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5 BACK-TO-SCHOOL PREPARATIONS FOR HOMEOWNERS

The gates of Chaos are about to be opened as most South African children head back to school. Luckily, there are ways to avoid the panic on the first morning back at school and prevent backpacks from flying as your half-dressed children scramble into the car before you follow through on your threat to leave without them … Below are some ways to make your home back-to-school ready this January:...

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THE PROS & CONS OF STUDENT RENTALS

If thinking back to your student days doesn’t make you even just somewhat apprehensive to invest in student accommodation as a means of rental income, then you must not have lived away from home as a student… Why student housing is appealing 1. Higher Returns Student rentals are often rented out per room, which can result in a higher rental return for the landlord. Since students require ease...

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WHAT IS PRE-APPROVAL AND WHY IT MATTERS

Have you ever left the house without first checking the weather forecast? Confident that you know how the day will turn out, you pop on a pair of shorts and a t-shirt and head out. Soon, the weather takes an unexpected turn for the worse and you’re sat shivering in the corner with nothing but a serviette to cower under. Beginning your house hunting without first acquiring pre-approval on a home...

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THINGS YOU FORGOT TO BUDGET FOR WHEN RENOVATING YOUR KITCHEN

The only thing of which you can be certain when budgeting for any renovation project is that you’ve more than likely under-budgeted on at least one expense. To help prevent you from drowning in unexpected expenses when the holes in your budget begin to show, below are some of the most commonly overlooked expenses in any kitchen remodel:    1) Damaged Flooring  If you do not have any spare til...

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REACH YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION TO OWN YOUR HOME

Realistically, it will be tough to meet your resolution in time for the next New Year’s celebration if your goal is to purchase property but you’ve yet to put aside a single penny towards it. However, it might be possible for those who set a timeframe and develop a valid plan to achieve the goal within these parameters. The key is to have the perseverance to stick to the proposed strategy even...

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TIPS TO HELP SELLERS GET THEIR FULL ASKING PRICE

Selling a property for the full asking price can be challenging, especially within the current market where supply far outweighs demand. Everybody is looking for a bargain which means that sellers are going to have to convince buyers that their home is well worth its asking price. These days, sellers are not ill-informed. Thanks to internet access and property portals, buyers have access to all...

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