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WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE TRANSFER & REGISTRATION PROCESS

WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE TRANSFER & REGISTRATION PROCESS

You've found your dream home but there’s one thing standing between you and the keys – the transfer of property ownership. This process can seem complicated, but it can be relatively straight forward if you have the help of a knowledgeable professional at your side to guide you through it. To help you understand the basics, below is an outline of what happens during this process...

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HOW INTEREST RATES AFFECT THE PROPERTY MARKET

HOW INTEREST RATES AFFECT THE PROPERTY MARKET

You’ve just heard that the interest rates have been lowered and you’re most likely wondering how this affects you. Well, the fact is most of us will be loan-dependent and need financial assistance from lending institutions to buy a home. So, whether you’re a homeowner or a potential homeowner, the interest rate will affect you at some stage in your life. Below are a few things...

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HOW TO UPGRADE YOUR SECURITY IN A FREESTANDING PROPERTY

HOW TO UPGRADE YOUR SECURITY IN A FREESTANDING PROPERTY

South Africans are incredibly security-conscious people. That’s why most of us choose to live in security complexes so we can sleep more soundly at night. If you’re in a freestanding property, there are a few things you could do to upgrade your home security so you can sleep as peacefully as your neighbours behind their patrolled walls.   Think like an intruder Most intruder...

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HOW TO SELL YOUR HOME DURING THE LOCKDOWN

HOW TO SELL YOUR HOME DURING THE LOCKDOWN

The current spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and the efforts to contain it have impacted almost all aspects of daily life – and real estate transactions are no different. Yet, despite current circumstances, you might find yourself in a position where you still need to sell your home. People may be doing life differently, but the demand to buy, sell, and rent a home does still exist. Given...

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HOW TO HOST YOUR OWN VIRTUAL SHOW HOUSE

HOW TO HOST YOUR OWN VIRTUAL SHOW HOUSE

When open houses just won’t work, like in many areas of the world battling COVID-19 right now, it may come time to host a virtual open house instead. After all, the need to buy and sell homes still exists even during this unprecedented time. You will just have to make use of the digital world to make your buying and selling dreams come true. Open homes will soon take the form of Facebook...

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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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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 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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LOAD SHEDDING LIFE HACKS

LOAD SHEDDING LIFE HACKS

The risk of national power interruptions continues to exist. Homeowners should keep a watchful eye on Eskom’s load shedding schedule and follow the power utility’s social media feeds for any announcements so that plans can be made if a blackout has been scheduled for your area. If you happen to spot the announcement in time, here are a few ways to help you prepare for the blackout:...

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