With the holiday season upon us, you may be jetting off on holiday. And this may lead you to think about buying a holiday home overseas.
Before you commit, it's vital you understand the risks.
A holiday home can be a great investment. But it can also end up costing you far more than you realise and there's the risk of losing your entire investment.
So what should you watch out for?
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According to the 2013 population census, there were roughly 52.98 million people living in South Africa. The estimated population growth rate is 1.5% per year.
This means there's a lot of people in need of different types of housing. So, we can be certain that demand for property will always exist.
Despite economic setbacks and interest rates hikes, the property market will always give you ... ››› more
What does it take to become successful in the property investing field? What are the prerequisites for property investment success?
Successful property investors are more than a little savvy. They share the following characteristics.
1. They have in-depth market knowledge
In order to predict changes and be prepared for the unexpected, successful property investors put a lot of time and... ››› more
With high property prices and the cost of living on the rise, the prospect of your children buying their first home may seem like a pipe dream.
So what if you were in a financial position to help them take their first step onto the property ladder? What are the options?
Let's take a closer look…
Three ways you can help your child buy a property
#1: Speak to your bank about becom... ››› more
If you have a long-term investment portfolio, property should form part of it.
But investing in property doesn't mean buying property yourself. There's a much easier way to do it. You can invest in real estate investment trusts (REITs).
So why should you invest in property through REITs?
Let's take a closer look…
Why invest in REITs
Chances are you’re looking for a quality as... ››› more
Any type of investment is a gamble, but property investment can also be suited to the risk-averse investors.
Before you invest in rental property, there are certain things you should consider, such as the following.
1. The expected rental property income
The bottom line is this: how much do you expect to earn from renting the property? This should be the motivating factor behind your de... ››› more
Whenever I speak to investors I hear “The property market is dead” or “Property is so expensive, there are no good deals out there”.
I recently read an article about a financial advisor who was telling investors they're looking at single digit yields if they invest in property. The article went on to tell them that the stock market is the ONLY place they should be investing.
That's ... ››› more
Becoming a homeowner is a big step to take, so it's important to understand what exactly it entails. The costs that come with home ownership can make you think twice before signing the agreement.
Before committing yourself to owning a home, you should find out exactly what the hidden costs are.
Here are the most common costs that you must cover when you decide to buy property.
Property ta... ››› more
The rental housing amendment bill has been tabled in front of the national assembly and passed. Now all that's needed is the passing of a resolution and for the president to sign it.
And as soon as that happens you, as a landlord, will have six months to comply with the bill or you could be held criminally liable according to the act - with up to two years jail time!
That's why you need to m... ››› more
Investing in real estate is a wise option for building wealth, but you need to determine how to maximise your investment to reap the full benefits.
One of the first things to consider when investing in real estate is to choose a property in a very good area, even if it requires a lot of repair work. You want to take advantage of sought-after neighborhoods because the area will be a key factor i... ››› more
This year, after several years of holding interest rates at historic rates, the South African Reserve Bank hiked rates 0.75%.
If you're a homeowner, unless you have a fixed-rate bond, this means your monthly repayments have gone up.
Nedbank says it's already seeing homeowners struggling with the interest rate hikes so far. So how much more can you expect to pay if rates go up in the future?
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When you're dying to become a home owner but can't afford to using your own finances, co-ownership may seem like a chance to make your dream come true. But is co-ownership right for you?
To determine whether you should become a property co-owner, you must consult a solicitor and take into account various factors, taking into account the disadvantages of this type of ownership.
When you co-o... ››› more
For the majority of people who invest in property, they'll need the bank's helping hand for financing it.
But did you know if you don't have a credit history, the chance of your bank approving your application are nil?
So how can you get a good credit rating?
Read on to find out…
The first step to securing financing for investing in property is your credit record
The first thin... ››› more
Once you've decided to invest in property, the next decision you'll face is deciding where.
There are several factors that can affect a property's desirability for renting out. So it's vital you weigh up these factors so you buy the best investment property that you can afford.
So what factors should you look at before buying an investment property when it comes to location?
Read on to fi... ››› more
Buying property at auction can be a great way to pick up a property at a significant discount. And if you're prepared to do a bit of renovating, there are many bargains out there.
Yet a recent interview highlighted that there are some property auctioneers out there that aren't regulated and pose a risk to you if you buy at auction through them.
So what should you do if you want to buy a prop... ››› more
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