Selling your Property?

One of the most important factors when selling your home is pricing. Pricing can determine for how long your property will be on the market and for how much it will sell in the end. If a property stays on the market for too long is becomes stale, over-exposed and generally buyers think there must be something wrong with the property. When offers do come in they are often much lower than expected.

You also don’t want to give your property away by pricing it way below Market Value and that is why you need a comprehensive and professional valuation done before going into the market. In a Buyers’ Market, where we are now, supply (stock) is high which means that buyers can shop around and drive prices down where they feel properties are over-priced.  It is not uncommon for buyers to offer around 10% less than the asking price as they are also very well informed of prices in the areas where they shop and they can see over-priced properties from a mile away.

Pricing right from the start will attract serious buyers in a shorter time and will result in higher offers being made. As a seller, stay away from agents quoting high prices for selling as they are just out to get the mandate with the idea of driving the price down over time and creating unrealistic expectations.

We Sell Property

Our property valuations are very seldom related to the current replacement values, bank valuations, insurance or municipal valuations / values as these values are often irrelevant when determining the “Market Value” / “Sellable Value” of the property.

We would love to offer you a Free Valuation including a comprehensive CMA (comparative market analysis) of the recent sales in the area / complex or estate where you stay. We specialise in Residential sales & rentals in and around the Roodepoort area. Anything from Wilgeheuwel hospital to Cradlestone Mall along Hendrik Potgieter including areas such as Helderkruin, Honey Hills, Kloofendal, Weltevreden Park, Amorosa, Poortview, Tres Jolie, Ruimsig, Allen’s Nek, Radiokop, Wilgeheuwel, Honeydew Ridge – Manor and Grove, Strubensvallei and Little Falls. We also have a partner company in Krugersdorp that can assist with similar valuations in those areas.

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We have a high demand for two and three bedroom townhouses selling around the R 850 000 to R 1 200 000 mark as well as freehold single residential family homes in the same areas …… any property priced right will sell.

Should you be interested to get a professional Market Related valuation done on any of your properties, please contact Marnus or Juanita on 0722647806 / 0836041231. We also offer rental management services from listing, advertising & marketing, screening to procurement and placement as well as ongoing management of the tenant and the property. In addition to the above we offer basic maintenance and cleaning services to get your property “RentReady” before renting it out.

We have a list of attorneys, bond originators & contractors that we use on a regular basis to make sure that we can provide a full 360 ̊service to our buyers, sellers, tenants and landlords.

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any queries with regard to the above.

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Costs when Buying Property

Every now and again we get buyers viewing properties or visiting our show houses with no idea that there are transfer and registration costs payable when buying property. Some of them also think that this can be financed with the bond amount.

So just to shed some light on this subject, especially for first-time buyers ….

When buying property, the purchasers (in most cases) are responsible for paying  the Transfer Costs as well as the Bond Registration Costs to the Transferring Attorney upon request. This is done after all suspensive conditions in the Sales Agreement has been fulfilled and needs to be paid in order for the registration process to proceed. In the case where someone buys a property in a new development these costs or a portion of these costs may already be included in the sale. Most property websites and portals as well as banking sites have built-in cost calculators where these costs can be calculated. Please have a look at our website at http://www.steynrealty.co.za for more detail.

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Transfer Costs: Is paid on the full sales / purchase price.
Bond Registration Costs: Is paid on the bond amount only.

Both these costs are calculated by the Attorney firms involved according the a schedule and sliding scale. Please look at the following example:

Full Purchase Price: R 1 500 000
Deposit Amount: R  100 000
Bond Amount: R 1 400 000

In the scenario above, the following estimated costs will apply.

Property Transfer Costs (R 50 298.00)
Attorney Fees: R 23 598.00
Transfer Duty: R 25 500.00
Post, petties, FICA and other: R 1200.00

Bond Registration Costs (R 29 985.00)
Attorney Fees: R 22 800.00
Bank Initiation Fee: R 5 985.00
Post, petties, FICA and other: R 1200.00

TOTAL COSTS: R 80 283.00

The Purchaser in the above scenario will then have to have R 180 283.00 cash available to cover the deposit and costs. Costs cannot be added to the bond amount / purchase price as this is not allowed by the Banks or Attorney Firms.

It is very important that prospective buyers take the time to calculate all the various costs and payments that they will be liable for before shopping for a new property.

For any queries on the above, please feel free to contact us or send us an email to marnus@steynrealty.co.za / juanita@steynrealty.co.za

Hope you have a great day …… off to go sell some houses.

 

 

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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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 ….

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