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Wednesday Jun 28, 2017

Rent-to-own increasingly popular

Rent-to-own transactions may slowly reappear on the South African property scene as prospective buyers look for creative ways to get a foot on the property ladder in a declining economy.

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Tuesday Jun 27, 2017

How marriage affects property rights

Marriage is an undeniably life-changing event, and not just in the emotional sense - it alters the way we manage things like finances and property ownership too.

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Monday Jun 26, 2017

Fire fears for older high-rises

Many high-rise buildings in Durban older than 27 years lack sprinklers, as was the case in London's Grenfell Towers, which caught fire this month, killing at least 79 people.

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Friday Jun 23, 2017

Listing photos - make sure they are good

According to research, most buyers will start looking for property online before they go to any other source. What this means is that the first impression buyers will have of a home is its online listing photo.

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Tuesday Jun 20, 2017

Businessman ordered to demolish store or face prison

A Durban High Court judge has ordered an Amanzimtoti businessman to demolish the store he erected illegally, or risk prison time.

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Monday Jun 19, 2017

When neighbours' pets are a nuisance

Living in close quarters with strangers comes with drawbacks – one of the most emotive is pets.

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Demand exceeds supply in rental market

Vacancies in the residential property market increased to 6.62 percent in the fourth quarter of last year from 6.53 percent in the previous quarter, despite demand for rental properties still exceeding supply.

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HOA space registrations should be checked carefully

'The bigger the estates are the bigger the private open spaces are, and the bills for rates and services to these spaces can be astronomical'

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Skills and purchasing power continue their move south

Last year was another bumper one for the Western Cape in terms of strong net inflows of repeat homebuyers from the rest of the country, a trend that takes skills and purchasing power to that region's economy, says John Loos, FNB's household and property sector strategist.

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Tuesday Jun 13, 2017

Understanding rental deposits

One of the most common areas of conflict between letting agents and tenants is around the refund of the tenant's deposit.

A particular area of concern is the time it takes the agent or landlord to pay back the deposit, as many tenants want to use these funds for a deposit for their new rental.

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