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
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
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
We’ve previously reported that this year has seen a significant drop in the numbers of properties listed for sale in the mid-to-lower price ranges – not just in the Helderberg area, but across most markets in South Africa. This is generally good news for property owners in this price range as it means that buyers… Read More Shortage of Property Listings Challenges Agents’ Ethics
The biggest concern a property seller has is that they sell for less than they should. The very thought of underpricing is the stuff nightmares are made of! And so, in order to prevent this, many sellers price too high. We discussed the negative impact of overpricing last week – but it generally means that… Read More Ensuring You Never Sell Below Market Value
It’s by far the most pressing question for property sellers: What is my property worth? Before listing, a seller will call in a few estate agents to get their opinion on market value. Sadly many agents will wander through the property, ask the seller what they would like to achieve, and then agree to the… Read More Who Determines Market Value?
For a while now buyers have been expressing their frustration at the fact that the national property portals and websites are cluttered with listings that are not for sale. With decreasing stock levels the problem has worsened. Estate agents usually advertise property for sale on the Internet by uploading listings to their own company website,… Read More Buyers Frustrated at Website Clutter
Overseas buyers love South Africa, and in particular the Western Cape. Many come here on holiday, only to end up purchasing a property in South Africa for the lifestyle. If you live in Europe this is an attractive proposition. The time zones are very similar, so you don’t have to deal with jet-lag. Flights from… Read More The Importance of Foreign Investment
Moving out of your property is hard work, not to mention stressful. There are a thousand and one arrangements to make, and things seldom go according to plan. When you find the property you are moving into isn’t in the condition you expected it, you have a sense of humor failure. If only your seller… Read More Handing Over Your Property to Your Purchaser
This is a question buyers ask all the time. And it’s a big one to answer, for it usually means the difference between securing the property you want, and losing it. The first, and the most important factor to consider is what you can afford. There is simply no point in offering more than you… Read More Buyers, How Much Should You Offer?