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HOW TO AFFORD A HOME LOAN ON A SINGLE INCOME

HOW TO AFFORD A HOME LOAN ON A SINGLE INCOME

Being on the market is never easy. But, if you stay focused, you won’t be on the market for long – well, at least not when it comes to property. Many believe that owning property on a single income just is not possible. But, the over 40,000 single females and over 35,000 single males who have already purchased property across South Africa in 2018 will beg to differ. While it might b...

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A MODERN APPROACH TO MEETING THE NEIGHBOURS

A MODERN APPROACH TO MEETING THE NEIGHBOURS

There are many reasons why it could be helpful to befriend your neighbour; one of the most important these days is to find out whether the electrical outage was caused by local load shedding or simply by forgetting to pop in your voucher code earlier that evening. But, now more so than ever before, making contact with the people who live next door can be a tricky endeavour. People tend to keep to...

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SIGNS THAT YOUR TENANTS IS GETTING HIGH IN YOUR HOME

SIGNS THAT YOUR TENANTS IS GETTING HIGH IN YOUR HOME

While most news stories paint a very scary reality about the prevalence of drug-abuse in South Africa, the truth is that there is actually very limited accurate data from which to draw these conclusions. However, according to a study conducted in 2012 by Anti Drug Alliance South Africa, 5.8% of their 57,809 national respondents reported using drugs on a daily basis, with ecstasy and cocaine being...

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BEST SUBURBS FOR THE OUTDOORSY HOMEOWNER

BEST SUBURBS FOR THE OUTDOORSY HOMEOWNER

For the active outdoor enthusiast, knowing which suburbs offer the safest and most scenic walking / cycling / running routes nearby often plays an active (excuse the pun) part in the purchasing decision.  According to the Victims of Crime Survey 2018, over 65% of the estimated 280,526 incidences of robbery away from home occurred in a street in residential areas. So, apart from natural bea...

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SHOULD I REPLACE MY GRASS WITH ASTROTURF?

SHOULD I REPLACE MY GRASS WITH ASTROTURF?

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who prefer hardcopy novels over e-readers and vinyl over iTunes. For the purists out there, artificial grass will never make the cut. But, overlooking any subjective feelings on this matter, could installing artificial grass have any effect on the resale value of a property? In general, artificial grass usually has a more positive than negative...

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GET FIT FROM HOME

GET FIT FROM HOME

It’s that time of year again to start working on ridding yourself of those pesky festive bulges. But, with money and time being even more limited than usual over the long month of January, it’s understandable how any well-intentioned exercise resolutions can quickly be abandoned. To help you stick to your 2019 weight-loss goals, here are some ways to get fit from home without spendi...

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WHEN SHOULD I EXPECT MY ADULT CHILD TO MOVE OUT?

WHEN SHOULD I EXPECT MY ADULT CHILD TO MOVE OUT?

Approximately one in two 18-34 year-olds live at home with parents. As a parent, that means you have a 50/50 chance that your teenager is going to end up living with you for much longer than you might have expected ... THE REASON BEHIND THE DELAY The discrepancy between entry-level salaries and the rising cost of living is one of the largest contributing factors for this delay in leaving the n...

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3 BUDGET-FRIENDLY WAYS TO ENTERTAIN FROM HOME

3 BUDGET-FRIENDLY WAYS TO ENTERTAIN FROM HOME

Out of the 261 working days this year, most of us are eagerly anticipating those few December leave days that we’ve worked so hard for. Unfortunately, many of us forget to think ahead and ensure that money has been set aside to allow us to make the most of the holiday season. If you happen to find yourself in this same hopelessly undersupplied boat sailing towards holiday bankruptcy, here ar...

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WHEN TO CALL THE COPS ON YOUR NEIGHBOURS

WHEN TO CALL THE COPS ON YOUR NEIGHBOURS

Dealing with neighbour disputes is an unavoidable part of life unless, perhaps, you choose to live on a remote small holding for the rest of your life. Sometimes these issues cannot be resolved no matter how diplomatic, polite and reasonable you might have been when approaching the issue. Luckily, the law is there to help you during these times. Below are the legal grounds on which you may appr...

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5 HOUSEHOLD EXPENSES THAT INCREASE OVER THE HOLIDAYS

5 HOUSEHOLD EXPENSES THAT INCREASE OVER THE HOLIDAYS

‘Tis the season of annual leave, Christmas gifting, and school holidays. For most of us, this means that a whole new budget needs to be drawn up to accommodate all the once-off expenses that come with these perks of the season. Rather than ruining your credit score on a month of lavish spending, it is advisable to set up a budget before December starts so that you do not have to resort to pu...

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SHOULD I TRAVEL NOW OR PUT DOWN ROOTS FIRST?

SHOULD I TRAVEL NOW OR PUT DOWN ROOTS FIRST?

Advances in travel technology have made it that much easier to quench human nature’s insatiable thirst to explore. And, South Africans are taking full advantage of this fact. According to Stats SA’s Tourism and Migration Report of November 2017, the total number of South African residents who left and returned to the country is on the increase. For South African residents, the volume o...

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HOW TO FOLLOW UP ON LATE PAYMENTS

HOW TO FOLLOW UP ON LATE PAYMENTS

You’ve screened the tenant thoroughly and their credit check returned a glowing review. You even built a clause into the rental agreement that stipulated that any late payments would accrue interest payable on the following month’s rent. And yet, your tenant is still late on his/her payments. What is a landlord to do about this? The reality is that every landlord will likely have to...

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