Blog posts filed under Advice

Gansbaai

13
Jun
2014

Due to the fact that so many tourists visit Gansbaai property has been in demand.

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Christiana

02
May
2014

Christiana is a town which forms part of the North West province. Diamonds were discovered in the Vaal River in the 1870’s and with this came the hive of activity and search for riches in the area.

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Blyde River

02
May
2014

Within the Drakensberg Mountain range, the Blyde River flow north from its origin in the Hartebeesvlakte nature conservation area.

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Arcadia Pretoria

11
Apr
2014

Located close to the Union Building there are a number of high-rise apartment building ranging from bachelor units to some spacious 3 bedroom units which offer views over to the Union Buildings and the city bowl.

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Heidelberg

11
Apr
2014

The town of Heidelberg is well established and expanding thus all the amenities of a major city are in place like schools, hospitals and malls.

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Randfontein

11
Apr
2014

Randfontein is mostly a rural, farm and small holding community which has seen very little growth over the years.

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Sophiatown

11
Apr
2014

With the large scale inner-city revival and re-development programs currently under-way in the Johannesburg CBD and cities affected neglect towns like Sophiatown will once again be in demand.

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Colbyn

11
Apr
2014

It is a purely residential suburb with homes that are spacious and reflect a design style dating back to the 50’s and 60’s with pressed ceilings wooden floors, bay windows and spacious living rooms. The stands are just as spacious with well-established gardens displaying against the homes.

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Caledon

08
Apr
2014

The main sources of economic income to Caledon are farming and agriculture comprising grain and livestock.

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Kleinmond

08
Apr
2014

The picturesque quaint village of Kleinmond in the Western Cape is today predominantly a tourist destination.

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Caledon

08
Apr
2014

The main sources of economic income to Caledon are farming and agriculture comprising grain and livestock.

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Colesberg

08
Apr
2014

The town of Colesberg falls in the Northern Cape region and is signified by the unmistakable Coleskop or Towerberg outside the town.

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Kleinmond

08
Apr
2014

The picturesque quaint village of Kleinmond in the Western Cape is today predominantly a tourist destination.

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Springs

16
Jan
2014

Springs got its name from all the nearby springs in the area.

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Vaal Dam

07
Jan
2014

The Vaal Dam could be a lot like the exclusive properties at Hartebeespoort Dam. It has become as exclusive as any lifestyle estate.

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Roodepoort

07
Jan
2014

Roodepoort is not part of the west rand as is perceived. Roodepoort forms part of the Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality.

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Norscot

19
Dec
2013

Suburbs surrounding Norscot add to the property value along with constant development taking place around the suburb.

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Simon's Town

19
Dec
2013

Simon's Town is a National Heritage site.

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Plettenberg Bay

10
Dec
2013

Portuguese explorers named Plettenberg Bay Bahia Formosa which means “beautiful bay” and it is exactly that.

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Pietermaritzburg

09
Dec
2013

Being the capital of KwaZulu-Natal, it is the second largest city in this province. One can expect to find some of South Africa's richest history here.

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Waterkloof

05
Dec
2013

Waterkloof by name and association, still remains synonymous with upper-class living.

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Lydenburg

02
Dec
2013

Lydenburg is by no means a small city.

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Aston Manor

28
Nov
2013

Aston Manor is one of the picturesque suburbs of Kempton Park.

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Benoni

26
Nov
2013

Gold used to be Benoni's legacy. Although gold reserves in most of the East Rand are depleted, there is still a large industrial powerhouse within, making up part of Gauteng's GDP strength.

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Home Loan Interest

26
Nov
2013

Try not to borrow against your bond. Interest rates are stable for the interim, try to plan for and adjust your lifestyle to make provision for when bond rates increase.

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Land Ownership

22
Nov
2013

Land distribution and allocation is a key factor.

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Property value and private schools

18
Nov
2013

Is it possible for private schools to influence the value of your property?

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Patent and Latent Defects

18
Nov
2013

You have decided to sell your property, but what should you disclose about the property? What types of defects are there and what are they?

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Residential Shortages

14
Nov
2013

Property is in shortage across the country, and is not a problem exclusive to Cape Town. Population growth figures are sky-rocketing and the demand for residential property is increasing at an equal rate.

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Advantages and disadvantages of letting agents

12
Nov
2013

Here are some advantages and disadvantages when making use of letting agents. It is important to note that this is dependent on your lifestyle, schedule and needs.

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Port Elizabeth

12
Nov
2013

The reason for property being so affordable nowadays is due to many cash strapped home owners downscaling to reduce masses of debt.

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Historical Property Debt

08
Nov
2013

One of the pitfalls in obtaining a clearance certificate is historical debt.

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Servitudes

06
Nov
2013

What is a servitude and how do they affect property value or perceived value?

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Clearance Certificate woes

31
Oct
2013

A Clearance Certificate is that pesky document we all need when we have sold property. Without a Clearance Certificate the sale of a property can not be concluded.

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CBD investments

31
Oct
2013

Inner city redevelopment is receiving a lot of attention from investors. This is as a result of low interest rates and banks easing up on their stringent credit regulations.

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Golf estates

28
Oct
2013

How “efficient” is your golf estate in terms of the environment, land use, municipal services and pollution?

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Rates and Taxes

25
Oct
2013

Rates and taxes are an expense we can not escape from when owning property. It is important as a home owner to know that your rates and taxes are correct.

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Valuators

22
Oct
2013

Your offer has been accepted in principle, filled out by you and is on its way to the bank. Before your bond can be granted one important step has to be concluded – the valuation of the property.

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Estate Agents

21
Oct
2013

Here are some advantages and disadvantages of enlisting the services of an estate agent.

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To build or to buy

17
Oct
2013

The gap between building and buying was 19.4% for the first quarter 2013. The gap is narrowing but this is a gradual as the growth in property currently.

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Invest in Pretoria East Property

17
Oct
2013

The House Price Index has reflected a growth of 10-15% y/y for July 2013 in Pretoria East, depending on the type of property.

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Property Market Trends

14
Oct
2013

The FNB House Price Index is at 6.4 % August 2013 for the greater Gauteng. The House Price Index has reflected a growth of 10-15% y/y for July 2013 in Pretoria East, depending on the type of property.

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How the interest rate influences the value of property

14
Oct
2013

Property value is governed by a few fixed factors. Here are some of the factors which influence the value of your property investment.

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Cash vs Bond

11
Oct
2013

You decided to purchase a second property as an investment, and the cash to purchase the property is readily available.

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Top 7 Tips To Pay Off Your Home Loan Faster

04
Oct
2012

Since their house is, for most people, the most substantial investment they will make in their lifetime, it is common to have a 20 year loan repayment plan in order to meet the expenses of having a monthly bond repayment.

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