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3 TIPS FOR GOOD RETURNS ON A HOLIDAY HOME

3 TIPS FOR GOOD RETURNS ON A HOLIDAY HOME

A holiday home investment provides an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. And, with the wide variety of leisure destinations throughout the country, buyers are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a location in which to purchase a holiday home. Apart from a getaway that the family can enjoy, a leisure property can also be a solid investment that generates healthy returns over...

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HOW REPEAT BUYERS CAN FINANCE THEIR NEW HOME

HOW REPEAT BUYERS CAN FINANCE THEIR NEW HOME

Most repeat buyers rely on the equity from the sale of their first home to finance their new home. However, the process of cancelling one home loan to take out another is not always simple. It is therefore advisable to arrange a consultation with a bond originator to help you better understand how to go about the process. While experienced real estate professionals will be able to outline the g...

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MISTAKES EMPTY-NESTERS MAKE WHEN DOWNSIZING

MISTAKES EMPTY-NESTERS MAKE WHEN DOWNSIZING

Relocating after your last child leaves the nest can be an emotional experience – especially if you are a tightly-knit family. It can be difficult to adjust your thinking when viewing new homes, as you now need to consider only your own wants and needs and not those of your children. Below are the three mistakes empty nesters most often make when downsizing after their children move out o...

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WHAT CAN I CHANGE WHEN PURCHASING OFF-PLAN

WHAT CAN I CHANGE WHEN PURCHASING OFF-PLAN

Much like the virtual world of Sims, the real world also presents the option between unleashing your creativity on a spot of vacant land or popping a pre-designed house onto a plot and making it your own. One of the many enticing factors of purchasing a property off-plan is that you get a say in how the final product will look. The question is, how much can you change when purchasing a property of...

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AFFORDABLE WAYS TO ENTERTAIN AT HOME

AFFORDABLE WAYS TO ENTERTAIN AT HOME

Most South Africans run out of money by the 15th of every month. If you want to cut back on your expenses, you could choose to enjoy time at home instead of going out on expensive weekend adventures. There are plenty of ways to enjoy the weekend without needing to step a foot out of your front door. That’s why it’s so important to find a property that you love spending time in. But,...

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PROS & CONS OF CONVERTING A GARAGE INTO A LIVING SPACE

PROS & CONS OF CONVERTING A GARAGE INTO A LIVING SPACE

Many residential plots do not allow for much outward expansion, especially if you live close to the city centre. Unless you are able to go up instead of out, the only other option is to work with the space you already have. But, are you adding or losing value when you convert a garage into a living space? For upmarket properties situated close enough to business and shopping centres to allow fo...

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WILL ADDING STORAGE HELP ME SELL?

WILL ADDING STORAGE HELP ME SELL?

Being organised is the new fad of homeownership. Sellers who take advantage of this trend could potentially increase their property’s value and appeal to potential buyers. If your property is lacking storage space, get creative with what you have and add inexpensive built-in features to make your existing storage space more practical and appealing. If you are selling your home, below are...

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WHAT TO DO AFTER A HOME BURGLARY

WHAT TO DO AFTER A HOME BURGLARY

Crime statistics suggest that unfortunately many South African homeowners may experience their home being broken into at some stage. Dealing with and knowing what to do after a home burglary can be an extremely traumatic experience. That is why security is a top priority for many homebuyers and homeowners alike. However, even with security measures in place, there is the chance of becoming a vi...

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HOW TO CREATE YOUR PROPERTY WISHLIST

HOW TO CREATE YOUR PROPERTY WISHLIST

It can be an exciting endeavour to shop for one of your largest investments. However, before getting carried away with a list of dream features, it is best to define what it is that you want in a home versus what it is that you actually need. After some contemplation, you may find that the ideal home for you and your family is not what you initially thought it would be. Here are a few considera...

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HOW TO KEEP SPIRITS UP WHEN RECOVERING FROM HOME

HOW TO KEEP SPIRITS UP WHEN RECOVERING FROM HOME

During any recovery, emotional wellness needs to be tended to in the same way as physical wellness, particularly if you have to endure a lengthy recovery period from home. Being removed from normal routines and being confined to your own home can have some seriously damaging mental effects – even worse so if you are not happy with where you live. A research study investigated what being p...

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DEALING WITH DOWNSIZING

DEALING WITH DOWNSIZING

The financial burdens that force homeowners to downsize often makes it harder to deal with the complicated emotions that arise when moving to a smaller home. The process of adjusting to a smaller living space is filled with a variety of emotions that are often easier to deal with when you have arrived at the decision willingly rather than begrudgingly, as is often the case when downscaling owing t...

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COSTS THAT INCREASE WHEN UPGRADING TO A LARGER HOME

COSTS THAT INCREASE WHEN UPGRADING TO A LARGER HOME

There comes a time when your home no longer fits your family or your needs. Upgrading to a larger property is often a significant achievement in a person’s life. But, as exciting as the whole prospect might be, and while you might qualify for the home loan, there are other associated costs to consider before taking this next step. Below are the three most important costs to consider befor...

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