Changing residential preferences mirror new priorities
Our lead story this month, Western Cape is the first choice for semigrants, highlights a residential property trend which has accelerated in the Covid-19 era – middle class homeowners are opting to semigrate to coastal and country areas, mostly in the Western Cape.  
Estates have proved particularly attractive to many of those semigrating. In this edition, Estate living in Mbombela and Sectional Title and Estate properties find favour on KZN North Coast, confirms a steady growth in preference, since 1994, for Sectional Title and Estate living. A sense of community, safety and the benefits of “lock up and go” living are the main reasons behind the shift in preference. 
Lightstone’s data is also helping the insurance industry anticipate risk and manage it better. Our story How data helps mitigate risk demonstrates how data is increasingly being used
to help the insurance industry better underwrite and price its property risk exposures.
We hope you find the articles useful and would value any feedback or comment you may have!  
Western Cape is first choice for semigrants
Middle class homeowners are leaving Gauteng in increasing numbers with the Western Cape as their preferred semigration destination. Read more.  
Estate living in Mbombela
Mbombela, formerly Nelspruit, has seen a surge of Estate and Sectional Title properties since 1994, and a slowdown of new Freehold stock. Read more.  
Sectional Title, Estate properties find favour on KZN North Coast
Both categories have grown exponentially since 1994 as homeowners increasingly favour the benefits offered
by community living
.
How data helps mitigate risk
Lightstone’s indices and metrics include residential property Replacement Cost Valuations (RCV) and risk indices for flooding, lightning, hail, fire, subsidence, earthquakes and crime. Read more.  
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