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ECO ESTATES: THE NEW TREND IN REAL ESTATE

The trending school of thought for this age is striking the ideal balance between work and play – with the scales tipping in favour of leisure activities over fixed business hours. Modern technology has created the opportunity for remote working hours, which is enabling more and more people to... Read more

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 k... Read more

HOMEOWNING BUDGETING BASICS

The initial costs of owning a home can be a bitter pill to swallow but with careful financial discipline and planning, the dread of the pending debit orders will lessen over time. To make things more manageable, start by organising your finances into a real-time budget by recording your current expe... Read more

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 co... Read more

HAS AIRBNB AFFECTED THE RENTAL MARKET?

Most were sceptical of the concept when Airbnb first launched in the US in 2008. But, after the company announced that it had generated R2.4 billion in economic activity in South Africa in 2016, sentiment quickly swayed in Airbnb’s favour, transforming it into a widely used platform for those ... Read more

HOW TO PREP YOUR HOME FOR PET-SITTERS

The bags are packed and the tickets are booked. But, what happens to your beloved pets while you’re away? An empty home is easy enough to leave behind when you are travelling: simply switch off all appliances, shut all taps, lock up and leave. But, the process becomes somewhat more complicated... Read more