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Why you must work with a certified estate agent
Property consumers need to become more aware of the dangers of doing business with unqualified and uncertified estate agents.

“Time and again we read and hear about unfortunate members of the public who have supposedly been taken for a ride by an estate agent, but in the great majority of these cases it turns out that the person was actually just someone masquerading as an agent – not actually an agent at all – showing that many consumers don’t know enough about how to tell the difference,” says Stoffel Janse van Rensburg, Rawson Property Group franchisee for the Vaal area.

Small homes deliver bigger returns for savvy buyers
Smaller homes are increasingly popular among SA buyers – and not just because that’s all that’s available or all they can afford. Another major consideration is that such properties are increasingly proving to be “savvy investments”.

This two bedroom, one bathroom apartment in Douglasdale, Sandton, is situated in a sought-after complex and is selling for R865 000 – click here to view. Berry Everitt, CEO of the Chas Everitt International property group, says that’s the message to emerge from the latest FNB statistics detailing the rate of price appreciation among properties of different sizes – small homes of between 20sqm and 80sqm, medium-sized homes of 80sqm to 230sqm and large homes of 230sqm to 800sqm.

Estate agents invited to 'double their sales'
The Institute of Estate Agents of SA, Western Cape, and Real Estate Investor Magazine invite all estate agents to attend the “Double your property sales” course being held at IEASA’s training centre in Sheldon Way, Pinelands, on the 21st October 2016.

The IEASA, Western Cape and Real Estate Investor Magazine invite all estate agents to attend the 'Double your property sales' course on 21 October. This event will be facilitated by Neale Petersen, publisher, property guru and sales coach, who will guide agents through processes to achieve greater results.

Topics that Petersen will cover will include:

- Goal setting - Strategy versus tactics

What you need to know about installing a borehole
What do you need water for? To irrigate your garden and top up the swimming pool? To provide household water to a small rural community or farm household? Or maybe even to service a multi-hectare irrigation scheme.

Whatever your requirements are, nothing beats a source of cost-effective water right where it’s needed. And in most cases, that solution is a borehole. But drilling a borehole requires some research and planning.

The Borehole Water Association (BWA) shares some insight about boreholes…

Ten things you should never mention when selling your home
When prospective buyers come to view their homes, sellers often think it makes them appear more friendly or credible if they accompany their visitors and keep up a running commentary. But every estate agent has at least one tale of a potential sale that was ruined by a keen seller who said just the wrong thing at a critical point.

This is according to Berry Everitt, CEO of the Chas Everitt International property group, who says actually the best thing that sellers can do is fill in the disclosure form before their home is listed, then briefly welcome any buyers their agent brings around, and make themselves scarce during every viewing.

He says this is not a question of trying to hide anything, it’s just that unless you know the circumstances of prospective buyers or their reasons for wanting to move to your area, it’s all too easy to ‘put your foot in it’ and put them right off.

Five must-knows for renting accommodation to students
Student accommodation has become an extremely important part of the renting of residential property. It comes with different norms and standards, and often with much misinformation and lack of understanding for all parties - students, agents and landlords.

Vivien Marks from the Assessment and Training Centre for Estate Agents, says most student accommodation involves providing partial furnishing of a property as the majority of students who require accommodation are either foreign or from other areas in South Africa.

Marks says basic furniture is usually a bed and mattress, chair, built-in desk or table, a cupboard, as well as a small bathroom. There may be communal facilities such as kitchen and laundry plus a recreation area.

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