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3 BUDGET-FRIENDLY WAYS TO ENTERTAIN FROM HOME

3 BUDGET-FRIENDLY WAYS TO ENTERTAIN FROM HOME

Out of the 261 working days this year, most of us are eagerly anticipating those few December leave days that we’ve worked so hard for. Unfortunately, many of us forget to think ahead and ensure that money has been set aside to allow us to make the most of the holiday season. If you happen to find yourself in this same hopelessly undersupplied boat sailing towards holiday bankruptcy, here ar

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SHOULD I TRAVEL NOW OR PUT DOWN ROOTS FIRST?

SHOULD I TRAVEL NOW OR PUT DOWN ROOTS FIRST?

Advances in travel technology have made it that much easier to quench human nature’s insatiable thirst to explore. And, South Africans are taking full advantage of this fact. According to Stats SA’s Tourism and Migration Report of November 2017, the total number of South African residents who left and returned to the country is on the increase. For South African residents, the volume o

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HOW TO FOLLOW UP ON LATE PAYMENTS

HOW TO FOLLOW UP ON LATE PAYMENTS

You’ve screened the tenant thoroughly and their credit check returned a glowing review. You even built a clause into the rental agreement that stipulated that any late payments would accrue interest payable on the following month’s rent. And yet, your tenant is still late on his/her payments. What is a landlord to do about this? The reality is that every landlord will likely have to

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PROPERTY ADVICE FOR NEWLYWEDS

PROPERTY ADVICE FOR NEWLYWEDS

The notion that newly-wed couples will move from their childhood home into their first home together is as outdated as dial-up-internet. According to the 2015 Stats SA report, the average marriage age for men is 34-years-old and 30-years-old for women. Chances are high that both individuals in the couple will be living in their own place long before the question gets popped. The next question newl

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RE/MAX NATIONAL HOUSING REPORT Q3 2018

RE/MAX NATIONAL HOUSING REPORT Q3 2018

A Quarter of Contradictions Considering the announcement of a technical recession and ever-rising fuel costs pinching consumers even further, there can be no doubt that last quarter has been a tumultuous one. It is unsurprising, then, that the property market would yield some interesting contradictions during this period. “The third quarter of 2018 has produced some interesting trends

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WHY IT’S A GOOD IDEA TO BUY IN HOUT BAY

WHY IT’S A GOOD IDEA TO BUY IN HOUT BAY

While there has been a general cooling down in prices in the Cape Town market, there are still certain pockets that continue to do well despite the current economic climate. The suburb of Hout Bay is one of them. The suburb continues to grow in terms of value largely because it offers so many appealing features for permanent residence. Here are just some of the reasons the area remains so popul

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THE UPS TO DOWNSIZING

THE UPS TO DOWNSIZING

It can be difficult to adjust to a smaller home. But, if it’s any consolation, most South Africans who have bought new properties are living in much smaller homes than the ones they grew up in. According to data from FNB, the average size of a full title stand in 2017 measured just 552 square metres. That is almost half the average size of homes built in the early-70s (1,063 square metres).

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BEST SPOTS TO GET OFF-THE-GRID IN SA

BEST SPOTS TO GET OFF-THE-GRID IN SA

There are various reasons why people choose to get “off-the-grid” – a term coined to describe a household that does not receive public utility services from their city. Some do it to assert their independence and to escape the monthly service fees, others attempt it as an environmentally responsible endeavour to live a more sustainable lifestyle. “Whatever your reasons,

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THE RISE OF THE INDEPENDENT WOMAN

THE RISE OF THE INDEPENDENT WOMAN

According to Lightstone data, single women who owned property in 2017 far outnumbered their single male property-owning counterparts. In fact, this group even managed to trump the number of married couples who owned property. But, before you celebrate this victory, you need to factor in that single women only outnumber their male counterparts in the lowest price band of properties valued at under

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HOW TO BECOME A TOP GLOBAL EARNER

HOW TO BECOME A TOP GLOBAL EARNER

Want to know the secret to success? Don’t we all. Sadly, there is no single recipe for reaching that point in life where you can kick back and say: I’ve made it. What we can do, however, is listen to the advice of those who have. Annually, RE/MAX LLC compiles a list of the top 100 global individual and team earners. This year, RE/MAX of Southern Africa claimed 27 of the 100 spots in

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KNOWING WHICH REAL ESTATE AGENTS TO AVOID

KNOWING WHICH REAL ESTATE AGENTS TO AVOID

Choosing the wrong real estate professional is like wearing an incredibly expensive pair of uncomfortable shoes. Unless you swap them out for a better fit, you’re going to have blisters to deal with at the end of the day. If the shoe doesn’t fit, don’t force it. The easiest way to tell that you have the wrong agent is if they make you feel doubtful or uncomfortable in any way.

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HOW TO SHOP IN A BUYER’S MARKET

HOW TO SHOP IN A BUYER’S MARKET

August 2018 In most regions across South Africa buyers are currently spoilt for choice in the property market – even in the burgeoning Cape Town market. One mistake buyers simply cannot afford to make in this current market is to allow the overwhelming amount of stock put them off the task of sifting through the mountain of listings available and delay them in putting down an offer. &l

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