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3 WAYS TO GIVE BACK DURING THE PANDEMIC

3 WAYS TO GIVE BACK DURING THE PANDEMIC

The portion of the South African population that suffers from hunger continues to grow as a result of the national lockdown. Stats SA recently released a report stating higher levels of hunger based on the results of a series of online web-based surveys. Roughly 11,4% (roughly one out of every ten) of the respondents whose income had decreased during lockdown reporting that they have experienced h...

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PROPERTY INVESTMENTS REMAIN ONE OF THE SAFEST OPTIONS

PROPERTY INVESTMENTS REMAIN ONE OF THE SAFEST OPTIONS

With stock markets as volatile as they are and GDP forecasts looking gloomier than ever, many investors are reevaluating the safety of their investment decisions, justifiably so. And, while property price growth is also slower than usual, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, Adrian Goslett, reassures investors that their money is safe in the property market. “Real estat...

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AVOID THESE PITFALLS WHEN BUYING BEFORE A VIEWING

AVOID THESE PITFALLS WHEN BUYING BEFORE A VIEWING

Until the threat of COVID-19 is contained, many buyers who want to take advantage of the record low-interest rates or who are serious about buying over this time might prefer to purchase without ever stepping foot into the home. Though technology makes it possible, buyers should be very thorough before signing the legally binding offer to purchase. Below are some pitfalls buyers should avoid wh...

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4 FEATURES BUYERS WILL LOOK FOR POST LOCKDOWN

4 FEATURES BUYERS WILL LOOK FOR POST LOCKDOWN

Shaken by the effects of COVID-19, the world is going to be a very different place long after we emerge from the national lockdown. When it comes to selling in a post-lockdown world, buyer preferences are likely to be very different than before. Below are some of the features that might become increasingly popular as we slowly emerge from the national lockdown.  1. Extra space to work or s...

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REAL ESTATE OPERATIONS POST-PANDEMIC: THE CHANGES THAT WILL REMAIN

REAL ESTATE OPERATIONS POST-PANDEMIC: THE CHANGES THAT WILL REMAIN

While some might be hopeful that we will emerge from this crisis and everything will return to life exactly as it was before lockdown, the reality is more likely to be that a lot of how we have come to operate is here to stay. “For the real estate industry, a lot of the changes we have had to make during lockdown will help both the agent and their clients post-lockdown, as it will free up...

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HOW TO RE-INTRODUCE REAL ESTATE SERVICES SAFELY

HOW TO RE-INTRODUCE REAL ESTATE SERVICES SAFELY

Industries might be able to re-open at level 3, but that doesn’t mean that the threat of COVID-19 has disappeared. Businesses will still need to operate according to the various health and safety regulations to prevent the spread of this disease. Below are the recommended guidelines for the safe re-introduction of real estate services: PROPOSED REGULATIONS AND GUIDELINES FOR RESIDENTIA...

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FIRST QUARTER RESULTS FOR RE/MAX HOLDINGS INC.

FIRST QUARTER RESULTS FOR RE/MAX HOLDINGS INC.

RE/MAX Holdings Incorporated, parent company of RE/MAX, one of the world’s leading franchisors of real estate brokerage services, recently announced operating results for the quarter ended March 31, 2020.  According to the report, the group’s total agent count increased 5.0% to 131,816 agents compared to first quarter 2019. RE/MAX Holdings Inc. brought in a total Revenue of $70...

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KNOCK-ON EFFECT ON SALES AS A RESULT OF LOCKDOWN

KNOCK-ON EFFECT ON SALES AS A RESULT OF LOCKDOWN

After well over a month in lockdown, the economic impact of COVID-19 is no longer speculation at this point, but rather proven fact. Even the largest player in the real estate industry, RE/MAX of Southern Africa, is feeling the impact of the national lockdown. “Our sales in the first three months were going well, with February 2020 alone yielding an 8% increase in reported sales compared...

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INTEREST RATES DROP TO A RECORD LOW AS LOCKDOWN CONTINUES

INTEREST RATES DROP TO A RECORD LOW AS LOCKDOWN CONTINUES

Following a record-breaking streak of interest rates cuts in January, March and April, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) again announced some further relief for South Africans today by lowering the interest rate by 50 basis points. The repo rate, therefore, drops to 3.75%, leaving the prime lending rate at 7.25% According to Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, Adrian Gosle...

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HOW TO HELP YOUR AGENT SELL YOUR HOME DURING LOCKDOWN

HOW TO HELP YOUR AGENT SELL YOUR HOME DURING LOCKDOWN

Under certain lockdown restrictions, real estate services are not allowed to operate, which means that sellers will need to help their real estate agents if they want to sell while the restrictions are in place. Below are some tips on how to help your agent sell your home during lockdown if they are unable to provide their services: Schedule a Virtual Valuation Though a thorough physical in...

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5 WAYS TO KNOW WHEN YOU'RE READY TO BUY A HOUSE

5 WAYS TO KNOW WHEN YOU'RE READY TO BUY A HOUSE

We’ve all thought about buying our first house. From, the location to your ideal bedroom-to-bathroom ratio. However, apart from finding the perfect home and dealing with the often complex process of home buying, there are other aspects you should consider before taking the step from potential home buyer to first-time homeowner. While this is an incredibly exciting time, don’t allow...

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HELP: WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU CAN’T PAY YOUR HOME LOAN

HELP: WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU CAN’T PAY YOUR HOME LOAN

The impact of COVID-19 has left many desperate for help and unable to pay their home loans. While for some, it may simply be a matter of readjusting certain behaviours to rectify their financial situation, others may find themselves in more dire circumstances. The best advice is to avoid feeling so shameful about your financial distress that you avoid asking for help. Homeowners in financial tr...

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