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SAFE AS HOUSES

SAFE AS HOUSES

South Africa is possibly one of the most beautiful countries in the world, with some amazing things on offer such as great weather, oceans, mountains, forests and everything in between. As a nation, we are truly blessed to call this country our home. However, there is one aspect that unfortunately has many South Africans up in arms - the fact that so many people living in this country have been...

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SELLING A HOME WHEN YOU HAVE PETS

SELLING A HOME WHEN YOU HAVE PETS

Does having a pet affect your chances of selling your home? The short answer is yes. Although some homeowners who have pets have strict outside only rules, most allow their animals inside of their homes as a family member. Owning a pet is great for the family and one’s emotional health. However, it can be a hindrance when it comes to selling a property. To be competitive in the property m...

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SHOULD EQUITY IN THE BOND BE USED FOR DEBT?

SHOULD EQUITY IN THE BOND BE USED FOR DEBT?

Often car loans and credit cards accrue interest at a much higher rate than a home loan, which is why many people decide to take equity out of their home loan to pay off their other debts. Focusing on paying off debt with the highest interest rate is a very good financial strategy to implement, but is using a home loan to do it the best idea? The answer to that question largely depends on the t...

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SHOULD YOU FIX YOUR HOME BEFORE YOU SELL?

SHOULD YOU FIX YOUR HOME BEFORE YOU SELL?

Often homeowners may find themselves in a situation where they have decided to place their home on the market – but the home is in need of repairs. In this instance, the homeowner will have to make the tough decision of whether it is best to delay putting the property up for sale and making the necessary repairs, or taking the knock on the asking price and selling the home as it stands. I...

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SPRING CLEAN TO SELL YOUR HOME

SPRING CLEAN TO SELL YOUR HOME

The property market sees an uptick in sales as the temperatures rise, making the warmer months an ideal time for would-be sellers to spring clean their homes and prepare for listing on the market. There are some things that homeowners can do to get their homes in show day condition and ensure that the property stands out in the current competitive real estate environment.  First impression...

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START WITH YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD

START WITH YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD

Every year graduating students will be thinking about their lives going forward and what the future may hold for them. After studying many will be entering the job market, starting on their career path and entering a new life stage. The financial decisions that these young consumers make early on will largely dictate their financial well-being in the future. Starting out in the right manner from t...

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STEPS TO FINANCIAL FREEDOM

STEPS TO FINANCIAL FREEDOM

There have been many high-fliers who have lost everything because they did not understand the fundamentals of finance.  Irrespective of the individual’s earning potential, the same principles can be used and applied to ensure that the person has a solid financial foundation. Much like building a home, it is vital to start with a foundation and build upwards from there through a process...

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SUBMITTING AN OFFER

SUBMITTING AN OFFER

Finding the right home is only one step in the process to becoming a homeowner. Once you have narrowed down the search and found the home that meets your criteria, the next step is to put pen to paper and make an offer to purchase. While some may find this a rather overwhelming undertaking, following a few simple guidelines will make it a far less daunting experience. An offer to purchase (OTP)...

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THE EFFECTS OF MOVING ON CHILDREN

THE EFFECTS OF MOVING ON CHILDREN

While there are many exciting aspects about moving to a new home, the move itself can be a very stressful process, particularly for the children. A change in routine and possible lifestyle can bring about fear and anxiety in children, especially if they are not fully prepared for what is about to happen. According to international psychological studies a child may become sullen or act out in anger...

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THE TOP BENEFITS OF REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT

THE TOP BENEFITS OF REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT

When it comes to a long-term investment, there are few asset classes that have the same benefits as property, especially when it comes to building a foundation to grow personal wealth. Many astute property buyers who have followed the key principles of property investment have been able to reap the rewards of their actions and see good returns on their investment. Even with the correction in th...

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THE TRANSFER PROCESS

THE TRANSFER PROCESS

Transferring the ownership of a home from the seller to the buyer can be a complicated and misunderstood process as it involves a number of parties, many of who have conflicting interests. However, regardless of each party’s interest, all have to work together and coordinate their efforts to ensure that the documentation arrives at the Deeds Office simultaneously. Understanding the sequen...

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THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE BUILDING A HOME

THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE BUILDING A HOME

Instead of purchasing an existing property some buyers like the idea of buying a stand and building a home to their specifications. While this can be a very fulfilling experience with many benefits, there are a few things that need consideration before undertaking a project like this. The stand A major factor to consider when wanting to build is the stand itself. Ideally, the stand should be...

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