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Thursday May 07, 2009

IOLProperty’s single search goes live

Visitors to the IOLProperty website can now search classified and print advertisements for the home of their dreams at the same time as they search online listings.[Read More]

Monday May 04, 2009

Consider options before going private

Savings in commission are an incentive to sell a home privately, but the decision of whether to use an estate agent should be carefully considered.

This advice comes from Heather Downs of Shepstone & Wylie Attorneys' property department.

While commission savings are attractive, estate agents are often able to secure a better price for you than you are able to by yourself because, among other benefits, they have access to existing buyer bases, says Downs.

Private sellers most often have little or no skill or experience in negotiation, marketing, financial or legal implications surrounding the sale of a house.

Furthermore, she advises that when making the decision whether to sell privately, consider the demands on your time commitment, your knowledge of the property market and advertising costs.

"A good estate agent should take care of all the marketing detail for you, show the house, and help you to determine a price by advising you of your house's real value in the current market so that you do not make the mistake of over- or under-pricing your house."

Downs stresses that if a property is over-priced it obviously won't sell and will become "tainted" after being advertised for months on end, leading to perceptions that there is something wrong with the property - other than its inappropriate price.

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Monday Mar 30, 2009

Leave Show Day to the Experts

On the face of it, the layman could be forgiven for thinking that putting a house on show is as simple as placing an advertisement or two, putting out a few “on show” signs and sweeping the driveway.

In truth, showing a home is far more involved than that and requires the expert attention of a qualified estate agent says Martin Schultheiss, CEO of the Homenet/ Harcourts group
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Tuesday Mar 24, 2009

General interest in ‘fractions’ is on the increase

Interest in fractional remains, with a trend towards smaller bites of the cake

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Friday Mar 20, 2009

IOLProperty to Launch Revolutionary “Single Search”

Imagine if you could search South Africa’s largest database of online listings, classified adverts and property print publications all in one go with a few clicks of the mouse...[Read More]

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