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Get higher offers on empty homes
IolNews - South Africa
Empty houses make buyers suspicious - and generally inclined to make lower offers than they would on homes that are still occupied and furnished. However, says Jan Davel, managing director of the RealNet estate agency group, there is much that owners and agents can do to make an empty home more appealing.

"Of course there are all sorts of reasons for a home to be sold unfurnished. The owners may have had to move in a hurry for work, for example, or may have been letting to tenants who have moved out.

"But buyers don't know that, and will be much more likely to think that the property has been on the market so long that the owners had to move anyway, or that there is something wrong with it that has kept it from being sold.

New e-conveyancing system launches ahead of national roll-out
Estate Agent Today - Scotland
A new e-conveyancing platform has been launched in Edinburgh ahead of a roll-out across all of Scotland.

This system, Altis, is the first of its kind in Scotland and was developed by Edinburgh Solicitors' Property Centre and BDP Estate Agency Software, with the backing of the Law Society of Scotland, as a ‘one-stop-shop’ for property solicitors.

Altis claims to provide a secure environment for all documentation for a particular case, which can be accessed anywhere and by multiple users. The system has been tested with some solicitors and has secured input from the Registers of Scotland and the Council of Mortgage Lenders.
Estate Agent Today

Economic climate and investments
Harcourts - South Africa
South Africa’s economy has dodged a few serious bullets this past few weeks with financial ratings agencies Moody’s and Fitch deciding against downgrading us to junk status. Although we’re not in the clear completely yet this is positive news for the short term.

Consumers in general are under some pressure with fuel increases and rising food costs so there is not a whole lot to be excited about at the moment.

It is imperative that in times of uncertainty rash financial decisions are not made especially related to long term assets when short term indicators are fluctuating and unstable. It is always a good idea to seek sound external financial advice to ensure you are kept in the loop about interest rates, market outlooks, legislation changes etc. Safeguarding your investment against external factors is a responsibility that rests upon your shoulders and staying informed is a great way of doing that.
Economic climate and investments

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