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Tuesday Oct 23, 2018

Landlords may not disconnect services of tenants

A landlord who considers his tenant an unlawful occupier because the tenant failed to vacate the property after a valid cancellation of the lease cannot disconnect municipal services to the property.

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Monday Oct 22, 2018

'How to break up with your estate agent'

After the initial months of being flattered with high prices and wooed over with glistening listing brochures, the honeymoon phase with your real estate agent soon comes to its inevitable end. Eventually, you can't help but consider other options.

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Don't look twice at a fast offer

If you were to ask home sellers how they would like the transaction to go, most would probably say that what they would really like is an offer to purchase at close to their asking price, as soon as possible.

However, says Gerhard Kotze, MD of the RealNet estate agency group, those same sellers will often develop misgivings if their wish is granted and they receive a strong offer shortly after listing.

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'Don't buy rental property until you know the vacancy rate'

There are very few rental properties that will be occupied 100% of the time, but the vacancy rate can vary considerably - and make all the difference between a good buy-to-let investment and a bad one.

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Changing off-plan properties

"Buyers need to remain realistic about how much they can change and realise that most changes will incur additional costs," says Adrian Goslett of RE/MAX of Southern Africa.

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Saturday Oct 20, 2018

Even duets need a body corporate

There could be trouble ahead for the owners of duet homes and properties in small sectional title (ST) estates that do not have a functional body corporate and are not being run in terms of the Sectional Title Schemes Management Act (STSMA).

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Mind the complexities when investing in holiday rental property

The rise in popularity of Airbnb has seen somewhat of an explosion of people investing in short-term rentals as property owners look to capitalise on what is often seen as lucrative rental income.

While the income can be attractive, there are many complexities and pitfalls, says Natalie Muller, sales and rentals manager for Seeff Atlantic Seaboard and City Bowl.

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Tuesday Sep 25, 2018

Accommodation woes

As matrics prepare for their final exams, which could ultimately produce an estimated 800000 university students, a sizeable chunk will be looking for accommodation.

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Monday Sep 10, 2018

How to stay afloat in current turbulent times

For buyers and sellers transacting over the next few months, the advice from property experts is simple: This is a buyer's market, so if you don't have to sell, don't, says Herschel Jawitz, chief executive of Jawitz Properties.

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How a guard dog may complicate a homeowner's liability

While many homeowners and tenants keep dogs on their properties, it's important to know that they are likely to be held liable if their animals attack a third party.

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