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6 Practical tips that will save you money and stress when buying a home

Buying a new home is an exhilarating time, albeit time consuming and a little complex. It’s likely to be the largest financial transaction you will make and there are many legally binding documents you will need to sign – after the excitement wears off you could find this a little daunting. But with the right checks and balances in...

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Urban Redesign and Renewel

Property developers are increasingly becoming more creative when looking at spatial and property design, this to meet the ever-evolving needs of the urban dweller. Shared spaces, duality within the home, and access to public and private (communal areas) amenities are all modern-day needs that wouldn't have been as important to a ...

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Buying Off-Plan

Why buy something that isn't built? When buying from a developer you don’t pay transfer fees and the most important financial incentive for buying from developer is that bank will finance total cost of house, including VAT’s and all fees. Buying from developer means you are protected by the Consumer Protection Act, which does not ...

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Budget Friendly Home Improvements

Fixing and flipping your property can increase its value. There are many small changes you can make in your home that will make a big difference. Choose to do the improvements, either by yourself or by hiring an expert. Firstly, do a budget and ensure you stick to it. Compare prices and quotes from different builders, building ...

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The Rise and Rise of Eco-Estates

In South Africa we are very privileged to live in one of the most naturally beautiful places on earth.Our diverse landscape, from the coast to the escarpment, is something quite unique in both flora and fauna. It is not surprising then that there is a move to not only preserve this amazing ecosystem, but also create the chance to ...

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Rates and Rebates

Owning property can be an exciting experience. However, if you’re a first time homeowner, you may not know that purchasing property is not only a matter of handing over the money and having the property given to you, but involves many additional costs. Depending on the property specifics: price and history, there will be lawyer’s fees and transfer costs. There are ...

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Five things you should know before purchasing a plot

Purchasing property can be an exciting and also a tricky experience. You don’t have to be a financial guru to understand the value that property can hold especially if invested in at the right time and of course the right area. With only so much land available, property investment and purchasing of plots and houses are completely ...

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What does affordable really mean?

Buying a house is a huge financial commitment, with most industry experts agreeing that it’s probably the single biggest investment most of us will ever do. The hardest question to answer during the process is: did I make the right decision?The simple answer isn’t so simple after all. There are a multitude of factors that add up to...

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Celebrate & Explore

Residential communities are awesome, and the more you know and understand about them, the more you will appreciate living on one – and the more you can contribute.So we here at Estate Living are delighted to announce the first ever residential estate expo in South Africa. Hosted by the Association of Residential Communities (ARC), it will bring together residential ...

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Interior Design | Dorothy van’t Riet

I am in a very fortunate position at Estate Living, because I am regularly exposed to some of the most beautiful residential landscapes in South Africa. Coupled with these natural and architectural success stories are the warm and hospitable people that welcome me into their homes. The beauty of a residential community does not end at the front gate or even the front ...

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