I'm often amazed by the raw deals offer to purchase contracts hold for buyers of property.
I recently did a deal on a property without an estate agent as the middleman and boy was I in for a surprise when I saw the supposedly “standard” contract.
My eyes instantly fixated on the following clause:
“In the event of the Purchaser failing to secure loan finance required within 31 (thirty... ››› more
Once you decide to invest in property, there are generally two goals.
Firstly, you want to see the value of the property you buy growing over the years. And secondly, you want to secure an income stream from paying tenants.
There is one key factor that can help you achieve both of these goals. And this is a property's location.
Read on to find out why location is such a crucial factor whe... ››› more
Looking for a property can take up a lot of time. And if you have certain criteria you're looking for, finding one that ticks all your boxes can be tough going.
So to make your search for a property easier, you should use the different property websites on offer.
Let's take a closer look at how best to look for a property…
Save yourself time and look at properties online
Whether y... ››› more
When you contemplate your financial future, it can be a bit overwhelming.
How are you going to afford to support yourself in your later years? And what investment decisions should you make now that will stand you in good stead for the rest of your life?
One of the best decisions you can make is to invest in property.
Read on to find out why it's something you should do…
The advan... ››› more
Living in a complex continues to grow in popularity.
It has a number of advantages, such as on-site facilities and security. So if you're considering investing in a property in a complex to rent out, what should you pay attention to?
Let's take a closer look…
What to do if you want to buy a property in a complex
In many cases, when you buy property in a complex, you’re buying a... ››› more
If you're looking to invest in a property to rent out, it's vital it appeals to as many tenants as possible.
Depending on the condition of the property you purchase, it may be worthwhile making some changes. It could boost your rental income and attract more prospective tenants.
So where should you make improvements?
Read on to find out…
Give your property a lick of paint
Chanc... ››› more
Perhaps even before you start looking to buy a property, you should consider the financial side.
When you apply for a bond, the bank will take three things into consideration.
So what are these factors?
Let's take a closer look…
Getting a bond to buy your property
Banks look at three main aspects when assessing an applicant for a bond to buy a property. It’s worthwhile you’... ››› more
Property is a great long-term investment.
Chances are you'll see good capital appreciation over the years. And you'll have the monthly income from a tenant if you choose to rent it out.
So where can you pick up the best property investment opportunities?
Read on to uncover four options to consider…
Investing in property option #1: Buy in a new property development
If you want ... ››› more
A friend of mine just bought some property - cheap.
In fact, he bought this property from the bank as a distressed sale for 70% less than the developer is selling similar properties to other buyers in the market.
That's right, he paid R90,000 for a piece of prime real estate from the bank. Similar vacant stands like the one he just bought are selling for R300,000 in the same development!
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If you want to start investing in property to rent out, it's vital to spend time planning.
Property investing involves a lot of outlay and commitment, so you need to ensure you know what you want to achieve and how you're going to get there before doing anything.
So what do you need to consider?
Read on to find out how to put together your property investment plan…
Your first ste... ››› more
Yesterday, finance minister Nhlanhla Nene gave his first full budget speech.
Amongst a whole host of changes, he advised of modifications to transfer duty. Transfer duty is payable when buying a home.
So what are the changes? And what difference will it make to you and your property investment plan?
Read on to find out…
What are the coming changes to transfer duty?
At the momen... ››› more
Buying a new house is an exciting venture, but there are so many things to do.
One thing that the majority of homeowners need is a bond. Once the seller of the property you want to buy accepts your offer to purchase, you need to sort out a bond.
So should you look for a bond yourself or make use of a bond originator?
Here's why you should opt for the latter…
Why do all the leg wor... ››› more
Finding the perfect property to buy is only half the battle.
Once you've submitted your offer to purchase and the seller accepts, there are a number of things that need to happen before you'll get the keys to your property.
So what does this entail?
Read on to find out…
Get a bond for your property
Once the seller of the property you want to buy accepts your offer to purchase,... ››› more
“Congratulations, your offer has been accepted!”
Those are the golden words in property investing. Especially if you offered below market value for an investment property…
But let's face it, if you're offering below the asking price of a seller you're not guaranteed to get your offer accepted…
In fact you'll most probably end up pacing the room, checking your phone every five minu... ››› more
When you decide to invest in property to rent out, finding a property that appeals to prospective tenants for the right price is only half the battle.
The next thing you need to do is find a tenant for your property. And you don't want just anyone renting out your property. You want to find a trustworthy individual who's going to treat your property with respect and pay their rent on time.
S... ››› more
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