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Friday Jun 24, 2016

'Don't be too hasty to alter your property'

It isn't a good idea to make extensive changes without first checking to see that you will not be over-capitalising your property, says Berry Everitt of the Chas Everitt property group.

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Thursday Jun 23, 2016

Cape Town house sold for R290m

When you buy a house, the only thing the seller gives you is a set of keys to your new home. But a German couple who bought a Bantry Bay home for a record price of R290 million, had a Porsche Cayenne and an Aston Martin DB9 thrown into the deal.

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Tuesday Jun 21, 2016

'How to plan a cost-effective cottage'

With many millennials deciding not to leave home after completing their studies, larger family properties with granny-flats or garden cottages have recently regained much of their popularity.

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Monday Jun 20, 2016

'Higher rentals usually translate into higher value growth in suburbs'

Where rentals go, property prices will usually follow, according to David Jacobs, northern region and KZN manager for the Rawson Property Group.

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Municipal electricity costs raise cost of living

Municipal electricity tariffs have increased by a massive 86.5 percent since the beginning of 2008 and contributed to the deterioration in the affordability of home running costs, according to First National Bank (FNB).

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Townships remain affordable because upwardly mobile people leave

The areas formerly classified as black township areas under apartheid era classifications, saw their house price inflation rate continue to exceed that of the overall major metropolitan regions in the first quarter of this year.

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Wednesday Jun 15, 2016

Get higher offers on empty homes

Empty houses make buyers suspicious - and generally inclined to make lower offers than they would on homes that are still occupied and furnished.

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Tuesday Jun 14, 2016

Why it's not essential to furnish to-let flats

In an effort to secure a greater return on their rental properties, many investors turn to furnishing them in the hope of achieving higher rentals - especially with the massive buzz surrounding entities like AirBnB.

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How to time your property sale

Should a seller sell their property before buying another, or buy the next one first, before selling the current one?

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Monday Jun 13, 2016

Court tells body corporate to fix lifts

Bodies corporate have a duty to maintain property and keep machinery, including lifts, in a good state of repair, a Western Cape High Court judge said in a recent judgment which is of significance to flat owners and tenants.

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