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HOW TO SELL YOUR HOME DURING THE LOCKDOWN

HOW TO SELL YOUR HOME DURING THE LOCKDOWN

The current spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and the efforts to contain it have impacted almost all aspects of daily life – and real estate transactions are no different. Yet, despite current circumstances, you might find yourself in a position where you still need to sell your home. People may be doing life differently, but the demand to buy, sell, and rent a home does still exist. Given...

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HOW TO HOST YOUR OWN VIRTUAL SHOW HOUSE

HOW TO HOST YOUR OWN VIRTUAL SHOW HOUSE

When open houses just won’t work, like in many areas of the world battling COVID-19 right now, it may come time to host a virtual open house instead. After all, the need to buy and sell homes still exists even during this unprecedented time. You will just have to make use of the digital world to make your buying and selling dreams come true. Open homes will soon take the form of Facebook...

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5 EASY WAYS TO REDUCE YOUR ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION

5 EASY WAYS TO REDUCE YOUR ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION

Nobody looks forward to load shedding – especially now that we’re all on lockdown and have nothing but the internet to keep us company. Until Eskom finds effective solutions to generate a stable supply of electricity, you could find small ways to reduce your electricity consumption, which would take much-needed pressure off the grid to help minimise the occurrence of load shedding....

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7 WAYS TO RESPOND TO MOODY’S DOWNGRADE

7 WAYS TO RESPOND TO MOODY’S DOWNGRADE

South Africans woke up to Moody’s having downgraded South Africa to junk status this Saturday, making it the third rating agency to do so and putting us in a negative investment-grade situation. While this news comes at a time already fraught with turmoil, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, Adrian Goslett, advises South Africans to remain calm and to consider a few re...

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RE/MAX HALF FRANCHISE FEES TO EASE BROKERS BURDENS

RE/MAX HALF FRANCHISE FEES TO EASE BROKERS BURDENS

Our country is faced with an unprecedented situation following President Ramaphosa’s announcement of a mandatory nationwide lockdown for 21 days to curb the spread of the Covid-19 disease. It is going to be a difficult and long road ahead, with many having to face the additional burden of loss of income on top of fears surrounding this disease. “The implementation of a lockdown is a...

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HOW A FULL LOCKDOWN WILL AFFECT REAL ESTATE & THE ECONOMY

HOW A FULL LOCKDOWN WILL AFFECT REAL ESTATE & THE ECONOMY

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address to the nation called the country into a full lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19. This decision will cause all non-essential businesses to shut down all face-to-face operations until the situation can be contained. “I commend the president for taking such a proactive measures against this pandemic. After speaking to Dario Castiglia, Regiona...

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RE/MAX Business Operations for COVID-19

RE/MAX Business Operations for COVID-19

Following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s declaration of the COVID-19 situation as a national disaster and placing the country into a lockdown for 21 days beginning 26 March, we believe that it is our responsibility to support the president’s decision while we continue to provide value-adding property services. Shortly after hearing that the virus had entered South Africa, our Regional...

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MPC PROVIDES FURTHER RELIEF FOR DEBT HOLDERS BY ANNOUNCING LOWER INTEREST RATES

MPC PROVIDES FURTHER RELIEF FOR DEBT HOLDERS BY ANNOUNCING LOWER INTEREST RATES

Following a cut in interest rates at their last meeting in January, and the Finance Ministers decision to lower income tax levels during the budget speech in February, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) announced some further relief for South Africans today by lowering the interest rate by 100 basis points. The repo rate drops to 5.25%. According to Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of South...

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SAFEGUARDS AGAINST THE CORONAVIRUS

SAFEGUARDS AGAINST THE CORONAVIRUS

After confirmed reports that the coronavirus has landed in South Africa, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, Adrian Goslett, cautions everyone in the service industry to take the necessary health precautions to protect against infection. “Though I would not advise anyone to panic at this stage, it is always advisable to practice good precautionary measures against infe...

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3 OBSTACLES TO OVERCOME WHEN BUYING A HOME

3 OBSTACLES TO OVERCOME WHEN BUYING A HOME

Submitting an offer and having it accepted by the seller is exciting, but it is certainly not the end of your home purchasing journey. There are a few obstacles that you may need to overcome before the home is yours and the keys are handed over… Obstacle 1: A pending bond approval When applying for a loan, it is best to get pre-approval from the bank with a written loan commitment let...

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HOW USING A SIGNBOARD CAN HELP YOU SELL YOUR HOME

HOW USING A SIGNBOARD CAN HELP YOU SELL YOUR HOME

Much like CD drives, many think that ‘For Sale’ signboards have outlived their usefulness. The internet has become one of the main marketing tools used by real estate professionals to effectively reach large masses of people in a short timeframe. Why then, despite this new technology, are sellers still choosing to decorate their lawn by pegging a board into their front garden? ...

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3 TIPS FOR SELLERS IN A BUYER’S MARKET

3 TIPS FOR SELLERS IN A BUYER’S MARKET

If you’re trying to sell your property and you’re struggling to find prospective buyers, it may be because you find yourself in a buyer’s market where the number of houses on the market is much larger than the number of buyers. This can be a good thing for buyers who have the bargaining power in their favour. A buyer’s market can be caused by various factors. The market...

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