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WHY IT’S A GOOD IDEA TO BUY IN HOUT BAY

WHY IT’S A GOOD IDEA TO BUY IN HOUT BAY

While there has been a general cooling down in prices in the Cape Town market, there are still certain pockets that continue to do well despite the current economic climate. The suburb of Hout Bay is one of them. The suburb continues to grow in terms of value largely because it offers so many appealing features for permanent residence. Here are just some of the reasons the area remains so popul...

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THE UPS TO DOWNSIZING

THE UPS TO DOWNSIZING

It can be difficult to adjust to a smaller home. But, if it’s any consolation, most South Africans who have bought new properties are living in much smaller homes than the ones they grew up in. According to data from FNB, the average size of a full title stand in 2017 measured just 552 square metres. That is almost half the average size of homes built in the early-70s (1,063 square metres)....

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RULES FOR UPSTAIRS LIVING

RULES FOR UPSTAIRS LIVING

Though there are no legal requirements governing behaviour for upstairs neighbours (though there really ought to be), we encourage you not to be that neighbour everyone loves to hate. Life has a funny way of returning what you put into it. You will have to leave your apartment from time-to-time, and the angry stares from the rest of your complex are going to make your life equally as uncomfortable...

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TIPS FOR MAKING A SAFE INVESTMENT PURCHASE

TIPS FOR MAKING A SAFE INVESTMENT PURCHASE

Though technically in a recession, the economic climate should never deter buyers. Instead of moping about your economic prospects, you can choose to focus on yourself and ask what it is that you can do to increase your own personal performance despite the current economic environment. One of the easiest ways of achieving this is to invest in an asset that has proven to yield high returns across t...

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WHICH PAINT COLOUR HELPS ME SELL?

WHICH PAINT COLOUR HELPS ME SELL?

Curb appeal might be subjective, but it’s not difficult to imagine that the listing of the bright blue home with a yellow roof gets less attention than other more neutral homes. Colour can have an exceptional impact on buyers. Understanding the costly and labour-intensive effort it would take to repaint a home, most buyers simply choose not to look passed the fact that a home is not painted...

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MPC BUYS CONSUMERS MORE TIME

MPC BUYS CONSUMERS MORE TIME

South Africans avoid any further tightening of their purse strings this afternoon following the announcement by the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of 2018 that interest rates would remain unchanged. The prime lending rate thus stays at 10% and the repo rate at 6.5%. “While most financial analysts predict that we will end the year at a repo rate of 6.75%, the MPC wisely has chosen to keep...

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HOW TO SURVIVE THE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

HOW TO SURVIVE THE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

The third term break is upon us and, whether you’ve planned for it or not, your children are going to be at home for the next week. Why not take a few days leave and enjoy a mini staycation with them? Treating yourself to a short ‘staycation’ might also be a great way to revel in the reasons why you love your home without breaking the bank. Here’s how to make the most of...

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UNPACKING THE CONTAINER HOME TREND

UNPACKING THE CONTAINER HOME TREND

The container home is a trend developed as an affordable housing option that originated in Australia. However, rather than being regularly implemented in low-income areas in SA, the trend seems to have gained more traction in the affluent market that make use of the container to create multi-million rand examples of innovative architecture instead of affordable housing. The question is, why? Th...

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HOW TO HELP PETS ADJUST TO A NEW HOME

HOW TO HELP PETS ADJUST TO A NEW HOME

  Picture how anxious you might feel if, without warning or explanation, you were taken to an unknown destination where you discovered all of your belongings unpacked into this unfamiliar space. The anxiety builds as evening draws near and nobody shows any signs of returning you home. This is exactly how your pet feels when you relocate. But, there are a few necessary precautions you can t...

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GARAGE RENOVATION MISTAKES TO AVOID

GARAGE RENOVATION MISTAKES TO AVOID

Garages, particularly in sectional units, are a great value-add – more so if the owner has renovated it into a space that holds additional value apart from keeping a car cosy at night. A neatly renovated garage with clever storage solutions can do a great deal towards making a property more sellable. But, only if homeowners are able to avoid these common mistakes… Create multifunct...

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DIPLOMATIC GUIDE TO NEIGHBOUR DISPUTES

DIPLOMATIC GUIDE TO NEIGHBOUR DISPUTES

You’re immersed in a dream in which you are about to be handed a cheque for R100 million. As the tips of your fingers are about to connect with the fantasy cheque, the shrill sound of a power tool drills into your subconscious and hurtles you back into reality. It’s your neighbour doing yet another DIY project at 2am, and you cannot bare it a moment longer. But, what is there to be don...

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HOW TO OPEN A BUSINESS FROM HOME

HOW TO OPEN A BUSINESS FROM HOME

As more and more employers choose to allow their staff to work remotely, the home business model has grown in popularity, with many new entrepreneurs choosing to start their business from home rather than in a business district. But, what are the legal implications of operating a business in a residential area? Getting in the Zone Zoning laws prohibit most businesses from operating in a reside...

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