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A buyer's guide to keeping track of properties
ReMax - South Africa
While it may sound like a reasonably easy thing to do, finding the ideal home may take a little more time and effort than most expect, especially if the potential buyer doesn't follow any specific process.

Luckily much of the stress related to finding the perfect property can be reduced with the right methods in place, according to Adrian Goslett of RE/MAX.

He says that one of the biggest challenges that most buyers face when starting out on their property buying journey is knowing where to start when sifting through the vast volumes and ample variety of properties available to them.

"While not unheard of, it is very rare that buyers purchase the first home that they go and view, and looking at multiple properties with no real plan only adds to the confusion and makes the decision harder. Simply looking at as many show houses as possible can make it difficult for buyers to keep tabs on what they have seen, what they liked about each property and fo what price they were selling. Buyers who have a clear plan set out will be able to simplify the process and ultimately make the buying decision easier," says Goslett.
A buyer's guide

Call for input into Joburg property rates law
IolProperty - South Africa
Property owners are being invited by the City of Joburg to help shape the new 2017/18 property rates policy by taking part in the public consultation meetings starting from January 25.

City spokesman Kgamanyane Maphologela says the rates policy review should be driven by property owners so the city can take their inputs into account when drafting the final policy.

Residents are being encouraged to take an active part in the public participation meetings of the policy review, he said.

"The process of the rates policy review reflects the city?s Ten Point Priority of a responsive government. Since 2008 when the city first implemented the rates policy and rates by-laws, we have held annual meetings with residents," says Maphologela.

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SAFLII - South Africa
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