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WHY YOU WON’T SAVE MONEY IN LOCKDOWN BY SWITCHING YOUR HOME LOAN

WHY YOU WON’T SAVE MONEY IN LOCKDOWN BY SWITCHING YOUR HOME LOAN

During the property boom years of 2006 and 2007, switching home loans from one bank to another was a fairly common practice among homeowners in South Africa. Now that interest rates are at a historic low, you might be considering switching your home loan to negotiate a better deal so you can spare some much-needed cash during the lockdown. While you might be able to negotiate a better deal, it...

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HOW TO GET YOUR HOME WINTER READY

HOW TO GET YOUR HOME WINTER READY

The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting colder – these are the tell-tale signs that winter is coming. There is no need for frost-phobic homeowners to sound the alarm bells; plenty can be done to prepare for this coming snuggle season. As we’re all homebound due to the pandemic, now is the perfect time to start preparing your home for the frosty weather. Below are a f...

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5 FUN ACTIVITIES TO DO WITH DAD THIS FATHER’S DAY

5 FUN ACTIVITIES TO DO WITH DAD THIS FATHER’S DAY

Father’s Day is your opportunity to show your dad just how much you appreciate him. Dads are best known for their life advice, being handymen, and most notoriously for their dad jokes. If you’ve ever told your dad that you’re hungry, he most likely gave you the classic dad response, “Hi hungry, I’m dad.” This Father’s Day, instead of buying your dad pow...

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7 TIPS FOR CREATING A PRODUCTIVE STUDY SPACE

7 TIPS FOR CREATING A PRODUCTIVE STUDY SPACE

With schools slowly re-opening across the country, many parents find themselves homeschooling their children until they are allowed back at school. Whether your children are learning from home fulltime or simply need a space in which to complete their homework, creating the perfect study area at home can increase your child’s engagement and help keep you sane.   Pick the perfect stu...

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AVOID THESE PITFALLS WHEN BUYING BEFORE A VIEWING

AVOID THESE PITFALLS WHEN BUYING BEFORE A VIEWING

Until the threat of COVID-19 is contained, many buyers who want to take advantage of the record low-interest rates or who are serious about buying over this time might prefer to purchase without ever stepping foot into the home. Though technology makes it possible, buyers should be very thorough before signing the legally binding offer to purchase. Below are some pitfalls buyers should avoid wh...

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4 FEATURES BUYERS WILL LOOK FOR POST LOCKDOWN

4 FEATURES BUYERS WILL LOOK FOR POST LOCKDOWN

Shaken by the effects of COVID-19, the world is going to be a very different place long after we emerge from the national lockdown. When it comes to selling in a post-lockdown world, buyer preferences are likely to be very different than before. Below are some of the features that might become increasingly popular as we slowly emerge from the national lockdown.  1. Extra space to work or s...

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5 AFFORDABLE WAYS TO MAKE YOUR SPACE FEEL LIKE NEW

5 AFFORDABLE WAYS TO MAKE YOUR SPACE FEEL LIKE NEW

After spending our days confined within the four walls we call home, our once cosy spaces can easily start to feel more like a prison than a place of safety. Whether you’re working from home or homeschooling, you may want to change up your environment to help boost your mood and keep you motivated.  Luckily, reinventing your space doesn’t have to break the bank. Channel your in...

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HOW TO HELP YOUR AGENT SELL YOUR HOME DURING LOCKDOWN

HOW TO HELP YOUR AGENT SELL YOUR HOME DURING LOCKDOWN

Under certain lockdown restrictions, real estate services are not allowed to operate, which means that sellers will need to help their real estate agents if they want to sell while the restrictions are in place. Below are some tips on how to help your agent sell your home during lockdown if they are unable to provide their services: Schedule a Virtual Valuation Though a thorough physical in...

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5 WAYS TO KNOW WHEN YOU'RE READY TO BUY A HOUSE

5 WAYS TO KNOW WHEN YOU'RE READY TO BUY A HOUSE

We’ve all thought about buying our first house. From, the location to your ideal bedroom-to-bathroom ratio. However, apart from finding the perfect home and dealing with the often complex process of home buying, there are other aspects you should consider before taking the step from potential home buyer to first-time homeowner. While this is an incredibly exciting time, don’t allow...

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HELP: WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU CAN’T PAY YOUR HOME LOAN

HELP: WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU CAN’T PAY YOUR HOME LOAN

The impact of COVID-19 has left many desperate for help and unable to pay their home loans. While for some, it may simply be a matter of readjusting certain behaviours to rectify their financial situation, others may find themselves in more dire circumstances. The best advice is to avoid feeling so shameful about your financial distress that you avoid asking for help. Homeowners in financial tr...

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HOW MILLENIALS CAN SAVE TO BUY THEIR FIRST HOME

HOW MILLENIALS CAN SAVE TO BUY THEIR FIRST HOME

Millennials (those in their 30s and under) have been biding their time, slowly progressing in their career, paying off student debt and building up savings (hopefully) as they wait for an opportunity to enter the property market. The current financial crisis in which we find ourselves presents this age group with the perfect opportunity to find their dream home at a price they can finally afford....

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THE DOS AND DON’T’S OF HOME EQUITY

THE DOS AND DON’T’S OF HOME EQUITY

For those who have equity available in the bond accounts, it can be tempting to withdraw some of the money and use it for more immediate needs or wants. While some reasons for using the equity make good financial sense, others don’t – the decision will largely be based on the homeowner’s circumstances and plans. Below are a few of the reasons why homeowners might be tempted to...

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