When the term of a lease nears its’ conclusion the landlord will usually want to negotiate new terms with a tenant. In the absence of this, the existing lease will continue on a monthly notice basis – but in most cases there is a renegotiation that takes please. It’s natural for a tenant to want… Read More Renegotiating a Lease Renewal
OK – I don’t mean that literally. But show them some love. If they’ve proved their worth, tell them you appreciate what they do. At the end of the day most estate agents are really good people doing the best they can for their clients. It’s remarkable how the industry has changed over 20 years. … Read More Love Your Agent!
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
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
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?
As a resident of Somerset West for all 42 years of my life, I have my own very strong feelings about the benefits of living in this most spectacular place. In our line of work we naturally get to meeting people either moving into the area, out of the area, or elsewhere in the area.… Read More Home is Where the Heart Is
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
By far the greatest numbers of disputes arise between with a property seller and purchaser about supposed defects with a property that may or may not have been disclosed. Firstly let me point out that the Consumer Protection Act does not cover a normal property sale between homeowner and purchaser. This Act only covers sales… Read More Transparency and Disclosure Reduces Disputes
If someone told you that watching TV or movies in colour was a waste of time, and that black and white is perfectly acceptable, what would your response be? For one, you’d wonder what century they were from? We all know that colour is the standard that everyone expects, and has been for decades. To… Read More Your Property and Print Marketing