Selling in Spring?

Aug 13, 2021 5:34:20 PM Share this:

Spring not only exemplifies the concept of - new, it also is a great time to sell your home.  Are you a homeowner who is thinking about selling your home in the next couple of months? Well, Spring offers many sellers a unique market opportunity as the season's change, especially into a warmer climate, signalling the start of increased buyer activity.


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Topics: Selling, Buying, Richard Gray, Harcourts South Africa, Real Estate Agents, Spring selling season

How buyers can gain leverage in a seller’s market

Oct 12, 2020 10:17:54 PM Share this:

Many areas are experiencing a hot real estate market and have shifted to a seller’s market. This is despite the COVID-19 pandemic or perhaps because of it, as well as the subsequent record low-interest rates. While current conditions are prime for sellers, they can make the process more challenging for property buyers. Navigating a seller's market can seem daunting for prospective buyers, however, they can still position themselves for success and zero in on their ideal property. 


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Topics: Buying, Richard Gray, Real Estate Agents, Harcourts Real Estate, First time homeowner, COVID-19

Coronavirus Update – Buyers

May 6, 2020 4:49:51 PM Share this:

As the world changes, we adapt so that you can continue to purchase real estate.
At Harcourts, our core values drive everything we do and that means supporting our clients and the community throughout this challenging time. We have put together a series of frequently asked questions to help guide you through the buying process in the current situation.


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Topics: Buying, COVID-19, Virtual Tour, Online Auction, Virtual Inspection

How Rent2Buy works and what to do to apply

Mar 16, 2020 8:00:00 AM Share this:

Rent2buy (R2B) Finance is a Plan B for a homebuyer who is almost, but not quite ready, to apply for a home loan to buy a property. If the buyers’ home loan was declined initially and but he has a reasonably good credit profile and at least 7% deposit (if buying from a private seller), 3 to 5% deposit available (if buying from a property developer) or 20% if a foreign buyer, and he lives in Bloemfontein, Gauteng or Cape Town, then he is able to start the process of applying to purchase through the Rent2buy Finance programme, says Meyer de Waal, director of MDW Inc, and co-founder of Attorney Realtor Hub.


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Topics: Buying, Richard Gray, Harcourts Real Estate, Rent to Buy

Biggest mistakes sellers make

Feb 3, 2020 8:00:00 AM Share this:

All indications are that it will remain a buyer’s market for a while longer, yet your new client insist on putting a premium price on their beloved family home. Overpricing is one of the biggest mistakes that sellers make, here are a few more with some expert advice on what to do.


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Topics: Selling, Buying, Tips for Agents, Harcourts Real Estate

South Africans can buy property in Portugal’s ancient walled cities

Oct 14, 2019 8:00:00 AM Share this:

There is something inherently charming about ancient walled cities. The narrow, cobbled streets, beautiful town squares, quaint cafes and ornate churches hold a special fascination that makes them some of the most popular tourist destinations.


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Topics: Buying, Relocating, Buying in Portugal

How to choose a home for a growing family

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

Better health, higher educational achievement and higher net wealth are among the many socio-economic benefits of home ownership, according to studies by Habitat for Humanity, and they are certainly strong incentives for the thousands of South Africans who buy new homes each year to accommodate their growing families.


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Topics: Buying, family home, Harcourts Real Estate

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: 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

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: Buying, Advice, Harcourts Real Estate