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Enrolment for Professional Designation Examination PDE for 21 November 2019 is now open
South Africa – EAAB
This serves to advise all estate agents who wish to undertake the upcoming Professional Designation Examination (PDE) scheduled to take place on 21 November 2019 that enrolment for such is now open. Enrolment is done strictly via the MyEAAB portal available on the EAAB website www.eaab.org.za and an exam candidate must be in possession of their 7 digit personal identification number or reference number to be able to enroll. The Estate Agency Affairs Board (EAAB) Call Centre, 087 285 3222, may be requested to confirm such reference numbers.

Lexis MetroIQ a game changer for municipal managers
South Africa – LexisNexis
The key role municipal managers and their staff play in maintaining an accurate and up-to-date database of all properties within municipal boundaries cannot be understated.
Operational efficiencies throughout processes such as billing and collections and property transfers can only be achieved with a comprehensive and well-maintained property registry.However, the process of maintaining an accurate database is a labour and resource-intensive task. “The dynamic nature of the property industry means one requires constant administrative inputs. This is especially true for the larger municipalities with extensive property portfolios.

However it also impacts the smaller municipalities that require cost effective solutions while operating on smaller budgets,” says Greg Brown, Director: Data Services, LexisNexis South Africa. “Lexis® MetroIQ assists municipalities to maintain precise and up-to-date property registries, improving rates collection by ensuring correct billing information, and helping municipal teams to meet audit requirements.

”By identifying changes in property transfers, subdivisions and consolidations, Lexis MetroIQ allows GIS staff to quickly update account records, ensuring a current registry. The platform removes the need for manual batching, reduces data capturing and redundant data, and enables inter-departmental information sharing – resulting in a cohesive database with all departments accessing a single source of information.
Lexis MetroIQ

The clouds are clearing for prospective homeowners
South Africa – Property360
Recent statistics from bond originator show that first-time buyer numbers are increasing in the Western Cape

For most of 2019 phrases like “it’s a buyer’s market”, “take the plunge”, and “now is a good time to buy” have been bandied by estate agents encouraging buyers to take advantage of falling house prices and stable repo rates.

But how positive is the environment for buyers? And how many firsttime buyers have actually “taken the plunge”? Statistics from bond originator BetterBond, which accounts for 28% of all new mortgages registered in the Deeds Office, show that 52% of all home loan applications are received from first-time buyers.

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