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WOMEN IN REAL ESTATE

One need only Google the CEO’s of the top forty listed companies on the JSE to discover the disparity that continues to exist between men and women in business. With the name of only one female CEO appearing on that list, the struggle for equal representation in positions of power is very much ongoing. One industry that continues to do well in this struggle is the real estate industry. “In this...

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ARE YOU CUT OUT FOR A CAREER IN REAL ESTATE?

A career in real estate can potentially be one of the most lucrative professions a person can pursue. But, not many real estate groups set up stalls at career days, nor is the profession advocated for by many teachers and parents. Most agents enter the profession purely by chance – and this ‘chance’ usually takes the form of an encounter with an old acquaintance who happens to be doing really well...

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ARE REAL ESTATE AGENT COMMISSIONS TOO HIGH?

When choosing a doctor to perform open-heart surgery on you, how do you go about choosing the doctor? What if the cheapest option explained that their reason for being affordable is that you will need to do most of the procedure yourself – much like some low-cost real estate operators do. They will provide you with all the tools and equipment you need, as well as a video tutorial, but will need yo...

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HOW TO DEAL WITH THE DERELICT HOUSE NEXT DOOR

Much like how that one scuffed dining room chair will lower the value of the whole set, one unkept property will drag down the prices of all the surrounding homes. Sadly, living next to a derelict home can happen to anyone at any point in time. All it takes is for your current neighbours to fall into some financial crisis that causes their home to go to wreck and ruin, or to have a real-world vers...

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ARE ESTATE AGENTS STILL RELEVANT

With more and more online real estate agencies popping up both locally and internationally, the question on everybody’s lips is whether the real estate profession will go the way of the milkman. However, unlike milk, property is not something you can simply throw down the drain if your purchase happens to turn sour. To decide whether traditional real estate agents are still relevant, you should...

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3 WAYS TO PREVENT PET SMELL

As much as we love our animals, it can be hard to love the pet odour they leave behind in our homes. While we might get used to the smell over time, future buyers will not be as forgiving. Luckily, there are a few ways to prevent pet smell from developing in your home: KEEP PETS AWAY FROM CARPETS Unless you are willing to have your carpets professionally cleaned on a regular basis and are wil...

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