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Considering building a rental unit at your home?

Please note this article is for information purposes only and as such is not professional advice. Ultimately, facts differ from case to case and one should not rely on general advice when considering a specific scenario and appropriate professionals need to be consulted before deciding on any course of action. In today's economy, it makes... Continue Reading →

Real Estate Sales Re-Imagined

The property profession in South Africa, needs to be reinvented. It's not going to happen with the new Bill, which is in my humble opinion ill-conceived, does not address the real problems, and appears to be the path to a massive crisis in the profession. Let's for a moment imagine that nothing exists and we... Continue Reading →

The Draft Expropriation Bill, 2019 some random personal thoughts, observations, and questions.

[Please note this is a personal opinion by an estate agent - not an attorney and it is of interest value only and cannot in any way be used or relied upon in any way. If you need advice on the Bill, go and consult your legal advisor] The Draft Expropriation Bill (see the link... Continue Reading →

A New Year brings BIG changes

My decision to align with OPEN REALTY was announced just a day ago. The reaction to the decision was mixed, as expected. While most of the comments have been very positive, there have been some more ardent clients and a small number of colleagues, who expressed concerns.It is important to remember that as a real... Continue Reading →

Estate Agency: Agent or Brand (which makes the difference)?

Choosing the right agent for you is easy. Or is it? Well, it should be. After all, almost everywhere you go there are billboards, pole signs, for sale boards, adverts, ...you get the idea. It was once noted on a social media post by a visitor to Port Elizabeth, that if you want to be... Continue Reading →

Valuing a Property – Can you replace the human element?

Value is a tricky thing to define, precisely because it is so subjective. The Oxford Dictionary once provided the following definition: "1 the worth, desirability, or utility of a thing, or the qualities on which these depend" This brings on to slightly more property focussed definition, which is often quoted: "The most probable price that a... Continue Reading →

Can Attorneys Sell Property – An Alternate Perspective

There has been concern among some estate agents who have taken issue with lawyers acting as estate agents and engaging as such with the public at large. There have also been a few articles written fervently defending the rights of attorneys to practice another profession unrestrained. But maybe let's not try and shoehorn the law... Continue Reading →

So you think more agents will get it sold, …think again.

I read an article by  Debbie Justus-Ferns, divisional manager of Renprop Sales, which was interesting titled: "Selling property: 4 pitfalls of using multiple agents". In which she mentioned creating the wrong impression, double commission claims, legal action around false expectations, and the danger of a breach in security. It was indeed a very - to the... Continue Reading →

Unmet Expectations: the Cause of Problems in Property & Business Purchases?

In my experience, the biggest cause of negative consequences when people buy property or business is most likely: unmet expectations. It does not matter if these expectations were communicated or to the degree that such communication took place. The buyer feels shortchanged, cheated, tricked, duped, beguiled - you get the idea. This simple root cause is... Continue Reading →

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