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
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?
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
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?
There’s been a fair bit in the press lately about our changing market. There is no doubt that things have changed in the past 9 months. But according to our research the current Helderberg market is different to growing markets of times past. There are 3 kinds of markets: a Buyers Market, where there are… Read More What Kind of Market Are We In?
Sadly, the South African consumer seldom complains about sub-standard service. Perhaps that’s because we’re trying to be polite, or because we’re concerned our comments may not be well received. It’s a shame really because, by our silence, we really condone poor service. I’m writing this whilst in Australia at a Harcourts International Conference. We can… Read More Don’t be Satisfied With Less
I often have people come and speak to me about the merits of becoming an estate agent. At first glance it would look like an easy way to earn good money – with flexible hours, huge commissions, and really not much skill required. Wrong. It’s true there are many estate agents. But relatively few are… Read More Real Estate as a Career
It doesn’t matter what you’re buying, buyers all want the same thing: value for your money. It’s never more true though when it comes to the purchase of a property, as a real estate purchase is usually one of the largest purchases of your life. For the past few years now developments have offered exceptional… Read More Developments Continue to Offer Outstanding Value
So you’re thinking of selling. At what point do you call in an estate agent to assist you? Most sellers only call an estate agent when they are ready to take their property to the market and commence the marketing. But is this the best way to ensure that your property sells for what it’s… Read More Preparing My Property For Sale?