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CAN LANDSCAPING INFLUENCE THE VALUE OF YOUR PROPERTY?

First impressions count. When it comes to house hunting, that first impression begins with curb appeal: the moment a buyer turns into your road and steps into your garden. In this article, we’ll look at how landscaping can influence the value of your property. What is landscaping? Landscaping can be a big, intimidating word. All it really means is the process of organising and shaping your g

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WHEN RENTING, WHO PAYS FOR UTILITIES?

When it comes to rental properties, one question always seems to come up: who shoulders the burden of utility costs? It's a query that can spark debates and a host of misunderstandings. In this blog, we delve into the often murky waters of utility payments in rental agreements and provide an overview of the responsibilities of both tenants and landlords. We also suggest how landlords can prote

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SELECT THE RIGHT ATTORNEY FOR TRANSFER

Having the right attorney by your side during a property sales transaction can help to shorten and smooth an often complex process. During the property transfer and registration process, you'll typically work with three different conveyancers: a bond attorney, a bond cancellation attorney, and the transfer attorney. This article provides some guidelines for selecting the right transfer attorne

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WHAT'S A SOLE MANDATE & HOW DOES IT WORK?

Before we dive into this topic, it’s important to understand that an estate agent may not sell your – or any property – unless they have a mandate from you, the owner. A mandate gives the property practitioner the legal authority to advertise and present the property to prospective buyers. We have, in other articles, discussed the difference between an open and sole mandate, and the advantages

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THE IMPACT OF THE REPO RATE ON YOUR HOME LOAN

If you hold any kind of debt, it is important to keep a close eye on interest rates: as interest rates go up, so do your monthly repayments. The interest rate that your bank charges is based on the repo rate which is set by the South African Reserve Bank (SARB). To help you stay on top of this, we’ll explain what the repo rate is, how it is set, and, critically, its impact on your home loan. Wh

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How to own your own RE/MAX franchise in Southern Africa

One of the routes to success is owning your own business. You could start a business from scratch, or you could invest in a franchise with a proven business model for success with an established brand recognition – like RE/MAX. It comes with great advantages. All RE/MAX franchises are independently owned and operated and the cost to purchase a franchise is one of the most competitive in the market

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