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

Interest rate cut: The break SA consumers need

Jul 22, 2019 5:34:14 PM Share this:

Harcourts South Africa welcomes the announcement by the South African Reserve Bank that interest rates will be cut by 25 basis points. This is the first easing in policy in over a year and in a time when many South Africans are feeling the pressure this comes as welcomed relief. Especially considering that many economists are predicting another cut later in the year.


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Topics: Richard Gray, Harcourts South Africa, Interest Rates, South African Markets

Why people thrive in co-working spaces

Jul 15, 2019 8:00:00 AM Share this:

Studies show that people who work in co-working spaces are on balance more satisfied, better performers and find more meaning in their work than those working in traditional offices.

 
Unlike a traditional office, co-working spaces consist of members who work for a range of different companies, ventures, and projects.

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Topics: Harcourts South Africa, diversity, Co-Workers

President's SONA inspires but lacks detail

Jul 12, 2019 11:22:15 PM Share this:

President Ramaphosa delivered his State of the Nation address in Parliament yesterday and outlined seven priorities and five goals whilst acknowledging that due to financial constraints government would not be able to deliver “everything at one time”. In the real estate sector, the economy has played a major role in activity and commitment and we're excited that the President is prioritising economic growth and hope for strategic and continued implementation.


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Topics: Richard Gray, Harcourts South Africa, Real Estate, SONA Speech

How to design a lawn-free landscape

Jun 24, 2019 8:00:00 AM Share this:

With climate change affecting weather around the world, many homeowners are replacing turf with low-maintenance landscape ideas.


Designing a garden with permeable landscaping not only makes sense for drought conditions, it's also a way to protect your house and garden from damaging storms and the possibility of flooding.
 


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Topics: Harcourts South Africa, DIY, Landscaping

Get your garden ready for winter and spring

Jun 17, 2019 8:00:00 AM Share this:

Around the country the cooler mornings and evenings herald the beginning of autumn, and an indication that it's time for some maintenance in the garden to prepare for winter.


If you are growing a new lawn, sow seeds for grass, especially in colder areas where shade over and all seasons evergreen grow well.

The sun is still hot and sitting high in the sky with no great hurry to set at the end of the day, and we should make the most of this beautiful weather by nurturing the garden. This is the time of year when we prepare the garden for winter and spring flowering bulbs.


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Topics: Harcourts South Africa, Gardening, Winter, Spring

Estate agents must embrace ongoing training and development

Jun 10, 2019 8:00:00 AM Share this:

With the EAAB (Estate Agency Affairs Board) clamping down on agents trading in the real estate industry who have not renewed or ever applied for their Fidelity Fund Certificates (FFC), as well as disqualifying agents for noncompliance with their Continuing Professional Development, it is now more important than ever to insist on continuous training as an essential part of operating within this industry.


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Topics: Harcourts South Africa, Real Estate Agents, Estate Agent, Estate agent training

3 mistakes empty nesters make when downsizing their home

Jun 3, 2019 8:00:00 AM Share this:

Real estate professionals will tell you that the average family will move once every five to ten years. This is usually to accommodate a family’s changing needs as their family grows. Often one of the last moves a family makes is from their large family home with multiple bedrooms down to a two- or one-bedroom home that houses the last two that remain: the parents. 


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Topics: Harcourts South Africa, Tips for Agents, downsizing your home

Tax benefits of investing in buy-to-let property

May 27, 2019 8:00:00 AM Share this:

There is an age-old saying that in life there are two things you can’t escape -death and taxes. While scientific development hasn’t yet found the secret to living forever, there are ways of investing your money so that your tax returns work in your favour.


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Topics: Harcourts South Africa, Tax Benefits, Property and Investments