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Older areas benefit from ‘homes for life’ trend

Nov 6, 2014 5:49:16 AM Share this:

The average age of first-time homebuyers in SA has risen from 28 to 36 in the past 10 years, and one of the main reasons is that many young executives and professionals are now choosing to delay their first property purchase until they can buy a “home for life”.


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Topics: Press Release, Residential, South Africa

Do your sums before you downscale

Oct 17, 2014 9:59:05 PM Share this:

If you’re thinking of moving to a smaller home that is easier to manage and more secure, you might need to “downscale” more than you thought to make the move worthwhile.


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Topics: Press Release, Residential, South Africa

The modern must-haves for successful country living

Oct 2, 2014 9:44:55 PM Share this:

If you’re contemplating retirement or a second career,and thinking about relocating at the same time, there are several factors you need to take into account before you decide where to move to – or whether to move at all, says Richard Gray, CEO of Harcourts Real Estate.


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Topics: Press Release, South Africa

Show Jumping Aids SPCA With Donation From Harcourts Foundation

Sep 15, 2014 10:04:47 PM Share this:

National show jumping champion Shaun Neill demonstrated his love of animals recently when he nominated the Vereeniging SPCA as the beneficiary of a cash donation made in his name by Harcourts Real Estate as part of his winnings at the 2014 SA Championships held in Durban recently.


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Topics: The Harcourts Foundation, Press Release, South Africa

Entries Pour in for KZN's Show Jumping Thriller

Jul 17, 2014 10:06:56 PM Share this:

Excitement is mounting in South African equestrian circles as riders and horses all over the country get ready to compete in the national show jumping championships to be held in Durban again this year.


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Topics: Press Release, South Africa

Harcourts Luxury Property Selection Lists Gatsby Property for Over US$35 Million

Jul 2, 2014 9:23:16 PM Share this:

Luxury Property Selection, the elite property brand owned and operated by Harcourts International real estate, has just listed the most expensive property ever to come on the market in South Africa for over US$35 million.


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Topics: Press Release, South Africa

Harcourts Luxury Property Selection Lists Vacation Property of the Late Princess Diana

Jun 19, 2014 3:53:33 AM Share this:

Luxury Property Selection, the elite property brand owned and operated by Harcourts International real estate, has just listed an estate frequented by the late Princess Diana, worth R120 million (over $11.2 million USD) in the area of Upper Constantia in South Africa.


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Topics: Press Release, Residential, South Africa

South African Seniors Cash In – As Landlords

Apr 15, 2014 3:28:17 AM Share this:

As the cost of living continues to rise and eat into retirement savings, senior citizens in many of South Africa’s established suburbs are unlocking some of the value in their large family homes – not by selling them, but by renting them out, and then becoming tenants themselves in smaller, easier-to-manage properties.

“This emerging trend makes good sense for older homeowners whose own families are grown and who want to scale down anyway because of security or home maintenance issues, or perhaps because they want to enhance their retirement savings,” says Harcourts Real Estate Richard Gray.

“Such owners typically have a very small mortgage or no mortgage to pay any more and can achieve substantial rentals for their three- and four-bedroom family homes in sought-after, central areas, especially in the current phase of the market where rental demand is strong and rising.”

They get to keep their real estate assets and if they’re lucky, he says, they may even have a granny flat or cottage on their property where they can stay for “free” while earning rental income on the main dwelling.

“Alternatively, they generally target rental apartments and townhouses in secure complexes, where the maintenance is taken care of and they can lock-up-and-go as they please. And the rentals they pay for these units are usually more than covered by the rentals they are receiving for their own properties, leaving them extra money to live on or to put into their savings if they are still working.”

This is just another illustration, Gray says, of how home ownership can help to create wealth and provide consumers with advantageous financial options throughout life.
“Indeed, the fact that many baby-boomers can now describe themselves as being ‘freetirees’ who are able to do what they want with their lives is largely due to the fact that they became homeowners early in life and worked hard to pay off their bonds as soon as possible.”

Meanwhile, the new trend is also advantageous for young families who are desperately keen to live in established suburbs with good schools, shops, entertainment, sport facilities and public transport all right on their doorstep – but can seldom afford to buy a family home in these areas.

“Renting in a central suburb and saving time and money on transport gives them a much better chance of saving a deposit to buy a home of their own in due course.”


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Topics: Industry Update, Press Release, South Africa