When you enter into any agreement it’s important to have full knowledge of what you’re committing to. This is especially the case when it comes to the purchase or rental of a property. When you sign a contract you are binding yourself to a legal agreement when you will have certain rights and obligations. The… Read More Understand the Contract You Sign
You’ve seen your dream home – the only problem is it isn’t built yet. Is it ever a good idea to buy off plan? The short answer is yes – there are many advantages to buying property before it’s been built. The trick, as with purchasing property of any type, is due diligence – and… Read More Purchasing Off Plan
Making the decision to purchase a property is not something to be taken lightly. After all, your property is usually one of your most significant assets. For many buyers, the question that arises is “Do I make the decision to purchase now, or wait and see what happens to the market?” There is a fair… Read More When is a Good Time to Buy?
Leaving decision-making to your “gut feeling” can work in many realms of life, but when it comes to buying investment property, those with a proven strategy are more likely to succeed. If you are actively in the market for an investment property, you will be met with numerous “opportunities”, but only a few are likely… Read More How to Pick the Right Investment Property
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