Only 6% of South Africans will retire comfortably

Dec 6, 2019 6:51:56 PM Share this:

Given the low national savings rate and slow market growth locally and internationally, it should come as no surprise that National Treasury calculates that only about six percent of South Africans are on track to retire comfortably.


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Topics: Richard Gray, Harcourts South Africa, Retirement, Real Estate

Technology, research data forcing real estate innovation

Nov 29, 2019 7:31:47 PM Share this:

Analysing property trends in South Africa based on recent barometers and research documents, there are varied reasons and opinions explaining why certain markets are under pressure and others are thriving.


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Topics: Technology, Richard Gray, Harcourts South Africa

Pricing your home to sell

Nov 25, 2019 8:00:00 AM Share this:

With fair market value a priority for today’s consumers, for homeowners wishing to sell or rent out their properties, it is critical that the home is pitched at an accurate, market-related price that will enable it to compete with other comparable properties for sale or rent in the area.


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Topics: Harcourts South Africa, buying and selling, Property Valuation, House prices

Turn to tribunal for help in a rental dispute

Nov 25, 2019 8:00:00 AM Share this:

The Rental Housing Tribunal exists to resolve disputes between landlords and tenants. And it’s free!


“The Rental Housing Tribunal is a statutory body established in terms of Section 7 of the Rental Housing Act 50 of 1999 (as amended),” explains Pieter Janse van Rensburg of Just Property. “It is an independent body and its members are appointed by the MEC of each province, in terms of the Rental Housing Act 50/1999, to resolve disputes between landlords and tenants regarding residential properties.”


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Topics: Renting, Richard Gray, Landlords, Harcourts Real Estate

Moving house? We've got some handy hints!

Nov 20, 2019 8:09:48 PM Share this:

 


Remember to cancel

  • Newspaper and/or milk delivery
  • Telephone, internet and satellite TV
  • Gas, water and electricity (arrange a final meter reading)

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Technology and research data forcing real estate innovation

Nov 19, 2019 8:54:11 PM Share this:

Analysing property trends in South Africa based on recent barometers and research documents there are varied reasons and opinions explaining why certain markets are under pressure and others are thriving. For instance according to the FNB Affordable Housing Insight for the third quarter released in October affordable South African residential properties priced between R250,000 and R500,000 are experiencing a strong third quarter, with some properties sold at 5% above asking price. Whilst 95% of properties in the higher end of the market sell below-asking price, at approximately 10% discount.


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Topics: Technology, Richard Gray, Harcourts South Africa, Harcourts Real Estate

5 tips on becoming a good rental agent

Nov 18, 2019 8:00:00 AM Share this:

Renting is the smart financial choice for many consumers, but a ‘difficult’ landlord can easily make it feel like the wrong choice, and cause tenants to leave as soon as they possibly can.

On the other hand, says Gerhard Kotzé, MD of the RealNet Properties, landlords who are able to establish a good working relationship with their tenants will have a much easier time when it comes to organizing any repairs necessary and retaining those tenants or showing the property to prospective new tenants.


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Topics: Richard Gray, selling advice, Real Estate Agents, Harcourts Real Estate

For traditional agents, it’s all about redefining the meaning of value

Nov 11, 2019 8:00:00 AM Share this:

Digital disruption, coupled with the rapid, ongoing evolution of the real estate industry and property market, has meant that today’s real estate agents – particular those operating with the so-called traditional commission-based fee model – have to contend with a host of new competitive challenges. In order to be consistently successful, they need to step up to meet these challenges with a whole new set of skills and deliver a value proposition which meets the demands of modern consumers.


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Topics: Real Estate Agents, Marketing Tips, Harcourts Real Estate

There’s no excuse for poor marketing

Nov 4, 2019 8:00:00 AM Share this:

Gone are the days when property brokers were mostly stay at home moms knocking on doors to sell homes; but despite the industry now being far more sophisticated and bolstered by technology and full-time professionals, its image remains tainted and it has become cluttered with a barrage of tacky messaging.


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Topics: Marketing, Real Estate Agents, Harcourts Real Estate

AI in SA real estate need not be feared

Oct 28, 2019 8:00:00 AM Share this:

We live in an age where technology have made some jobs obsolete while others are listed as threatened. Hearing that in the US there are some agencies that use robots to show properties to clients could have one worried that the estate agent is also slated to go the way of the milkman, but property leaders say no.


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Topics: Real Estate Agents, Harcourts Real Estate, Artificial Intelligence