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
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
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
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
The newspapers are full of accounts of how residents banded together to assist those affected by the floods in the Helderberg last week. The Somerset West Facebook page was “flooded” with offers to assist those in need. Calls went out to evacuate Vergelegen Medi-Clinic, and many responded. Early on Saturday morning I drove through Bizweni… Read More When a Crisis Unites the Community
Every seller wants to find a buyer for his property. But the key to achieving the best price is finding the best buyer, not just any buyer. So how does one achieve this? The first reality to accept is that there is only one pool of buyers. There is no such thing as a Harcourts… Read More How to Find Buyers For Your Property
So you are listed on Sole Mandate with a real estate company and it’s just not working for you. What are your options? Before you judge your agent, consider the following truth: An estate agent can’t control when a property sells, or how much it will sell for. Both of these issues are controlled 100%… Read More A Sellers’ Options When Their Mandate Isn’t Working
House-hunting can be a stressful exercise. No doubt you’ve made a list of important “must-have’s”, you’ve been given an accurate estimation of the finance you will qualify for, and you know what you can afford. The best way to purchase is by comparison. That means shopping around and looking at a number of properties that… Read More How Do I Know How Much to Offer?
Before making improvements to your property, consider what buyers look for when making a purchasing decision, and ensure you spend your money on the right sort of improvements. Some of the more obvious requirements for a buyer are property size, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, location, and price. In most cases there is nothing you… Read More What Buyers Want in a Home