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Wednesday Jul 22, 2020

What to do after you've been blacklisted

Blacklisting can be resolved and one's credit score can be restored.   

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Tuesday Jul 21, 2020

Protect your home from damage this winter

The Winter season has arrived in full force this year. Homeowners should take caution to ensure their home is weathertight to avoid any damages that could occur owing to the stormy weather conditions.

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Monday Jul 20, 2020

Cape Town 'stands up' for property owners' rights

The City of Cape Town has filed papers in court opposing the South African Human Rights Commission's application to interdict it from carrying out land evictions.

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'Sole mandate helps in buyer's market'

In a buyer's market, sellers will need to utilize any advantage they can find so that their home stands out among the crowd. One such advantage is signing a sole mandate to ensure that their property gets the maximum attention it deserves. 

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Home budgeting lessons from lockdown

If the national lockdown has taught us anything, it is the importance of sticking to a budget and having emergency savings available should the unforeseen happen.

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Monday Jul 13, 2020

Residential property market remains bleak

Residential property market activity plummeted by nearly half in second three months of year during the lockdown

Only 44 percent of the interviewed estate agents expect activity in the residential property market to improve in two to three months, according to FNB's Estate Agents Survey.

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Cape Town municipal valuations 'highly questionable'

When the City of Cape Town issued revised property valuations last year, I lodged an objection to the 22% increase in the value.

It was absurd, in a stagnant, falling market, to contemplate property values increasing by that amount.

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Property buyers 'spoilt for choice'

Low interest rates and an abundance of choice make for the perfect property purchasing scenario, but many buyers are still not biting.

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Joburg defends property tariff hikes

The City of Joburg has defended the steep tariff hikes in its R68.1 billion budget as "balanced" despite objections from opposition parties.

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Evictions escalate as rental arrears accumulate.

While the lockdown has eased, rental arrears continue to accumulate due to loss of income and growing unemployment. There are many cases of unpaid rentals and large-scale evictions looming.

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