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WILL DOWNSIZING RELIEVE THE FINANCIAL PRESSURE?

WILL DOWNSIZING RELIEVE THE FINANCIAL PRESSURE?

When it comes to financial stress, downsizing sometimes makes the most sense to keep up with the rising costs of living. As tough as it might be, you stand a much better chance of recouping your losses and bolstering your financial position if you sell before you start falling behind on your bond repayments. Below are some of the pros and cons to downsizing: Con: Hidden Costs Be prepared fo...

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3 CONSIDERATIONS FOR PURCHASING A RETIREMENT HOME

3 CONSIDERATIONS FOR PURCHASING A RETIREMENT HOME

For those who are reaching their golden years and are looking to purchase a retirement home, there are several aspects to consider, including the financing of the property, the type of property they want to stay in, and the type of ownership they want to undertake.  Acquiring Financing   Banks are often reluctant to grant finance to investors who are 60 years old and older, which i...

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HOW TO CARE FOR HERITAGE PROPERTIES

HOW TO CARE FOR HERITAGE PROPERTIES

Your home might be old, but does that automatically make it a heritage property? Well, according to the National Heritage Resources Act of 1999, if your home has been around for more than 60 years, technically speaking, the answer to that question is yes. According to the act: “No person may alter or demolish any structure or part of a structure which is older than 60 years without a perm...

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PET-PROOFING YOUR HOME FOR TODDLERS

PET-PROOFING YOUR HOME FOR TODDLERS

Introducing a child to a new sibling is never easy – especially when the new sibling is an entirely different species. Helping your furry first born adjust to its new furless brother or sister can be tricky, but it’s by no means a lost cause. There are several things responsible homeowners can do to foster peaceful co-residence between their toddlers and their pets. Be mindful of yo...

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THINGS WE SHOULD BE CLEANING ANNUALLY

THINGS WE SHOULD BE CLEANING ANNUALLY

After months of hibernating indoors, it’s finally time to draw back those curtains and allow the light to stream in, highlighting the thousands of dust particles dancing in the daylight and revealing the months of accumulated dirt that lay hidden from eyesight in your dimly lit household.  Spring cleaning is often that necessary reminder we all need to wake us from our winter weari...

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4 TRICKS TO GROWING VEGGIE GARDENS IN AN APARTMENT

4 TRICKS TO GROWING VEGGIE GARDENS IN AN APARTMENT

Vegetable gardens are becoming a household standard these days. It is not uncommon to find vertical gardens hanging outside and planters sitting on the window ledges within apartment complexes. If you want to create your own vegetable garden, but don’t have any open soil, there are various ways of working around this:  1) Make use of sunny spaces Purchase pots or create wooden pl...

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FIVE WAYS TO FEEL AT HOME FAST

FIVE WAYS TO FEEL AT HOME FAST

The buying process is over, and the moving truck has delivered your household goods to your new property. Now it’s time to unpack and turn your new house into a home. Here are five tips to get you through the labour-intensive process a little easier: Divide the work You have friends and family who are willing and able to help – get them involved. As the saying goes, many hands...

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FEMALES DOMINATING THE PROPERTY MARKET

FEMALES DOMINATING THE PROPERTY MARKET

It seems crazy to think that females, who were once excluded from the right to own property, are now the largest group of property buyers in South Africa. According to Lightstone Property statistics, roughly 72,000 residential properties were purchased by single women in South Africa last year, far surpassing the number of homes sold to men (around 62,000) and married couples (around 65,000). &...

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HOW TO DEAL WITH THE DERELICT HOUSE NEXT DOOR

HOW TO DEAL WITH THE DERELICT HOUSE NEXT DOOR

Much like how that one scuffed dining room chair will lower the value of the whole set, one unkept property will drag down the prices of all the surrounding homes. Sadly, living next to a derelict home can happen to anyone at any point in time. All it takes is for your current neighbours to fall into some financial crisis that causes their home to go to wreck and ruin, or to have a real-world vers...

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3 WAYS TO PREVENT PET SMELL

3 WAYS TO PREVENT PET SMELL

As much as we love our animals, it can be hard to love the pet odour they leave behind in our homes. While we might get used to the smell over time, future buyers will not be as forgiving. Luckily, there are a few ways to prevent pet smell from developing in your home: KEEP PETS AWAY FROM CARPETS Unless you are willing to have your carpets professionally cleaned on a regular basis and are wil...

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5 MISTAKES TO AVOID WHEN DESIGNING A KITCHEN

5 MISTAKES TO AVOID WHEN DESIGNING A KITCHEN

The kitchen is popularly referred to as the heart of the home. If you happen to get the design of this room wrong, you risk restricting the flow of your entire household. To help you get the balance right, here are the five most common mistakes to avoid when designing a kitchen: 1) Create paths of least resistance   When waking up for the midnight snack run, you do not want to be tripp...

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HOW TO ADJUST TO YOUR NEW NEIGHBOURHOOD

HOW TO ADJUST TO YOUR NEW NEIGHBOURHOOD

Have you ever pulled into your driveway at home and suddenly realised that you have no recollection of the journey from the office to your doorstep? That’s because your routines can become so familiar that you are able to do them in auto-pilot mode. The problem arises when you move to a new neighbourhood and you go to unlock your front door and your keys no longer fits the locks…&nbsp...

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