Property Investing

  • Five low-cost ways to double the value of your house by the end of 2016
  • While such structural renovations will ultimately increase the value of your property, they are time-consuming and costly, and unlikely to make you real profit. But with cosmetic renovations that cost below R100,000, you could actually increase the value of a R350,000 house to R650,000, making yourself a profit of R200,000 in the process! 1.       Security is of vital importance in o... ››› more
  • [21 December 2015]
  • Book review: Become a Master Property Investor in 90 Days
  • Property is one thing that I am really keen on. People I know who've invested in property over the years have done pretty well out of it. Property as an investment seems to make perfect sense. For one, you own an asset that should appreciate in value over the years. And then there's the regular rental income too. I have been desperate to start my own mini property empire and this is how I ca... ››› more
  • [17 November 2015]
  • Uncovering sectional titles: How to handle special levies
  • When you become the owner of a sectional title property, things work a bit differently compared to if you'd become an owner of a freehold property. A sectional title property may come with many conveniences and a lack of maintenance on your part. This is what you pay levies for. But what about special levies? Special levies can come with a shock factor that most homeowners dread… ... ››› more
  • [28 October 2015]
  • Watch out for the property bubble nobody is speaking about…
  • One question I always hear investors ask is ‘What area must I invest in?' Recently I've had many people ask whether newly developing areas such as Waterfall City and Dainfern are good areas to invest in. Others want to know if it's too late to invest in Cape Town's fastest growing areas. But in my opinion it's not so much where you invest but what you invest in. You see, currently all t... ››› more
  • [16 October 2015]
  • Found a property you want to buy? Here's what to do next…
  • When it comes to buying property, it's all about the details. Buying property is likely to be the largest purchase you'll make in your life and this is why it's vital you spend time going through the paperwork side of things with a fine tooth comb. So what should you pay attention to? There are two documents to concentrate on first… Examine a property’s title deed All proper... ››› more
  • [14 October 2015]
  • The downside of stretching yourself to buy a more expensive property
  • When it comes to buying a property, you may have your sights set on a particular house in a particular area. But if you have to stretch yourself financially to get it, should you? Let's take a closer look… The financial side of buying property Living in a large property with all the mod cons, and loads of room and space may be a dream of yours. But if you’re going to have to pu... ››› more
  • [05 October 2015]
  • The simple way to invest in property and reap the benefits
  • Investing in property is a great long-term investment. But for some investors, owning property isn't something they want to do. So how can you benefit from the performance of the property market without having to buy property yourself? And how can you still secure an income? Read on to find out… The benefits of investing in REITs Instead of directly investing in property, you coul... ››› more
  • [11 September 2015]
  • Why new developments can be a great starter for new property investors
  • If you want to start investing in property, you have a number of options. You can look to buy existing properties, ones that need a bit of work done, properties coming up at auction and properties in new developments. For the new property investor, new developments can be a good starting point. Let's take a closer look… The benefits of buying property in new developments There ... ››› more
  • [07 September 2015]
  • How investing in property grows your wealth
  • If you're looking for a way to grow your wealth over the long-term, property is well worth considering. Investing in property to rent out can grow your wealth in a number of ways. Read on to find out what these are… Your investment property increases in value Over the long-term, you should see the value of your property grow in value. This is thanks to an increase in demand, rise ... ››› more
  • [04 September 2015]
  • How to save on tax when you invest in property
  • When you invest in property, you can offset your expenses against the income you receive from it. This means your money works even harder for you. So what sort of things can you do to save on tax? Read on to find out… You can offset your bond against your rental income If you have a bond on a property you invest in, you can offset the interest payments against the income you re... ››› more
  • [03 September 2015]
  • Don't let a poor credit score hold you back from buying a property
  • For the vast majority, buying a property means applying to the bank for finance. This means you need to have a decent credit score, otherwise the bank will refuse your application. If your credit score is below par, what can you do to improve it? Read on to find out… If you want to buy a property, you need to know your credit score If you’re serious about buying a property, ... ››› more
  • [31 August 2015]

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