We are compiling a list of regular questions we get relating to property matters, buying and selling and renting property. Check the index to the right and if the topic you are enquiring about is not covered, just pop us a question. An attorney is either LIVE online to answer you, or if offline will answer your query as soon as possible.
Friday, August 31, 2012
How much will it cost me to transfer a property into my name?
The transfer costs depend on the value of the property. If you click on this link to our website, we have a handy calculator that will give you a good idea of the costs, including some "hidden" costs that other firms may not warn you about in advance, but which will be required to be paid, such as rates or levies, or Vat.
You can print out these calculations, email them or sms them to yourself or others, free of charge.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
If you are buying through Just Property, they will generally be able to assist you in getting bank finance. Here is a link to our guide on getting a mortgage loan, an affordability calculator and repayment calculator, and with links to the banks and mortgage originators we deal with who will also gladly help you. You can print out these calculations, email them or sms them to yourself or others, free of charge.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Who should I pay the deposit on the Purchase price to?
The payment of the deposit is usually set out in the sale agreement and would stipulate that payment either gets made to the Conveyancers (attorneys) attending to the change of ownership of the property or to the real estate company who brokered your deal.
Both have Trust accounts and you should verify the trust banking details of the company before paying your money to them. Never pay your money to the seller or to an individual agent.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
How long will it take to register the change of ownership of the property and what are the steps involved?
Here is a link to our Skydrive which sets out the steps involved which you can also print out. The whole process usually takes 6- 8 weeks and depends on how quickly the buyer is able to pay any deposit and costs, or get a bank loan, or if money is coming from the property they are selling, whether they have already sold it and how far that process is.
Monday, August 27, 2012
What is the present interest rate banks are charging to lend money for a property purchase?
The present prime rate has recently been reduced to 8,5% per annum, which is the lowest in South Africa for over 35 years. The interest is calculated on the balance owing each day and is added to the bond once a month. If you want to calculate how much the repayments will be to cover the interest and pay off your loan over the usual 20 year period, click here for the calculator on our website.