The human factor in modern real estate

Jun 10, 2021 8:23:22 PM Share this:

It often seems as if every day there is a new app, a new technological feat, a new digital advancement being introduced into the global real estate market. It is often difficult to discern between the necessary and unnecessary. At Harcourts, we have invested hours upon hours developing strategies and we are very proud of our achievements and service offerings in the tech space and are happy to say that we lead the real estate market in certain aspects of the technological world.


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Topics: Technology, Richard Gray, Real Estate Agents, Information on buying and selling, Harcourts Real Estate, COVID-19

Does the story of the home help sell it to buyers?

May 4, 2021 11:27:28 PM Share this:

With all the new technologies and wonderful service offerings real estate companies are able to provide their clients there are still a few crucial aspects of our industry that remain untouched by the modern market. It is often the ability to provide these insights that set you apart from the market and assist your clients to achieve success.


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Topics: Richard Gray, Home Decor & Furnishing, Harcourts Real Estate, Personalizing you home, appealing to buyers

Val de Vie is named in the 2021 top 10 lifestyle estates in the world

Apr 20, 2021 12:02:00 AM Share this:

Val de Vie Estate, the luxurious lifestyle estate nestled by the majestic mountains just outside of Paarl in the Western Cape, has raked in another award. New World Wealth (NWW) shared its top 10 lifestyle estate picks for 2021, and Val de Vie was named in the Top 10, sharing the spoils with world-renowned estates across the globe.


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Topics: Richard Gray, Harcourts South Africa, Maureen Nel, Val de Vie

COVID effects on the property market and South African investment positivity

Apr 9, 2021 6:58:55 PM Share this:

It is difficult to address the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy when so many people experienced personal loss and trauma during this time. But then you think about it for a minute and consider the impact the virus has had on our livelihoods and business operations as well, and then only does the entire picture come into view.  With that being said, why then has the real estate market not only been able to stay buoyant but, in contradiction to earlier predictions, show immense activity and growth during the past year.


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Topics: Selling, Richard Gray, Harcourts South Africa, Property Markets, Property and Investments, COVID-19

COVID effects on the property market and South African investment positivity

Mar 11, 2021 7:34:06 PM Share this:

It is difficult to address the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy when so many people experienced personal loss and trauma during this time. But then you think about it for a minute and consider the impact the virus has had on our livelihoods and business operations as well, and then only does the entire picture come into view.  With that being said, why then has the real estate market not only been able to stay buoyant but, in contradiction to earlier predictions, show immense activity and growth during the past year.


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Topics: Selling, Richard Gray, Harcourts South Africa, Interest Rates, COVID-19

Ballito continues to showcase impressive growth in the property market

Feb 4, 2021 8:45:18 PM Share this:

Once known as a quiet seaside town, Ballito has become a hustling and bustling coastal location that has somehow managed to retain its community-orientated feel.


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Topics: Selling, Richard Gray, Harcourts South Africa, Rental Market, JP Pienaar, Harcourts Dolphin Coast

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

Proptech industry propelled into action during COVID-19 pandemic

Oct 5, 2020 7:28:02 PM Share this:

The Proptech, or property technology industry, is experiencing a massive push by the coronavirus pandemic, with companies implementing and investigating technology-backed solutions to combat ongoing challenges. The proptech value chain as a whole has always depended on whether the country is equipped to transition into a more technologically-driven system, however, COVID-19 didn’t lend itself to choice.  


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Topics: Richard Gray, Real Estate Agents, Harcourts Real Estate, COVID-19, Proptech

Real Estate, a major industry offering constant working opportunities

Sep 25, 2020 7:31:03 PM Share this:

Real estate is a major industry and an everlasting commodity, offering vast sales opportunities. While change is a constant occurrence in the property market, and 2020 has brought its fair share, the industry itself will always remain relevant. For people considering a career in real estate, the future of the realm as a whole provides real promise. The sector continues to guarantee a ‘hereafter’, despite challenges due to the pandemic.


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Topics: Careers, Richard Gray, Harcourts South Africa, harcourts careers, Real Estate Agents

Port Elizabeth - investment opportunity due to pandemic-induced market

Sep 21, 2020 7:43:15 PM Share this:

Real estate in the Port Elizabeth region is a burgeoning market in unprecedented times. As a whole, the property industry has experienced many unforeseen changes due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, including a record-low interest rate. By far the most surprising development has been the dramatic switch to a seller’s market. With many people seeking refuge in quieter cities, as well as a growing desire for simpler lifestyles, investing in the PE property market could provide an ideal solution. 


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Topics: Richard Gray, Harcourts South Africa, Property Investment, COVID-19, Port Elizabeth, Harcourts Beachfront, Nikki Strooh