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  • Posted March 21, 2024

FIVE THINGS A SELLER SHOULD KNOW AT THE TIME OF SALE

You listed your home in this hot property market, and after only a few weeks your property is SOLD! Once the adrenaline of the negotiations, and the joy of obtaining your ideal sale price subsides, you start to think about what you need to know to be prepared for the transfer process.  Here are a […]
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  • Posted February 24, 2024

DATE OF DISPOSAL FOR SARS: SALE OR TRANSFER

With the financial year end for many businesses fast approaching, and the tax year concluding on this leap-year 29 February 2024, accountants and tax consultants are spinning! We have been approached by clients seeking clarity on what the South African Revenue Services (SARS) deem to be the date of disposal of a property for tax […]
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  • Posted January 26, 2024

An overview on compliance certificates

Once a sale agreement has been concluded, there is an obligation on the seller to provide various compliance certificates to the purchaser which ensures that specific installations on the property meet the required standards as prescribed by law. There are several misconceptions as to exactly what these certificates cover and when they are required so […]
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  • Posted November 24, 2023

CAN AN OFFER TO PURCHASE BE REVOKED BEFORE THE EXPIRY DATE?

So, you view a property on a beautiful summers day and fall in love with it. You immediately decide to make an offer without further questions and without checking your finances thoroughly. You complete the offer to purchase with the estate agent and sign on the dotted line, leaving the offer open for acceptance by […]
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  • Posted October 27, 2023

CROSSING THE LINE – A GUIDE TO ENCROACHMENTS

Land surveying forms the foundation of our land registration system in South Africa. All title deeds refer to a diagram or general plan, which is a drawing prepared by a land surveyor indicating the location and extent of the property which is approved and registered with the Surveyor-General. This creates certainty for property owners as […]
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  • Posted August 25, 2023

SIGNING A SALE OF PROPERTY AGREEMENT – IS A QUILL AND INK STILL REQUIRED?

If you asked whether you could sign a sale of immovable property agreement electronically, the short answer, up until recently, would have been an emphatic “no”.  This is so, as the Alienation of Land Act 68 of 1981 (“ALA”) provides that no sale of land will be of any force and effect unless it is contained in […]
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  • Posted July 28, 2023

PROPERTY DEFECTS SIMPLIFIED: AN OVERVIEW FOR BUYERS AND SELLERS

Buying a property is an exciting endeavour, but it is crucial to be aware of potential issues that could turn your dream home into a living nightmare. One such concern is the presence of defects, specifically PATENT and LATENT defects. Knowing the difference between the two and understanding your obligations and rights as a Seller […]
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  • Posted June 29, 2023

TRANSFER DUTY vs TRANSFER COSTS WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

When you purchase a property, you are advised that the costs of buying the property are for your account. However, at times you have seen property listings boasting that the property purchase is “duty free” or even “costs included”. It is no wonder that Purchasers are often confused when it comes to what they need […]
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  • Posted May 26, 2023

DON’T FALL VICTIM TO EMAIL FRAUD – HERE’S HOW

By now, we’ve all heard the story from someone close to us who has been duped into making a payment to a fraudsters bank account, usually as a result of email spoofing. The payment could be anything from the settlement of your plumber’s recent invoice, to the purchase of a motor car or payment in […]
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