Low-cost estate agencies seem to be popping up everywhere at the moment, following a trend seen elsewhere in the world. Are they a threat to the conventional real estate agency? Or are they just a passing fad? One of the international business realities is that we will willing pay more for a superior service or… Read More Do Low-Cost Operators Threaten Estate Agents?
With so many new Gated Estates popping up all over the Helderberg Basin, buyers often ask us if it’s really that much safer living in such an estate. That’s an important question to answer, as the safety of our families is of paramount importance. Sadly, crime is on the rise and we’ve all seen the… Read More Are Gated Estates Safer to Live In?
When you list your property for sale you will be competing with other similar properties. Buyers will shop by comparison – so you need every advantage you can get to ensure you sell first. Here are some ways you can gain an edge. Price creates interest. It’s critically important that you are correctly priced. If… Read More Ensure You Sell Before the Competition Does
It constantly amazes me how buyers will start the house-hunting process, and even make an offer on a property, without first finding out what finance they will qualify for. The banks change their lending criteria on a regular basis – so what you may have qualified for 6 months ago could well not apply today.… Read More Buyers – Pre-Qualify Yourself Before You Make an Offer
When is the best time to sell? The short answer is: when there are the most buyers. Why? The stronger the buyer interest the stronger the offers they make. When buyers have to compete for your listing they make their best offers. The last 6 months in business have been tough – let’s face it. … Read More September is a Great Time to List
It’s the question many tenants ask themselves – do we continue to rent, or is it time to purchase a property? There can be advantages to renting a property. For one, your monthly outgoing expenses will be less than if you purchase. You don’t have costs such as insurance, rates and taxes, and the maintenance… Read More Do I Rent, or Is It Time to Buy?
Two of the most common forms of property ownership are Freehold and Sectional Title. It’s important for a purchaser to understand the difference between the two, and what to consider when purchasing a sectional title property. Freehold is where you purchase a piece of land and the improvements thereon. You have title to the… Read More What to Consider When Purchasing a Sectional Title Property