Tips for investing in a holiday home

Mar 23, 2020 8:00:00 AM Share this:

With property in coastal towns continually increasing in value, this remains a lucrative investment whether a client intends to live there now or later when retired. Here are good advice to offer when someone is considering whether or not to buy a home by the seaside.


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

New Dawn at Harcourts Dolphin Coast

Mar 18, 2020 6:43:20 PM Share this:

Despite economic uncertainty and many property pundits explaining how some regions in South Africa are flat and that there is an element of buyer hesitance, Harcourts Real Estate has managed to defy these trends and continues to show positive growth across the national market.


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Topics: Richard Gray, Harcourts South Africa, Harcourts Real Estate, JP Pienaar, Dolphin Coast

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: Richard Gray, Tips for buying, Harcourts Real Estate, Rent to Buy

Budget 2020: Tax relief? Is that enough?

Feb 28, 2020 11:05:16 PM Share this:

South Africans can breathe a sigh of relief as Finance Minister Tito Mboweni announced during today's National Budget to support growth, National Treasury proposes not increasing value added tax, pay-as-you-earn or other personal income taxes.


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Topics: Richard Gray, Harcourts South Africa, Budget speech, Tax Benefits

Harcourts South Africa's Proactive Approach to COVID-19

Feb 26, 2020 8:00:00 AM Share this:

We at Harcourts South Africa, together with our international offices, have taken positive steps towards dealing with the COVID-19 virus and the challenges it currently presents to its franchise network, clients, the industry, and the community as a whole.


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Topics: Richard Gray, Harcourts South Africa, Harcourts International, Corona Virus, Covid-19

Professional branding in real estate

Feb 24, 2020 8:00:00 AM Share this:

Branding is a key tool in the competitive world of real estate. It is how you stand out in the crowd. But what is most important to market – the agent or the brand? Most estate agents would say the agent, but what if you work for a corporate brand? Ted Frazer, Seeff national marketing manager, weighs in on this often contentious issue in the property industry worldwide.


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Topics: Richard Gray, Branding, Real Estate Agents, Harcourts Real Estate

Cape Town's Southern Peninsula offers unparalleled real estate value

Feb 7, 2020 5:28:38 PM Share this:

Analysing the real estate market on the Southern Peninsula of Cape Town during the last few years this unmistakably beautiful region of our coast has continually provided homeowners with a consistent return on investment as well as presented buyers with exciting long term value. 


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Topics: Richard Gray, Harcourts South Africa, real estate market

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

Repo cut rate does little to save economic concerns

Jan 17, 2020 9:50:54 PM Share this:

The South African Reserve Bank's monetary policy committee announced yesterday that it has voted to reduce the repo rate from 6.5% to 6.25%. Therefore the prime rate will fall to 9.75%. Although this will certainly alleviate some pressures for those in debt we are a long way from saving a vulnerable economy.


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Topics: Richard Gray, Harcourts South Africa, Economy, repo rate, Market Value