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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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ARE YOU FINANCIALLY PREPARED TO BUY YOUR FIRST HOME?

ARE YOU FINANCIALLY PREPARED TO BUY YOUR FIRST HOME?

The process of buying your first home is incredibly exciting, however, if you want to avoid disappointment, you need to get your financial ducks in a row before you apply for a home loan. Below are a few financial questions you should ask yourself before applying for a home loan: 1. What is my credit score? Remember, you’re aiming for a favourable and clean credit record, as this will...

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5 THINGS TO AVOID DURING THE HOME BUYING PROCESS

5 THINGS TO AVOID DURING THE HOME BUYING PROCESS

You’ve been browsing for property online, and finally found a house you can call home. Although being prepared and having your deposit ready is essential, other factors come into play that could prolong the process of buying your dream home. However, taking these factors into consideration and monitoring your spending can increase the chances of your bond being approved. Below are 5 thing...

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FEATURES TO MAINTAIN DURING LOCKDOWN

FEATURES TO MAINTAIN DURING LOCKDOWN

Buying a house is an incredible milestone to achieve, especially if it's your first home. However, it comes with its own set of responsibilities, including regular maintenance to ensure that certain features don’t turn into a major problem or a financial burden down the line. By performing regular maintenance checks yourself, you’ll avoid having to pay for costly repairs that could...

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HOW TO TREAT MOM AT HOME THIS MOTHER'S DAY

HOW TO TREAT MOM AT HOME THIS MOTHER'S DAY

True happiness is seeing your mom smile, which is why we do our best to spoil them. Ask any mother what they would like for Mother’s Day and the answer is likely to contain some suggestion of either your time or your love. While these things cannot be purchased in a shop, they can be unwrapped at home… Below are a few understated ways you can spoil your mother from the comfort of h...

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HOW TO PROTECT YOUR HOME BY THINKING LIKE A BURGLAR

HOW TO PROTECT YOUR HOME BY THINKING LIKE A BURGLAR

The chance of home burglary is something we all hope to avoid. That’s why it’s important to consider how a criminal might view your property to identify any weak spots that could make your home a target. Try to view your home through the eyes of a burglar to identify some of the potential threats to your home security. Below are a few tips on how to help you protect your home by thi...

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4 RULES TO FOLLOW IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD SECURITY GROUP

4 RULES TO FOLLOW IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD SECURITY GROUP

Social media has become the go-to platform for communication and connectivity. Most of us are dependent on platforms like WhatsApp and Facebook to stay informed. In certain neighbourhoods, complexes and estates, the community will form groups on social media for the sole purpose of exchanging important information around neighbourhood safety, such as a nearby break-in or a dangerous con-artist tha...

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HOW TO PROTECT YOUR HOME FROM GERMS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

HOW TO PROTECT YOUR HOME FROM GERMS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Amid the Coronavirus pandemic, keeping our homes clean and germ-free is at the forefront of our minds. We’re all taking every precaution to reduce the spread of the virus. Beyond washing our hands as often as possible, we must get into the habit of regularly cleaning all surfaces we touch. Below are a few essential tips to protect your home and your family from germs during this time....

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WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE TRANSFER & REGISTRATION PROCESS

WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE TRANSFER & REGISTRATION PROCESS

You've found your dream home but there’s one thing standing between you and the keys – the transfer of property ownership. This process can seem complicated, but it can be relatively straight forward if you have the help of a knowledgeable professional at your side to guide you through it. To help you understand the basics, below is an outline of what happens during this process...

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HOW INTEREST RATES AFFECT THE PROPERTY MARKET

HOW INTEREST RATES AFFECT THE PROPERTY MARKET

You’ve just heard that the interest rates have been lowered and you’re most likely wondering how this affects you. Well, the fact is most of us will be loan-dependent and need financial assistance from lending institutions to buy a home. So, whether you’re a homeowner or a potential homeowner, the interest rate will affect you at some stage in your life. Below are a few things...

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HOW TO UPGRADE YOUR SECURITY IN A FREESTANDING PROPERTY

HOW TO UPGRADE YOUR SECURITY IN A FREESTANDING PROPERTY

South Africans are incredibly security-conscious people. That’s why most of us choose to live in security complexes so we can sleep more soundly at night. If you’re in a freestanding property, there are a few things you could do to upgrade your home security so you can sleep as peacefully as your neighbours behind their patrolled walls.   Think like an intruder Most intruder...

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