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HOW LIFE STAGES AFFECT HOMEOWNERSHIP

HOW LIFE STAGES AFFECT HOMEOWNERSHIP

Each new stage of life presents its own set of unique challenges to homeownership. The good thing is that with the right preparation and planning, each new set of circumstances can be viewed as an exciting opportunity rather than a daunting season filled with obstacles. While renting has its upsides, owning your home is a great way of investing into your future wealth by paying off an appreciat...

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RE/MAX NATIONAL HOUSING REPORT Q3 2021

RE/MAX NATIONAL HOUSING REPORT Q3 2021

Housing Market Continues to Exceed Expectations Rather than subsiding to pre-COVID levels of activity, as was predicted in the RE/MAX National Housing Report for Q2 2021, the property market continues to exceed expectations in the third quarter of this year. Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, Adrian Goslett, says that the results of the RE/MAX National Housing Report fo...

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ENABLING YOUNG GIRLS SCHOOLING SUCCESS

ENABLING YOUNG GIRLS SCHOOLING SUCCESS

On 27 September, Livingstone High School in the Claremont school district received a free sanitary pad dispensing machine, sponsored by The RE/MAX Foundation and supplied by the MENstruation Foundation & O Grace Land –  NPO’s that strives to create free access to sanitary pads for young women during their menstrual cycle. Countless girls in South Africa regularly miss...

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PROPERTY GIANT TURNS PINK TO RAISE AWARENESS

PROPERTY GIANT TURNS PINK TO RAISE AWARENESS

As prevalent as breast cancer is among South African women, most still fail to go for regular mammograms and perform self-examinations to check for lumps or irregularities hiding beneath the breast tissue. Breast cancer is almost always curable if detected early, which is why the National Breast Cancer Awareness month exists to spread awareness around early detection and cure. “Many of ou...

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5 TIPS FOR FIRST-GENERATION HOMEOWNERS

5 TIPS FOR FIRST-GENERATION HOMEOWNERS

Homeownership has always been a dream that many aspire to achieve, especially among those who will be the first in their family to own a home despite their parents being unable to provide financial support through intergenerational wealth. Though first-generation homeowners tend to face a far more challenging journey into homeownership, there are a few tips that can help them achieve their homeown...

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STABLE INTEREST RATES GIVE HOMEOWNERS ANOTHER BREAK

STABLE INTEREST RATES GIVE HOMEOWNERS ANOTHER BREAK

Interest rates will yet again remain stable at 3.5% (repo rate), with the prime lending rate remaining at 7% following the September announcement by the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC). While grateful for this decision, Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, remains cautious for when interest rates will begin their inevitable upward climb. As predicted in his re...

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HOW TO AVOID PROPERTY SCAMS

HOW TO AVOID PROPERTY SCAMS

While the Internet is an extremely useful tool, it has also made it easier for criminals to prey on prospective buyers and tenants. Over the last month, RE/MAX of Southern Africa has received several reports of various real estate agent scams taking place within the Western Cape in particular. Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, warns South Africans to be car...

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HOW A DEPOSIT AFFECTS YOUR HOME LOAN

HOW A DEPOSIT AFFECTS YOUR HOME LOAN

When buying a home, not only will you need to save for roughly a 10% deposit on the asking price, but you will also need to budget for the various ad hoc expenses that come with purchasing property, including registration fees and transfer duties. With the costs of purchasing a home being as expensive as it is, it is understandable to want to forgo the deposit. Before you do, take a moment to cons...

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DEALING WITH DEFECTS WHEN BUYING A HOME

DEALING WITH DEFECTS WHEN BUYING A HOME

No matter how thoroughly you may have inspected your dream home, unexpected defects can and often do appear after the offer to purchase has been signed. To help you know how to go about dealing with defects when buying a home, below are a few tips to help you better understand your rights… Understanding the Voetstoots clause Sadly, buyers are not protected by the Consumer Protection A...

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GLOBAL R.E.A.L GROUP’S CAREER ADVICE TO WOMEN

GLOBAL R.E.A.L GROUP’S CAREER ADVICE TO WOMEN

The global R.E.A.L. group, with the support of RE/MAX HQ, is helping women shatter any barriers they may encounter along their career path, regardless of where they are in the world. The group is bringing the brilliant business minds of female RE/MAX affiliates together to exchange ideas, best practices, and – most importantly – personal stories, in an authentic and judgment-free fo...

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5 THINGS TO AVOID WHEN APPLYING FOR HOME FINANCE

5 THINGS TO AVOID WHEN APPLYING FOR HOME FINANCE

You’ve been browsing for property online, and finally found a house you can call home. Although being prepared and having your deposit ready is essential, other factors come into play that could prolong the process of buying your dream home. By considering these factors and monitoring your spending, you can increase the chances of your bond being approved. Below are 5 things to avoid when ap...

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NEED-TO-KNOWS BEFORE BUILDING YOUR OWN HOME

NEED-TO-KNOWS BEFORE BUILDING YOUR OWN HOME

Buying a plot of land and building your own home from the ground up can be more affordable than purchasing an existing home, but only if you plan every aspect of the build carefully and keep a tight watch over the budget. The key to building your own home is being well prepared before starting the project. Need-to-know #1: Builder selection is crucial One of the first aspects that need to be...

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