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Friday Aug 31, 2018

72 hour clause is there to help the seller, not the buyer

Property buyers should realise that the 72 hour clause is primarily for the benefit of the seller and not the buyer, says Rowan Alexander of Alexander Swart Property

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Joburg to finalise valuation objections by February 2019

Metrowatch continues receiving complaints from readers about exorbitant bills despite either having logged an objection to the increased valuations or having applied for pensioner rebates.

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Wednesday Aug 29, 2018

Land issue hits affordable housing

The expropriation of land without compensation debate has resulted in a significant slump in demand for affordable housing, with many aspirant homeowners believing they would be getting homes for free.

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Tuesday Aug 28, 2018

Transfer date and occupation date important when buying or selling

When a home is sold the ideal is for the new owner to move in on the transfer/registration date. However, this is not always possible for a whole variety of reasons.

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How to get out of fines issued by your HOA

Upon checking your mailbox, you're surprised to find a white envelope with the signature of your Body Corporate and your name just below it. Contained therein is bold red typeface notifying you of a R500 fine for exceeding the 35 km/hour speed limit within the estate.

After the wave of panic that follows getting caught red handed has abated, a new sense of unjustified indignation follows: What right do they have to issue fines?

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Monday Aug 27, 2018

Home makeovers, the market and mistakes to avoid

When it comes to home renovations a widely held assumption is that any improvement or alteration to a property immediately adds significant value to the potential selling price.

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Banks downplay risk of land grabs

South Africa's major banks have played down the risk to their businesses from government plans to expropriate property without compensation.

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Belt tightening leads to rise in renters

It may seem to be a no-brainer to many that if you face a choice between buying a home or renting one, you'd buy. South Africans have a tradition of owning their homes, but there also is a growing number of locals who are renting.

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Would getting a free Ferrari encourage you to buy the home?

From free cars to apartments, estate agents go all out to get you on board during tough times

Buying a property these days could get you more than you bargained for - in a profitable way. In addition to your bricks-and-mortar purchase you could come away with shopping vouchers, holidays, or even a Ferrari and or a free apartment.

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Homes need layers of security

Security features like burglar bars, alarms, gates and beams are all sold as property must-haves, but how essential are they really? And which brands should one choose?

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