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Listing Jozi?! It’ll be easier to sell a listing ship in a pothole

People, a new property show is coming your way and it’s all about selling luxury homes in the City of Dysfunction

Columnist

I admit freely. Fifteen years ago I was a sucker for property porn.

Whether it was escapist fantasy like the BBC’s Grand Designs, in which relatable Poms got into crippling debt to transform barns and churches and caves into homes that looked like a public library in Stockholm, or cheap and nasty little shows about “flipping” flatlets for a quick buck, I was there, popcorn in my fist and stars in my eyes.

And who could blame me? Property renovation, speculation and titillation weren’t just in the media. They were the media, spilling out of glossy supplements and onto front pages. If aliens had invaded Earth in the mid-2000s, every tabloid on the planet — and a shameful number of reputable news sources — would have announced it the same way: “Out-Of-This-World Returns? Experts Weigh In On How Arrival of Giant Interstellar Psychic Octopuses Might Affect Your Buy-To-Let Portfolio.”..

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