to power The Times property website 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

Johan Strydom, Managing Executive of, said that the new deal, which kicked off on the 1st of October this year, will significantly increase traffic to the website.

Colin Daniels, Publisher of The Times Online, believes the partnership will benefit Times Online users given the depth and range of properties listed at

" users now have access to the largest online selection of property listings from all of the country's leading estate agencies," says Daniels.

Strydom says; "All the property listings on will now be exposed to The Times Property users and will benefit from the more than 400,000 unique monthly visitors the site attracts.

"More and more buyers the world over are demanding web based marketing of their properties such is the growing popularity and effectiveness of online property listings." he concludes

The number of properties listed on has risen 52% in the past year alone. currently sends out over 300 000 property alerts matching the criteria selected by its homebuyer subscribers every month.

All estate agency subscribers to automatically have their listings listed on The Times Property website at no additional charge.

Hello ooba news

ooba (formerly MortgageSA) welcomed the 0.5% interest rate cut announced yesterday by the South African Reserve Bank which will save South African home owners an estimated R259m in home loan repayments each month, but says more cuts are needed.

According to a new poll by South Africa's leading property listings website, nearly a third of home hunters decide that a property is right for them before they even enter the house - and a kitchen is overwhelmingly the most important room when it comes to the buying decision. has entered into a partnership with to provide access to the latest fractional ownership listings which will be available from the 12 December, 2008.

South Africans spent over R10 billion during the festive season last year. This year ooba suggests carefully planning your holiday season spending to avoid a financial hangover in January 2009. "Festive season debt can take months to pay off in the new year," says Jenny Rushin, Provincial Sales Manager for ooba (formerly MortgageSA).

Weak economic conditions, higher interest rates and the global credit crisis have forced banks to be far more picky about who they will lend money and less generous with their lending rates. But Mary Jane Lefevre, Regional Sales Manager of ooba, said that before you apply for a home loan, there are steps you can take to improve your credit status and encourage lenders to look more favourably on your application.