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Demand for water-wise properties is skyrocketing

The prolonged drought in South Africa has home buyers think twice about the choices they make when buying property.

Head of Gumtree Property, Barrie Swart says the demand for water-wise properties, equipped with boreholes, no lawns or with small gardens, has skyrocketed.

Swart says people are now becoming wiser when making property purchases, and are ensuring they have some sustainability in the homes they plan to live in for the long haul.

An interesting thing we have seen it is not only in the sales space but also in the renting space.

Barrie Swart, Head of Gumtree Property

Landlords are also starting to invest in those type of things making sure they offer tenants the opportunity to live in a place where the utilities are more controlled.

Barrie Swart, Head of Gumtree Property

Swart says people are investing in grey water systems, boreholes and putting in artificial lawns that won't need watering or mowing.

Houses that have these water and electricity saving mechanisms installed, tend to get more attention when people are looking for places to rent or buy, says Swart.

Listen to Head of Gumtree property talk about the new trends when searching for property:

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