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KEEP YOUR HOME LOOKING FRESH

KEEP YOUR HOME LOOKING FRESH

Giving your home a fresh coat of paint is a simple yet highly impactful way to refresh its look and increase its aesthetic appeal, making it more appealing to potential buyers. Not only will a new coat of paint make your home more attractive, but it can also influence the perceived value of the property. However, it is important to select the right colour to complement the home and its surrounding...

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MAKING THE MOST OF SMALL SPACES

MAKING THE MOST OF SMALL SPACES

Regardless of whether you are purchasing your first start-up home, downsizing or moving in with roommates, finding ways to maximise small spaces can be a big advantage. Here are a few tips you can use to make the most of smaller spaces: Declutter Ideally, when it comes to downsizing or maximising small spaces, it is best to reduce clutter as much as possible and only keep the items that a...

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BE PREPARED FOR THE UNEXPECTED

BE PREPARED FOR THE UNEXPECTED

Owning a home is a long-term commitment that can span a lifetime. While we all hope for the best, it is likely that at some stage during our lives, a home emergency of some kind will strike, so it is best to be prepared. While impossible to determine when it will happen, home repairs are a certainty homeowners will need to consider and prepare for. Putting aside money each month in a contingency f...

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BATHROOM BUDGET RENOVATIONS

BATHROOM BUDGET RENOVATIONS

Giving a fresh new look to an outdated bathroom can modernise and add value to a home without costing too much. Renovations and contemporary remodelling of bathrooms are known to boost the marketability of a home and, also, bathrooms and kitchens are the two areas of a home where the cost of the renovation can be largely recouped on the sale of the property. According to statistics on averag...

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BE WISE WITH WATER

BE WISE WITH WATER

Water is a vital commodity that we require to survive. Without water, the environment we live in could not survive, so it is imperative that the necessary precautions are taken to ensure that this essential resource is not used carelessly. There are several ways that homeowners or tenants can save water in and around the home, which will bring down monthly water bills and more importantly, redu...

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HOW TO CANCEL YOUR HOME LOAN

HOW TO CANCEL YOUR HOME LOAN

In certain cases, if you have paid off your home loan you may have the option to keep the bond account open, which will keep the loan facility available. The reason you would want to keep the facility open is to ensure that you have access to money if needed for household improvements or repairs. The advantage of keeping the account open is that you will not need to register another bond over t...

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THE INS AND OUTS OF CAPITAL GAINS TAX

THE INS AND OUTS OF CAPITAL GAINS TAX

While most property transactions will not be subject to Capital Gains Tax (CGT), it is still important to understand the implications that it could have, especially if your home sells for more than the primary residence exclusion threshold. Forming part of an individual’s income tax, CGT is part of an ongoing reform programme which was introduced in South Africa in October 2001. The tax p...

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PAINT AND PREPARE BEFORE YOU MOVE IN

PAINT AND PREPARE BEFORE YOU MOVE IN

Every first-time homebuyer wants to add their personal touch to their property and turn their new house into a home. A great way to do this at a reasonably low cost is by giving the property a fresh coat of paint. A new coat of paint will give the home an updated, refreshed look and it is a fun way for the new homeowner to put their personal stamp on the home.  A new coat of paint will make t...

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PROPERTY VALUE AFFECTS RATES AND TAXES

PROPERTY VALUE AFFECTS RATES AND TAXES

Each month homeowners receive a bill for the rates and taxes applicable to their property, but what are these municipal rates used for and how is the amount worked out? Municipal property rates are financial liabilities that owners of immovable property are required to pay monthly for basic services that their local municipality provide. Some of these services include maintenance of roads, stre...

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SCHOOLS IMPACT HOME VALUES

SCHOOLS IMPACT HOME VALUES

Purchasing a property is a large financial commitment, and as such, there are several vital aspects that need to be considered before taking the final step towards homeownership. While price, the type of home and cost, are a few of the factors that require attention - the most crucial aspect to consider is location. Most buyers in today’s market know that location is important, but not ev...

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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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TIPS FOR A STRESS-FREE MOVE

TIPS FOR A STRESS-FREE MOVE

It doesn’t matter whether it is across the road or the country, moving from one home to another can be a stressful experience. The fact is that most people will move at least once in their lives, and while it can be a relatively easy process for some, for the others the experience could be enough to scar them for life. So what’s the difference between a smooth moving experience and...

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