OUR STOCK – SALES & RENTALS

In our current market, in the areas where we work in Roodepoort in and around the Wilgeheuwel area, we find that property rentals are in very high demand and that they move quite quickly whereas property sales are a bit of a “process” at the moment. Buyers are there, stock is there but buyers seem to be a bit hesitant ….. looking for absolute bargains where sellers are looking to get as much as possible, sometimes being unrealistic.

We have some amazing properties for sale at really good prices at the moment. We also have regular rentals which we market and manage for our landlords. Our rentals are picking up nicely and we aim to continue to grow this part of our business for the next year or two.

Sales will always be our main focus and we are serious when we say that ‘YOUR SALE IS OUR GOAL”.

Let’s have a look at some of our sales stock ….. everything is available to see on http://www.steynrealty.co.za …… and follow us on @steynrealty

For Sale through Steyn Realty – Allen’s Nek – R 2 395 000

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This is an amazing 4 bedroom 3 bathroom sectional title unit (Duplex) in Allen’s Nek for R 2 395 000. The property is around 265 sqm under roof and has immaculate finishes throughout. From the Kitchen to the Bathrooms ….. this is truly one of a kind.

The property has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms upstairs with a HUGE main bedroom, balcony and upstairs lounge area. The guest bedroom / study / office is downstairs with a bathroom. The property has a TV lounge, dining room, pool, lapa, trampoline, covered patio, 3 x aircons, granite kitchen with space for double door fridge, gas oven and scullery for all your other appliances, double automated garage leading into the house as well as a double car port and visitors parking, FIBRE installed …… all in a very neat and secure complex.

Next up is a 163 sqm, 3 bedroom 2.5 bathroom duplex in Honeydew Manor ….. listed for R 1 550 000, this unit is actually priced under market value as a similar unit has recently sold in the complex for over R 1 600 000.

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Honeydew Manor R 1 550 000

This is quite a new development and the seller here bought directly from the developer about 3 years ago. This unit has all 3 bedrooms upstairs and a quest bathroom downstairs, lounge & dining room with a granite kitchen, covered patio and a double automated garage leading into the house. Good value for money!

If you are looking for a simplex where you have a 4th room & bathroom to be used as a study/office, domestic accommodation, teenager pad or store-room then the next property could be just the one.

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Honeydew Grove R 1 295 000

This property is in honeydew Grove and is 158 sqm in size. It was originally built with a 4th room / domestic room and bathroom behind the garage with its own separate entrance but also has an entrance from the garage. The double garage is also automated and leads into the house. The property has 3 double size rooms and spacious bathrooms, large living space with TV lounge and dining room and a large granite kitchen with pantry, space for 3 appliances and a double door fridge …. ar R 1 295 000 this is one of the best priced properties in the area.

RENTALS

As previously mentioned, rentals tend to move quite quickly. All our tenants are screened and verified before placement through the TPN Credit Bureau system.  If you are looking for someone to manage you rental portfolio, give us a call, we would love to assist. Marnus 072 264 7806 or Juanita 083 604 1231 … or email rentals@steynrealty.co.za

Here are some of our rentals available for 1 December 2017 and 1 January 2018.

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We have a passion for real estate and we would love to assist you. Selling, buying or renting ….. we can help!!

PROPERTY

 

 

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

You can also like and follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook at @steynrealty

Rental Management

In between all the selling, we (Steyn Realty) also offer Rental Management Services to our Investor clients and Landlords. These services are offered through the TPN RentBook and Credit Bureau systems and include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Listing, advertising and marketing the property at no additional cost to the Landlord / Owner.
  2. Setting up viewings with prospective tenants.
  3. Application screening.
  4. Credit vetting through Trans Union ITC, Experian and the TPN Credit Bureau.
  5. Explaining, negotiating and completing the TPN Lease Agreement.
  6. Monthly invoices / statements to tenants.
  7. Capturing of payments on the TPN RentBook system.
  8. Reconciling accounts on a monthly basis.
  9. Sms notifications / reminders on outstanding payments.
  10. Payment of monthly expenses on behalf of the Landlord like levies etc.
  11. Owner / Landlord Statements & reports.
  12. Tax Statements on properties.
  13. Management of general maintenance issues as they arise.
  14. Periodic visits and inspections as agreed with the Landlord and the Tenant.
  15. Facilitating maintenance work to be done as and when necessary.

Most of the properties that we currently manage are either in complexes or estates where we then pay the respective levies to the managing agents on behalf of the landlords. We also make payments to the council and to contractors where applicable. Tenants are charged for their water & electricity consumption and in some cases also for security, sewerage, rates & taxes etc. depending on what has been agreed to in the lease agreement.

We don’t charge any upfront commission for the management of a property or the tenant. Our management fees are 7% of the monthly rental with a once off placement & renewal fee.

For any queries regarding our rental services, please email rentals@steynrealty.co.za or contact Marnus on 072 264 7806 / Juanita on 083 604 1231.

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Property Stock Update

Below is a list of some of our stock that we have available To Let or FOR SALE at the moment …. we need lots more.

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We always need new stock for our buyers. We get lots of requests for Rental and Sales properties in the Roodepoort areas, anything from Pinehaven to the 14th Avenue off-ramp.

If you are selling, let us know. If you are looking for a tenant, let us know …. if you want someone to take over and manage your rental portfolio, let us know.

We can help …. Marnus 072 264 7806 / Juanita 083 604 1231

http://www.steynrealty.co.za

Stock – Some of our latest listings …

We focus predominantly on property sales and rentals in areas from Sterkfontein / Pinehaven side, along Hendrik Potgieter towards Clearwater Mall and Wilgeheuwel Hospital.

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what we do …. @steynrealty

We have recently sold some of our stock and we urgently need new rental and sales stock for our buyers. Here are some of our current stock:

For Sale:

  1. Windsor West – R 690 000 – CLICK HERE
  2. Wilgeheuwel – R 899 000 – CLICK HERE
  3. Wilgeheuwel – R 935 000 – CLICK HERE
  4. Wilgeheuwel – R 950 000 – CLICK HERE
  5. Wilgeheuwel – R 1 125 000 – CLICK HERE
  6. Allen’s Nek – R 1 500 000 – CLICK HERE
  7. Little Falls – R 1 599 000 – CLICK HERE – House
  8. Wilgeheuwel – R 1 645 000 – CLICK HERE – House
  9. Honeyhill – R 1 700 000 – CLICK HERE – House
  10. Ruimsig – Smallholding – R 4 650 000 – CLICK HERE

To Let:

Our rentals are done through the TPN Rentbook system and all our applications are subject to a full credit approval process, employment verification and affordability screening. All of our properties are currently occupied but we get new stock in on a monthly basis. If you are not happy with way your rental portfolio is managed, we can also take it over.

Here is one 3 bedroom and one 2 bedroom unit we have available from 1 May …

  1. Wilgeheuwel – R 5500pm – CLICK HERE
  2. Wilgeheuwel – R 9 250pm – CLICK HERE

For more details on any of our services, please call, whatsapp, sms, email, tweet, facebook message …. we will get back to you.

Hope you have a great weekend.

M&J  …… http://www.steynrealty.co.za …… @steynrealty

First Impressions

“Don’t judge a book by its cover” ….. when it comes to Real Estate, Sellers can easily lose out on a potential buyer just because the “cover” of their “book” has been neglected.

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Unless a buyer is looking for a “fixer-upper” or maybe something he/she can get for a very good price (below market value) to fix up and then “flip” or use as a long-term rental, FIRST IMPRESSIONS are extremely important when selling property. Together with the aesthetic appeal of the property, price, location and general condition are probably the most important factors that buyers are look at.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS include everything a buyer will see at first glance when viewing a property. Many small things are sometimes overlooked by sellers / homeowners because they see the property every day. It doesn’t matter how big or how small the property is, if the property looks neglected from the outside, buyers WILL judge the book by its cover and assume the same goes for the inside …. this will also alert buyers that there may be other hidden problems / maintenance issues not clearly visible when viewing the property.

Even the photos that agents take for advertising purposes can have an influence and can either be to the sellers’ advantage or detriment. If you are currently selling your property through an agency, do yourself a favour and go have a look at the listing online. Look at the photos and read the description ….. you might be pleasantly surprised or shocked!

Before we sell a car, before we take it to a second-hand dealership to get a valuation or to trade it in on a new car, what do we do …… we take it for a wash or maybe even a full valet. We touch-up little scratch marks and polish the paint. Sometimes we buy new tyres, pray air freshener in the car etc. Why don’t sellers do the same with their properties? It will obviously cost a little more to repaint and to do minor maintenance but dressing up, fixing up and “de-cluttering” your house before putting on the market will definitely help to sell it faster and maybe even at a higher price. Here are a couple of things that we see every day that is a big let-down for property buyers:

  1. Uncut pavements, long grass, gardens with overgrown bushes and flower beds.
  2. Boundary walls falling apart, falling over, loose bricks, cracked / broken walls with large damp sections and paint that is flaking.
  3. Driveways with grass & weeds growing through the paving or cracks in the cement.
  4. Steel / wooden gates, doors & garage doors that are weathered, rotten, rusted, cracked and in need of attention or replacement.
  5. If you recently fixed some cracks on the outer (or inner) walls of your house, make sure you paint with the same colour / shade of paint than the rest of the wall, otherwise its better to paint the whole wall.
  6. Water marks / stains anywhere on a property is extremely negative, even if the geyser burst a year ago and left a little watermark on the ceiling which you forgot to paint, buyers will not believe you and think there is a problem.
  7. Gutters, down-pipes, plumbing pipes, fascia boards in need of repair or painting looks really bad. In sectional title complexes this will make the buyers think that the Body Corporate is in financial trouble or that the complex is not well-managed … a very big negative for buyers.
  8. Old carpets, bad odors, damaged cupboards, wooden floors that are lifting, chipped walls and any cupboard, window or door that doesn’t close properly are big turn-offs.
  9. Pools that are green any time of the year is a sure sign that there are problems.

The general condition of the property can go a long way assist with securing on acceptable offer. Your agent should also be able to assist you in pointing out the main issues that will need attention. Don’t sell yourself short ….. happy selling!

New-Look Blog

What do you think? Changed the theme for my blog ….. new and fresh. Although I share some personal info on my blog, it is mostly there to promote my profession and my business as a Business Owner & Real Estate Agent with Steyn Realty in Roodepoort, on the Westrand of Gauteng, Johannesburg, South Africa.

As part of all the marketing we do, blogging isn’t always that easy to “get to” but still a very effective marketing tool. Our marketing consists of the following:

  1. Boards & Dustbins – For Sale – To Let – Sold – Area Agent – Area Specialist – On Show etc …. extremely effective as many buyers, sellers, tenants & landlords drive around in the areas where the want to buy sell or rent and if they spot your details on a board you might get some business.
  2. Website portals – the main websites to advertise our property listings on are Property24 and Private Property. Other sites such as Myproperty, Entegral, IOL as well as our own website are also useful for lead generation. I must say, Entegral is doing a great job assisting estate agencies with real good-looking and user-friendly websites (not expensive) and easy to manage.
  3. Social media … need I say more. We have to be on them all … Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn …. and blogging of course. To follow all our profiles just click on the Social Networking on the home page and click to follow. We love engaging with our followers and answering any property / real estate related questions you might have.
  4. Networking ….. everywhere we go, we network, give out cards, chat to people take numbers and stay in touch as far as possible.

We are always looking for stock, Houses, Townhouses, Clusters, Flats, Estate Houses, Plots, Vacant Land, Farms or any real estate in the areas where we work ….. and we love selling. All our stock can be viewed in detail on http://www.steynrealty.co.za

Our areas where we work stretch from Sterkfontein / Krugersdorp in the West (we refer many buyers and sellers to an agency called RealPro who specializes in assisting buyers, sellers, landlords and tenants in that area). Pinehaven, Featherbrooke, Home Haven in the West all along Hendrik Potgieter towards Ruimsig, Amorosa, up the hill towards Helderkruin, Kloofendal etc. Around Clearwater Mall, Wilgeheuwel, Strubensvallei, Little Falls, Radiokop, Allen’s Nek towards Wilgeheuwel Hospital.

We do a lot of Sectional Title sales and Rentals although the last couple of months towards the end of 2016 and the start of 2017 we have assisted some more sellers, selling their Houses in the area.

If you or anyone you know are looking to buy, sell or rent out their property, we would love to assist. We can assist with free, market related valuations for selling or rental purposes. We advertise on all major websites and social media as explained above. We screen all our tenants through the TPN Credit Bureau and we also make use of the TPN Rentbook system to manage and invoice our tenants.

For more info on your own affordability and credit profile for buying property, please contact Sanette Payne of Payneless Bonds on 087 151 4712 / 011 662 2396 or email sanette@paynelessbonds.co.zahttp://www.paynelessbonds.co.za

For any legal queries regarding the transfer process, costs & fees or any legal issues regarding the transfer and registration of Properties, please contact Jolandie Pieterse at Truter Crous & Wiggill Attorneys on 011 692 1640 or email jpieterse@tcw-rftn.co.zahttp://www.tcw-rftn.co.za

Thank you for reading this post, and remember, we love selling and we would love to assist you in the future.

Marnus – 072 264 7806 – marnus@steynrealty.co.za
Juanita – 083 604 1231 – juanita@steynrealty.co.za