Residents are emigrating

Residents are emigrating.

Emigration is not only due to crime rates or family ties abroad, but because the majority of homeowners in Sandton are professionals and have skills that are needed in foreign countries – from teachers and professors to audiologists, specialist doctors to bankers and attorneys.

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Moving to English-speaking countries are prevalent choices and a fair amount of sellers are also relocating to other African countries on expat contracts, he said.

Charles Vining added that semi-grating of particularly retirees to the Cape or warm Kwazulu Natal areas is also a definite trend in Sandton.

Some families upgrade because of spatial necessity to accommodate their growing family and others upgrade as they advance in their careers – the classic case being from an apartment to either a penthouse-style apartment, townhouse or cluster home.

From a cluster home, people often move to a freestanding house in an estate or a home on large grounds in suburban areas, Vining said.

Relocating to be closer to work and schools is also evident as traffic is a serious consideration in Johannesburg, he said.

Tiaan Pretorius, a Seeff agent in Centurion, said about 5% of new properties listed in Centurion belong to people who are under financial strain and are forced to downscale.

We are seeing this across the board – from the owners of small townhouses to those who live in estates – and most prefer to find a smaller property in the same area or closer to work to reduce commuting costs. Generally these sellers move to properties that are anything from 25% to 40% more affordable than their current property.

Pretorius added that about 5% of their listings are from people who are emigrating to countries like Australia, the UK, New Zealand and Canada due to personal views about the government, crime and the economic climate.

While there are some sellers (particularly retirees) who sell to semi-grate to especially the Western Cape, it is not a large percentage. These sellers often move from estates or middle class suburbs, Pretorius said.

Author: Charles Vining; Tiaan Pretorius

Original publisher: BusinessTech

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