The face of change

The face of change By: Michelle Swart for Property Professional on 25/03/2004 “Cities and towns have been engines of growth and incubators of civilisation and have facilitated the evolution of knowledge, culture and tradition as well as industry and commerce. Urban settlements, properly planned and managed, hold the promise for human development and the protection [...]

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The complexity of clusters

The complexity of clusters, by: Michelle Swart on 31/05/2004 from Property Professional. Currently, cluster homes are undoubtedly one of the most preferred residential housing styles throughout South Africa and the phenomenal amount of cluster developments that have sprouted up all over the country bear testimony to this. So, by definition, what exactly is a cluster [...]

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A Fair Cut

By Michelle Swart on 23/11/2004 from the Property Professional Estate agent commissions are under the spotlight – an issue that has resulted in even further denting in the already fragile credibility of residential property market. Recently the Competition Commission ruled that the price at which estate agents’ services were available in the market was to a [...]

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Prospectors Paradise

By: Michelle Swart on 22/01/2004 from the Property Professional Set against the majestic beauty of the Makhonjwa Mountains in the De Kaap Valley, which is approximately 877 metres above sea level, the malaria-free town of Barberton is the perfect location for a getaway, whether it is an adventure weekend or a relaxing break from the frenetic [...]

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Metamorphosing metropolis

By: Michelle Swart on 25/05/2004 from the Property Professional – posted with the permission of publisher The global trend of rejuvenating city centres seems to have taken off in South Africa, with a selection of residential and commercial projects underway in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg. The recent revival of the country’s inner cities is [...]

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The true cost of illegal agents

Lea Jacobs takes a look at illegal agents and discusses what should happen to those who will, undoubtedly, continue to practise outside the law regardless of any amnesty agreements. Why is it that when an unqualified person is caught practising as a doctor or an attorney, the press go berserk, and yet there are still [...]

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The challenges of employing candidate agents

Choosing the right person for the job has become vitally important in the ever changing face of the real estate industry. With the new labour laws and the educational demands thrust upon the real estate industry, the days of taking any person off the street in the hope that they may become a good agent [...]

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Crisis… what crisis?

In an effort to regain control, the Estate Agency Affairs Board has announced an amnesty period for illegal operators. Given that South Africa has a serious problem with corruption, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to hear that white collar crime is on the increase. It appears that many have adopted the attitude [...]

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Before you sign on the dotted line…

Having and keeping a good name in the industry is one of the most important factors in today’s world. Do franchisors ensure that the people who represent their companies are doing so in the correct manner? Lea Jacobs delves into the franchise model to see what is being done to protect big business. Employing the [...]

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Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover

Forming assumptions about buyers and sellers can cost you the deal – if you get it wrong. Working as an estate agent comes with an enormous set of challenges. Apart from the basic need to survive in a market that has all but died, what you look like, what you say and how you act [...]

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