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3 OBSTACLES TO OVERCOME WHEN BUYING A HOME

3 OBSTACLES TO OVERCOME WHEN BUYING A HOME

Submitting an offer and having it accepted by the seller is exciting, but it is certainly not the end of your home purchasing journey. There are a few obstacles that you may need to overcome before the home is yours and the keys are handed over… Obstacle 1: A pending bond approval When applying for a loan, it is best to get pre-approval from the bank with a written loan commitment let...

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HOW USING A SIGNBOARD CAN HELP YOU SELL YOUR HOME

HOW USING A SIGNBOARD CAN HELP YOU SELL YOUR HOME

Much like CD drives, many think that ‘For Sale’ signboards have outlived their usefulness. The internet has become one of the main marketing tools used by real estate professionals to effectively reach large masses of people in a short timeframe. Why then, despite this new technology, are sellers still choosing to decorate their lawn by pegging a board into their front garden? ...

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3 TIPS FOR SELLERS IN A BUYER’S MARKET

3 TIPS FOR SELLERS IN A BUYER’S MARKET

If you’re trying to sell your property and you’re struggling to find prospective buyers, it may be because you find yourself in a buyer’s market where the number of houses on the market is much larger than the number of buyers. This can be a good thing for buyers who have the bargaining power in their favour. A buyer’s market can be caused by various factors. The market...

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4 FACTORS TO CONSIDER BEFORE BUILDING A HOME

4 FACTORS TO CONSIDER BEFORE BUILDING A HOME

Everybody dreams of owning their own home. Some even go so far as to buy a stand (also referred to as a plot) on which to build the home of their dreams. Building a home can be an extremely fulfilling experience with many benefits, including the opportunity to create an eco-friendly home that will save you money and help the environment. However, there are a few vital factors that you should consi...

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THE BENEFITS OF SIGNING A SOLE MANDATE

THE BENEFITS OF SIGNING A SOLE MANDATE

If you challenged multiple chefs to compete against one chef in an attempt to cook the same meal, whose dish would be ready first and be the tastiest? Chances are that the chef cooking on his own will be able to get the task complete quicker and better than a team of chefs who will inevitably waste time over who will do what and which ingredients should be used to prepare the meal. The same log...

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HOW TO SAVE MONEY ON HOME INSURANCE

HOW TO SAVE MONEY ON HOME INSURANCE

With the ever-increasing cost of living, you may be reassessing your financial situation and looking at ways to save money and cut down on costs. One way you can save money is by having a look at your current home insurance policy and possibly changing the cover. Home insurance is a necessity for homeowners, and although it is incredibly important to have, it doesn’t have to be a financia...

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4 TIPS FOR USING GREY WATER TO MAINTAIN YOUR GARDEN

4 TIPS FOR USING GREY WATER TO MAINTAIN YOUR GARDEN

The increase in droughts across South Africa has resulted in an urgent call for all South Africans to become waterwise and find alternative water sources. If you have a garden that you intend to maintain, you may find it difficult to reduce your daily water consumption. Luckily, the use of greywater can be incredibly effective in nourishing the garden and is a sure way to save on water bills. O...

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WHAT DOG OWNERS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE

WHAT DOG OWNERS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE

As timid as your fluffball may be, accidents can and do happen. All it takes is for a visitor to catch your harmless four-legged companion in the wrong mood and the next thing you know, you’re knee-deep in lawyer’s bills and medical expense claims. Luckily, there is a way to make sure you’re covered should you ever find yourself in this undesirable situation. What is liability...

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WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN SELLING YOUR HOME TO FOREIGNERS

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN SELLING YOUR HOME TO FOREIGNERS

South Africa offers an attractive option for foreign real estate investors. The exchange rate works in favour of many non-resident investors, and there are virtually no restrictions on purchasing property as a non-resident in this country, making this one of the most accessible investment markets for foreigner buyers. If you’re hoping to appeal to this market, partner with a real estate b...

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4 ECO-FRIENDLY WAYS TO RID YOUR HOME OF PESTS

4 ECO-FRIENDLY WAYS TO RID YOUR HOME OF PESTS

Although bug spray is known to be the most effective way to rid your home of pests, it is certainly not the safest. Not only does it negatively affect your health, but it affects the environment as well. It may seem daunting to give up the trusted pesticide, however, it is in your best interest to try less harmful measures when it comes to pest control. Below are some of the top tips on how to...

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4 REASONS TO USE AN AGENT WHEN SELLING YOUR HOUSE

4 REASONS TO USE AN AGENT WHEN SELLING YOUR HOUSE

In an attempt to cut down on costs, some sellers might be contemplating listing their homes without the services of a real estate professional. Although it may seem like a great way to reduce costs and avoid paying an agent’s commission, it also means that the seller will have to do all the work themselves. At first glance, selling a property privately may appear to be an easy process of...

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TIPS TO CREATE A PEACEFUL HOME

TIPS TO CREATE A PEACEFUL HOME

While trivial issues of whether the toilet seat stays up or down will always exist, there are several other more important ways your home could be creating unnecessary tension in your relationships. If you’re looking to purchase a new home, you have the chance to avoid this by being careful about your purchasing decisions. Below are a few tips to help you create a peaceful home. Location,...

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