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WHY PROPERTY TRANSFERS TAKE LONGER OVER DECEMBER

If you have purchased property near the end of the year, you might have a slightly longer wait ahead before the property will be transferred into your name. As with most other businesses, the various Deed’s Offices across the country close over December, most of which close around the 21st and re-open around the 2nd of January. This means that the standard eight to ten working day waiting perio...

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3 GIFT IDEAS FOR HOME-OWNING FRIENDS & FAMILY

Biltong, chocolates, tins of biscuits and socks: any guess what these items have in common? Yep, you guessed it. It’s the annual list of gift options when you’ve simply run out of ideas. If you’re running low on gift ideas, try thinking outside of the box and inside the home this year. Just think how many items you wish you had in your home but are never able to afford thanks to everyday unexpecte...

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HOUSEHOLD EXPENSES THAT LEAVE YOU BROKE OVER THE HOLIDAYS

Ever wonder where your money goes over the festive season? Rather than ruining your credit score on a month of lavish spending, set up a budget before the season of giving starts so that you don’t end up broke over the holidays and enter the New Year under undue financial pressure. To help you budget for the month ahead, here are some of the household expenses you will need to make room for over t...

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HOW TO PLEASE OVERCRITICAL HOUSE GUESTS

If passive aggressive statements regarding the state of your home is something you’ve come to expect from certain holiday house guests, then you might be in for a few jaw-clenching days this festive season – especially if you’ve invited them to stay for a few nights. To please these overcritical house guests, embody the mindset of a seller by going through your home with a fine-tooth comb as if yo...

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4 SAFETY PRECAUTIONS FOR THE HOLIDAYING HOMEOWNER

Before you pack your bags and print your boarding passes, there are a few things you need to get in order at home to ensure uninterrupted holiday bliss. Below are the four safety precautions you can put in place before you leave for your vacation: 1. Secure your home Before you leave, cut back any plants that are near to your outdoor security beams so that they don’t trigger your alarm wh...

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WAYS YOUR HOLIDAY PLANS CAN HELP YOU BUY A HOME

Though not the most important factor to consider when purchasing a home, the way in which you prefer to spend your long weekends and leave days can help you make a decision when caught between options. Below are the nice-to-have features each kind of holiday-maker might like to add to their property wish list: THE OUTDOOR ENTHUSIAST It would be helpful if a property has a large garage or to...

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