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HOMEOWNERS ENJOY ANOTHER QUARTER OF STABLE INTEREST RATES

HOMEOWNERS ENJOY ANOTHER QUARTER OF STABLE INTEREST RATES

As predicted, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) announced today that interest rates will remain unchanged until their next meeting in July. The prime lending rate therefore remains at 10.25% and the repo rate at 6.75%. “The decision to keep interest rates stable was a predictable move by the MPC. With it being less than a month since the national elections were held, it is understandabl...

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IS YOUR AGENT BREAKING THE POPI ACT?

IS YOUR AGENT BREAKING THE POPI ACT?

Over the past few years, companies have been mining customers’ personal information freely in order to optimise their marketing efforts. Question is, can you trust your real estate agent to keep your personal information safe, or are they in some way breaking the POPI Act? Why Do Real Estate Agents Need My Personal Information? Personal information is an integral part of the real estate...

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HOW MUCH INFLUENCE CHILDREN HAVE ON YOUR HOME BUYING CHOICES

HOW MUCH INFLUENCE CHILDREN HAVE ON YOUR HOME BUYING CHOICES

It is not difficult to understand why good parents factor the needs of their children into their purchasing decisions. But, exactly how much influence do children have on your purchasing decisions? And how much influence should you allow them? How Children Influence Our Choices Global studies have shown that millennial parents are placing increased value on their children when it comes to maki...

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FACTORS SELLERS OVERLOOK WHEN PREPARING FOR A MOVE

FACTORS SELLERS OVERLOOK WHEN PREPARING FOR A MOVE

As exciting as it is to move into a new home, the process can be time consuming and stressful – especially if you have overlooked factors involved in preparing for a move. If it’s been a while since you have last experienced a move, here are a few reminders to help prepare yourself for what lies ahead…  Packing takes longer than you think The worst mistake you can ma...

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THE COSTS INVOLVED IN SELLING YOUR HOME

THE COSTS INVOLVED IN SELLING YOUR HOME

As counter-intuitive as it might be, there are various costs involved in selling your home. While some of these costs can be offset against the final sale price, others will need to be settled before the sale can go ahead and should therefore be budged for before placing your house on the market.      Below are the five main costs involved when you sell your home: 1. Bond...

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SHOULD YOU SELL FIRST, OR BUY FIRST?

SHOULD YOU SELL FIRST, OR BUY FIRST?

Sell your home first and begin searching for your new home thereafter, or buy a home first and then sell your house thereafter? To work out the answer to this sell first or buy first dilemma, you need to ask yourself two questions: (1) what are your financing options and (2) what are the current market conditions? QUESTION 1: HOW ARE YOU FINANCING THE NEW HOME? A) I’m selling my curren...

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3 QUICK UPGRADES TO SELL YOUR HOME FASTER DURING WINTER

3 QUICK UPGRADES TO SELL YOUR HOME FASTER DURING WINTER

Winter is coming. Which usually cools off market activity along with the outdoor temperature.  Luckily, there are some quick upgrades you can do to help sell your home faster during the slow, Winter months.  To make your home more enticing to buyers who are trying to escape the cold, you could install one or more of these three temperature control features to help you sell your home f...

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HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF THE STABLE INTEREST RATE

HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF THE STABLE INTEREST RATE

While it is great news that the interest rate has remained stable, the question is, what should you do to get the most of it? The answer is simple: while interest rates remain at 10.25%, homeowners could prepare for the possibility of higher interest rates now rather than wait until it happens. By investing an extra 0.25% of your home loan instalment into an interest-bearing account, you can ad...

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RE/MAX NATIONAL HOUSING REPORT Q1 2019

RE/MAX NATIONAL HOUSING REPORT Q1 2019

According to Lightstone Property data, a total of 39,836 bond registrations were recorded at the Deeds Office over the period of January - March 2019, totalling an amount of R43,880,124,000. This translates into a 5.7% decrease in the amount of bonds registered since the last quarter of 2018. The number of transfers (both bonded and unbonded) recorded at the Deeds Office between January and March...

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VALUE VS APPRAISAL: WHICH VALUE SELLS MY HOUSE?

VALUE VS APPRAISAL: WHICH VALUE SELLS MY HOUSE?

Like the three ghosts of Christmas, you will be faced with three evaluators when you put your property on the market: a real estate agent, an appraiser from a financial institution, and finally, your local government. But, what do they all mean, and which number is the one you ought to be worrying about? General Valuation Roll Based on geographical information and recent sales in your suburb,...

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WAYS YOUR HOLIDAY PLANS CAN HELP YOU BUY A HOME

WAYS YOUR HOLIDAY PLANS CAN HELP YOU BUY A HOME

Though not the most important factor to consider when purchasing a home, the way in which you prefer to spend your long weekends and leave days can help you make a decision when caught between options. Below are the nice-to-have features each kind of holiday-maker might like to add to their property wish list: THE OUTDOOR ENTHUSIAST It would be helpful if a property has a large garage or to...

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HOW TO LOWER THE INSTALMENTS ON YOUR HOME LOAN

HOW TO LOWER THE INSTALMENTS ON YOUR HOME LOAN

Looking for ways to cut back on your expenses? One trick you could try is to request that your bank reduce the interest rate on your home loan. Admittedly, it is a bit of a long shot. Only a few banks would be willing to provide this service and will only grant it provided that the debtor has shown an impeccable payment record. But, if you are successful, you stand the chance to save thousands!...

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