How to take great listing photos

Jan 27, 2020 8:00:00 AM Share this:

Make sure your listing photos are eye-catching. Traditionally property sales start to pick in springtime, but if your online listing photos aren’t eye-catching then you might just lose out on a potential sale as homebuyers scroll by your posts. Here are top tips on how to have the best listing photos.

First impressions count. Most homebuyers today turn to the internet to search for their dream home and research shows you have only seconds to grab their attention, so make sure the first shot shows off the home at its best angle.  Make sure the view is not obstructed by cars or walls. The property should also appear well looked after – lawn or yard kept and tidy which means no toys lying around, weeds pulled, walls painted and in case there is one, swimming pool sparkling.


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Topics: Richard Gray, Tips for Agents, Real Estate Agents, Harcourts Real Estate

Tips for agents who want to be at the top of their game

Jan 20, 2020 8:00:00 AM Share this:

Rising municipal rates, fuel price hikes, high unemployment rates and uncertainty over high crime rates and corruption in state entities all make for a challenging sell for real estate agents. Yet, property sales and rental agents can be at the top of their game in securing client loyalty, leases and sales.


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Topics: Richard Gray, Tips for Agents, Real Estate Agents, Harcourts Real Estate

Real Estate: 2020 and beyond

Jan 13, 2020 8:00:00 AM Share this:

The real estate industry has undergone immense transformation over the past two decades, but a number of significant and influential emergent trends are poised to further revolutionise the sector and the way in which we live.

Influenced by a multitude of factors and operating in regular cycles, the real estate industry has always been one of the most dynamic, but in recent years the changes have become progressively dramatic with the next decade poised for even more significant transformation.


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Topics: Richard Gray, Evolution of real estate, Millenials, Harcourts Real Estate

New Act protects homebuyers far better against loss of money

Jan 6, 2020 8:00:00 AM Share this:

Did you know that under the new Property Practitioners Act, one of the many changes will be that a consumer may claim their money back from property practitioners, even if they are trading without a valid FFC? Robert Krautkramer, director with legal firm Miltons Matsemela, expands on what the new Act says about who will need FFC’s to practice and the consequences of not having a valid certificate.


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Topics: Richard Gray, Home Buyers, Harcourts Real Estate, EAAB

Transformation is a journey

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

The transformation of the property sector is a journey that requires the commitment of all industry role players – also the new players included as property professionals in the new Property Professional Act says Dr Eugenia Kula-Ameyaw, executive chair of Black Women Organisation South Africa (BWOSA) and author of the new Act’s chapter on transformation.


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Topics: Harcourts South Africa, Real Estate Agents, Harcourts Real Estate, EAAB

How does the Property Practitioners Act help transformation?

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

One way is by making it mandatory for all property practitioners to have a BEE certificate – but what about single proprietors who are white? Robert Krautkramer, director with legal firm Miltons Matsemela, takes a look at what is meant by BEE compliance in the new Act.


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Topics: Agent Life, Richard Gray, Real Estate Agents, Estate agent training, Harcourts Real Estate

It pays to be honest about your home’s flaws

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

There’s no such thing as a perfect property and buyers know that as well as you do, so when selling your home, you should never give in to the temptation to conceal or be untruthful about any defects or drawbacks that you know about.

Quite apart from the fact that this would be dishonest, it could easily result in a legal dispute that not only wipes out any profit on your sale, but actually leads to a loss, says Gerhard Kotzé, managing director of the RealNet estate agency group.


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Topics: Richard Gray, buying and selling, Real Estate Agents, Harcourts Real Estate

This is why tenants must be cautious before signing a lease

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

A tenant has the right, at the inception, to receive and occupy a leased property that is not only fit for the condition it is let but also habitable. The landlord has a duty to maintain the property in a habitable condition throughout the period of the lease.

There are certain steps a tenant must take before concluding a lease.


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Topics: Renting, Richard Gray, Harcourts Real Estate, KZN Rental Housing Tribunal

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

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