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What you need to know about electric fence certificates

Feb 15, 2016 8:20:10 AM Share this:

Most homeowners know by now that they must have a valid Electrical Compliance Certificate (ECC)  if they want to sell, because their property can’t be transferred to a new owner without one.

What they may not know, however, is that they are actually required to have an ECC at all times – and required to get a new one every two years, or whenever any alterations or additions are made to the electrical system on their property – whether or not they are planning to sell. 

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Topics: South Africa, Richard Gray, Harcourts South Africa, Electric Fence Certificates

Toll roads and transport costs now an even bigger influence on home choices

Feb 5, 2016 8:20:03 AM Share this:

With SANRAL apparently trying to convert Gauteng e-toll arrears into traffic fines and the Western Cape government having recently gone to court to halt the Winelands e-toll plan, transport costs remain top of mind again for South Africa’s consumers as they go back to work this month.

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Topics: South Africa, Richard Gray

Stilbaai market sizzles into summer

Dec 1, 2015 12:53:20 AM Share this:

Located in a landmark setting at the top of the Kloofsig valley, this property offers beautiful sea and river views as well as five bedrooms, 3,5 bathrooms, three living areas and a double garage. It is for sale through Harcourts for R3,795m.

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Topics: Selling, Buying, South Africa, Harcourts

Sky-high prices prompt ‘feeding frenzy’ on Atlantic Seaboard

Nov 24, 2015 12:51:14 AM Share this:

This magnificent modern home in Nettleton Road in Clifton on the Atlantic Seaboard is being marketed by Harcourts for the “bargain” price of R39m. The area is known for having some of the highest priced real estate in SA, and homes in Nettleton Road inevitably offer spectacular ocean views. A home in this road recently made headlines when it sold for R110m.

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Topics: Press Release, Selling, Buying, South Africa, Harcourts

Savvy cash buyers snap up Alberton homes

Nov 24, 2015 12:39:41 AM Share this:


This four-bedroom, two bathroom home in upmarket Meyersdal is for sale through Harcourts for R4,199m. It has a spacious open-plan kitchen and living area leading out to a covered entertainment patio, a pool and two double garages.

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Topics: Selling, Buying, South Africa, Harcourts

Should you buy your childhood home?

Nov 12, 2015 1:36:39 AM Share this:

There are all sorts of reasons why you might want to buy the property you grew up in, but you shouldn’t let your head rule your heart.

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Topics: Buying, South Africa, Richard Gray, Harcourts

Apple profiles Harcourts in a global business case-study

Nov 3, 2015 10:14:21 PM Share this:

Technology giant Apple has profiled global real estate group Harcourts in a new video case-study placed on its website that reveals how the group is using Apple’s iOS technology to transform its business worldwide.

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Topics: South Africa, Harcourts

How homeowners can helpreduce fire dangers

Oct 27, 2015 9:02:30 PM Share this:

As SA continues to experience its worst drought in decades, runaway fires are taking an increasing toll on people, animals and properties around the country – and farmers and foresters are not the only ones who need to be better prepared, says Richard Gray, CEO of Harcourts Real Estate.

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Topics: South Africa

How to assess your student accommodation options

Oct 21, 2015 11:53:41 PM Share this:

With the matric exams just around the corner and thousands of learners hoping to start university or college next year, this is the time of year that many parents start thinking about where those students are going to live.

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Topics: South Africa, Richard Gray, Harcourts

How to spot a worthwhile fixer-upper

Jun 2, 2015 10:48:17 PM Share this:

With homes prices on the rise again in most popular areas of South Africa, more buyers are open to the idea of acquiring a “fixer-upper” property that will allow them to gain cheaper entry to their favourite area in return for some of their own labour or “sweat equity”.

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Topics: Press Release, Residential, South Africa