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

Single women are now the biggest group of property buyers in South Africa – larger than couples and single men

Jul 22, 2019 8:00:00 AM Share this:
  • Almost 72,000 single women bought residential properties in South Africa last year, according to the research group Lightstone.

  • This makes them the largest single group of property buyers in South Africa - bigger than married couples or single men.

  • However, single women are still buying cheaper homes compared to the other groups.

  • Women now also represent 48% of new car sales, Lightstone reports.


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Topics: Real Estate Agents, South African Markets, Harcourts Real Estate, Property Statistics in South Africa

Rental market gains momentum as financial pressure property sales increase

Jul 19, 2019 6:57:52 PM Share this:

According to the latest FNB Property Barometer Survey data shows that “Downscaling because of life stage” dominates as the most prominent reason for selling a property in SA, with such sales accounting for 23% of all sales in 2Q19, the same as in 1Q19.  However, what is most concerning is that “Downscaling due to financial pressure” has become increasingly prominent in the past year; the estimated proportion of such sales jumped to 19% in 2Q19 from 16% in 1Q19.


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Topics: Richard Gray, buying and selling, financial review, Harcourts Real Estate

How to be a landlord tenants love with these 5 tips

Jul 8, 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.


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Topics: Renting, Landlords, Harcourts Real Estate, Advice for Landlords

18 tips to stay safe during heavy rain and floods

May 20, 2019 8:00:00 AM Share this:

With parts of South Africa being ravaged by heavy rain and floods, leading to loss of life and significant damage to properties and vehicles, Auto & General Insurance is urging South Africans to be vigilant and adopt a proactive mindset to avoid disaster.


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Topics: Harcourts South Africa, Safety, Harcourts Real Estate, Rain and Floods

11 smart ways to save electricity (and money) in the winter months

May 13, 2019 8:00:00 AM Share this:

Eskom has issued steps consumers can take to save electricity as the colder weather grips South Africa.

A thermostat-controlled oil heater no bigger than 2 000W (watt) is the best choice to heat a room of 3 x 3 x 2.5 metres for three hours.

“During the colder months, space heating can be responsible for up to 8% of an average household’s electricity usage. The current constrained electricity network calls for smart electricity usage to help keep the warmth inside and the cold outside,” said the power utility last Wednesday.


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Topics: Harcourts South Africa, Advice, Winter Blues, Harcourts Real Estate

5 things you need to know about prepaid water

May 6, 2019 8:00:00 AM Share this:

You already know that we live in a water-stressed country, receiving an annual rainfall of 492mm, while the rest of the earth receives 985mm.

With a prepaid water system consumers can track usage, load credit remotely, and decrease the possibility of bill shock due to leakages or incorrect monitoring.

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Topics: Advice, Harcourts Real Estate, Prepaid Water

I got a home loan, but it’s too expensive - can I cancel my OTP?

Apr 29, 2019 9:17:20 PM Share this:

In most cases when a person buys a property, he or she will have to apply for a home loan, and this would be written into the offer to purchase (OTP) as a suspensive condition, giving a certain timeframe for the bond to be obtained by the bank and accepted by the buyer.



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Topics: Agent Life, Home Loan Advice, Harcourts Real Estate