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    Property evaluation...

    Upon looking at properties ages between 35 and 40 years old something unexpected turned up. All the evaluations was more than 3 times then what the houses where worth about 5 years ago “some longer”

    Then it hit me, the higher the evaluation the more money the bank stands to make, the higher the transaction commission AND because of the evaluation the property “tax” shoots up phenomenally.

    The one property actually shot up 8 times its original asking price! And it is also a very old property! The aria went from bad to worse and the house is a scrapper...

    Considering the life-span of brick wood along with the electrical and plumbing how old can a house get before it becomes a condemned property? Are these factors considered upon evaluation of the property?

    Also can South Africans with normal earnings afford property? The truth is the answer is for the most part no. They simply can’t

    So the big question is; who do you complain too?

    It appears that there are no laws governing the sale of property at all.
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    Good question. I so badly want to invest in property but with my salary I doubt its possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HopeOnline View Post
    Good question. I so badly want to invest in property but with my salary I doubt its possible.
    I just want the roof over my head to be mine renting is a dead loss when it comes to “investments”

    But I really don’t think we are alone, there are thousands of us that have jobs but we will never be able to afford a property of our own.
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    The stand size often determine the value of your older properties, where the structure has a negative value, but due the demand for development space, the value of the property may have increased, as explained in the comment. I believe that this is the only reason why this can happen. Supply and demand determine the value of property - it should not be governed by law.

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    The valuation a bank or an estate agent gives a property should be based on what similar properties in the same area have sold for so it's based on the market and not usually their wishful thinking. There are certain things that may manipulate prices artificially over the short term but in the longer term this is unlikely so there's nothing really to legislate.

    At the moment there are quite a few bargain properties around so if you're looking at houses that have gone up radically in value over the last couple of years you're probably looking in the wrong area or maybe not looking as hard as you should be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyD View Post
    You can complain to anyone who will listen.
    Firstly Ouch!!!

    Secondly lets extend the question a bit. Let’s take for example a person working for company “P” and company “P” provides housing that you can buy. Now years past and finally after saving up the money needed company “P” Pushes up the house’s price 10 fold! It is not really fair now is it...?

    Thirdly I think housing must become subject to rules and regulation to allow for a negative in the market. I say this because we effectively lost our right to own property and that is in direct violation when it comes to our rights.

    Fact is if no one can afford property anymore and the market appears to be artificial then this can become an indefinite problem for all South Africans.
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    Maybe I'm missing something or not understanding where you heading. It's never been a right of all citizens to be financially able own property same as it's never been a right of people to be financially able to own a car so what are the rights that have been violated?

    Your example of a company providing housing as part of employee renumeration is a labour contract. Maybe in the past the company allowed its long serving employees preferential purchase terms but more recently has found themselves in a financial position that means they can no longer do this. If the preferential purchase terms were written into the employment contract this would be a labour law issue, if it was at their discression they they would be able to review the policy.

    I'm not sure what you're suggesting, do you want the government to legislate the prices of housing on the market? What rights and whose rights are being violated under the present system?
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    I believe you can't be a snob when it comes to climbing on the property ladder, you can't expect to get champagne with beer money.

    You have to be prepared to buy beer with beer money, there are houses on the fringes of all towns that are very cheap and in need of renovation, even town houses or flats.
    All most of these need is a bit of modernising, say bathrooms, kitchen, carpets, floor tiles, light fittings and a good paint job, even offer them partly furnished with curtains, beds, lounge suite, TV, fridge, oven/hob.
    Often a buyer will be swayed by the extras that can be bought using their housing subsidy

    This is where you start, even if you don't live in the house, although living in it cuts your expenses considerably, buy it, renovate it, move on up, even if it takes you a year per property.

    After five properties you will probably be where you want to be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tec0 View Post
    Upon looking at properties ages between 35 and 40 years old something unexpected turned up. All the evaluations was more than 3 times then what the houses where worth about 5 years ago “some longer”
    A property bought in 1990 in my suburb for R160k is now worth about R1.6million. That is 10 x the original price and in line with property prices in the area. As far as I know, there were no banks or agents or government involved in determining this price. The price is determined by the amount a willing buyer is prepared to pay a willing seller.

    You may find that a house that was sold for R30k to R40k in the 70's will now sell for well over R1million. That is because of inflation and its effect on building costs and labour. A buyer will compare the cost of building a new house to buying an existing property. Because of the demand for housing, people are prepared to pay more for older properties which was mostly built with better materials than what is currently used.

    In a communist state, the government will provide you with (substandard) housing. They will decide where you will stay and where you will work. I am sure that, as a free spirit, this is not what you want.

    So how do you get into the property market? Start small. Buy an older and smaller property and move on to a bigger one when you can afford it. There are people who are very handy in property renovation. They would buy a run down property with potential, renovate it and sell it at a profit. The profit is then invested in a better property and so you move up the ladder as the process is repeated.

    There are 3 things to remember when buying property; position, position, position. If you buy a run down property in a good area, your chances of getting a good return on your investment is so much better than if you buy a top property in a bad area.
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    Right I never thought that the response would be so negative. Let’s take the beer example. Now you walk into every shop and they charge the same price for 1 can of beer then what they do for a bottle champagne? Right now that is what is happening to property in general. It doesn’t matter if the property is in poor condition or new, they cost the same.

    What I would like to see is a market negative that will devaluate property that is older than 40 years. Secondly I would like to see a evaluation criteria that must factor in “zoning” “development” and building limitations.

    Now as for your right to own property, I would like to remind you that property is hooked on inflation, property tax and municipal services. All of these things are a perpetual negative thus making a 30 year loan almost impossible to pay back. Consider the cost increase of power and then factor in the growing property tax “thanks to property over estimation” an individual may actually lose the property in question because of these erratic increases.
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