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IS SIGNING A SOLE MANDATE THE RIGHT CHOICE?

Is it better to work with one estate agent or work with many? Many homeowners feel that if they sign a sole mandate with an agent, they are reducing their chances of finding a buyer in the most optimum time frame and for the highest price. However, while homeowners may think they are limiting their ... Read more

BE WISE WITH WATER

Water is a vital commodity that we require to survive. Without water, the environment we live in could not survive, so it is imperative that the necessary precautions are taken to ensure that this essential resource is not used carelessly. There are several ways that homeowners or tenants can sav... Read more

SHOULD EQUITY IN THE BOND BE USED FOR DEBT?

Often car loans and credit cards accrue interest at a much higher rate than a home loan, which is why many people decide to take equity out of their home loan to pay off their other debts. Focusing on paying off debt with the highest interest rate is a very good financial strategy to implement, but ... Read more

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... Read more

SUBMITTING AN OFFER

Finding the right home is only one step in the process to becoming a homeowner. Once you have narrowed down the search and found the home that meets your criteria, the next step is to put pen to paper and make an offer to purchase. While some may find this a rather overwhelming undertaking, followin... Read more

INVESTING IN YOUR OUTDOOR SPACE

Although kitchen and bathroom renovations still top the list as the upgrades that add the most value to a home, a growing number of homeowners are now looking to improve their outdoor living areas. In spring and summer, South African families spend a great deal of time outdoors. An outdoor home i... Read more

MAINTAINING YOUR HOME

Buying a property is an incredible milestone to achieve and an exciting time, especially if it's your first home. However, there are several new responsibilities that come with the title homeowner.  Apart from the financial commitment, there are also some other necessary home maintenance... Read more

HOW MILLENNIALS ARE CHANGING THE REAL ESTATE MARKET

Consumers under the age of 30 years old or Millennials, as they are more commonly called, are standing up and making their presence known in the real estate market. While it is the Generation X consumers, aged between 31 and 45 years old, who are still the driving force behind the property market, t... Read more

BUY OR BUILD?

The idea of having a home built to your exact specifications is an exciting notion. However, although building a home does have numerous benefits, there are also several vital aspects that should be considered before the project is started such as cost, time and personal preference. Perhaps one o... Read more