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Monday Jun 19, 2017

HOA space registrations should be checked carefully

'The bigger the estates are the bigger the private open spaces are, and the bills for rates and services to these spaces can be astronomical'

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'Cut your price – and get the jump on other sellers'

Just about everyone knows now what happens when a home for sale is overpriced - but no-one wants to think that it could happen to them.

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Property - Asset or expense?

Is property an asset or expense? At first glance, the question seems to be simple to answer, of course, property is an asset. However, there is more to it than initially meets the eye.

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Skills and purchasing power continue their move south

Last year was another bumper one for the Western Cape in terms of strong net inflows of repeat homebuyers from the rest of the country, a trend that takes skills and purchasing power to that region's economy, says John Loos, FNB's household and property sector strategist.

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Thursday Jun 15, 2017

Cape Town to save harbours from government neglect

The City of Cape Town is determined to wrestle management of small harbours in its jurisdiction from the National Department of Public Works (DPW), the owner of 333 harbours and coastal properties in the country.

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Car-free zones for Pretoria?

Some parts of Tshwane could, in the near future, be declared car-free zones, where motorists will not be allowed to use their vehicles in certain areas.

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Wednesday Jun 14, 2017

Property buyers value lifestyle over value-growth prospects

Location, price and security are generally the "big three" for homebuyers, and that will no doubt continue to be the case, but the definition of what makes a great location appears to be changing, says Shaun Rademeyer of BetterLife Home Loans.

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Tuesday Jun 13, 2017

Understanding rental deposits

One of the most common areas of conflict between letting agents and tenants is around the refund of the tenant's deposit.

A particular area of concern is the time it takes the agent or landlord to pay back the deposit, as many tenants want to use these funds for a deposit for their new rental.

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Monday Jun 12, 2017

Courts foils penalty for late bond payment

A couple from Meyersdale, Joburg, nearly lost their home as the bank that held the mortgage bond agreement, insisted they pay back the entire outstanding bond for being two weeks late on their payment.

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'Recession will push property prices down'

With the economy officially in recession, homeowners and buyers need to get serious about preventing negative equity. This is when the value of a property is less than the amount of mortgage still unpaid.

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