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?
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
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
It’s time for a frank discussion on the “sharing strategy” that many estate agents use in the Helderberg area. The question that needs to be answered is: Is it really good for the seller? Every property seller wants to sell for the maximum the market will pay – and they’re entitled to that. The only… Read More Agent “Sharing” Strategy Not Always Great For Sellers
Naturally every seller wants to sell for the absolute maximum the market will pay. And so they should! A property is one of your most valuable assets and when you dispose of it you are entitled to maximum market value. Just how do you obtain it? By marketing it in such a way that buyers… Read More Why A Joint Mandate is Bad For a Seller
What do you think of when you think of an estate agent…? While some agents may give the industry a bad name, the majority of estate agents are great people who try their best to deliver a great service, often in very difficult circumstances. Before you judge estate agents, take time to get to know… Read More Show Your Agent a Little Love
What service do you think customers are entitled to from an estate agent? Different customers have different opinions, depending on which side of the “consumer fence” you’re sitting on. Sadly, many consumers don’t understand the importance of Customer Service in real estate, until they’ve had a really bad experience. And that experience has either soured… Read More What Service Do You Expect from Estate Agents?