What happens after you sign an Offer to Purchase?

Sep 23, 2019 8:00:00 AM Share this:

Buying a new house is an exciting milestone, but before you can contentedly settle in, there are a number of administrative factors that need to be put in order and processed so that the property can be transferred to you and there are no hitches down the line.


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Topics: Tips for buying, Harcourts Real Estate

Don't make these mistakes when signing an Offer to Purchase

Sep 16, 2019 8:00:00 AM Share this:

When buyers put in an Offer to Purchase after viewing a property, a mistake is often made where they do not check in detail what it is they’re actually signing for. Buyers will have seen the property, possibly walked through it a few times, but it would most likely have been fully furnished with the seller’s belongings. It could be that some features of the home might not be left behind or are not permanent fittings or fixtures in the house, so the buyer must ask if there are any items that will be removed or mention items of interest before signing the OTP, says sales manager of SAProperty.com, Cornel Haskins.


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Topics: Buying, Advice, Harcourts Real Estate

5 reasons why downsizing is on trend

Sep 9, 2019 8:00:00 AM Share this:

The international trend of purchasing smaller homes continues unabated and downsizing isn’t necessarily only a symptom of tough economic times. Many well-heeled homeowners are choosing to downsize to smaller properties that are easier to manage. In South Africa, this trend has been confirmed by the latest FNB Estate Agents Survey. As sellers, the choice to downsize rather than upscale is mainly due to these five factors:


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Topics: Advice, downsizing your home, Harcourts Real Estate

How to find the perfect roommate

Sep 2, 2019 10:38:00 PM Share this:

Renting a property can be an expensive business, particularly if you’re single. One of the best way to offset some of the costs is to find a roommate (or two). On paper it sounds great - you’ll have someone to help pay the bills, you’ll have company and the idea of having like-minded people sharing your living space is often exciting. Unfortunately there are downsides too, and there are important questions that need to be asked before you allow a relative stranger to move into your home.


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Topics: Renting, Advice, Harcourts Real Estate

6 golden rules for buying South African property revealed

Aug 26, 2019 8:00:00 AM Share this:

There are some rules that every property buyer should follow in order to get the most out of their property purchase. Despite many changes in the property market in recent years, there are some “golden rules” that investors need to keep in mind. So says Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX Southern Africa, who adds that while the emerging market has presented some great investment opportunities, buyers need to be careful and make the right decisions to get the most out of their property purchases.


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Topics: Advice, Tips for buying, Harcourts Real Estate

Tenant vs landlord - who fixes what?

Aug 19, 2019 8:00:00 AM Share this:

One of the more contentious issues between a landlord and the tenant is almost always the general state of repair and ongoing maintenance and repair issues that crop up within a tenancy. Often, confusion reigns regarding who may be liable for the cost of various elements that can occur within a residential rental. Sadly, more often than not, landlords unfairly assume much liability is the responsibility of the tenant, when it is in actual fact their responsibility as the property owner, says Grant Rea, Certified Residential Rental Specialist with RE/MAX Living.


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Topics: Landlords, Tenants, Harcourts Real Estate, Tips for Homeowners

5 things first-time home buyers should know

Aug 12, 2019 8:00:00 AM Share this:

Buying your own home can be a daunting prospect. Many of us have spent our lives renting, so when we decide to take the step up to owning property we often aren’t quite as prepared as we should be.

With this in mind, we sat down with Meyer de Waal, owner of My Bond Fitness and a property conveyancing attorney and also an exhibitor at the upcoming Property Buyer Show in April, to figure out exactly what a first time home buyer should know before signing on the dotted line.


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Topics: Advice, first home buyer, Tips for buying, Harcourts Real Estate

Can’t get a home loan? You can Rent2buy

Aug 5, 2019 8:00:00 AM Share this:

When selling your property, one of the biggest hurdles is to find a buyer with an approved home loan. The same applies for a buyer - finding a bank that is willing to provide a mortgage loan.

De Waal says property buyers in Johannesburg and Cape Town can now search for any home priced from R400 000 to R1.8 million in any one of the two cities, contact Rent2buy, and move into their soon-to-be home within six to eight weeks.

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Topics: Buyers and Sellers, Harcourts Real Estate, Rent to Buy

Is WhatsApp changing real estate?

Jul 31, 2019 9:32:11 PM Share this:

As new technologies and improved systems are perpetually introduced into our modern business environments, innovations in client communication is undoubtedly at the forefront of this rapid evolution. The real estate industry has experienced a flurry of new concepts and advancements in the past year especially with regards to agents having to incorporate real time communication tools into their daily practices.


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

2019 is the year for first time home buyers

Jul 30, 2019 8:00:00 AM Share this:

2018 was a challenging year for the South African property market, but so far 2019 is looking more positive.

Rhys Dyer, CEO of ooba, says: "Property market activity and resultant price growth continue to be hampered by political uncertainty and economic constraints. Uncertainty around impending land reforms as well as an increase in the prime lending rate to 10.25% in November probably contributed to the slowing property growth in the last quarter of 2018."


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Topics: Harcourts South Africa, Real Estate Agents, Ooba, First time homeowner