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Buying the worst house in the best street – a good idea or a bad investment?

Living your dream, or LIVING in your dream – Is buying the worst house in the best street/suburb the way to go? I have often heard the words ‘buy the worst house in the best street’ and LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION. But why would I want to buy and live in the worst house in the best street I would ask myself? Many first time Buyers have their sights on a beautiful, well maintained home that will be...

Buying vs Renting – What’s the right choice? YOU DECIDE!

There has been a great deal of debate when it comes to buying vs renting a home and different people will offer you their opinion. Buying vs renting is a major decision and it is not merely boil down to the financial factor, but also the lifestyle you lead and what your priorities are. It is a personal decision that only you can make. Therefore, it's important to sit down and note the pros and cons of both...

Property Valuations – a guessing game or market related figure?

Property valuations are a touchy subject for both Property Practitioners and Sellers alike. When a Homeowner is contemplating listing his property, he asks one or several Property Practitioners to come in and do a property valuation. It is important to have a property professional do a home valuation, not only to get an idea what price your home should be listed for, but it also gives the Seller an...

Pre-qualifying and Pre-approving Buyers – what does this mean?

As a buyer, purchasing a home and knowing how much you qualify for and are approved for removes stress and uncertainty for both the Buyer, Seller and Property Practitioner. It gives you a clear indication of what your budget is as well as giving your Property Practitioner a better idea of what houses to market to you. It also gives the seller peace of mind that the client has been...

Why sign a Sole Mandate

Sellers may sometimes kick against signing a Sole Mandate as they believe the more Practitioners marketing their property, the quicker the sale. Yes, the quicker the sale perhaps, however, this is often not the case and it seems the advantages of signing a Sole Mandate outweigh that of an Open Mandate. It is important to discuss these options with a seller so that they can make an informed decision as to...

Inexpensive ways to upgrade your home before selling

If you are planning on selling your home, you are more than likely looking for ways to do a few small upgrades to attract buyers and add value to your property (and to your selling price). Costs are often what make homeowners lag on maintaining and upgrading their homes. Fortunately, there are some upgrades you can begin with that won't leave your bank balance in the red. By far, a fresh coat of paint...

Home Buyer’s Remorse

You've just bought your beautiful new home and this exciting time has churned up mixed feelings and emotions and your mind is working overtime. This happens to not only first-time buyers but buyers that have bought their tenth property. Whilst you should be feeling excitement and positiveness and a sense of accomplishment, you find yourself feeling a little stressed and fearful and have some doubts on...

Why Homeowners decide to sell their home – why and when to sell?

Homeowners decide to sell their property for many reasons, and following a few tips make all the difference in their decision to sell. Homeowners make hasty decisions when they decide to sell due to financial reasons as they have either lost their job or they have found themselves over indebted due to overspending and can no longer keep their head above water. This means they are battling to make their...

Who’s who when selling and purchasing a property?

There are several role players involved and each one performs a vital part before a transfer is finalized. Selling or buying a house may seem like a rather simple process, however there is a lot more involved and a lot of planning than one may think. A property transaction involves many roles players and they all have very specific responsibilities before a house transfer can be finalized. Below is a...

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What documentation is needed when buying a home?

Estate Agents and Banks require certain documentation to ascertain whether a buyer will qualify for a bond. Even before the documentation is required, buyers are requested to send a copy of their ID document through to their Estate Agent before viewing a property. Some buyers are often reluctant to do this and get a little irate. It is however becoming standard practice when viewing a home to produce your...

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