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EXPANDING THE RE/MAX FOOTPRINT

EXPANDING THE RE/MAX FOOTPRINT

RE/MAX of Southern Africa expanded its regional footprint on 15 May 2018, when it opened its first office in Mauritius: RE/MAX 24. The global real estate brand now operates in five regions in Southern Africa, including South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Swaziland, and the newly added island region of Mauritius. Broker/Owner, Errol Areington, first noticed a gap in the local real estate market whe...

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SLOWING RENTAL MARKET IN THE CAPE

SLOWING RENTAL MARKET IN THE CAPE

As the heavens finally unleash the winter rains in Cape Town, the same relief is not felt by landlords in the area who are facing unlet properties for the first time in years.  “Before property investors throw in the towel, this is by no means a reason to panic. Cape Town is a resilient market and this shift is only a realignment that would inevitably follow the unprecedented growth the...

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NEIGHBOURHOOD REPORT: STRAND

NEIGHBOURHOOD REPORT: STRAND

The Capetonian dream is to live by the ocean with the iconic mountain making an appearance somewhere in the horizon. But, that dream comes with a hefty price tag that many simply cannot afford. But, should you venture some kilometres out of the city centre, entirely new realms of beachside bliss await you … The Lay of the Land Strand is a down-to-earth seaside suburb that is roughly a 4...

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INVEST IN A LUXURIOUS RETIREMENT

INVEST IN A LUXURIOUS RETIREMENT

Pair it with any pleasant-sounding synonym you may like; but, for many, the word “retirement” placed adjacent to anything resembling the word “home” will immediately conjure up images of unpleasant nurses, sterile environments, bed pans, and shower rails. While that reality might have been true at the time for some of the earlier Baby Boomers, the same cannot be said for th...

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HOMEOWNING BUDGETING BASICS

HOMEOWNING BUDGETING BASICS

The initial costs of owning a home can be a bitter pill to swallow but with careful financial discipline and planning, the dread of the pending debit orders will lessen over time. To make things more manageable, start by organising your finances into a real-time budget by recording your current expenses for the month. After this, you can work out realistic goals of how much you can afford to put a...

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SELL IN FIVE SIMPLE STEPS

SELL IN FIVE SIMPLE STEPS

Selling your home but have no idea where to start? Below is a step-by-step advice for first-time sellers… Step 1: Pick your price You can’t sell without a price. A realtor can provide an assessment for you that will provide a realistic selling value on your home. Find an agent who knows your area well and can tell you what properties in your area have sold for – not just wha...

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6 STEPS TO SAVING FOR A DEPOSIT IN 5 YEARS

6 STEPS TO SAVING FOR A DEPOSIT IN 5 YEARS

According to data recently released by FNB, the average age of a South African home buyer has increased from 38 to 44 this year. That’s largely because, if you take a realistic look at the property market, you will discover that you will need a minimum of R100,000 to use as a deposit and to cover the various other expenses on an entry-level property. Even if you take out a 100% access bond,...

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HAS AIRBNB AFFECTED THE RENTAL MARKET?

HAS AIRBNB AFFECTED THE RENTAL MARKET?

Most were sceptical of the concept when Airbnb first launched in the US in 2008. But, after the company announced that it had generated R2.4 billion in economic activity in South Africa in 2016, sentiment quickly swayed in Airbnb’s favour, transforming it into a widely used platform for those looking to make some extra cash. With the large crowd of users it has drawn, the question on ever...

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A TEE-OFF FOR REAL ESTATE INVESTORS

A TEE-OFF FOR REAL ESTATE INVESTORS

It is no secret that golf estates hold prime value for real estate investors. According to Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, the trick is deciding which golf estate will bring you the best return on investment. “Owing to their picturesque locations, their large residential plots, and their onsite amenities, golf courses have always had an enticing cha...

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ECO ESTATES: THE NEW TREND IN REAL ESTATE

ECO ESTATES: THE NEW TREND IN REAL ESTATE

The trending school of thought for this age is striking the ideal balance between work and play – with the scales tipping in favour of leisure activities over fixed business hours. Modern technology has created the opportunity for remote working hours, which is enabling more and more people to work from scenic places of their choosing rather than in a fixed office. Enter the concept of the E...

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HOW TO PULL OFF A SELF-MOVE

HOW TO PULL OFF A SELF-MOVE

Moving into a new home comes with such a long list of expenses that hiring a professional moving company is one of the first expenses that many buyers tend to try and work around. While using a professional moving company will reduce the risks of damage to your furniture and injury to yourself, smaller moves can be done effectively by yourself if you plan carefully and take all the necessary preca...

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NEIGHBOURHOOD REPORT: ROSEBANK, JHB

NEIGHBOURHOOD REPORT: ROSEBANK, JHB

The suburb where you want to work, play and sleep in, Rosebank is becoming one of the most sought after areas in Johannesburg. The area has recently become one of the top business nodes in the country, rivalling Sandton for cranes and new developments, but thankfully not rivalling it for traffic. Young working professionals relocating to Johannesburg really ought to consider the compact and trendy...

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