28 Dec 2012
Homes with an attached or separate granny flat in Klerksdorp have become hot properties.
Although the town offers several retirement developments, elderly parents and middle-aged children are increasingly clubbing together to buy large family homes with separate accommodation for the older generation, says Jaco Faurie, co-owner of the local RealNet franchise.
The trend has become noticeable in the past three months and several prospective buyers are now on a waiting list for suitable properties, he says. Homes in this category are selling for between R800 000 and R1.2 million.
At the same time, the local market is benefiting from rising demand for units in various property classes from a wide variety of buyers, says Faurie.
New residents who have been transferred to the head office of Africa's largest co-op, SenWes, as well as to the Anglo Gold Ashanti mines, are in the market for homes, as are policemen transferred from elsewhere to the regional SAPS head office. Policemen are particularly targeting homes in Doringkruin.
New employees at Eskom are also increasingly opting to buy homes rather than rent accommodation.
Klerksdorp, which is fast making a name as the medical centre of choice in North West thanks to an array of specialist services and modern hospitals and clinics, is also drawing medical professionals, all of whom are looking for homes.
The town's established infrastructure, coupled with the lifestyle benefits of a country town, is also a draw card for new residents who work in surrounding towns.
Faurie says many buyers work in Potchefstroom about 45km away, but prefer to live in Klerksdorp.
Lower home prices and good value for money are other strong considerations for commuters.
Interestingly, Faurie says, many miners who had been laid off by local mines have opted to maintain Klerksdorp as their family base.
A fair percentage of miners are currently also working on contract at mines elsewhere in Africa, he says.
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