Two essential qualities of top-performing estate agents

Dec 5, 2016 11:00:35 PM Share this:

Selling or buying a property is one of the most important transactions most people will make in a lifetime, so finding the right agent to handle it is essential.


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Open for inspection: Making the most of your open home visits

Dec 5, 2016 7:16:51 PM Share this:

Open for inspections give you a great first impression of a property and you’ll know almost immediately if it’s one you want to pursue. But that first visit can be much more than a “once over lightly” impression. How do you make sure you’re getting as much information from it as possible? Use the time to perform a thorough first property inspection. Later on, you’ll want to engage professionals to inspect the building’s structure and health, but it’s a good idea to use your initial tour of the home to see some things for yourself.


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Tips for keeping the house safe this holiday season

Nov 30, 2016 12:04:23 AM Share this:
Whether you’re holidaying on the other side of the world or simply at the beach down the road, if you’re leaving your home for the annual summer break, it can mean there is an increased risk your home will become a target for thieves.

 


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Moving with pets and keeping them happy

Nov 23, 2016 5:27:13 PM Share this:

Moving With Pets And Keeping Them Happy

When moving with pets, keeping the four-legged family members happy is an important part of a successful shift. And with attention to a few small details your pets can be safely and happily transported to your new home.

Moving with pets starts with open homes

Good pet care around moving house doesn’t just start once you’ve signed on the dotted line. It’s a good idea to consider your cats and dogs as soon as you list your home for selling. Keeping your property open-home ready obviously involves your pets as you need to ensure is free of animal related mess. If you have a dog try and make time to give them extra walks and park visits so they’re less inclined to be destructive around the house, upsetting your best laid open home plans.

Always make sure your dog is away from the property during open homes as even small, friendly dogs can make some visitors anxious. And having loads of strangers traipse through their territory can be very stressful for dogs and cats.

When it comes to cats, they’ll most likely have a secret spot they will sidle off to during the rush of open homes, but if you have a particularly scared cat you could consider placing them in a cattery for a day. More realistic is to just ensure they have a safe place to hide out and they have plenty of food and water in a discreet place outside. And make sure you call them and try for lots of reassuring cuddles when the open home is after.

Moving day

Try and keep pets away from the hustle and bustle of packing as they do pick up on any unsettled vibes and may decide to hide out where you can’t find them till the fuss is over. If possible consider moving cats and dogs into a boarding facility for a day or two while you get the last packing and loading done, then collect them on the way to the new property.

Talk to your vet about how best to calmly transport your pets between your old home and new. Depending on the distance you’re travelling and the age or disposition of your pet they may recommend some sedation to ease the stress.

Once you arrive at your new home it might be tempting to set your pet free from its cage to explore, but in fact new spaces can be overwhelming for animals. Set aside a room for your pet that they can stay in as they acclimatise to their new environment. Just keep in mind that if your pets don’t get along now is not necessarily the time to lock them in a room together!

Make sure they have somewhere secure to sleep, like a familiar blanket or cushion in a box or on a familiar chair as well as plenty of food and water – and, for cats, a litter box. Make sure you visit them often for reassuring cuddles and to make sure they’re eating, drinking and using the litter box, but if they’re reluctant to come out from under that bed don’t force them. They’ll gradually come around once they get used to their new surroundings.

Take dogs outside for toilet breaks accompanied by you, on a leash if necessary as they get used to the new property.

Although it might seem a logical thing to do, when moving with pets it is not the time to do a big wash of your pets’ blankets or bedding. The familiar smell of a favourite blanket will be a big sign to them that your new house is their home now.

Use your pet’s behaviour as a guide to when they’re ready to explore more further afield. If they still run and hide whenever someone comes into their room, they’re not ready. But if they’re friendly and relaxed then you can start to expand their access to the rest of the house. With cats you can gradually move their litter box further afield until it’s outside.

If it’s possible locate your pet’s feeding and sleeping spots in areas similar to your previous home.

As they venture outside for the first time let them explore at their own place with you nearby. In the end you will be the most familiar thing that lets your pet know this is now home so spend some time with them!


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Harcourts TV Episode 2

Nov 16, 2016 5:35:27 PM Share this:
Click here to watch Harcourts TV episode 2 featuring Harcourts Head Office South Africa.
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When not to renovate...

Nov 15, 2016 10:44:36 PM Share this:

When not to renovate
If your property needs repair or you’re considering a few renovation projects to get it ready for sale, there are a few things you need to consider first.


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Construction stats underline the resilience of SA property

Nov 11, 2016 9:01:26 PM Share this:

Newly released data, outlining the dynamics of South Africa’s construction industry, provides an informative perspective on the real estate chain by tough economic times - and also indications of optimism and resilience.


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Team Talk with Richard Gray Episode 26

Sep 20, 2016 11:09:41 PM Share this:

An exciting web series where Richard Gray, CEO of Harcourts SA updates viewers on current group news and developments, occasional industry insights and some of his personal thoughts of inspiration as well.


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Topics: Team Talk With Richard Gray

Team Talk Episode 25

Aug 17, 2016 10:10:17 PM Share this:

An exciting web series where Richard Gray, CEO of Harcourts SA updates viewers on current group news and developments, occasional industry insights and some of his personal thoughts of inspiration as well.


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Topics: Team Talk With Richard Gray, Branding

Fewer foreigners buying in South Africa

Aug 15, 2016 6:23:58 PM Share this:

Fewer foreign buyers are investing in homes in South Africa. While this has little noticeable impact domestically, it underlines the tough conditions confronting the property market.


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Topics: Selling, Foreign Investment