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Home owners' rights to views go to court
Property24.com - South Africa
A Bryanston home-owner is preparing to go to court to prevent the building of a residential unit that will spoil his view.

The legal situation which could have "far-reaching consequences" for the city council of Johannesburg, its planning department, property developers and thousands of home owners in Gauteng, is at a crisis point.

Dr Jan Szopinski and Ms Barbara Veitch from Bryanston are the main figures in a legal debate about home owners' rights to uninterrupted view versus developers' rights to build new residential units. Szopinski is the owner of a luxury home worth R2 million in Bryanston, with a view of the Northgate Dome in Randburg and the rooftops and treetops of Johannesburg's western horizon.

EAAB welcomes end of strike
Property24.com - South Africa
Nomonde Mapetla, CEO of the Estate Agency Affairs Board (EAAB), has welcomed the decision by members of staff belonging to the National Education Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu)to return to work at noon today.

The union members had engaged in industrial action since Friday afternoon about salary increases.

"We are delighted that the union has finally accepted that the representations made in the expert report we commissioned about salary levels are valid and fair. We welcome the union's decision that its members should return to work today, under the same conditions that were applicable prior to the strike," said Mapetla.

The public delivery system at land offices will undergo a major reform to improve its services
New Straits Times - Malaysia
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the pilot E-Land system project, an electronic-based database management system, is being tested in Penang and would be adopted by the other States by 2008.

To cover 24 major aspects of all land offices' transactions, it would effectively help manage land disposals, register land ownership divisions, issues pertaining to land borders and temporary occupation licences.
New Straits Times

Start date for home seller packs
BBC News - England
The use of Home Information Packs by home sellers in England and Wales will be compulsory from 1 June 2007.

The government has finally decided on the launch date after the packs were made law by the Housing Act a year ago.

Buyers will be provided with a survey, land registry details and answers from both the sellers and local authority to standard questions.

The government says the packs will cost about £600 plus VAT and will make home buying quicker and cheaper. The idea of introducing such packs has been discussed in the industry since the early 1990s.
BBC News

Pricey land boosts house prices
Fin24.co.za - South Africa
While house price growth is slowing, the price of undeveloped residential land continues to rise at a rapid pace. In fact, land prices are now increasing at almost double the rate of that of house prices.

Latest Absa figures show that residential land prices rose by 34% in the third quarter of 2005 while house price growth slowed to just below 20% over the same period (down from 32% in 2004).

Absa senior economist Jacques du Toit expects land price increases to continue to outpace that of house prices, a trend which he ascribes mainly to a growing scarcity of suitable and properly serviced land in expanding metropolitan areas.

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