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?
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
Economists are painting a bleak picture for the immediate future of the South African economy. Multiple interest rate increases, a drastically weakening Rand, escalating food prices exacerbated by drought, and a climbing inflation rate all indicate tough times ahead for the consumer. Given this, just where would you invest your hard-earned funds for the next… Read More Where to Invest in a Volatile Economy?
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?
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