Fixtures and Fittings

Fixtures and Fittings ….

Every Offer To Purchase (‘OTP’) has / should have a specific clause where the Purchaser and Seller agrees on which fixtures and fittings to be included or excluded as part of the Sale Agreement. This is done by mutual agreement on presentation of the OTP. Once the OTP is signed by all parties involved it becomes very difficult to change any clauses or conditions and must therefore be done prior to acceptance. Sellers should, as part of the Mandate Agreement be advised by their agents to specify any inclusions or exclusions of fixtures and fittings in the mandate agreement so that prospective purchasers can be informed accordingly when viewing the property.

To make this process easier, our OTP includes the following items as standard fixtures and fittings thatMAY NOT be removed unless otherwise specified in writing. The specific clause reads as follows ….

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“The Property is sold with all fixtures and fittings of a permanent nature, which the Seller warrants are fully paid for, and owned solely by the Seller, including all existing garden trees / shrubs / plants, stove, electrical light fittings / shades and (if any) curtain rails / rods / pelmets / blinds, swimming pool equipment / filters / motors, fitted carpets, fitted kitchen storage units, post box, electrical geyser(s), TV aerial, DSTV satellite dish, burglar alarm system, door-bell / knocker, keys and remotes. All electrical items are to be in working order on date of occupation. The purchaser is aware that the radio transmitter connected to the alarm system (if applicable) is the property of …………………………………………Security Company”, where the radio transmitter is therefore excluded.

The OTP also gives the Seller / Purchaser the opportunity to specify any inclusions / exclusions to this clause. Inclusions would be any NON-fixtures that will be sold with the property. Exclusions would be any fixtures that will be removed are not sold with the property. Apart from the items mentioned in the clause above, fixtures and fittings in general can be understood as being as the following:

Any items that form part of the permanent structure of the property such as built-in cupboards and vanities, mirrors, towel and curtain rails, blinds, shutters, light fittings & switches, light bulbs, security systems, built-in heaters, fans and air conditioning systems, gate / garage door motors & automated systems or anything that is bolted, nailed or screwed onto the property can be seen as fixtures. If, for example, there are bathroom cupboards hanging on the walls of the bathroom with towel rails attached to the cupboards, Purchasers viewing the property could assume that these cupboards and rails are fixtures as they won’t know if the cupboards are bolted to the wall or hanging on screws / nails like portraits / paintings. Sellers might think that these are non-fixtures and remove them causing huge frustration and unhappiness when the new owners take occupation.

According to our OTP the complete DSTV dish or any other antennas / dishes, brackets and cables are also seen as fixtures and therefore, unless excluded, are sold with the property. As previously mentioned, the Seller should exclude all of these items during the listing and mandate process and prior to signing any OTP in order to avoid unnecessary unhappiness and disappointment later on.

Should any items, deemed to be fixtures, be excluded, the purchaser may request that it be replaced by the Seller with a suitable alternative / replacement item. Take the DSTV dish for example: If the Seller has a very expensive, multifunctional DSTV dish and “LNB” combination and he / she would not like to sell it with the property, it should be excluded in writing and replaced with a suitable replacement / alternative system if necessary. The Purchasers may also request that should any fixtures be removed from the walls of the property where it was bolted onto the walls, that the holes be filled and the walls painted, or not, depending on what has been agreed. Purchasers may also decide to include certain items that are non-fixtures such as loose standing cupboards, pot plants, curtains etc. which the Purchasers may or may not agree to.

All the above should be negotiated and written into the OTP prior to finalizing and signing of the OTP to avoid any future misunderstanding.

We hope that you find the information useful. Happy selling. If you need any assistance with the sale of your property in the Roodepoort, Gauteng area, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Marnus Steyn: 072 264 7806 / marnus@steynrealty.co.za

Juanita Steyn: 083 604 1231 / juanita@steynrealty.co.za

To view all out available stock, please visit our website at www.steynrealty.co.za

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Welcome to 2017

Welcome to 2017

…. not sure about you but 2016 was not a particularly good year for the Real Estate industry in SA. We saw the Prime Lending Rate go from 9.75% to 10.5% in the first half of the year. This, together with a couple of very negative and concerning economical and political movements put a bit of a damper on the market with most agents I spoke to reporting a drop in sales for the year.

Enough of 2016 and enough negativity over that market, the macroeconomical situation of the country and the dreaded word ….. “Politics” … blah blah blah … we have work to do and properties to market and sell.

2017 is here and we are going to “hook it” …. we are going to “hook it real good”. Stock in the Real Estate market is and always will be king! There are buyers for well priced properties. Although there are many factors that play a role like area (location), condition and specifications ….. “PRICE” will be the determining factor. If you price right, you will sell.

STEYN REALTY is serious about delivering an exceptional service to out clients being Property SELLERS, BUYERS, LANDLORDS & TENANTS. We have the experience, knowledge, marketing expertise, professional attitude and the drive to assist our clients with any Real Estate related query or assistance they might have. Where we can’t assist we will try to point you in the right direction. We have a list of professional and capable bond originators, attorneys, electricians, plumbers etc who we refer to our clients on a regular basis.

Buying or Selling Property is serious business and you need to team up with an Estate Agency who is just as serious about what they do. STEYN REALTY would love to assist you, no matter how big or small your property …. we do it all. We can also manage your rental portfolio, find, screen and place tenants on an ongoing basis.

If you are looking to Buy, Sell or Let-Out a property anywhere in the Roodepoort / Krugersdorp area or you know of someone who is struggling to sell please give us a call.

Marnus Steyn / 072 264 7806 / marnus@steynrealty.co.za / http://www.steynrealty.co.za
Juanita Steyn / 083 604 1231 / juanita@steynrealty.co.za / http://www.steynrealty.co.za

 

 

Are you pricing yourself out of the market??

We live in the information age where information such as property values can easily be accessed by the public without the help of an agent or agency. Looking at the information on the various websites such as Property24 and Private Property, buyers can see which properties are well priced within the area where they are shopping. They won’t waste their time going to see the properties which are over-priced and will only focus on those ones that are priced according to the area average. There are some stunning properties out there but “PRICE” is still the main factor that will attract buyers.

If buyers are so well-informed, surely SELLERS should also be …. or not? As a seller, before you blame your agent for not selling your house quick enough, have you done the following?

  1. Do you know which properties in your street have recently sold and for how much?
  2. Do you know which similar size properties in your complex or estate have recently sold and for how much?
  3. Have you seen the condition of any of these properties that have recently sold around your property?
  4. Have you had a look on the websites, in the area where your property is situated, what the properties are listed for and how long they have been listed for? These properties will be your competition should you decide to list.

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A professional and experienced agent can assist you with all of the above and can provide you with the information, they also use their experience and industry knowledge to recommend a marketing / listings price at which the property should be marketed to get maximum exposure. By doing some of your own homework you will also see which agents are just out to “Buy” a mandate on your property and which are serious about their business. Give yourself enough time and evaluate the various valuations from as many agents as possible.

Don’t get sidetracked by the sales pitch …. Look at the marketing price and compare it to your own homework.

Factors such as the area, location, specifications, offering, overall condition, finishes and security (to mention a few) are also very important in determining the price but in the end, if two properties offer the same and they were listed for the same price, the property that is in a better condition will sell quicker at a price closer to the asking price (or even for the full asking price) than the one that is not in a good condition. If the one which is in a good condition is far over-priced, out of the area average / market buyers won’t be interested.

Fashionable_Businessman-051.pngBottom Line: Properties that are priced correctly will sell within 12 weeks of being listed ….. If it hasn’t sold within 12 weeks, your problem is the “PRICE” and your agent should have alerted you to this. Ask yourself the following question: “As a buyer, looking for the type of property that you are selling, would you consider buying your own house at the asking price you are asking?”.

For an honest, free, no obligation assessment in writing of the value and possible selling price of your property in any area from Sterkfontein, Honingklip & Pinehaven in Krugersdorp & Roodepoort all along Hendrik Potgieter to Radiokop & Allen’s Nek including Helderkruin, Constantia Kloof, Kloofendal and Weltevreden Park …. give Steyn Realty a call, we can assist. We also specialize in rental portfolio management and procurement of tenants.

Marnus Steyn / 072 264 7806 / marnus@steynrealty.co.za

Juanita Steyn / 083 604 1231 / juanita@steynrealty.co.za

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SELL THROUGH STEYN REALTY

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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Where is TIME going …?

August 2016 …. 5 months into our own business and more than 11 years in the Real Estate Industry and here we are …. still going “strong”.

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During the last 5 months we have done a fair amount of transactions ranging from R 2 000 000 to R 500 000 but we need more, much more. We pride ourselves on being pro-active when it comes to marketing and advertising of our stock, technology and the quality of our service, feedback, knowledge and professionalism.

Buying or Selling property is a massive decision and we take it very seriously. We have the necessary knowledge and experience in selling residential homes / clusters as well as sectional title townhouses and apartments to make sure that our clients are in good hands and get the right advice. We also offer rental procurement and management services where we offer a complete service through the TPN Rentbook and TPN Credit Bureau systems.

We get enquiries for sales and rental stock on a daily basis and we need more stock to show our buyers and tenants.

If you are at all looking to SELL or LET OUT your property, please give us a call or an email so we can assist. We cover quite a large area from Pinehaven in the West all the way along Hendrik Potgieter up to the Wilgeheuwel Hospital area in Radiokop. We are also looking for properties in Helderkruin, Kloofendal, Constantia Kloof and Weltevreden Park.

We can be contacted as follows:

Marnus: 072 264 7806 / marnus@steynrealty.co.za
Juanita: 083 604 1231 / juanita@steynrealty.co.za
Our website is: http://www.steynrealty.co.za
We are also quite busy on social media where you are welcome to follow our tips / hints / latest stock and industry related news updates and info ….

For our Facebook page ……. Click here
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You can even follow us on Instagram ….. @steynrealty

We would also love to hear your views and thoughts on the SA Real Estate industry so please interact and give us you opinion.

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Property in SA vs The World

How do our house prices compare against countries in the wolrd ……

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Here is an interesting article I found on Private Property putting it into perspective.

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For any property services, marketing, selling, renting queries on the West Rand ….. contact me on 072 264 7806 or email marnus@realpro4u.co.za

Success Story – Real Estate

I had this listing for a while, listed on all the major websites and also with other agencies as part of our Multi-Listing arrangement. The property is situated in a very good area so the viewings were quite regular. Every time we had a Sunday Show Day it was quite busy with some real interest, but no offers.

The owner of the property had already bought another property and it was now up to me to get this one sold so that his transaction could also continue ….. no pressure, I was given until the end of September ’15 …..

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At the end of August I went to the Owner / Seller with the following pitch. “Let’s withdraw all the listings and re-list on a sole mandate basis (as the commission was not favorable for sharing), show every weekend, renew all marketing and see what happens”. Part of the deal was that we also reduced the price and re-looked at the commission structure. This is not ideal but both myself and the owner agreed to make a bit less to get the deal done.

The process that followed was quite amazing to say the least:

  1. 2 September ’15 ….. We re-listed on all the sites etc
  2. 3 September ’15 ….. Got a buyer enquiry from Private Property
  3. 4 September ’15 ….. Took prospective buyer through and he loved the property but couldn’t make a final decision
  4. 6 September ’15 ….. We had a Sunday Show day and invited him to come and have another look. The show day was busy as usual. He also came through and I could see he was close to making the call.
  5. 8 September ’15 ….. With a bit of negotiation we took an offer and got it accepted the next day. By this time we had already informed the bond originator (Payneless Bonds) who made contact with the Purchaser and requested all the necessary documentation.
  6. 10 September ’15 …. The Purchaser had all his documents ready and his application was submitted to all the banks
  7. 11 September ’15 …. After only 1 day the banks started coming back with AIP’s (Approval In Principal – subject to Property Valuation)
  8. Monday 14 September ’15 …. we had our first bank valuation done and got our first bond grant
  9. 15 September ’15 ….. We got confirmation that the deposit was paid. We also received more bond grants and there you have it …… the property is now SOLD.

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13 Days from re-listing to SOLD with deposit and bond grant in place. This is why I love this profession (not job). The mere fact that this can happen with the right assistance, dedication, negotiation and a bit of luck.

I can only applaud Sanette and her team at Payneless Bonds who really jumped at this one and assisted in the fastest time possible. I can really recommend their services …. just go to http://www.paynelessbonds.co.za

If you looking to sell property anywhere on the West Rand, Krugersdorp or Roodepoort …. please contact me and I will try to assist ….. I love selling property! http://www.realpro4u.co.za

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