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Pros and cons of a joint home loan

Pros and cons of a joint home loan

With the average house price for a first-time buyer nearly reaching the R1 million mark, few people can afford to buy a home on their own. A R900 000 home loan will require a monthly repayment of R8 800 – this is before you have even started paying...

Tips for successful ‘semigration’

Tips for successful ‘semigration’

Making the move to the coast? Here’s how to lose less in an expensive transition. Many Gautengers dream of leaving their busy life in the big smoke and setting up a new, slower life in beautiful Cape Town. Unfortunately a lot of these dreams never...

To Airbnb or not to Airbnb?

To Airbnb or not to Airbnb?

According to a 2016 Fin24 interview with Nicola D’Elia, managing director for Airbnb Africa and Middle East, South African Airbnb hosts earn on average R28 000 a month by making their property available for short-term let via the popular sharing...

Buying an investment property

Buying an investment property

When buying an investment property, you need to do your homework carefully to avoid your property becoming a financial ball and chain. While astute investors can make money, property has significant holding costs and is not as liquid as other...

Pay off your mortgage or invest?

Pay off your mortgage or invest?

Should you throw all your spare cash into paying off your mortgage before even thinking about investing? As most mortgage repayments are set over a 20-year period, we looked at three possible scenarios in terms of accelerating mortgage repayments...

Is now the time to buy your dream home?

Is now the time to buy your dream home?

With interest rates rising and the economy slowing, is now the time to make the biggest investment of your life? There is one thing most economists agree on: our economy will continue to slow and we will see further interest rate hikes. Against...

Should you close a paid-off home loan?

Should you close a paid-off home loan?

Morake writes: A friend of mine’s home loan is nearly paid off and she wants to know if she should close the home loan or keep it open. What is the procedure to closing a mortgage? Do you have to pay transfer duties to get the title deed? Maya...

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