it’s simply gazing up at the stars, staying up late to catch a glimpse of a pink moon or cracking out the telescope in the hopes of witnessing the big meteor shower, humans have been mesmerized by the beauty of the night sky for thousands of years.

The night sky is one of nature’s most beautiful creations but as cities expand and populations increase, so does the demand for artificial lighting such as street lights. Whilst practical and essential for day to day living, this lighting affects our view of the sky with the naked eye, and it is now impossible to see the Milky Way in large cities and metropolitan areas due to the light pollution it creates.

But what would a clear sky look like?

We compiled skyline photos taken by photographers across 27 locations and reimagined them to reveal what the skies could look like across the globe if they were free from light pollution.

Marvel at some of the most stunning skylines across the world, take a breath, and drink in the beauty of a clear night sky. Happy star-gazing!

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Peddlars Deli

Peddlars Deli is officially open! Come and join us for a light bite or pick up something for dinner. The new deli offers coffee, toasted sandwiches, sit down meals, takeaways, jams & preserves, sauces, ready-made meals, meats, cheeses, patè, sweet treats, gifts and much more!

Peddlars Deli is open 7 days a week (Mon -Sun) 8am – 5pm. Food delivery is available Mon – Sat 12 – 7pm. Spaanschemat River Road, next to Waldorf School, Constantia. 021 794 7747

A landmark since 1993, Peddlars has become one of the most recognised & beloved destinations in Constantia. Its casual upscale ambience permeates throughout the venue, which comprises versatile seating & dining in the restaurant, garden & bar areas.

Supporting Local Business
Email us – andre@everitt.co.za

MOVING HOMES, PREMISES OR BUSINESSES

MOVING HOMES, PREMISES OR BUSINESSES: REGULATIONS ADAPTED
Thursday, 14 May 2020

Regulations published this afternoon by virtue of Government Gazette 43320 have made the movement of persons and businesses easier than the previous regulations allowed for during Level 4.

Moving across provincial, metropolitan, and district boundaries is now allowed, once-off, no matter when the lease agreement or transfer of property took place. In addition, the window period for the move until  7 June, has been dropped.  Domestic abuse victims have also been included in the new regulations.
Those who want to move must travel with the relevant documents, including a permit, lease agreements (indicating the date of expiry of the old lease or the date of commencement of the new lease); proof of purchase of residence and occupation date, including transfer documents for a new property; a domestic violence order, or proof of change or new occupation of business premises.

You can view the regulations here.

Government Gazette 43320

For assistance, contact us on www.stbb.co.za or email us at info@stbb.co.za

With thanks to STBB 

 

Great video from Klein Constantia

Over 346 tons of grapes, 12 hour days, 0 injuries, over 170 tons of Sauvignon Blanc, over 40 tons of Muscat de Frontignan grapes, over 30 tons of red varietals, a total of 27 days of harvest, too many different playlists to recall on our speaker & countless memories…

Harvest 2020 is one we will never forget. We would like to thank our 34 vineyard workers, 4 tractor drivers, 4 vineyard team leaders, 2 truck drivers, 1 foreman, 2 farm managers, 2 cellar hands, an Italian, a Swissman, a Frenchman, 2 winemakers and the rest of team for their hard work in making this an amazing vintage.

That’s a wrap for Harvest 2020! Cheers!

Source: https://www.facebook.com/KleinConstantia and Youtube

Constantia greenbelts are officially open to the public again

According to the latest CRRA press release on the Greenbelt pathways in Constantia during stage 4 Lockdown, the Constantia greenbelts are officially open to the public again thanks to a challenge by the CRRA regarding conflicting statements from Mayor Dan Plato and local Ward Councillor.

In a media statement on 30th April, the Mayor stated that various specific walkways/promenades were opened including ‘all other publicly accessible boardwalks or pathways’. The latter would presumably include pathways through the greenbelts.

On 1st May Cllr Liz Brunette sent out an email stating that: “Unfortunately we are not allowed to use the public parks, public open spaces, greenbelts and recreational facilities during Alert Level 4.

The National Government’s Covid-19 Regulations specify that residents may not use the City’s public parks and recreational facilities to walk, run or cycle. Please note that ‘public parks’ include public open spaces and greenbelts used by the public.”

This was obviously in conflict with the Mayor’s statement.

The CRRA wrote to Cllr Brunette and Mayco member for Transport, Ald. Felicity Purchase seeking clarity.

The City obtained legal opinion which supported the opening of the greenbelts and public walkways, lanes etc.

Read more: http://www.crra.co.za/

Purchasing property post lockdown

Here’s what property buyers need to know about the way forward after SA’s lockdown.

Questions around the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on the residential property sector have been rife – and with good reason as property is a sector that contributes significantly to the GDP. More than that, property is inextricably linked to accommodation and shelter, one of our most fundamental needs. Both buyers and sellers are concerned about whether they will be able to transact in the coming months, while buyers in particular are asking questions about the stance banks are likely to take around lending money for home loans.

It’s useful to consider the broader context, before addressing the question of home loans specifically. Even before Covid-19 and lockdown the market conditions were that of a buyer’s market in which supply outweighs demand, giving buyers both more options and more room for price negotiation. All conditions suggest that a buyer’s market is likely to remain the status quo, which helps those looking to buy. The lower interest rate – the lowest it’s been in 47 years – also goes a long way in making property investments more affordable and more attractive to potential buyers. Add the fact that the threshold on transfer duty was raised to R1 million earlier this year and that the price of property in general is likely to come down somewhat as a result of the overall strain on the economy. All of this makes the outlook rather positive for those who can afford to buy at this time.

Affordability is king

While always important, affordability is set to be an even more pertinent consideration going forward and buyers are therefore advised to keep all accounts in good standing and save as much as possible for a deposit.

At this stage, it is unknown exactly how banks will respond to home loan applications after lockdown, but there is a strong likelihood that it will be with caution and that the qualifying criteria will be more stringent.

While the economic recovery from lockdown is likely to be slow, it’s important that the banks continue lending money in a responsible manner as a means of stimulating the property sector. Whatever the economic situation, people still need accommodation, which means there will be buyers and sellers looking to finance these transactions.

Having said that, it seems unlikely that banks will grant 100% home loans as readily as in the past and, because the cost of funding loans will be more expensive, this could potentially also result in lower interest rate concessions than we have seen in recent months. Furthermore, banks may potentially re-price their future offers, as well as re-assess approvals in cases where the applicant’s circumstances have changed, such as when someone’s salary is reduced owing to business slowing down.

Buyers’ market

In the coming months, we’ll see a situation where buyers are in a very favourable position to purchase property but, with lending criteria set to be more stringent, it’s a good idea to work with a bond originator who has the experience and expertise to help ensure buyers get the best deal possible. At BetterBond, for example, consultants are expertly versed in the requirements of the various banks and what their different home loan products offer, which means we can easily tailor an individual application such that it has the very best chance of being approved and thus increasing the likelihood of obtaining the home loan.

Source: Private Property

Schools Reopening Plan

The Department of Basic Education has health precautions planned to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus when schools reopen. 

The precautions are outlined in the department’s Covid-19 basic education sector plan which was presented to Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Basic Education and the Select Committee on Education, Technology, Arts and Culture on Wednesday morning.

While the reopening dates have not been officially announced and the country waits for Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga’s media briefing on Thursday, the plan they discussed on Wednesday morning outlined the planned health precautions.

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