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SELL IN FIVE SIMPLE STEPS

SELL IN FIVE SIMPLE STEPS

Selling your home but have no idea where to start? Below is a step-by-step advice for first-time sellers… Step 1: Pick your price You can’t sell without a price. A realtor can provide an assessment for you that will provide a realistic selling value on your home. Find an agent who knows your area well and can tell you what properties in your area have sold for – not just wha

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6 STEPS TO SAVING FOR A DEPOSIT IN 5 YEARS

6 STEPS TO SAVING FOR A DEPOSIT IN 5 YEARS

According to data recently released by FNB, the average age of a South African home buyer has increased from 38 to 44 this year. That’s largely because, if you take a realistic look at the property market, you will discover that you will need a minimum of R100,000 to use as a deposit and to cover the various other expenses on an entry-level property. Even if you take out a 100% access bond,

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HOW TO PULL OFF A SELF-MOVE

HOW TO PULL OFF A SELF-MOVE

Moving into a new home comes with such a long list of expenses that hiring a professional moving company is one of the first expenses that many buyers tend to try and work around. While using a professional moving company will reduce the risks of damage to your furniture and injury to yourself, smaller moves can be done effectively by yourself if you plan carefully and take all the necessary preca

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5 STEPS TO CREATING A HOME CINEMA

5 STEPS TO CREATING A HOME CINEMA

Before the cold and wet days set in, it’s time to stock up on your microwave popcorn and get around to that home-theatre conversion you’ve been dreaming of since you were five. If you need a little justification for this indulgence, home theatres are actually a great value-add on any property – especially if you are in the luxury housing band. Buyers in this market are usually

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4 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR APARTMENT’S SECURITY GUARD

4 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR APARTMENT’S SECURITY GUARD

The gates are closed and there is a security guard onsite – I should be safe, right? The unfortunate reality is that this is most often untrue. Many buyer’s take for granted that the security or concierge at the front desk is well-trained and familiar with policies and procedures for access control. The fact is, this is often simply not the case. If you want to make sure your apartm

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CAN YOU AFFORD A 100% BOND?

CAN YOU AFFORD A 100% BOND?

I’m sure you have heard the advice before, and if you’ve yet to hear it, you can be guaranteed that the words “The sooner you can get into the property market, the better” will echo through your eardrums before you reach the age of 35. But, is it wise to take out a 100% bond just to enter the property market sooner rather than later? For the year ending 31 March 2018, 42

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HOW TO SAVE FOR YOUR DREAM FURNITURE

HOW TO SAVE FOR YOUR DREAM FURNITURE

Purchasing a property is only the first step in the journey. Finding furniture to match your new home – and your budget – is the next step in creating the home you have always hoped to have. The key to achieving this is to have a plan and the patience to stick to it. Like all good things in life, your ideal furniture is not going to arrive overnight – unless you are willing to

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PET-PROOF YOUR PLACE

PET-PROOF YOUR PLACE

Bringing a pet home for the first time is an exhilarating experience. But, responsible pet owners will need to ready themselves for the arrival of the furry new addition to their family in the same way they might prepare a home for a newborn. Puppies and kittens are adorable little mess monsters that just want to explore their new surroundings. Beyond the possible damage they might cause to your h

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FIX YOUR HOME OR SELL AS IS?

FIX YOUR HOME OR SELL AS IS?

What do you do if you want to sell your home, but it is in need of repairs? If this is the situation, you have a tough decision to make about what makes more financial sense. Either you will have to delay selling the home and spend the money to get the property in tip-top shape, or you can place it on the market and take the knock on the asking price.  It goes without saying that a home in

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MAKING THE MOST OF SMALL SPACES

MAKING THE MOST OF SMALL SPACES

Regardless of whether you are purchasing your first start-up home, downsizing or moving in with roommates, finding ways to maximise small spaces can be a big advantage. Here are a few tips you can use to make the most of smaller spaces: Declutter Ideally, when it comes to downsizing or maximising small spaces, it is best to reduce clutter as much as possible and only keep the items that a

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BE PREPARED FOR THE UNEXPECTED

BE PREPARED FOR THE UNEXPECTED

Owning a home is a long-term commitment that can span a lifetime. While we all hope for the best, it is likely that at some stage during our lives, a home emergency of some kind will strike, so it is best to be prepared. While impossible to determine when it will happen, home repairs are a certainty homeowners will need to consider and prepare for. Putting aside money each month in a contingency f

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BATHROOM BUDGET RENOVATIONS

BATHROOM BUDGET RENOVATIONS

Giving a fresh new look to an outdated bathroom can modernise and add value to a home without costing too much. Renovations and contemporary remodelling of bathrooms are known to boost the marketability of a home and, also, bathrooms and kitchens are the two areas of a home where the cost of the renovation can be largely recouped on the sale of the property. According to statistics on averag

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