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I am a qualified Attorney. I specialise in Property Law, Commercial Law, Corporate Law and Trusts.
 
Please visit our website at www.prop-law.co.za for more details.
 
I am an elected Committee Member of the Property Committee of the Association of Pretoria Attorneys and through my involvement, I like to ensure that I am constantly at the "sharp-end" of Conveyancing Practice.

I am the elected Chairman on the Gauteng Council of SAPOA. The South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA) is the biggest and most influential institution in the property industry. SAPOA members control about 90% of commercial property in SA, with a combined portfolio in excess of R150 Billion (about $22 Billion). I am also on the National Council and the National Legal Committee of SAPOA.
 
Member of the Institute of Directors South Africa.

12 April 2011

Realestateweb - Massive mall auction called off - Auctions - South Africa's fastest-growing property website

Realestateweb - Massive mall auction called off - Auctions - South Africa's fastest-growing property website

Century Property Developers have taken over the BelAir and Lonehill malls north of Johannesburg after a deal was struck between liquidators, the buyer and Absa Bank.

Realestateweb - New Consumer Protection Act no threat to reputable organisations - Property talk - South Africa's fastest-growing property website

Realestateweb - New Consumer Protection Act no threat to reputable organisations - Property talk - South Africa's fastest-growing property website

I conducted a series of presentations to groups of Estate Agents on the likely impact of the Consumer Protection Act on the SA property industry. The presentations were organised by Colliers International. My notes from the presentation are available on Slide Share on my LinkedIn page at:http://za.linkedin.com/in/shepperson

Please remember that these notes are a little outdated because the recently published Regulations were not yet known at the time of the presentations. The notes may nevertheless prove interesting and if you have any specific questions, you can always contact me directly.

Gareth

Realestateweb - Concourt rules in favour of home owner in arrears - South Africa - South Africa's fastest-growing property website

Realestateweb - Concourt rules in favour of home owner in arrears - South Africa - South Africa's fastest-growing property website

The Constitutional Court on Monday ruled that only a judge -- and not a high court registrar -- could decide if a bank could sell a person's home in execution.

In a unanimous judgment, the court ruled that "where execution against the homes of indigent debtors who run the risk of losing their security of tenure is sought after judgment on a money debt, further judicial oversight by a court of law of the execution process is a must".

"It is declared that it is unconstitutional for a registrar of a high court to declare immovable property specially executable when ordering default judgment," states the ruling.

08 April 2011

Realestateweb - Rosebank precinct booming - Commercial - South Africa's fastest-growing property website

Realestateweb - Rosebank precinct booming - Commercial - South Africa's fastest-growing property website

Old Mutual Property Group's project leader, Debbie Caplin, says R5bn is being invested in properties surrounding Rosebank's "The Zone" mixed use project in northern Johannesburg. Caplin was speaking at the official opening of the upmarket R850m project to extend The Zone, known as Zone 2 and OMIGP (Old Mutual Investment Group Property Investments).

Rosebank's Zone 2 is fed by the Gautrain and the bus rapid transport system. It comprises two floors of retail space, a 158-room Holiday Inn, a four-level basement parking garage and loft offices. Caplin says on the leasing side, the complex has let 75% of retail space and 52% of office space. She said: "It has been tough but we're seeing a lot more activity in the market and are confident that we'll be fully let by the 4th quarter of 2011."

07 April 2011

Investec wants to operate in India - Financial | Moneyweb

Investec wants to operate in India - Financial Moneyweb

Investec (JSE:INL) has hired a handful of people in India in a bid to start an advisory business that will look at merger and acquisition opportunities and international finance for Indian companies looking to operate in Europe and Africa.

“We have got a few people on the ground there and we are waiting for regulatory approval. We have to get approval to become an adviser ... Strategically we have made an application for certain licences in India so that we can do advisory work,” Investec CEO Stephen Koseff told Moneyweb.

Realestateweb - Joburg launches inner-city property scheme - South Africa - South Africa's fastest-growing property website

Realestateweb - Joburg launches inner-city property scheme - South Africa - South Africa's fastest-growing property website

Investec sets out to build another Growthpoint, Metboard - Property | Moneyweb

Investec sets out to build another Growthpoint, Metboard - Property Moneyweb

Many negatives confront the property sector but the impending listing of Investec (JSE:INL) Property Fund shows that institutions still have a good appetite for listed property stock.

Sam Leon, CEO of Investec Property Fund, is not too worried about macro matters. All he knows is that on a micro level he is happy with the R1.77bn portfolio he is bringing to the market. His vacancies are lower than 5% and he reports that the quality of the tenants is superior

“Compared to the other funds, it is reasonably small but it is a platform from which to grow.”

04 April 2011

Realestateweb - Steady renewal of optimism in commercial property market - South Africa - South Africa's fastest-growing property website

Realestateweb - Steady renewal of optimism in commercial property market - South Africa - South Africa's fastest-growing property website

Realestateweb - Global property player enters SA - South Africa - South Africa's fastest-growing property website

Realestateweb - Global property player enters SA - South Africa - South Africa's fastest-growing property website

Consumer Protection Act clarified - Soapbox | Moneyweb

Consumer Protection Act clarified - Soapbox Moneyweb

Presidency was not behind Companies Act delay - South Africa | Moneyweb

Presidency was not behind Companies Act delay - South Africa Moneyweb

What the new Consumer Protection Act will not cover - South Africa | Moneyweb

What the new Consumer Protection Act will not cover - South Africa Moneyweb

Realestateweb - PIC Syndications: Georgiou "defaults" - Commercial - South Africa's fastest-growing property website

Realestateweb - PIC Syndications: Georgiou "defaults" - Commercial - South Africa's fastest-growing property website

01 April 2011

Realestateweb - Future of housing lies in high-density property - Absa - Investment insights - South Africa's fastest-growing property website

Realestateweb - Future of housing lies in high-density property - Absa - Investment insights - South Africa's fastest-growing property website

Beware of Greeks Bearing Bonds Business: vanityfair.com

What a brilliant and insightful look at the Greek debt crisis. I found the article very interesting and a little worrying. Hopefully some strong leadership in Greece will avert further economic meltdowns because any splutter is likely to adversely affect real estate worldwide.

 Beware of Greeks Bearing Bonds Business: vanityfair.com

28 March 2011

Court rules on cohabitation relationships - South Africa | Moneyweb

Court rules on cohabitation relationships - South Africa Moneyweb

23 March 2011

Delusion of growth and grandeur - The Burning Question | Moneyweb

Delusion of growth and grandeur - The Burning Question Moneyweb

China, China everywhere - Moneyweb.com

China, China everywhere - Moneyweb.com

17 March 2011

Tenant rental payment behaviour shows stability : Property News from IOLProperty

Tenant rental payment behaviour shows stability : Property News from IOLProperty

Country Overviews | Global Property Guide

This is not stricly about SA Property but I thought that Croatia was such a beautiful place when I was there a couple of years ago and so I have posted the article here.

Country Overviews | Global Property Guide

Competition Commission acts against retail property colluders - Property | Moneyweb

Competition Commission acts against retail property colluders - Property | Moneyweb

15 March 2011

MY ARTICLE IN THE MARCH 2011 ISSUE OF THE PROPERTY MAGAZINE

I was featured in the magazine in an article relating to foreign investment in South African property.


Property Magazine is one of South Africa’s premium property, decor and lifestyle publications. Focusing on all aspects of property and owning property, their A3 glossy magazine reaches 142,000 readers in the Gauteng area on a monthly basis and 55,000 individual monthly users on their website. The readers are very affluent, many of whom own more than one property, whether these are residential or commercial in nature.

Follow the link to the article
http://issuu.com/andreamn/docs/gt_march/45

Hope that you find it interesting.

Cheers
Gareth

BusinessDay - SIMON MANTELL: Economy

BusinessDay - SIMON MANTELL: Economy