At your service ….

…. property stock is our life-line and we need to move our current stock and get new stock in on a regular basis to keep “playing the game”. Properties that are priced right sell quicker, even in difficult markets. What makes it more difficult is when sellers want us to do the impossible by selling their property in the shortest time possible but for an unrealistically high price …. buyers are too well informed these days.

When we are approached by a seller to give our assessment and opinion on the property value / price for a possible sale, we assume our client is a serious seller, otherwise why bother. Our valuation is therefore based on recent property sales as well as factors such as condition, additions and potential. After 13 years of selling property, we also have a fairly good idea what buyers are looking for in a property. Funny enough, our valuation is not based on the value of the house that the sellers wants to buy or how much the seller needs to clear in order to settle debt or something similar ….

…. your house is only worth what a buyer is prepared to offer you …. if that is not enough, it’s better to take the property off the market.

Estate agents only earn money, income on property sales and not on property listings. Keeping your house on the market for as long as possible has absolutely no value to us. We spend a lot of time and effort making sure we list and present our listings to the best of our ability. We work funny hours, weekends and evenings, we spend stupid amounts of time making calls, following up, scheduling and confirming viewing, We market our stock on every possible social media platform and website with no cost to the seller in order to attract serious buyers, giving us the opportunity to sell the property as soon as possible at an acceptable price.

Selling a house is also a team effort where the seller and the agent have to work together … there are many little things that sellers can do to assist their agent … more about this later in my next post … watch this space … http://www.marnussteyn.com

For all our stock please visit http://www.steynrealty.co.za and you can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @steynrealty

To get you property listed and sold in the Roodepoort, Wilgeheuwel, Wilropark, Ruimsig, and surrounding areas …… give us a call, Your Agents 0722647806 / 0836041231.

Your sale is our goal.

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!

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

 

 

Property For Sale in Helderkruin / Kloofendal, Roodepoort

Helderkruin and Kloofendal are arguably two of the better suburbs to stay in the Roodepoort area. Close to schools and other amenities, these two areas are quiet and established with large residential stands and older but well built properties. Many of the properties have been upgraded and renovated over the years.

I have 3 residential homes for sale in these areas and any prospective buyer can contact me directly to arrange a viewing …… have a look at the following:

1. Kloofendal R 2 275 000 (Negotiable)

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This is a very neat and spacious 3 bedroom house that has also got a 4th bedroom / flatlet with its own bathroom and kitchen. What makes this house unique and adds to the value is that it has full gas and solar installations for the kitchen as well as the geysers. Loadshedding is no problem with a generator and because of the gas and solar features, the electricity bill is really low. Electricity is also pre-paid.

Other features included a study, under cover parking for a caravan, trailer and or boat, double automated garage, solar heated pool, domestic accommodation with bathroom and solar geyser, large extra Wendy House for storage, a second entrance gate at the back, a jungle-gym and lots of garden space to play.

Being a corner property, this stand is 1500m². This really is an exceptional property with so many positive features. To view this property …. click here

2. Helderkruin R 1 695 000 (Negotiable)

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Built on 1286m² stand and situated very close to the Kloofendal Nature Reserve, this property is also totally renovated. From the roof to the kitchen and bathrooms have been renovated and upgraded for a more modern but warm and family orientated lifestyle. This property has 3 well sized bedrooms with laminate flooring and two bathrooms. The kitchen has a huge scullery section witch also doubles up as the laundry with lots of cupboard space.

Three large living areas include a dining room, formal lounge and TV / Family room leading out to the pool area. Other features include a study, domestic room, outside bathroom, double automated garage, braai / entertainment area and irrigated garden.

This is the perfect home for a young couple or family where you can stay for the next 20 years …… to view this property …. click here

3. Helderkruin R 1 650 000 (Negotiable)

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Spacious comfortable living in this very neat and spacious family house. 1566m² stand, 3 bedrooms and a study (which could also be a 4th bedroom), 2 bathrooms and 3 living areas. Work-from-home possibility with some minor adjustments. If you are looking for a big kitchen where the family can get together, well then this is it. Separate scullery, double fridge and plenty of space for other appliances.

This property has a front and back garden with beautiful rock garden, grass terraces and sparkling pool. Additional features include a domestic room and outside toilet, separate side entrance, a bore hole for the garden, irrigation system, covered back patio and plenty of playing space ……

This property is a dream come true for a your couple or family looking to settle for many happy years. To view this property …. click here

For more on these properties or any other of my listings, go to http://www.realpro4u.co.za

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