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Property Practitioners Act will help home buyers make informed decisions

The new Property Practitioners Act (PPA),  will definitely assist buyers make informed decisions. In terms of this new law, owners will be compelled to make a written disclosure to every potential buyer regarding all of the significant defects to the property of which the owner is aware.  Moreover, the agent, usually employed by the owner …

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Estate agents now owe sellers and buyers an equal duty of care

Estate agents now owe sellers and buyers an equal duty of care Estate agents, soon to be known as “property practitioners” in terms of the new Property Practitioners Act (PPA), are usually paid their commission by the seller of the property. Now the new PPA will compel agents to be fully transparent and ensure that …

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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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How to stop SA home buyers from being cheated

The publication of the new Property Practitioners’ Bill  has been delayed.  John Graham founder of HouseCheck and principal of SAHITA asks “why” and points out that the absence of this law compromises the consumer protection of all South African home buyers.  Graham writes: Last year the Department of Human Settlements and its subsidiary the Estate …

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Inspections: Agents have vital role to play

Inspections: Agents have vital role to play Home inspections are fast becoming the norm in the South African real estate sales process and estate agents should therefore be using the home inspection report as an important tool in successfully managing negotiations between seller and buyer, says John Graham CEO of property inspection company HouseCheck. Graham …

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