MyProperty News Feed http://www.myproperty.co.za An encouraging glimmer of hope for savvy Johannesburg landlords http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16601/An-encouraging-glimmer-of-hope-for-savvy-Johannesburg-landlords.aspx Posted: 6/22/2018 3:37:43 PM<br/><br/>The rental market in many Johannesburg suburbs has shown encouraging signs of revival this year but it remains a competitive market and landlords who best cater to their market’s needs will reap the healthiest returns.<br />The rental market in many Johannesburg suburbs has shown encouraging signs of revival this year but it remains a competitive market and landlords who best cater to their market’s needs will reap the healthiest returns.<br><br><img src="https://oms.entegral.net/uploads/o97/JHB-Duxbury%20rental.jpg" a... 16601 2018-06-22T15:37:43.64 The importance of storage space in an evolving real estate landscape http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16598/The-importance-of-storage-space-in-an-evolving-real-estate-landscape.aspx Posted: 6/22/2018 1:29:41 PM<br/><br/>Home design is constantly evolving to reflect the changing needs of society. We look at some of the ways in which our use of space is changing. <br />With ever-increasing levels of densification affecting major cities and their surrounding urban areas, homes are becoming smaller in order to maximise the use of available space. Homes are starting to feature more spaces that are utilitarian and open-plan rather than single-use, decorative rooms tha... 16598 2018-06-22T13:29:41.24 Top tips for preparing your home for show day http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16597/Top-tips-for-preparing-your-home-for-show-day.aspx Posted: 6/22/2018 11:41:28 AM<br/><br/>While estate agents can help the seller with correctly pricing the property and marketing a property to the right pool of potential buyers, at the end of the day it’s the impression that the property will make on buyers that counts the most.<br />While estate agents are employed as experts to assist homeowners in the sale of their property, the sellers also play a very important part in the marketing aspect. This is according to Debbie Justus-Ferns, divisional manager of Renprop Residential Sales. She points out that while estate agents can ... 16597 2018-06-22T11:41:28.343 Building or renovating? Contractor’s cover is crucial http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16596/Building-or-renovating--Contractor’s-cover-is-crucial.aspx Posted: 6/21/2018 2:18:04 PM<br/><br/>Anyone who’s ever been involved in a building project that’s gone wrong will appreciate the importance of adequate insurance cover in the construction industry. <br /><em>| Article By Bertus Visser, Chief Executive of Distribution, PSG Insure&nbsp;</em><br><br>Anyone who’s ever been involved in a building project that’s gone wrong will appreciate the importance of adequate insurance cover in the construction industry. <br><br>Whether it’s storm damage to a roof i... 16596 2018-06-21T14:18:04.153 Legal obligations of landlords with disabled tenants http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16595/Legal-obligations-of-landlords-with-disabled-tenants.aspx Posted: 6/21/2018 12:17:07 PM<br/><br/>A recent news story about a blind tenant caught in a legal battle with his body corporate over letters and notices he was unable to read and consequently comply with has raised the question: what are the legal obligations for landlords with disabled tenants?<br />A recent news story about a blind tenant caught in a legal battle with his body corporate over letters and notices he was unable to read and consequently comply with has raised the question: what are the legal obligations for landlords with disabled tenants?<br><br><img src="https://oms.entegral.net... 16595 2018-06-21T12:17:07.593 How to hygge your home http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16593/How-to-hygge-your-home-.aspx Posted: 6/21/2018 9:15:45 AM<br/><br/>A trend that’s taken the world by storm in recent years is that of hygge (pronounced: hue-guh), a Danish concept that is about creating intimacy, connecting with loved ones and taking pleasure in small, ordinary things. <br />A trend that’s taken the world by storm in recent years is that of hygge (<em><strong>pronounced: hue-guh</strong></em>), a Danish concept that is about creating intimacy, connecting with loved ones and taking pleasure in small, ordinary things.&nbsp;<br><br><img src="https://oms.entegral.net/upload... 16593 2018-06-21T09:15:45.47 What happens to a Sale Agreement in the event of death? http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16590/What-happens-to-a-Sale-Agreement-in-the-event-of-death-.aspx Posted: 6/20/2018 2:48:19 PM<br/><br/>Buying or selling real estate isn’t as easy as it is portrayed sometimes, especially if there is a death of a party during the transaction which can make it awkward, tricky and inconvenient. <br /><em> Article by Chantalle Bell</em><br>&nbsp;<br>Buying or selling real estate isn’t as easy as it is portrayed sometimes, especially if there is a death of a party during the transaction which can make it awkward, tricky and inconvenient. Just because you enter into a contract to either buy or sell... 16590 2018-06-20T14:48:19.46 How do first-time home buyers get onto the first rung of the property ladder? http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16589/How-do-first-time-home-buyers-get-onto-the-first-rung-of-the-property-ladder-.aspx Posted: 6/20/2018 12:14:27 PM<br/><br/>With interest rates remaining at historic lows and banks continuing to compete for mortgage finance business, first-time buyers with funds at their disposal are currently well-placed to gain that initial foothold on the property ladder, particularly in the light of the slightly lower growth rates currently experienced in residential property values.<br />With interest rates remaining at historic lows and banks continuing to compete for mortgage finance business, first-time buyers with funds at their disposal are currently well-placed to gain that initial foothold on the property ladder, particularly in the light of the slightly lower growth rates cu... 16589 2018-06-20T12:14:27.387 Lending to home buyers still on the rise http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16588/Lending-to-home-buyers-still-on-the-rise.aspx Posted: 6/20/2018 9:31:35 AM<br/><br/>The average size of bond granted in SA has grown 7,7% in the past 12 months to R934 000, according to BetterBond, the country’s biggest bond originator.<br />The average size of bond granted in SA has grown 7,7% in the past 12 months to R934 000, according to BetterBond, the country’s biggest bond originator.<br><br>CEO Rudi Botha says the company’s latest statistics* also show that there has been an 11% increase in the total value of bonds approved duri... 16588 2018-06-20T09:31:35.83 5 Things you need to know before letting your property http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16586/5-Things-you-need-to-know-before-letting-your-property.aspx Posted: 6/19/2018 3:22:06 PM<br/><br/>In the current market, letting out a property can be a good option as rental demand remains strong, especially in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg. This is according to Chris Renecle, MD of Renprop. However he says that before homeowners let their property out, there are five key points they should make sure are covered before they market the property for rent and sign any lease agreements.<br />In the current market, letting out a property can be a good option as rental demand remains strong, especially in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg. This is according to Chris Renecle, MD of Renprop. However he says that before homeowners let their property out, there are five key points they sho... 16586 2018-06-19T15:22:06.633 Swelling market in the seaside suburb of Strand http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16585/Swelling-market-in-the-seaside-suburb-of-Strand.aspx Posted: 6/19/2018 11:14:00 AM<br/><br/>The Capetonian dream is to live by the ocean with the iconic mountain making an appearance somewhere in the horizon. But, that dream comes with a hefty price tag that many simply cannot afford. But, should you venture some kilometres out of the city centre, entirely new realms of beachside bliss await you …<br />The Capetonian dream is to live by the ocean with the iconic mountain making an appearance somewhere in the horizon. But, that dream comes with a hefty price tag that many simply cannot afford. But, should you venture some kilometres out of the city centre, entirely new realms of beachside bliss awa... 16585 2018-06-19T11:14:00.893 House Tour - Inside the R250 million “palace” of billionaire Douw Steyn http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16582/House-Tour---Inside-the-R250-million-“palace”-of-billionaire-Douw-Steyn.aspx Posted: 6/19/2018 9:29:18 AM<br/><br/>Douw Steyn, one of the richest men in the country, recently allowed a rare glimpse into his Fourways Palazzo when it was featured on the SABC lifestyle programme Top Billing - and it is beyond your wildest dreams!<br />Douw Steyn, one of the richest men in the country, recently allowed a rare glimpse into his Fourways Palazzo when it was featured on the SABC lifestyle programme Top Billing - and it is beyond your wildest dreams!<br><br><img src="https://oms.entegral.net/uploads/o97/Steyn-Palazzo.jpg" alt="" style=... 16582 2018-06-19T09:29:18.963 Spruce up your home for a faster sale http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16579/Spruce-up-your-home-for-a-faster-sale.aspx Posted: 6/18/2018 2:48:06 PM<br/><br/>Many home sellers are motivated to appoint estate agents because they know that the agency will carry the costs of advertising and marketing their property.<br />Many home sellers are motivated to appoint estate agents because they know that the agency will carry the costs of advertising and marketing their property.<br><br>However, notes Berry Everitt, MD of the Chas Everitt International property group, they should be aware that they will probably have to ... 16579 2018-06-18T14:48:06.177 What happens to the tenant if the landlord sells the property? http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16578/What-happens-to-the-tenant-if-the-landlord-sells-the-property-.aspx Posted: 6/18/2018 12:54:55 PM<br/><br/>When a property is sold when it has a tenant in occupation, the questions often raised are: “What happens to the tenant if the landlord sells the property?”, and what rights the tenant will have with regards to cancelling the lease or enforcing it, says Sunell Afrika, rentals manager for SAProperty.com.<br />When a property is sold when it has a tenant in occupation, the questions often raised are: “What happens to the tenant if the landlord sells the property?”, and what rights the tenant will have with regards to cancelling the lease or enforcing it, says Sunell Afrika, rentals manager for SAProperty.... 16578 2018-06-18T12:54:55.973 Costs involved in selling a property: 5 Things you need to know http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16577/Costs-involved-in-selling-a-property--5-Things-you-need-to-know-.aspx Posted: 6/18/2018 9:46:49 AM<br/><br/>Sellers are often caught off-guard by the expenses incurred in the selling of a property. Just like there is no such thing as a free lunch, there is also no such thing as selling your property without incurring at least some costs. <br />Sellers are often caught off-guard by the expenses incurred in the selling of a property. Just like there is no such thing as a free lunch, there is also no such thing as selling your property without incurring at least some costs.&nbsp;<br><br>“It is important to understand that there are a number ... 16577 2018-06-18T09:46:49.823 Midrand’s upper market on the rebound http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16576/Midrand’s-upper-market-on-the-rebound.aspx Posted: 6/15/2018 2:20:07 PM<br/><br/>The second quarter of 2018 has proven to be the turning point for Midrand’s real estate market, especially the upper end which started to waver towards the end of a tumultuous 2017 with a notable drop in both sales and average selling prices. <br />The second quarter of 2018 has proven to be the turning point for Midrand’s real estate market, especially the upper end which started to waver towards the end of a tumultuous 2017 with a notable drop in both sales and average selling prices.&nbsp;<br><br><img src="https://oms.entegral.net/uploads/o... 16576 2018-06-15T14:20:07.74 How to save for a deposit in five years http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16575/How-to-save-for-a-deposit-in-five-years.aspx Posted: 6/15/2018 12:44:31 PM<br/><br/>According to data recently released by FNB, the average age of a South African home buyer has increased from 38 to 44 this year. In an attempt to help first-time buyers enter the market sooner, Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, walks us through the steps of saving for your first home.<br />In earlier years, it would have been possible to bide your time waiting for a spot on the Oprah Winfrey Show, hoping that when you got there, there’d be a set of keys under your seat and you would be able to walk away the proud owner of your very own home by the end of the 30 minute slot. Sadly, the... 16575 2018-06-15T12:44:31.98 When to sell your house fully-furnished http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16573/When-to-sell-your-house-fully-furnished-.aspx Posted: 6/15/2018 8:44:25 AM<br/><br/>Putting your house on the market can be a stressful process. There are so many decisions to make that will impact how quickly your house is sold and for how much you can sell it for. It’s a serious money game where you can’t afford to make the wrong decision. <br />Putting your house on the market can be a stressful process. There are so many decisions to make that will impact how quickly your house is sold and for how much you can sell it for. It’s a serious money game where you can’t afford to make the wrong decision.&nbsp;<br><br><img src="https://oms.enteg... 16573 2018-06-15T08:44:25.553 The value of tourism to real estate http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16563/The-value-of-tourism-to-real-estate.aspx Posted: 6/14/2018 1:26:58 PM<br/><br/>The word tourist describes someone who is visiting South Africa for a limited time and is probably not going to buy a property here – so why is the tourism industry so important to the real estate sector?<br />The word tourist describes someone who is visiting South Africa for a limited time and is probably not going to buy a property here – so why is the tourism industry so important to the real estate sector?<br><br>“There are two main reasons,” says Gerhard Kotzé, MD of estate agency group RealNet, “th... 16563 2018-06-14T13:26:58.29 A Signature development for Serengeti http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16562/A-Signature-development-for-Serengeti.aspx Posted: 6/14/2018 11:41:23 AM<br/><br/>Serengeti Estates has entrenched its status as one of Johannesburg’s most desirable addresses for a spectrum of homeowners with its launch of The Signature Residences, a new cluster village.<br />Serengeti Estates has entrenched its status as one of Johannesburg’s most desirable addresses for a spectrum of homeowners with its launch of The Signature Residences, a new cluster village.<br><br><img src="https://oms.entegral.net/uploads/o97/Signature_Aerial%20view.jpg" alt="" style=""><br><br>Wh... 16562 2018-06-14T11:41:23.357 German investor interest in South African real estate remains strong http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16561/German-investor-interest-in-South-African-real-estate-remains-strong.aspx Posted: 6/14/2018 9:15:41 AM<br/><br/>Keen interest shown at an international event in Hamburg last month has revealed that German investors have a surprisingly healthy appetite for South African real estate, especially those in the market for retirement properties.<br />Keen interest shown at an international event in Hamburg last month has revealed that German investors have a surprisingly healthy appetite for South African real estate, especially those in the market for retirement properties.<br><br><img src="https://oms.entegral.net/uploads/o97/Evergreen.jpg" al... 16561 2018-06-14T09:15:41.34 Well placed urban properties offer great investment returns http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16560/Well-placed-urban-properties-offer-great-investment-returns.aspx Posted: 6/13/2018 4:18:51 PM<br/><br/>Well located urban properties, from that convenient city pad to the family townhouse or the coveted buy-to-let property can provide buyers with great investment returns over the long term. This is according to Fine & Country which have a number of offices in Johannesburg specialising in the sale of urban properties.<br />Well located urban properties, from that convenient city pad to the family townhouse or the coveted buy-to-let property can provide buyers with great investment returns over the long term. This is according to Fine &amp; Country which have a number of offices in Johannesburg specialising in the sale... 16560 2018-06-13T16:18:51.917 New luxury development underway in Green Point http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16559/New-luxury-development-underway-in-Green-Point.aspx Posted: 6/13/2018 12:57:49 PM<br/><br/>A R200 million 51-unit luxury apartment project on a vacant lot at 169 Main Road Green Point places the capstone on the radical transformation of the stretch between de Waterkant and Glengariff Road. <br />A R200 million 51-unit luxury apartment project on a vacant lot at 169 Main Road Green Point places the capstone on the radical transformation of the stretch between de Waterkant and Glengariff Road.&nbsp;<br><br><img src="https://oms.entegral.net/uploads/o97/169%20On%20Main%20%20%20EXTERIOR%20V6%20... 16559 2018-06-13T12:57:49.967 Renovations that don’t require planning approval http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16558/Renovations-that-don’t-require-planning-approval.aspx Posted: 6/13/2018 9:31:33 AM<br/><br/>South Africa’s National Building Regulations (NBR) requires that any building or structural changes need to receive planning approval from the relevant city council before the renovations can begin. But, are there any renovations homeowners can do without going through the somewhat tedious process of acquiring that approval?<br />South Africa’s National Building Regulations (NBR) requires that any building or structural changes need to receive planning approval from the relevant city council before the renovations can begin. But, are there any renovations homeowners can do without going through the somewhat tedious process o... 16558 2018-06-13T09:31:33.633 Women in the South African property market http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16556/Women-in-the-South-African-property-market.aspx Posted: 6/12/2018 1:52:47 PM<br/><br/>The past decade has seen a significant increase in the number of women buyers in the South African property market. According to a report by FNB, women in property are catching up to men in all aspects of home ownership, including investing, with figures showing single women making up an estimated 10.3% of buyers‚ while single male buyers topping out at 7.0%.<br />The past decade has seen a significant increase in the number of women buyers in the South African property market. According to a report by FNB, women in property are catching up to men in all aspects of home ownership, including investing, with figures showing single women making up an estimated 1... 16556 2018-06-12T13:52:47.15 Which is better - buying or renting? http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16551/Which-is-better---buying-or-renting-.aspx Posted: 6/12/2018 11:29:46 AM<br/><br/>There are two mindsets when debating homeownership versus renting and when weighing up which is best there are many pros, but just as many cons. <br />There are two mindsets when debating homeownership versus renting and when weighing up which is best there are many pros, but just as many cons.&nbsp; <br><br>When deciding whether to purchase a home or rent indefinitely, it often pays to evaluate one’s full lifestyle and finances carefully, as it m... 16551 2018-06-12T11:29:46.01 How do you price a home correctly – to sell? http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16550/How-do-you-price-a-home-correctly-–-to-sell-.aspx Posted: 6/12/2018 8:57:42 AM<br/><br/>With fair market value a priority for today’s consumers, for homeowners wishing to sell or rent out their properties it is critical that the home is pitched at an accurate, market-related price that will enable it to compete with other comparable properties for sale or rent in the area.<br />With fair market value a priority for today’s consumers, for homeowners wishing to sell or rent out their properties it is critical that the home is pitched at an accurate, market-related price that will enable it to compete with other comparable properties for sale or rent in the area.<br><br><img ... 16550 2018-06-12T08:57:42.227 Strengthen your chances of your offer on a property being accepted http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16548/Strengthen-your-chances-of-your-offer-on-a-property-being-accepted.aspx Posted: 6/11/2018 1:02:35 PM<br/><br/>When a person decides it’s time to purchase a home for himself, it is often an emotional decision, one that starts with a “feel” of wanting to own something for himself. When he looks for a property, it will be the one that he feels most at home in that he will put in an offer on, sometimes forgetting to do a fair bit of practical legwork beforehand regarding property ownership.<br />When a person decides it’s time to purchase a home for himself, it is often an emotional decision, one that starts with a “feel” of wanting to own something for himself.&nbsp; When he looks for a property, it will be the one that he feels most at home in that he will put in an offer on, sometimes fo... 16548 2018-06-11T13:02:35.813 Exuberant Plettenberg Bay market in a league of its own http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16547/Exuberant-Plettenberg-Bay-market-in-a-league-of-its-own.aspx Posted: 6/11/2018 10:56:47 AM<br/><br/>After two consecutive record-breaking years and a stellar first quarter, Plettenberg Bay is proving to be one of South Africa’s most resilient housing markets.<br />After two consecutive record-breaking years and a stellar first quarter, Plettenberg Bay is proving to be one of South Africa’s most resilient housing markets. Despite a flailing economy and subdued market, in 2017 the coastal town achieved its highest ever sales in terms of Rand value, with transac... 16547 2018-06-11T10:56:47.66 More diligent auditors get tough on sectional title governance http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16545/More-diligent-auditors-get-tough-on-sectional-title-governance.aspx Posted: 6/11/2018 8:33:56 AM<br/><br/>Much stricter corporate and financial governance requirements for community housing schemes are putting pressure on Sectional Title (ST) trustees and the directors of Home Owners’ Associations - and increasing the need for professional property management services.<br />Much stricter corporate and financial governance requirements for community housing schemes are putting pressure on Sectional Title (ST) trustees and the directors of Home Owners’ Associations - and increasing the need for professional property management services.<br><br>So says Andrew Schaefer, MD... 16545 2018-06-11T08:33:56.183 Save like a Comrades runner for your home deposit http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16535/Save-like-a-Comrades-runner-for-your-home-deposit.aspx Posted: 6/8/2018 1:57:31 PM<br/><br/>Saving for the deposit on a home is like training for the Comrades Marathon – the earlier you start and the more regularly you run, the better, so that your body has time to adjust to the strain and build up the necessary muscle and stamina.<br />Saving for the deposit on a home is like training for the Comrades Marathon – the earlier you start and the more regularly you run, the better, so that your body has time to adjust to the strain and build up the necessary muscle and stamina.<br><br>So says Rudi Botha, CEO of BetterBond, SA’s biggest... 16535 2018-06-08T13:57:31.813 How to please high-end tenants http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16534/How-to-please-high-end-tenants.aspx Posted: 6/8/2018 12:22:48 PM<br/><br/>Statistics show that although only about 7% of tenants in SA currently rent for more than R15 000 a month, this percentage is growing – and that around 2% already rent for more than R25 000 a month.<br />Statistics show that although only about 7% of tenants in SA currently rent for more than R15 000 a month, this percentage is growing – and that around 2% already rent for more than R25 000 a month.<br><br><img src="https://oms.entegral.net/uploads/o97/968050_e274f241-bd9a-4466-bc31-a4e54152b98a1.jp... 16534 2018-06-08T12:22:48.013 Meeting increasingly diverse needs for generational buyers http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16528/Meeting-increasingly-diverse-needs-for-generational-buyers.aspx Posted: 6/8/2018 8:58:20 AM<br/><br/>Millennials, Baby Boomers and Empty Nesters, each view the property market differently and require agents to adopt a bespoke approach to meet their requirements. We look at some of the specific needs and trends that accompany each one.<br />Millennials, Baby Boomers and Empty Nesters, each view the property market differently and require agents to adopt a bespoke approach to meet their requirements. We look at some of the specific needs and trends that accompany each one.<br><br>“With market needs being so diverse, it is important for ... 16528 2018-06-08T08:58:20.98 Cape Rental Bubble has Burst http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16525/Cape-Rental-Bubble-has-Burst.aspx Posted: 6/7/2018 2:36:45 PM<br/><br/>As the heavens finally unleash the winter rains in Cape Town, the same relief is not felt by landlords in the area who are facing unlet properties for the first time in years.<br />As the heavens finally unleash the winter rains in Cape Town, the same relief is not felt by landlords in the area who are facing unlet properties for the first time in years.&nbsp; “Before property investors throw in the towel, this is by no means a reason to panic. Cape Town is a resilient market ... 16525 2018-06-07T14:36:45.903 South African consumers failing to keep up with rent http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16524/South-African-consumers-failing-to-keep-up-with-rent.aspx Posted: 6/7/2018 11:23:51 AM<br/><br/>One in every four tenants in South Africa don’t fulfil their rental obligations. This is according to the PayProp Rental Index for Q1 2018 – a definitive overview of rental behaviour compiled by the largest processor of residential letting transactions in South Africa. <br />One in every four tenants in South Africa don’t fulfil their rental obligations. This is according to the PayProp Rental Index for Q1 2018 – a definitive overview of rental behaviour compiled by the largest processor of residential letting transactions in South Africa. <br><br><img src="https://oms.... 16524 2018-06-07T11:23:51.887 Lower GDP, higher fuel prices will change home-buying patterns http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16522/Lower-GDP,-higher-fuel-prices-will-change-home-buying-patterns.aspx Posted: 6/7/2018 8:51:37 AM<br/><br/>The combination of this week’s fuel price hike and the sharp decline in SA’s economic growth rate during the first quarter is going to increase urbanisation and intensify the demand for homes close to work, shops and schools.<br />The combination of this week’s fuel price hike and the sharp decline in SA’s economic growth rate during the first quarter is going to increase urbanisation and intensify the demand for homes close to work, shops and schools.<br><br>That’s the word from Rudi Botha, CEO of BetterBond, SA’s biggest bo... 16522 2018-06-07T08:51:37.223 Home staging to sell your property faster http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16521/Home-staging-to-sell-your-property-faster-.aspx Posted: 6/6/2018 2:49:32 PM<br/><br/>Popular sentiment has it that you only get one chance to make a first impression. This certainly also applies when showing a property to a potential buyer – you want to make sure the space is immediately appealing and inviting. Enter home staging, as described by Wikipedia, the “act of preparing a private residence for sale in the real estate marketplace”. <br />Popular sentiment has it that you only get one chance to make a first impression. This certainly also applies when showing a property to a potential buyer – you want to make sure the space is immediately appealing and inviting. Enter home staging, as described by Wikipedia, the “act of preparing a p... 16521 2018-06-06T14:49:32.067 Yours, Mine, or Ours? Property Advice for Newlyweds http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16520/Yours,-Mine,-or-Ours--Property-Advice-for-Newlyweds.aspx Posted: 6/6/2018 12:37:06 PM<br/><br/>The notion that newly-wed couples will move from their childhood home into their first home together is as outdated as dial-up-internet. <br />The notion that newly-wed couples will move from their childhood home into their first home together is as outdated as dial-up-internet. <br><br>According to the 2015 Stats SA report, the average marriage age for men is 34-years-old and 30-years-old for women. Chances are high that both individuals ... 16520 2018-06-06T12:37:06.847 Weighing up your retirement village options http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16518/Weighing-up-your-retirement-village-options.aspx Posted: 6/6/2018 9:49:45 AM<br/><br/>When the time comes to sell your family home and move to a retirement village, your most likely choice will be between a sectional title development and a life rights complex.<br />When the time comes to sell your family home and move to a retirement village, your most likely choice will be between a sectional title development and a life rights complex.<br><br><img src="https://oms.entegral.net/uploads/o97/shutterstock_583357579.jpg" alt="" style=""><br><br>“And there are qui... 16518 2018-06-06T09:49:45.767 Thinking of buying? Consider the Somerset West area http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16515/Thinking-of-buying--Consider-the-Somerset-West-area.aspx Posted: 6/5/2018 1:13:44 PM<br/><br/>Many regions of the Western Cape are experiencing a "buyers’ market right now and Somerset West is no exception. There is a large selection of homes on the market, whether a buyer is looking for homes in estates or sectional title complexes, to freehold property. <br />Many regions of the Western Cape are experiencing a "buyers’ market right now and Somerset West is no exception.&nbsp; There is a large selection of homes on the market, whether a buyer is looking for homes in estates or sectional title complexes, to freehold property.&nbsp; This market has possibly... 16515 2018-06-05T13:13:44.727 Getting rid of plastic at home http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16514/Getting-rid-of-plastic-at-home.aspx Posted: 6/5/2018 10:43:03 AM<br/><br/>From the Arctic to Antarctica the ocean - and marine animals - are full of plastic. From straws to nano-particles, it is everywhere and it is not going away unless a conscious decision is made to make a change.<br />From the Arctic to Antarctica the ocean - and marine animals - are full of plastic. From straws to nano-particles, it is everywhere and it is not going away unless a conscious decision is made to make a change.<br><br>The problem is not limited to the oceans either, landfills are overflowing with pl... 16514 2018-06-05T10:43:03.513 Signs of recovery after a year of challenges and surprises for Cape Town’s two strongest markets http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16508/Signs-of-recovery-after-a-year-of-challenges-and-surprises-for-Cape-Town’s-two-strongest-markets.aspx Posted: 6/5/2018 8:59:53 AM<br/><br/>Six years of meteoric growth characterised by consistent year-on-year double-digit increases catapulted the City Bowl and Atlantic Seaboard residential markets into pole position, firmly establishing them as the hottest property markets in South Africa. However, last year their seemingly impenetrable resilience finally wavered, triggering a number of significant market shifts.<br />Six years of meteoric growth characterised by consistent year-on-year double-digit increases catapulted the City Bowl and Atlantic Seaboard residential markets into pole position, firmly establishing them as the hottest property markets in South Africa. However, last year their seemingly impenetrabl... 16508 2018-06-05T08:59:53.57 How millennials can buy property before they're 30 http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16500/How-millennials-can-buy-property-before-they-re-30.aspx Posted: 6/4/2018 1:58:08 PM<br/><br/>Owning property is not as easily achieved as it was back in our grandparent’s era. The cost of entry-level homes has risen to amounts that far outreach the earning potential of graduates who have just entered the job market.<br />Owning property is not as easily achieved as it was back in our grandparent’s era. The cost of entry-level homes has risen to amounts that far outreach the earning potential of graduates who have just entered the job market. “The reality is that most South Africans will end up renting property at so... 16500 2018-06-04T13:58:08.63 Maximising financial gain when buying to let http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16499/Maximising-financial-gain-when-buying-to-let-.aspx Posted: 6/4/2018 11:25:09 AM<br/><br/>Buying an investment property should enable you to reap the rewards of a prudent financial decision within the shortest possible period. The term ‘investment property’ creates the impression of a pristine property that is going to create an in-flow of capital that never stops delivering. <br />Buying an investment property should enable you to reap the rewards of a prudent financial decision within the shortest possible period. The term ‘investment property’ creates the impression of a pristine property that is going to create an in-flow of capital that never stops delivering.&nbsp;<br><b... 16499 2018-06-04T11:25:09.34 Shedquarters are hot property http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16497/Shedquarters-are-hot-property.aspx Posted: 6/4/2018 9:43:20 AM<br/><br/>Until recently, the garden shed was little more than a shack primarily used for storing lawnmowers, garden tools and the jumble of goods we think we might need one day, but these humble, oft-neglected structures are increasingly being put to much better use in a new incarnation – as versatile shedquarters.<br />Until recently, the garden shed was little more than a shack primarily used for storing lawnmowers, garden tools and the jumble of goods we think we might need one day, but these humble, oft-neglected structures are increasingly being put to much better use in a new incarnation – as versatile shedqu... 16497 2018-06-04T09:43:20.49 Newlands is home to three exclusive units in Kildare Place http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16493/Newlands-is-home-to-three-exclusive-units-in-Kildare-Place.aspx Posted: 6/1/2018 1:48:11 PM<br/><br/>Kildare place in Newlands marks a shift in the ethos of developments in the Southern suburbs of the Cape. This latest offering is the fusion of careful, contemporary design and the age-old principle of zen and spatial harmony. The three villas that make up Kildare Place has been very thoughtfully designed so as to present an incredible opportunity to any buyer or investor.<br />Kildare place in Newlands marks a shift in the ethos of developments in the Southern suburbs of the Cape. This latest offering is the fusion of careful, contemporary design and the age-old principle of zen and spatial harmony. The three villas that make up Kildare Place has been very thoughtfully de... 16493 2018-06-01T13:48:11.2 Buying your childhood home? Don’t skip the tough stuff http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16491/Buying-your-childhood-home--Don’t-skip-the-tough-stuff.aspx Posted: 6/1/2018 11:46:14 AM<br/><br/>As the trend towards multigenerational living gains ground, young adults are now not only moving back in with their parents but increasingly, buying the homes they grew up in from their parents’, with the intention of also raising their own families there.<br />As the trend towards multigenerational living gains ground, young adults are now not only moving back in with their parents but increasingly, buying the homes they grew up in from their parents’, with the intention of also raising their own families there.<br><br>“This is consistent with the fact th... 16491 2018-06-01T11:46:14.9 The pros and cons of paying cash for your home http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16490/The-pros-and-cons-of-paying-cash-for-your-home.aspx Posted: 6/1/2018 9:58:33 AM<br/><br/>Cash is good, and credit is bad. Pay off your debt and don’t take out new loans. Save for the things you want until you can pay cash for them.<br />Cash is good, and credit is bad. Pay off your debt and don’t take out new loans. Save for the things you want until you can pay cash for them.<br><br><img src="https://oms.entegral.net/uploads/o97/shutterstock_421923856.jpg" alt="" style=""><br><br>This is the prevailing advice these days as many SA... 16490 2018-06-01T09:58:33.973 Smart safety for senior homeowners http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16489/Smart-safety-for-senior-homeowners.aspx Posted: 5/31/2018 12:14:28 PM<br/><br/>Many senior citizens these days are opting to stay in their own homes rather than downsize and move to a retirement village. And that has many advantages, including living independently and being in a familiar environment.<br />Many senior citizens these days are opting to stay in their own homes rather than downsize and move to a retirement village. And that has many advantages, including living independently and being in a familiar environment.<br><br><img src="https://oms.entegral.net/uploads/o97/shutterstock_583357579.... 16489 2018-05-31T12:14:28.25 Best Places to Get Off-the-Grid in SA http://www.myproperty.co.za/news/16487/Best-Places-to-Get-Off-the-Grid-in-SA.aspx Posted: 5/31/2018 9:17:28 AM<br/><br/>There are various reasons why people choose to get “off-the-grid” – a term coined to describe a household that does not receive public utility services from their city. Some do it to assert their independence and to escape the monthly service fees, others attempt it as an environmentally responsible endeavour to live a more sustainable lifestyle.<br />There are various reasons why people choose to get “off-the-grid” – a term coined to describe a household that does not receive public utility services from their city. Some do it to assert their independence and to escape the monthly service fees, others attempt it as an environmentally responsible... 16487 2018-05-31T09:17:28.717