6 COMMON QUESTIONS ASKED BY FIRST-TIME HOME BUYERS
Buying your first home can be both exhilarating and terrifying at the same time. If you are feeling overwhelmed, know that you are not alone. Navigating the world of property and property finance for the first time can be overwhelming. The best way to overcome this is by asking all the right questions. To help make the home buying process easier for first-time buyers, we’ve answered 6 of the moRead more
HOW TO BALANCE PARENTING WITH A REAL ESTATE CAREER
It’s that time of the year again where we celebrate all the wonderful fathers out there. It also couldn’t be a more apt moment to explore how the “super parents” in the world manage to have it all. It’s no secret that juggling a career and life all while raising happy, fulfilled children can be challenging. This is where real estate is coming through for parents by offering unmatched flexibility aRead more
WHAT IS THE COOLING-OFF PERIOD WHEN BUYING A HOME?
When buying a property, you have to be 100% sure of your decision because once the offer to purchase is signed by both the purchaser and the seller, it becomes a legally binding document. But, what if you change your mind or realise it was not the right decision? Is it possible to cancel the contract? Well, in certain very limited circumstances where the cooling off period is applicable, yes… HRead more
BEFORE YOU FIX YOUR HOME LOAN’S INTEREST RATE…
When interest rates begin to climb after a period of stability, many homeowners understandably begin to consider fixing their interest rates, and fast. However, this might not always end up saving them money in the long run. Carl Coetzee, chief executive of BetterBond, says there is not a simple answer when it comes to evaluating the benefits of a fixed interest rate compared to a variable inteRead more
7 COST-EFFICIENT WAYS TO GIVE BACK TO YOUR COMMUNITY
It is our collective responsibility to give back and leave this world a little better than we found it. There are many ways to contribute to the development of your community. If you’re hoping to enrich your neck of the woods but don’t have the financial means to do so, then why not give one of these easy, cost-efficient options a try? 1. Donate your time If you’re on a tight budget but stilRead more
HOW LONG IS AN OTP VALID IN SOUTH AFRICA?
Buying a new house is all so exciting. Once you’ve found the dream home and have submitted the Offer To Purchase (OTP), it becomes a bit of an anxiety-inducing waiting game to see if the seller will accept your offer or if you will need to start the hunt all over again. But, exactly how long is an OTP valid and what can and can’t be stipulated therein? But first, what is the OTP? The “OTP” iRead more