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Merry Christmas!

by Chris Lang on December 24, 2016
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Dear readers, Thanks for sticking with us in 2016. We’d like to wish you and your loved ones safe and happy holidays. Enjoy your break – finally, an opportunity to stop trying to get things done. It’s OK to just relax for the moment – the property market isn’t going anywhere over the holidays 🙂 […]

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Merry Christmas!

by Chris Lang on December 25, 2015
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Dear readers, Thanks for sticking with us in 2015. We’d like to wish you and your loved ones safe and happy holidays. Enjoy your break – finally, an opportunity to stop trying to get things done. It’s OK to just relax for the moment – the property market isn’t going anywhere over the holidays 🙂 […]

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Merry Christmas!

by Chris Lang on December 24, 2014
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Dear readers, Finally, finally, finally… Christmas is here. The cards are all written and mailed, the house is decorated, the gifts are prepared and wrapped, at last… It is time to relax and really enjoy being with family, friends, furry friends, whoever your companions are for the party – it doesn’t matter as long as […]

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Solicitors and conveyancers – what’s the difference?

by Chris Lang on November 26, 2014
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I used to think those two terms (solicitor and conveyancer) mean the same, but they really are quite different. The difference is in what those lawyers can and can not do and even in what they charge you for their services.

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Renting with pets

by Chris Lang on August 14, 2014
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I must say that renting with a pet makes your job much harder, because not many landlords want to accept tenants with pets. When I was looking to rent a place, I discovered that my beautiful dog pretty much ruined my chances of getting a house by 80 percent – 8 out of 10 houses […]

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How to figure out the REAL asking price for a house

by Chris Lang on October 11, 2012
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Most vendors (property sellers) hire agents to sell their homes – and everyone knows that advertising costs a lot. What not everyone knows (or often forgets) is, that vendors transfer the advertising costs on to the buyers. Yes, that’s true – the asking price for the house is usually worked out this way:

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Making an offer on a house – things you must know

by Chris Lang on August 11, 2012
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In any private sale making an offer on a property is one of the important steps. If you make an offer and it’s accepted – just keep your part of the deal and the house is yours.

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Plan before buying a house

by Chris Lang on July 21, 2012
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When you are thinking about a budget for a house you’re going to buy, there are 2 main money questions to think about. The first question is “How much?” and the second is “When?”.

Basically what I am saying is not only the amount matters, but also the time frame – when you have to pay it. Why? Because you may not have the whole amount up front on the day you’re signing the contract, but

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Why termite inspection is a must

by Chris Lang on July 19, 2012
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Statistically speaking, termites are the third thing people fear the most after rising damp and cracking. To understand what the fuss is all about I did some research about them and found pretty interesting things.

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Appraisal and valuation: learn the huge difference

by Chris Lang on July 12, 2012
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If you look up appraisal and valuation in the dictionary, they will come up as synonyms, but there is a huge difference between those words when it comes to real estate.

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Moving out of a rental property – things to remember

by Chris Lang on July 4, 2012
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There are several things you don’t want to forget when moving out of your rental property.

Notifying your agent/landlord

Have a look in your contract and see how far in advance you should notify your real estate agent (or landlord). When sending your notice of vacation, make sure you have proof they’ve received it – either send by registered post or deliver in person and ask them to sign and date your copy of it.

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