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Jun 27
The keys to successful investment in student flats

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Student apartments can be a great option for property investors – but only if they know which apartments to choose and how to manage their tenants. So says Andrew Schaefer, MD of national property management company Trafalgar*, who notes: “While …

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Jun 09
Trafalgar acquires Cape agency Browmann

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National property management company Trafalgar* has just announced the acquisition of Table View-based managing agency Browmann Property Management. This follows the decision of Browmann owners Riana Biermann and Lucinda Brown to retire, and to seek a well-established and reputable company …

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Jun 02
Body corporate loans boost home values in Sectional Title schemes

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Although the new Sectional Title Schemes Management Act (STSMA) now makes it compulsory for all schemes to have a substantial reserve fund to cover major maintenance and repair projects on a planned basis, there are many buildings and complexes where …

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May 17
Insure your own belongings, even if you are renting

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Building fire insure

Fires in several high-rise residential buildings recently have highlighted the fact that even when you are renting a home, you still need to insure your own belongings – like furniture, clothes, jewellery and computers – against loss in the event …

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Apr 18
Downgrade increases need for professional property managers

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economy downgrade

There are several major changes that can be expected to play out in the property market in the wake of SA’s credit ratings downgrade, and owners and investors need to put plans in place now to manage these shifts and …

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Apr 03
How the CSOS dispute resolution service works

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Dispute Resolution

Bodies Corporate and Home Owners’ Associations are starting to get a sense of how the office of the Ombud for Community Schemes is going to work – and the sorts of issues it will be able to resolve. “A case …

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Mar 10
Trafalgar expands footprint in East London

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Property Increase

National property management company Trafalgar has announced the purchase of a sectional title management portfolio from Investpro, resulting in the addition of 11 complexes containing 350 homes to its existing East London portfolio. “The management of these additional properties will …

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Mar 06
How to pick the right rental home even under pressure

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Rental Home Checklist

Budgets are tight and rental homes are increasingly hard to find, which means that prospective tenants now often need to make quick decisions about the properties they view – or risk losing out to the next person on the landlord’s …

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Dec 07
You can’t use your rent as a bargaining chip

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property rent and maintenance

No matter how frustrated you may be with your landlord over a maintenance problem, you can’t as a tenant just decide not to pay your rent – or to pay only part of it – to try to “force” the …

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Nov 30
New Sectional Title laws will mean higher insurance costs

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sectional title building insurance cover

Several new insurance requirements have just been introduced for Sectional Title and other community housing schemes, and could mean additional costs for owners who are already facing levy increases to cover the establishment of proper reserve funds. However, says Andrew …

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