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DEALING WITH DOWNSIZING

The financial burdens that force homeowners to downsize often makes it harder to deal with the complicated emotions that arise when moving to a smaller home. The process of adjusting to a smaller living space is filled with a variety of emotions that are often easier to deal with when you have arrived at the decision willingly rather than begrudgingly, as is often the case when downscaling owing t...

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AVOIDING BUYER’S FATIGUE IN A BUYER’S MARKET

Finding the perfect property is tricky in any market, but even more so when the supply of properties outweighs the demand, allowing you the right to be pickier than usual. This causes a sort of buyer’s paralysis which can in part be blamed on the modern ability to search listing portals on one’s own. Quit searching online alone Buyers can waste a lot of time trawling through all the options on...

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HOW TO KEEP SPIRITS UP WHEN RECOVERING FROM HOME

During any recovery, emotional wellness needs to be tended to in the same way as physical wellness, particularly if you have to endure a lengthy recovery period from home. Being removed from normal routines and being confined to your own home can have some seriously damaging mental effects – even worse so if you are not happy with where you live. A research study investigated what being positiv...

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HOW TO SELL IN A BUYER’S MARKET

In a buyer’s market, the number of homes up for sale is much larger than the number of prospective buyers looking to purchase. This means that sellers are less likely to fetch their full asking price and are more likely to wait longer for their home to sell. It is not, however, a lost cause for sellers who find themselves in these kinds of markets – they might just need to work a little harder to...

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FINDING THE FUNDS FOR FOREIGN PROPERTY INVESTMENTS

Though the process is much simpler if the buyer has the funds readily available, acquiring a home loan for foreign investments is possible, though not simple. Unless you have a good understanding of financial requirements, it is often better to involve a financing expert who can advise you on the various options that are available to you. For a brief synopsis of the options that South African i...

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COSTS THAT INCREASE WHEN UPGRADING TO A LARGER HOME

There comes a time when your home no longer fits your family or your needs. Upgrading to a larger property is often a significant achievement in a person’s life. But, as exciting as the whole prospect might be, and while you might qualify for the home loan, there are other associated costs to consider before taking this next step. Below are the three most important costs to consider before upgr...

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