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Poll: World Cup won't boost flagging property prices

According to a poll by SA's largest online search property portal, the 2010 World Cup won't boost the country's sagging property prices but that sexy Cape Town pads are likely to get the biggest fillip from the global event.

30 June 2009 to offer fractional ownership listings has entered into a partnership with to provide access to the latest fractional ownership listings which will be available from the 12 December, 2008.

09 December 2008 to power The Times property website, South Africa's largest property listings website that showcases over 174 000 properties nationwide, has partnered with The Sunday Times and The Times website to provide property listings content for

01 October 2008
A good time to buy: Tips for smart buyers

Depending on your outlook and your current financial situation, these are either challenging times in the property market, or the start of a period of great opportunity says Johan Strydom, Managing Executive of

06 October 2008
Man's best friend sends home hunters packing

Overpowering doggy smells are the biggest turn off for prospective buyers viewing a home according to an online poll by, South Africa's largest property listings website that showcases over 155 000 properties nationwide.

04 August 2008
Best opportunity in years for first time buyers, upsizers

Saul Geffen, Chief Executive of ooba (formerly MortgageSA), says that while there are fears in the property market from higher interest rates and a slowdown in price growth, buyers should recognise that these conditions are a actually positive for those wanting to get on the property ladder and those looking to upsize.

03 March 2008
New developments attractive choice for home seekers and investors

Buying off-plan is an affordable and convenient option for people hoping to buy property but find themselves priced out of the market because of soaring interest rates and high property prices.

19 February 2008
Green homes save planet and pocket

Being environmentally conscious doesn't mean that you have to live in a mud hut," says Saul Geffen, Chief Executive of MortgageSA, South Africa's leading bond originator. "South African homeowners can have green homes without sacrificing their living standards."

12 February 2008
Online house hunters favour Cape Town by far in 2007

Online house hunters spent most of their time looking at Cape Town property in 2007 with Cape Town's CBD coming first in the most popular search stakes, while 7 out of 10 of the most viewed suburbs were all in the Western Cape.

08 March 2007
Property still tops investor wish list - poll

Residential property is the asset most South Africans would buy in if they had R1m rand to invest according to a recent poll by

08 March 2013
Property prices to rise 'between 10 and 15% in 2006'

Saul Geffen, Managing Director of MortgageSA says, "We remain optimistic about prices for 2006 although we do anticipate a cooler market. We therefore expect prices to appreciate by between 10 and 15% in 2006."

01 February 2006
Hide the gnome to get maximum value for your home

As house price growth moderates, buyers are becoming far fussier and are no longer settling for less than what they truly want - all the more reason for sellers to make their homes as appealing as possible.

01 August 2006