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THE DOS AND DON’T’S OF HOME EQUITY

THE DOS AND DON’T’S OF HOME EQUITY

For those who have equity available in the bond accounts, it can be tempting to withdraw some of the money and use it for more immediate needs or wants. While some reasons for using the equity make good financial sense, others don’t – the decision will largely be based on the homeowner’s circumstances and plans. Below are a few of the reasons why homeowners might be tempted to...

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FEATURES TO MAINTAIN DURING LOCKDOWN

FEATURES TO MAINTAIN DURING LOCKDOWN

Buying a house is an incredible milestone to achieve, especially if it's your first home. However, it comes with its own set of responsibilities, including regular maintenance to ensure that certain features don’t turn into a major problem or a financial burden down the line. By performing regular maintenance checks yourself, you’ll avoid having to pay for costly repairs that could...

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HOW TO PROTECT YOUR HOME BY THINKING LIKE A BURGLAR

HOW TO PROTECT YOUR HOME BY THINKING LIKE A BURGLAR

The chance of home burglary is something we all hope to avoid. That’s why it’s important to consider how a criminal might view your property to identify any weak spots that could make your home a target. Try to view your home through the eyes of a burglar to identify some of the potential threats to your home security. Below are a few tips on how to help you protect your home by thi...

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4 RULES TO FOLLOW IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD SECURITY GROUP

4 RULES TO FOLLOW IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD SECURITY GROUP

Social media has become the go-to platform for communication and connectivity. Most of us are dependent on platforms like WhatsApp and Facebook to stay informed. In certain neighbourhoods, complexes and estates, the community will form groups on social media for the sole purpose of exchanging important information around neighbourhood safety, such as a nearby break-in or a dangerous con-artist tha...

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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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