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Purchasing a Property - To Trust or not to Trust

Before purchasing a property in the name of a trust there are a few vital points to consider.

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Bond Consolidation: Using your Bond to Pay off Debt

With household debt levels in South Africa rising, many home owners have turned to bond consolidation in an attempt to better their financial position, by means of utilising a home loan or existing bond account to pay off several other smaller loans.

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Parking Bays and the Decisions made by the Body Corporate

A buyer of a unit in a sectional title scheme may be worried when the property description in the Offer to Purchaser fails to mention the simultaneous transfer of a Parking Bay or Garage space (“PB1” or “G1” for example).

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Property Investment - The Ascent of the Rentvestor

South Africa is currently seeing the emergence of a new kind of property investor — the “rentvestor”.

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Estate Planning - Types of Estates and their differences

There are certain matters in life which are unfortunately, unavoidable.

Most people at some stage of their life have to deal with the reporting of a deceased estate.

There are two types of Estates - each with brief differences in their administration.

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Types of Marriages and their effects on Matrimonial Property

South African law recognises two marriage systems, civil marriages and customary marriages.

It is commonly, and incorrectly, believed that couples, whether heterosexual or same-sex, living together for a long period of time results in a common law marriage, thus giving each spouse the equal protection of the law. South African law does not give automatic rights to partners in a cohabitation relationship.

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The costs involved when purchasing a property

Buying a home is the biggest financial commitment that most people will make in their lifetime. Wouldn’t it be lovely if the price tag on your new home was all you had to pay?

In reality, there are several hidden and not-so-hidden costs associated with buying property. It is worth planning for these in advance of transfer so that you can be sure you have the funds in place.

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The importance of having a professionally drafted will

A will is one of the most important documents, when dealing with a deceased estate, as it ensures that the final wishes of the deceased are adhered to.

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Does flying a drone over another’s property constitute trespassing?

One day in July of 2015 William Meredith spotted a drone flying over his property in Kentucky.

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This is a tough, but hopeful budget

The focus of this year's budget speech was essentially investing in the education of our future leaders, and property buyers.

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