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Monday Sep 26, 2016

Garages can add real value to your property

Increasing crime has made on-street parking a lot more risky, and most buyers want homes with secure parking facilities.

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Inexpensive home updates that pack a substantial punch

Sellers need all the help they can get to make their property stand out from the crowd, but they don't need to break the bank with expensive updates.

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Thursday Sep 22, 2016

Average property rental now R6570

The average South African rental for the second quarter of 2016 was R6 570.50, a 6.4% increase from the same period in 2015.

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Tuesday Sep 20, 2016

Houses become more affordable

Some early signs were emerging of a shift towards a renewed improvement in housing and housing-related affordability, according to First National Bank (FNB).

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Monday Sep 19, 2016

'Building contractors should stick to the plan and deliver'

Building a new home might be stressful but renovations can turn out to be a lot worse - especially if you're still occupying the premises and having to navigate around the dust, rubble and security issues.

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Dunoon's property entrepreneurs take the initiative

Canny homeowners in Cape Town's Dunoon - who have demolished their RDP houses and put up double-storey structures in their place to meet the demand for rental accommodation or businesses - could be seen as pioneers in the remaking of the apartheid city.

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Friday Sep 16, 2016

Parking issues in sectional title schemes

Parking space is at a premium in most Sectional Title schemes, so it is not unusual for additional parking bays to be created on common property.

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High property walls might have insurance implications

In an effort to avoid becoming victim of house break-ins or robberies, an increasing number of South African homeowners erect high walls around their properties. However, these high walls could pose a potential risk as some security guards may not be allowed to jump over the barriers, which could lead to severe losses for the homeowner as their armed response team could not contain the situation.

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Thursday Sep 15, 2016

'Don't inflate your property's asking price'

A detrimental mistake that many sellers make when listing their property on the market is inflating the asking price. Sellers often ask for a higher amount in order to give themselves a cushion during the negotiation process.

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Tuesday Sep 13, 2016

What goes and what stays when a property is sold?

An often contentious issue, the definition of what is regarded as a fixture in the home has caused many a dispute between buyers and sellers during the property sales process.

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