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4 Reasons why having a Deposit is Beneficial when buyi...

Costs:  When you buy a home (with a bond and not for cash), both transfer and bond costs are calculated on the purchase price and bond amount (according to a tariff).  While transfer costs won’t change, because the purchase price is fixed, the bond costs will differ depending on whether you have a deposit or not.  More specifically, if you have a deposit, your …

7 Ways in which the New VAT Increase will affect your ...

Sellers: Commission:  The amount of commission you will be liable for will increase, in the event that your estate agency is VAT registered (most are).  As an example, on the sale of a R1 500 000.00 property, and the average commission of other estate agencies, you will have to pay approximately R103 500.00 at the new VAT rate, instead of R102 600.00 at the …

4 Questions Tenants often Ask

4 Questions Tenants often Ask Renting property, like death and taxes, is a certainty for all of us, at some stage in our lives. The obvious problem that this creates is that the property you are living in is not yours – it’s your landlords.  So what happens when things go wrong? Who is to blame and who has to “step up” in certain …

13 Facts most people don’t know about South Afri...

13 Facts most people don’t know about South Africa One of the first interesting facts about South Africa is that the country is also known as the Rainbow Nation, a name given by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, once a Nobel Peace prize winner. Over the centuries different groups of people have entered South Africa to inhabit the area, making the country become “one nation” with …

4 Signs you’re not getting the Service you should from...

4 Signs you’re not getting the Service you should from your Real Estate Agent We see far too many real estate agencies promise far too much and deliver far too little…  Has your real estate agent told you they would sell your property within a month?  Have they told you this is their “bread and butter” and so you can’t go wrong with them? …

Buying to Build? 6 Things to consider before buying V...

Buying to Build? 6 Things to consider before buying Vacant Land Seeing as we are one of only two agencies that are mandated to sell the newly launched Phase 7 in Cove Rock Country Estate, and having experience in the selling of vacant land in general, we thought we’d touch on a few points about the ins and outs of buying vacant land. Purchasing …

What are Certificates of Compliance, and why do I need...

We recently sold and transferred a property for a client and were required to instruct various service providers to attend to certificates of compliance, or COC’s as they are commonly known. Our client was horrified to learn that they would be set back by R16 500.00 due to a woodborer infestation, as well as R4 500.00 in order to get an electrical certificate.  This …

Create an Earthy Outdoor Sanctuary

The heady days of summer provide us with an opportunity to spend more time outside the home to unwind from the fast pace of modern living. Turn your outdoor sanctuary into an attractive spot where you can entertain and celebrate with friends and family in pure alfresco bliss. Whether you are after an ample space to entertain or planning a secluded spot for quiet …

Top 7 Electricity Saving Products

With winter’s imminent arrival, South Africans across the country will be looking for ways to combat electricity prices. Whether prepaid or open, electricity has been a difficult energy source over recent years. Sustainable.co.za has put together a list of products that can help consumers reduce both their electricity costs and carbon footprint during the chilly season. Here are the top 7 practical products available online now:

Natural Swimming Pools: More Beauty, No Chemicals

Summer’s heat is not far behind the bursting of spring blooms and windy rains. This summer imagine yourself cooling off by floating in a backyard pool that feels immersed in nature. Natural swimming pools use plants or a combination of plants and sand filters to keep the water clean and clear without chemicals. They were developed in Austria and Germany in the 1980s and …

Design a Low-Maintenance Garden

As climate change wreaks havoc on gardens, with high temperatures and either low or high rainfall, designing a low-maintenance garden makes a lot of sense. Gravel paths and walkways allow for natural drainage and reduce the risk of flooding during the rainy season, while hardscapes and raised beds create a garden that is easy to maintain. Brick walls and raised beds surround a flagstone …

GardensApr 21, 20140 Continue Reading

The Pitfalls of Buying Older Properties

It’s no secret that many modern developments lack the space and gracious ambience that older homes are imbued with. Generally speaking, older homes in established suburbs feature sprawling gardens and entertainment areas, large pools and generously proportioned rooms, all of which appeal greatly to big families. But as picture-perfect as these properties may look, it’s important to realise they may also harbour age-related problems …

What upgrades would you do with R246m?

Imagine spending R246 million on home renovations… what could you do with that amount of money? The initial project, which involved security upgrades to the Nkandla property, was only supposed to cost R27 million.  That is still a lot of money when you consider what you could do with a budget like that, or how many homes could be built to house families in need. …

Shady Outdoor Patio Ideas

When the hot summer sun beats down you need a place to take respite that’s cool and relaxing.  A structure, whether fixed or freestanding, natural or constructed, should provide enough shade to cool down your guests or family and stay out of the sun’s harmful UV rays.  With more homeowners looking at outdoor living options, it’s good to know that with the right covered …

IdeasMar 21, 20140 Continue Reading

Fresh Bathroom Ideas

Updating a bathroom can be a costly expense, with little or no room for error.  You want something different, but with so many choices, and little knowledge and foresight of how it can look all put together, it can become a difficult task which leaves us thinking that we’ll get to it another time.. Well there’s no need to put it off!  Here are some …

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The New Rental Housing Amendment Bill is on its way to...

What does this mean? The leasing of immovable property is largely governed by the Rental Housing Act as well as the common law. What the Bill aims to achieve are some well needed amendments (others not), some of which will ensure that a more formal procedure will have to be followed when renting property. One example of the changes will be to oblige lessors …

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Sole Mandate vs Open Mandate

Its always a hard decision to make, but here’s what other experts say: Property Selling Advice

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