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TIPS FOR MAKING A SAFE INVESTMENT PURCHASE

TIPS FOR MAKING A SAFE INVESTMENT PURCHASE

Though technically in a recession, the economic climate should never deter buyers. Instead of moping about your economic prospects, you can choose to focus on yourself and ask what it is that you can do to increase your own personal performance despite the current economic environment. One of the easiest ways of achieving this is to invest in an asset that has proven to yield high returns across t...

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BEST SPOTS TO GET OFF-THE-GRID IN SA

BEST SPOTS TO GET OFF-THE-GRID IN SA

There are various reasons why people choose to get “off-the-grid” – a term coined to describe a household that does not receive public utility services from their city. Some do it to assert their independence and to escape the monthly service fees, others attempt it as an environmentally responsible endeavour to live a more sustainable lifestyle. “Whatever your reasons,...

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MPC BUYS CONSUMERS MORE TIME

MPC BUYS CONSUMERS MORE TIME

South Africans avoid any further tightening of their purse strings this afternoon following the announcement by the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of 2018 that interest rates would remain unchanged. The prime lending rate thus stays at 10% and the repo rate at 6.5%. “While most financial analysts predict that we will end the year at a repo rate of 6.75%, the MPC wisely has chosen to keep...

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WOMEN IN REAL ESTATE

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. &l...

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THE RISE OF THE INDEPENDENT WOMAN

THE RISE OF THE INDEPENDENT WOMAN

According to Lightstone data, single women who owned property in 2017 far outnumbered their single male property-owning counterparts. In fact, this group even managed to trump the number of married couples who owned property. But, before you celebrate this victory, you need to factor in that single women only outnumber their male counterparts in the lowest price band of properties valued at under...

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HOW TO BECOME A TOP GLOBAL EARNER

HOW TO BECOME A TOP GLOBAL EARNER

Want to know the secret to success? Don’t we all. Sadly, there is no single recipe for reaching that point in life where you can kick back and say: I’ve made it. What we can do, however, is listen to the advice of those who have. Annually, RE/MAX LLC compiles a list of the top 100 global individual and team earners. This year, RE/MAX of Southern Africa claimed 27 of the 100 spots in...

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KNOWING WHICH REAL ESTATE AGENTS TO AVOID

KNOWING WHICH REAL ESTATE AGENTS TO AVOID

Choosing the wrong real estate professional is like wearing an incredibly expensive pair of uncomfortable shoes. Unless you swap them out for a better fit, you’re going to have blisters to deal with at the end of the day. If the shoe doesn’t fit, don’t force it. The easiest way to tell that you have the wrong agent is if they make you feel doubtful or uncomfortable in any way....

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HOW TO SHOP IN A BUYER’S MARKET

HOW TO SHOP IN A BUYER’S MARKET

August 2018 In most regions across South Africa buyers are currently spoilt for choice in the property market – even in the burgeoning Cape Town market. One mistake buyers simply cannot afford to make in this current market is to allow the overwhelming amount of stock put them off the task of sifting through the mountain of listings available and delay them in putting down an offer. &l...

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GRASS GREENER ON THE OTHER SIDE?

GRASS GREENER ON THE OTHER SIDE?

August 2018 According to Pew Research on the world’s migrants, roughly 900,000 South Africans were living in other countries in 2017. A total of 210,000 of them had migrated to the United Kingdom. This was closely followed by 190,000 South African expats living in Australia and another 100,000 of them living in American states. If you had it in mind to follow their example and say your go...

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RE/MAX NATIONAL HOUSING REPORT Q2 2018

RE/MAX NATIONAL HOUSING REPORT Q2 2018

Second Quarter Yields Promise “After a slow first quarter, the 2018 property market is beginning to show promising improvements,” says Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa. Over the period of April - June 2018, Lightstone Property recorded a total of 38,055 bond registrations at the Deeds Office, totalling an amount of R40,790,027,000. This is an 19...

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AVOID BUYER’S REGRET IN 5 QUESTIONS

AVOID BUYER’S REGRET IN 5 QUESTIONS

Finding a seemingly perfect property can be an incredibly exciting experience, so much so that it can often lead you into forgetting to ask some of the most important questions before you sign along the dotted line. But, before you allow excitement to cloud your judgement, make sure that you ask these questions to ensure that the property is as perfect as it seems… 1) Has there been a de...

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MPC PLAYS IT SAFE

MPC PLAYS IT SAFE

The predicted (though not favoured) decision was made earlier today by the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) as Reserve Bank Governor, Lesetja Kganyago, announced that the interest rates would continue at 10% and the repo rate at 6.5%. The decision to keep interest rates unchanged at a time when a drop could have provided consumers with some much-needed relief was a cautious move by the MPC, who bel...

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