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

Are you too young to buy your first property?

Aug 7, 2017 8:41:46 PM Share this:

Are you too young to buy your first property?

The short answer is no. If you have the financial means and qualify, then investing in property in your early 20s and 30s might be one of the best decisions of your young adult life,” says Richard Gray, Harcourts Africa Chief Executive Officer.


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Topics: Buying, Harcourts South Africa

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

Get more than a first impression from open houses

Jan 13, 2017 5:54:00 PM Share this:

Open houses 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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Topics: Selling, Open Homes, Buying

Sky-high prices prompt ‘feeding frenzy’ on Atlantic Seaboard

Nov 23, 2015 9:46:33 PM Share this:

This magnificent modern home in Nettleton Road in Clifton on the Atlantic Seaboard is being marketed by Harcourts for the “bargain” price of R39m. The area is known for having some of the highest priced real estate in SA, and homes in Nettleton Road inevitably offer spectacular ocean views. A home in this road recently made headlines when it sold for R110m.


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Topics: Selling, Buying

Savvy cash buyers snap up Alberton homes

Nov 23, 2015 9:33:23 PM Share this:

Alberton’s central location and its proximity to good schools and employment opportunities is attracting an influx of cash buyers in search of affordable accommodation.


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Topics: Buying

Should you buy your childhood home?

Nov 11, 2015 10:19:05 PM Share this:

There are all sorts of reasons why you might want to buy the property you grew up in, but you shouldn’t let your head rule your heart.


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Topics: Buying

Leave no room for home buyer's remorse

Aug 31, 2015 5:21:58 PM Share this:

You can return most things you buy if you discover that they don’t fit or don’t work, but if you buy the wrong home, the chances are that you’ll be stuck with it for several years – or have to pay quite a price to correct your mistake.


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Topics: Buying