Becoming a homeowner may be a thrilling concept, but the realities of owning a house are not always sunshine and roses and jumping in with your eyes closed could land you in a potentially uncomfortable position. Thankfully, with a little preparation and honest self-assessment, you
Creating a budget can help you stay in control of your finances, but many people become unstuck because they forget to take account of uncommon but important expenses. In theory, a budget should structure our spending, but human nature causes us to deviate from our
The property market in East London has just about everything a first-time buyer could wish for – affordability, lifestyle amenities in abundance and many new developments to choose from.
And, says Clinton Krouse, owner of the Chas Everitt International franchise in East London, that fact has
The annual Valentine’s Day celebrations will again see florists run out of red roses, and there’ll be more candlelit dinners than during a rolling blackout. But amid the annual outpouring of romance and Love, Actually DVDs, it’s important to also take steps to prevent money
Negotiation touches every part of our lives. Relationships in business and in our personal lives are negotiated. And the skills to do it effectively can often mean the difference between getting what you want or losing out. You don’t get what you deserve, you get
With the current drought conditions looking set to stay in South Africa, developing water-wise habits is becoming essential. Homeowners are already feeling the pinch in their gardens with yellowed lawns, drooping foliage and pools with low water-levels that are starting to make buyers think twice
If you’re planning to sell your large family house and downsize to a smaller property, now’s the time to make your move, says Jan Davel, MD of the RealNet estate agency group.
“The prices of large homes have shown much greater growth in the past year
The property markets of mining towns around the world have gone from boom to bust in the past year as a result of the slump in commodity prices, with most now having a serious oversupply of real estate that is driving both rentals and purchase
Unemployment is South Africa’s most serious unresolved problem, say ordinary South Africans. Racism barely features as an issue of this kind. And only nine people out of roughly 2 250 identify land reform as an important problem that still needs to be resolved.
These are some
This Third Century Roman Saint can strike terror into a man’s heart, causing sweaty palms right to the build-up of the 14th of February.
The wonderfully wise poet Maya Angelou said it perfectly: "Eating is so intimate. It's so sensual. When you invite someone to sit