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Category: Properties

Reasons why South Africans are choosing estate homes

According to one of the country’s biggest international estate agencies it was recently noticed that there is a growing trend among South Africans making the shift...

Statistics show growth in average size of bonds granted

The average size of a bond granted in South Africa has grown by 7,7% in the past 12 months to R934 000, according to statistics from one of the country’s biggest...

Consequences when missing your bond repayment instalments

For a home owner there are few financial stresses as serious as struggling to make your monthly bond repayments. According to Leapfrog Property Group, if you cannot work...

Choosing an agent

Once you’ve decided to put your house on the market, choosing your estate agent is of utmost importance. After much deliberation, you’ve finally decided to put your...

How the tough economy could change home buying patterns

The combination of this week’s fuel price hike and the sharp decline in South Africa’s economic growth rate during the first quarter is going to increase...

The ins and outs of buying your first home off-plan

Buying a new home represents a new and exciting chapter in your life. If you’re a first-time home buyer and you’re buying off-plan, you may find all the...

Property market slowly turning in favour of sellers

Lately there has been more optimism in the country and banks are keen to lend, which has seen a positive upswing in house prices. The upturn in the country’s property...

Banks more willing to lend – a positive sign for home buyers and sellers

Banks are showing an increased appetite to lend, according to first quarter (Q1 2018) property statistics recently released by ooba, South Africa’s leading home loan...

Three types of real estate agents to avoid

Choosing a real estate agent is like choosing a mattress – make the wrong selection and you’ll end up with sleepless nights left contemplating all of the money you...

Buy to let versus buy to live

The criteria for buying a property may change depending on what you are planning to use it for. According to Steve van Wyk, Seeff Property’s Managing Director in...