Home Owners

Maximizing the letting potential of your holiday Home

Don’t buy all of your furniture from the same place Buying all of your furniture from the same store can make a room look too uniform, and make guests feel as if they’re looking at the pages of a catalogue rather than a comfortable holiday home. Mix and match to keep things interesting and to add a touch of personality to your investment home. Be practical Think about the longevity of your...

4 Upgrades Homeowners Want Right Now

Designers and remodelers say clients have been wanting to improve these areas of their homes in recent months It’s been nearly a year since many people started working from home due to the pandemic. This period has given homeowners ample opportunity to see their houses in a whole new light and to reevaluate what works and what needs to improve. We talked to established professionals about their...

Semigration

What’s behind the semigration trend in South Africa?

South Africans are increasingly looking to greener pastures within our country’s borders in search of a better quality of life away from the stresses of big cities, notes Andrea Tucker, director at MortgageMe. Semigration, or moving from one part of the country to another, is firmly in the spotlight as Covid-19 makes working remotely de rigueur. Data from FNB shows a continued trend towards...

7 Kitchen Details You Might Not Have Considered

Good kitchen design is made up of lots of little well-executed details. But sometimes one significant detail can make an entire kitchen feel fresh and exciting every time you’re in it. Here, seven designers share a key detail that elevated their clients’ kitchen design. 1. Shiplap Cabinet Fronts Homeowners’ request. “Since this is a ground-up new construction, we did not start by...

Guide to Contracts and Force Majeure During a Pandemic

Understand the force majeure clause and how it applies to contracts you can’t fulfill due to the COVID-19 crisis If the coronavirus pandemic has affected your ability to complete your work, you may be wondering about your legal obligations to your clients. In this article, we’ll cover force majeure — a common contract provision that can potentially excuse parties from performing the obligations of...

How to Focus Your Family Room on Family

How to Focus Your Family Room on Family Reclaim your room from screens and headphones with these ideas for fostering family togetherness Family rooms are supposed to promote family togetherness, but most of the time, a television dominates the space, and family members often lie unspeaking, splayed across furniture — or find themselves in another room working on a task alone. It doesn't have to be this...

Interest Rate Cut – What does it mean?

WHAT THE INTEREST RATE CUT MEANS FOR THE SA PROPERTY MARKET The MPC announced on Thursday a lowering of the repo rate by 25 basis points. The repo rate drops to 6.25% and the prime lending rate changes to 9.75%. The repo rate is the benchmark interest rate at which the Reserve Bank lends money to other banks. Before Thursday, the last time the bank changed the rate was in July 2019, when it was cut...

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