Get Your Lease Right

Apr 17, 2017 8:00:00 AM Share this:

Whether you’re a landlord or a tenant, you should have a written lease, and make sure it contains certain essential clauses.

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Topics: Residential, Investment Property

Innovative South African real estate technology

Apr 10, 2017 10:11:17 PM Share this:

Global real estate innovation has never evolved as rapidly as it has in recent years. With technologies and cutting edge training systems the main culprits of this revolution, real estate professionals are being forced to stay on top of their game at all times.

Monitoring the latest technological advances both locally and across the world it is important to assess the effects these developments might have on the property market.

One instance in particular, the inclusion of live broadcast on social media channels, has dramatically shifted the way many estate agents are approaching their marketing efforts. In the United States live broadcasts are staking a hard claim to replace the show day, inviting interested buyers to tune in on a Sunday morning and experience the virtual tour of the home, from wherever they please, succeeded by interacting digitally with the agent via comments or online chat. This can be effectively implemented with a relatively cost effective smartphone and an internet connection.

Similarly, webinars are ensuring agents can stay educated and informed at all times, avoiding the traditional long waiting periods between training sessions. These platforms create interesting sharing sessions as a wide variety of professionals usually gather, from different locations, to feed off and inform each other.

Although it often it takes a while for these approaches to become daily practice in South African real estate, times are definitely a changing. We’ve noticed a dramatic increase in property consultants and business owners incorporating state of the art technologies to offer their clients a more informed service. Virtual and augmented reality is a concept now being implemented on a small scale in Somerset West but has already reaped major benefits for sellers. Buyers from all over the country, even the world can walk through a home that has not even been built yet, simply and effectively.

The days of being content with the way you service clients, interact with interested buyers and market your business and listings are long gone. Standing on the edge of tomorrow is almost a prerequisite. And this should excite every real estate professional in the country. I know it does me.

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Topics: Technology

Dealing with property inheritance

Apr 10, 2017 5:40:06 PM Share this:

Handling an inherited property can be an extremely difficult experience for real estate professionals, as well as for their clients. It often touches deep emotions, but has enormous implications for long-term financial security – and so having a clear plan of action for when it arises is an excellent idea.

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Topics: property inheritance

Need to know: selling your rental property

Apr 7, 2017 8:00:00 AM Share this:

When you decide the time is right to sell your rental property, there are certain rules you need to be aware of.

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Topics: Selling, Rental Property

What millennials are looking for in a home

Apr 3, 2017 11:31:42 PM Share this:

Millennials is the term used to describe people born between the early 1980s to around the year 2000.

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Topics: Selling your Home, 2017

How to steer clear of rental property scams

Mar 20, 2017 11:16:54 PM Share this:

Searching the internet has become the norm for consumers looking for homes to rent, with classifieds websites recording huge traffic increases in this category over the past few years.

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Topics: Renting, Harcourts South Africa, Rental Property

9 Ways To Make Your Home Much More Attractive To Buyers

Mar 6, 2017 11:01:07 PM Share this:

Purchasing a home is both a financial and emotional decision so the look and feel of your home will be an important factor in attracting interested buyers. Here are our top tips for helping you make your home more attractive to buyers

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Topics: Selling, Buying, home improvements

How to Deal with Troublesome Tenants 'Article for Landlords'

Feb 28, 2017 7:13:12 PM Share this:

Without tenants our investment properties start to lose their income potential and become another outgoing cost, but sometimes troublesome tenants can be more costly than a potential vacancy.

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Topics: Property Management, Landlords, Tenants

To repair or not to repair the interior

Feb 15, 2017 8:27:08 PM Share this:

When it comes to preparation, Olympic athletes leave no stone unturned.

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Topics: Repairs, Maintenance

Six tips to sell your home fast.

Feb 10, 2017 5:24:54 PM Share this:

You’re desperate to sell your house. In fact, you need to sell yesterday.

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Topics: Selling, Property Tips