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  • Investing in property can be lucrative, but it has its downsides…
  • Buying property as an investment is popular. You hope to see the price of the property rise in the years ahead and secure regular income from tenants. But as with every investment, investing in property has its disadvantages. And if you're thinking about buying property as an investment, they're worth considering. So what are these disadvantages? Read on to find out… When the prop... ››› more
  • [19 June 2015]
  • Why property ‘hotspots' are bound to cost you dearly
  • “I'm just sick of investing in property Francois”. “It's such a hassle. The estate agents take their commission, levies get deducted, maintenance costs catch up with you and before you know it you go from making money to losing it.” That's what a friend of mine, S, told me at a braai over the weekend… This confession surprised me, since just two years ago he'd bought two propert... ››› more
  • [09 June 2015]
  • Can't afford to invest in property alone? Consider a partnership…
  • Investing in property is a great long-term investment. Over the years, the property should appreciate in value. And then there's the monthly income from tenants you'll receive. But if investing in property is out of your reach financially, you could consider going into a partnership to share the costs. Read on to find out more… Investing in property through a partnership Buying pr... ››› more
  • [29 May 2015]
  • Your four-step guide to buying property at auction
  • Buying property at auction is one way to try to get your hands on a bargain. After all, the less you pay for a property, the larger the scope for long-term capital gain is. So if you decide buying at a property auction is for you, what do you do? Read on to find out… Buying property at auction step 1: Finding the right property for you You need to delve through the catalogues of u... ››› more
  • [28 May 2015]
  • Investing for income? Have a look at REITs
  • If you invest for income, you'll look at fixed-interest instruments like bonds and dividend paying stocks. What other options are there to consider? There are estate investment trusts (REITs). Read on to find out more… What are REITs? REITs are a special way to structure property holdings. In return for a property company agreeing to pass on the vast majority of its annual income ... ››› more
  • [27 May 2015]
  • How to carry out your own property inspection
  • If you're looking to buy property, it's a good idea to have your wits about you when viewing. And if you're viewing property coming up for auction, it pays to know how to spot potentially expensive problems. So what should you pay attention to when viewing a property? Read on to find out… What to inspect on the inside of a property When you visit a property, there are a few th... ››› more
  • [26 May 2015]
  • How to get your hands on a bargain property at auction
  • Investing in property can be a great long-term investment. Whether it's for your own use or to rent out, you can look forward to your property gaining value over the years. Opt to rent it out and you'll have monthly rental payments coming in too. Property auctions give you an opportunity to pick up a bargain. But before you start bidding, you must do your homework. Read on to find out... ››› more
  • [25 May 2015]
  • How to start a property business in South Africa
  • If you're serious about investing in property and want to grow the number of properties you own over the years, it's worth considering starting a property business. This also means if you have a business partner or partners, you can formalise it through your company. So how do you go about starting a property business? Read on to find out… How to get the ball rolling to start your... ››› more
  • [22 May 2015]
  • How to find the best tenant for your property
  • If you're investing in property to rent out, your main concern will be to buy a property that's in demand from tenants. Once you're the owner, your next concern is finding a suitable tenant. So how should you prepare? Read on to find out… Opt to part furnish your property If you’re battling over whether to furnish your property or not, stop right now. There isn’t a differen... ››› more
  • [21 May 2015]
  • Serious about investing in property? You could start your own property business…
  • Investing in property is a good option to consider if you want to grow your wealth over the long-term. By buying property to rent out, not only will you hope to see the value of your properties rise over time, you'll also have monthly rental income to look forward to. One way to do this is by starting your own property business. Read on to find out more… Buying property as an inv... ››› more
  • [20 May 2015]
  • Why you shouldn't be in a rush to buy your first property
  • Buying your first home is likely to be something you've dreamed of for years. But with the SA property market showing signs of weakness, you should take your time. So what should you do? Let's take a closer look… Save for a property rather than be in a rush to buy Erwin Rode, a property consultant, says that first-time buyers should “save towards their dream house before ent... ››› more
  • [19 May 2015]
  • Three ways to make money investing in property
  • If you want to put your money to work in property, you have a few options open to you. Each presents you with an opportunity to make money in a different way. Let's take a closer look at how you can make money from property… Investing in property option #1: Buying and renting out This is one of the most common ways to make money from property. You buy a property to rent out to ... ››› more
  • [18 May 2015]
  • How to get your hands on an undervalued property
  • Whether you're buying a property to live in or one to rent out, purchasing an undervalued property is one way to make money from day one. So how can you find and successfully buy undervalued property? Read on to find out… Why a property sells for less than it’s worth There are a number of reasons why someone is willing to sell their property for less than its worth… ... ››› more
  • [15 May 2015]
  • Delving into property investing: Should you consider a short-term let?
  • If you have property to rent out, the tendency is to opt for a longer-term rent, anything from six-months upwards. But have you considered opting for a short-term let? It can be potentially more lucrative, but it does have its downfalls. Read on to find out more… What is a short-term let? As the term suggests, a short-term let is when you opt to rent your property out for a short ... ››› more
  • [13 May 2015]

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