Up to 40 Home Inspectors wanted urgently

Qualified Home Inspectors wanted One of South Africa’s major corporates has approached  HouseCheck to launch a dedicated home inspection service for their clients.   This is likely to result in huge inspection volumes and as a result HouseCheck is planning to recruit 40 more home inspectors nationally before the end of the…

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HouseCheck is growing – Applications are invited

HouseCheck is seeking experienced and competent inspectors countrywide to do condition assessments of existing and new housing. Building experience and SAHITA certification needed. We also need active ethical people with own transport and computer literacy to do rental entry and exit inspections countrywide. If you think you may qualify, submit…

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Understanding cracks

Home Inspectors are trained to classify cracks Most buildings crack, but when should you become concerned?  Most houses in South Africa will sooner or later develop wall cracks.  Most of these cracks are not serious and can be ascribed to slight settlement of the foundations, mortar shrinkage, or slight roof…

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Consumer Protection Act proving to be toothless

Leading SA consumer journalist Wendy Knowler says that the Consumer Protection Act, is proving to be largely toothless.  Knowler writes: “Thanks to the Consumer Protection Act (CPA), South Africans are among the most protected consumers in the world.   That’s wonderful – in theory. “Of course, for legislation to have any…

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Downscaling still major factor in SA home sales

The Third Quarter FNB Estate Agent Survey shows that financial pressure on home owners is still driving the house market.  Agents estimate that 20 per cent of home sales result from downscaling due to financial pressures.  Another 21 per cent of sellers are downscaling because of life changes (getting older)….

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Home buyers on the march

The value of home loan applications increased by 48 percent in February compared to the same period last year. Bond originators, ooba says that interest rates, subdued property price inflation and relaxed deposit requirements have resulted in an iincrease in applications from buyers. According to the Property24 website ooba states…

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Property industry needs to reinvent itself

It’s a tough time to be selling property and forward thinking estate agents are seeking ways to reinvent themselves as trusted transparent advisors, rather than mere marketers of property. Home inspections and compliance with the spirit of the Consumer Protection Act are two obvious strategies for future success in the…

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