A trust can be a very cost efficient estate planning tool and may provide protection from creditors in the case of insolvency as well as the unfortunate event of an untimely death in the family.
“A death not planned for can be expensive if the family’s
As part of its bid to educate all involved in property purchases, rental or management, whether professionals or members of the general public, the Institute of Estate Agents (IEASA) has included workshops for the layman, so as to provide a more “inclusive” service, says Annette
With most sectional title schemes nearing the end of their financial year (many run from March 1 to the last day of February), comes the need to go through their budgets very carefully for the year ahead and to set the increase in levies with
Business tip of the day
Before you make a deliberate phone call, send an email or have a meeting, take a few minutes to clear your mind and decide what objectives you want to achieve. Visualise those objectives being achieved prior to your call to action.
With the increasing demand for sectional title units (according to a recent FNB Property Barometer report) comes the need, too, for pet-friendly sectional title schemes.
Often young professionals and couples without children treat them much like members of the family, which has in recent times even
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
A disgruntled purchaser recently phoned John Graham from property inspection company, HouseCheck, to complain about the condition disclosure document. Estate agents make sellers sign this document which, according to the buyer, is of little use because it often contradicts the sales contract.
Graham says he was
FNB House Price Index’s mini-growth uptick in January appears to be peaking, with month-on-month growth having lost considerable momentum reports John Loos, household and property sector strategist for FNB Home Loans.
The FNB House Price Index showed a year-on-year increase of 6.8% in January 2016, slightly
Have you ever put in an insurance claim for damage to your home and ended up with a huge quote to do the repairs? This happened to a prominent property player recently, who wishes to remain anonymous - an experience that shook him to the core.
The value of outstanding credit balances in the South African household sector increased by 4,5% to R1 475,3 billion in 2015, up from growth of 3,6% in 2014. Growth in both secured and unsecured credit balances saw a gradual uptick on a year-on-year basis in