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WHAT IS PRE-APPROVAL AND WHY IT MATTERS

WHAT IS PRE-APPROVAL AND WHY IT MATTERS

Have you ever left the house without first checking the weather forecast? Confident that you know how the day will turn out, you pop on a pair of shorts and a t-shirt and head out. Soon, the weather takes an unexpected turn for the worse and you’re sat shivering in the corner with nothing but a serviette to cower under. Beginning your house hunting without first acquiring pre-approval on...

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TIPS TO HELP SELLERS GET THEIR FULL ASKING PRICE

TIPS TO HELP SELLERS GET THEIR FULL ASKING PRICE

Selling a property for the full asking price can be challenging, especially within the current market where supply far outweighs demand. Everybody is looking for a bargain which means that sellers are going to have to convince buyers that their home is well worth its asking price. These days, sellers are not ill-informed. Thanks to internet access and property portals, buyers have access to all...

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5 BACK-TO-SCHOOL PREPARATIONS FOR HOMEOWNERS

5 BACK-TO-SCHOOL PREPARATIONS FOR HOMEOWNERS

The gates of Chaos are about to be opened as most South African children head back to school. Luckily, there are ways to avoid the panic on the first morning back at school and prevent backpacks from flying as your half-dressed children scramble into the car before you follow through on your threat to leave without them … Below are some ways to make your home back-to-school ready this Ja...

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3 TIPS FOR CREATING A WATERWISE GARDEN

3 TIPS FOR CREATING A WATERWISE GARDEN

Saving water is crucial for the preservation of our environment – particularly within the South African context. According to a report released at the end of 2018 by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), temperature increases in the sub-Saharan Africa region are projected to be higher than the global mean temperature increase; which translate into greater risks for droughts a...

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HOME PREPARATIONS FOR PET-PHOBIC VISITORS

HOME PREPARATIONS FOR PET-PHOBIC VISITORS

Your mother-in-law glares at you from the opposite end of the table, her white Christmas dress now muddied with paw-print polka dots left by an overly excited greeting from her four-legged grandchild. You glance over at your deathly allergic father-in-law beside her who appears to be doing a Rudolph impersonation as the cat curls its tail under his nose and digs its claws into his lap. These are t...

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4 SAFETY PRECAUTIONS FOR THE HOLIDAYING HOMEOWNER

4 SAFETY PRECAUTIONS FOR THE HOLIDAYING HOMEOWNER

Before you pack your bags and print your boarding passes, there are a few things you need to get in order at home to ensure uninterrupted holiday bliss. Below are the four safety precautions you can put in place before you leave for your vacation: 1. Secure your home Before you leave, cut back any plants that are near to your outdoor security beams so that they don’t trigger your al...

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BUDGET-FRIENDLY WAYS TO KEEP YOUR HOME COOL THIS SUMMER

BUDGET-FRIENDLY WAYS TO KEEP YOUR HOME COOL THIS SUMMER

Condensation drips from your water glass as the sun streams through your living room. The dodgy ceiling fan whirrs wildly above your head, but you’d sooner risk decapitation than endure another minute of this heat. Summer is coming. But, you needn’t dread it. There are loads of ways you can prepare your home so that it stays cool in the days to come. Rather than quick fix solutions,...

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INVEST IN YOUR OUTDOOR SPACE TO SELL

INVEST IN YOUR OUTDOOR SPACE TO SELL

Although kitchen and bathroom renovations still top the list as the upgrades that add the most value to a home, outdoor space is becoming a hot commodity as plot sizes shrink, making them a prime space in which to invest some money to attract potential buyers. An outdoor home improvement project will not only assist in maximising the enjoyment of the property’s outdoor spaces, but it will al...

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3 TIPS FOR GOOD RETURNS ON A HOLIDAY HOME

3 TIPS FOR GOOD RETURNS ON A HOLIDAY HOME

A holiday home investment provides an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. And, with the wide variety of leisure destinations throughout the country, buyers are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a location in which to purchase a holiday home. Apart from a getaway that the family can enjoy, a leisure property can also be a solid investment that generates healthy returns over...

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HOW REPEAT BUYERS CAN FINANCE THEIR NEW HOME

HOW REPEAT BUYERS CAN FINANCE THEIR NEW HOME

Most repeat buyers rely on the equity from the sale of their first home to finance their new home. However, the process of cancelling one home loan to take out another is not always simple. It is therefore advisable to arrange a consultation with a bond originator to help you better understand how to go about the process. While experienced real estate professionals will be able to outline the g...

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MISTAKES EMPTY-NESTERS MAKE WHEN DOWNSIZING

MISTAKES EMPTY-NESTERS MAKE WHEN DOWNSIZING

Relocating after your last child leaves the nest can be an emotional experience – especially if you are a tightly-knit family. It can be difficult to adjust your thinking when viewing new homes, as you now need to consider only your own wants and needs and not those of your children. Below are the three mistakes empty nesters most often make when downsizing after their children move out o...

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WHAT CAN I CHANGE WHEN PURCHASING OFF-PLAN

WHAT CAN I CHANGE WHEN PURCHASING OFF-PLAN

Much like the virtual world of Sims, the real world also presents the option between unleashing your creativity on a spot of vacant land or popping a pre-designed house onto a plot and making it your own. One of the many enticing factors of purchasing a property off-plan is that you get a say in how the final product will look. The question is, how much can you change when purchasing a property of...

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