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I recently posted this article on our website in an attempt to notify sellers and future property sellers as to the potential pitfalls / costs when selling.

Just in the case of purchasers who need to do their homework before buying, making sure they are credit worthy and what they can afford, Sellers also need to do their homework ….

While touching on a couple of other issues, the article aims to outline most of the potential costs that Sellers may be responsible for during the sales and registration (transfer) processes. It covers the following:

  1. Avoiding Penalty Interest
  2. Bond Cancellation Costs
  3. Compliance Certificates
  4. General Condition of the Property and
  5. Nomination of the Transferring Attorney Firm.

You can read the article by clicking on the link below.

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For any sales or rental related queries or to get your property listed in the Roodepoort, Ruimsig, Wilgeheuwel, Little Falls, Constantia Kloof and surrounds …. please contact!

Marnus Steyn – 0722647806 / marnus@steynrealty.co.za

Juanita Steyn – 0836041231 / juanita@steynrealty.co.za

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SA Interest Rate and how it will affect buyers and sellers

THE SOUTH African Reserve Bank, during the recently held Monetary Policy Committee meeting (MPC) announced an increase in the interest rate of 50 basis points. This also meant an increase in the Prime Lending Rate from 9.75% to 10.25% – which means you will now have to fork out even more.

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As a homeowner, this suggest that you will now pay around R330 more per month for every R1 000 000 you owe the bank on a normal 20 year bond repayment period.

Many economists are, however, predicting that the interest rate will see a further increase by up to an additional 100 to 125 basis points towards the end of the year. This will raise the prime lending rate to from 10.25% to 11.50%.

What this will mean is that on a R1 000 000 bond taken over 20 years at a rate of 11.25% your repayment will be R 10 492.56 compared to a repayment of R 9 485.17 at a rate of 9.75%. With this forecast in mind, many homeowners could possibly decide to sell and downgrade.

The “theme” for this year will aptly be known as AFFORDABILITY and many articles have since been published warning the public not to incur additional debt if at all possible this year. Homeowners feeling the pinch of their bond repayments will have to cut down on unnecessary spending and luxuries in order to absorb these increases.

Many homeowners will decide to downgrade by selling and renting or buying something more affordable. Some investors feeling the pressure of multiple bonds and additional exposure might also decide to re-look at their portfolios and possibly sell-off some property.

This will mean an increase in property in the lower to medium price brackets as well as an increase in the demand for rental and affordable properties. Some investors, not affected by these rate hikes, will be keeping a close eye on the market and try to pick up some good deals. They normally have some cash and as long as the rental income makes sense, they will look at it.

Sellers need to make sure that they don’t fall into the trap of overpricing their properties. They need to make sure that they do their homework thoroughly and then enter the market at the right price bracket so that they can attract buyers. By making use of estate agents, which are specialists in the area where you are selling, you can easily get a couple of valuations and then get an opportunity to assess the situation from there. Don’t just go for the agent with the highest price as this could take too long to sell.

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Well priced, neat and well looked after properties will be seen as good value for money; they will attract more buyers and also sell much quicker. These properties that are overpriced and neglected will struggle to sell at the asking price and will have to drop in price eventually in order to sell. Having said that, I truly believe that every house has a buyer, as long as the price is right.

Currently there are property shortages in many price brackets which mean that sellers can possibly get a bit more for their properties as they have more negotiating power due to an undersupply. As more stock comes into the market, property prices will stabilize and qualified buyers will get more of an upper hand when negotiating on the purchase price.

Buyers also need to do their homework and find out what their credit scoring is and for how much they can qualify. Over and above that, they need to be clear on what they can afford taking all the costs and additional expenses of owning and maintaining a property into consideration. Many bond originators offer a service where they can, very accurately, assist buyers to check their credit scoring, affordability and determine what they will qualify for.

By keeping an open mind, speaking to the right people and getting advice and as much information as possible, you can make sure that you are ready for whatever the market brings. Owning property is still a fantastic investment with great advantages.

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For any assistance buying or selling property in Roodepoort and surrounding areas, please call Marnus on 072 264 7806 or email marnus@steynrealty.co.za

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Time to Blog

So, I haven’t blogged about our new agency yet …… Steyn Realty.

We are happy to report that the wheels are off the ground and we are flying. We will be assisting buyers, sellers, landlords, tenants with real estate related matters, listings, advertising, marketing, selling, letting and managing in the following areas:

From Pinehaven to Radiokop including Featherbrooke, Amorosa, Ruimsig, Tres Jolie, Poortview, Honingklip, Sterkfontein, Helderkruin, Kloofendal, Weltevreden Park, Little Falls, Wilgeheuwel, Strubensvallei, Honeydew Manor, Honeydew Ridge, Allen’s Nek and Constantia to mention a few.

Have a look at our new website at http://www.steynrealty.co.za and give us call so we can assist you.

Tips for getting your property from Listed to SOLD.

Tips for getting your property from Listed to SOLD!

Do some of your own research:

  • Have a look at some of the “Listing” and “Sold” prices in your area, street, neighbourhood, complex or estate where you stay. Any decent agent will be able to point this out to you but don’t just take his / her word for it. Many agents “buy” mandates by showing inflated valuations creating unrealistic expectations.
  • Pricing is the most important factor when selling. Although “location” is important, you can’t do anything about it unless you stay in a mobile home. A lot can be done to other factors such as condition, accessibility and pricing ….. get the price right, and you will sell quicker.

Become a buyer:

  • Look at your property through “Buying Eyes” and ask yourself the following questions ….
  • Would I buy it in the condition that it is?
  • What would I like to have “fixed up” before I buy?
  • What are the biggest negatives about my property and what can I do to make it better.

Appoint a reputable agent to market and sell your property:

  • We (agents) like to work on Mandates because that shows commitment from your side and I can then spend valuable time and money advertising and bringing buyers to your property. Although it might not always look that way, a lot of time, effort and money is spent on marketing and communicating with buyers before they actually see the property and once an offer comes in, the real work starts. You want to make sure you are dealing with an agent that understands the selling and registration processes so the transaction can be as quick and painless as possible. A mandate can be seen as an employment contract where the salary (“Commission”) is 100% performance / outcome based.

Be accessible:

  • Many properties do not sell because you can never get in to show buyers the property. Between you and your agent you have to arrange that the property can be easily accessible. Most buyers (not all) view properties after hours in the week or weekends and they see more than one at a time so you have to “play ball” here. If a buyer can’t see your property he will go on and buy something else and you might just lose out on “the one”.

Clean up:

  • It’s a fact, neat houses sell quicker than dirty or untidy houses. Buyers are put off by the fact that the owner is not taking care of the property and as much as we try to tell the buyers to look past the mess in the kitchen, unmade beds, clothes all over the floor, underpants (and other similar items) lying around in the bathroom, on the couch etc …… most buyers will not see the “potential” we talk about and leave.

Don’t be stubborn:

  • Selling properties is what we do and I don’t believe that this business can be done as a part-time or side-line business so …… selling property puts food on the table for most agents and we need to sell to survive. As mentioned in point 3 above, pick an agent that you can relate with, trust and work with to sell your property and then go with what he or she tells you to do. If you don’t get along with the agent, don’t appoint him or her and find one you like.

…………… hope this helps, please feel free to pass this on or “share” with friends and watch this space for more tips, hints and industry related news and updates …………. Happy Selling!

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Stock – Listings available

Stock, stock and more stock ………. Just a quick one regarding some available stock the I will be advertising for next week. Some well priced family houses in Krugersdorp and Townhouses available in Roodepoort. Small holding properties in a secure estate in Honigklip as well as some stunning estate houses in Chancliff, Krugersdorp.

For all my, and all RealPro listings please remember to visit the RealPro website at www.realpro4u.co.za

Local Service Directory

One of the projects I am busy with is a Service Directory on two of my property websites www.krugersdorprealestate and www.roodepoortrealestate.co.za

I am building up a directory of services offered by local business in the local community on a Property Website that also only carries properties listed in that area, Krugersdorp and Roodepoort. The idea is for home buyers and sellers to use the directory for any service they might need in the area such as schools, medical centres, emergency numbers, council contact details, electricians, plumbers etc. I also want to use this directory as a referral base for my own clients who have just bought ion the area.

It is still very new but it will grow over time ….. go have a look. To advertise your business here, please contact me or just send a mail to mcsmaximark@vodmail.co.za

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