Month: August 2017

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Home owners not adequately protected by legislative requirements

Home owners not adequately protected by legislative requirements Properly anchoring the roof to the walls in fundamental for structural soundness.  Yet there appears to be a loophole in the legislative requirements which may leave home buyers exposed. HouseCheck was recently commissioned to do a HouseCheck on two relatively newly built duplex units. When inspecting the roof …

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Home Buyers turning to online forums to vent frustrations

The following post on Hello Peter is representative of some of the ways that disgruntled buyers are turning to the internet and social media to vent their frustrations. In HouseCheck’s view, this real estate company handled the situation badly. Firstly they went into denial and hid behind “agent speak” and denied it was their responsibility to …

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Job Creation in the property sector – Picking the low hanging fruit

John Graham (National Association of Building Inspectors of SA) Aug 2017 Within the giant property sector an opportunity has arisen to pluck some “low-hanging fruit” and meaningfully address the triple threats of unemployment, lack of transformation of the economy and disintegrating infrastructure. The asset value of the property sector is massive:  Last year the Property …

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The Property Practitioners Bill set to improve consumer protection

The new Property Practitioner’s Bill (PPB) will go a long way to “levelling the playing fields” for South African home buyers, sellers and their estate agents, says John Graham of HouseCheck, South Africa’s leading home inspection company. Graham says the proposed new law will ensure much better consumer protection for home buyers –  who are …

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