Buying and selling a property can be daunting. There is always the issue of the “unknown” that both parties have to deal with. For the seller, it’s the issues of when their property will sell, for how much, and what the terms will be. For the purchaser, it’s equally as stressful. How much will they… Read More Reducing the “Grey” Areas in Your Sales Contract
In a rising market agents scramble to secure good listings. It’s a fact that the best agents are the agents with the best listings. Sadly though, in their drive for listings some of the feedback we’ve received is that buyers feel they are often neglected. This frustration isn’t something peculiar only to South Africa. I’m… Read More Service to Buyers Leaves Room for Improvement
When marketing property it’s not uncommon to get resistance from some sellers when it comes to using “For Sale” boards and Showhouses. Some sellers are concerned that Showhouses will just attract nosy neighbors instead of genuine buyers. They are may also be reluctant to let their neighbors and friends know they are on the market… Read More Do “For Sale” Boards and Showhouses Make a Difference?
We often hear the comment that estate agents are responsible for the market values of property. Are they, and if not, then who is? Estate agents have absolutely zero influence over market value. For that matter neither do property sellers. In fact, what a seller thinks their property is worth, and what an agent may… Read More Do Estate Agents Set the Market Value?
The love affair that buyers have with the Helderberg area is far from over. Since the 1990’s buyers from further North have been relocating to the Western Cape, and especially to the Helderberg. Reports show that this trend continues, and in some market sectors is even strengthening. There has been a noticeable increase in the… Read More Helderberg Still In Demand from Upcountry Buyers
Auction creates a transparent platform for buyers to compete for a property. Transparency builds trust, and this leads to a fair and equitable transaction being concluded by all parties. Benefits of auctions to buyers Buyers for auction property benefit in the following ways: A set auction date allows the buyer time to better plan and… Read More Auction – Bidders Guide
One of the biggest risks a property purchaser has is the risk of their home loan being declined. By far the majority of property purchasers need to make use of bank finance. The result is that they need to make their offer subject to their finance being approved within a certain time frame. Sadly this… Read More A First: Pre-Approved Bonds for Auction Bidders
In an every-changing market modern estate agencies continue to innovate and perfect ways of achieving a property seller the most the market will pay. In previous articles we’ve discussed the conventional way of marketing a home – with a price. It’s important the list price is correct so as to attract the right buyers. If… Read More Modern Selling Strategies Shake Up The Market
The only thing more frustrating than not being able to buy something you want, is buying it thinking you can afford it, only to find out later that you can’t. Shopping for a property can be stressful. First you make a list of the important “must-haves”, and then you start browsing the property websites and… Read More Buyers Should Pre-Qualify Before Buying
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 property,… Read More What to Consider When Purchasing a Sectional Title Property