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Factors you should never hide from your real estate agent

Effective communication is a fundamental factor within successful relationships. This is especially true for the relationship between the prospective homebuyer and their real estate agent. An open communication channel is imperative for an agent to fully understand what a buyer wants and needs. Yet, according to Regional Director and CEO …

Why Conveyancing Is Needed When Buying A Commercial Property

Buying commercial property isn’t always a straightforward process. It doesn’t start and end when money changes hands from the buyer to the seller. It involves a lot of legalities and the nitty-gritty paperwork. If you’re buying a commercial property for the first time or you’re not quite knowledgeable with the …

Just dismissal – Unpacking employment law in South Africa

Fair and just dismissal When considering disciplinary action that may lead to an employee’s dismissal, an employer must wrestle with questions of both fairness and “just reasons” to successfully exercise his/her authority over that employee. Employers are viewed as having more bargaining power than employees and so the law places …

LOUWRENS COETZER CELEBRATES 33 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE IN LAW

Louwrens Coetzer Attorneys is a Family-owned practice that has been in business for 33 years. Our Lawyers have a combined working experience of more than 50 years! Practice areas include: Conveyancing the transfer of legal title of property from one person to another, or the granting of an encumbrance such …

How much more you will pay on your bond after South Africa’s latest interest rate hike

The South African Reserve Bank’s (SARB) Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) decision to hike the repo rate by 50 basis points to 4.75% – taking the prime rate to 8.25% – will make home loan finance more expensive. However, the rate remains well below the pre-pandemic levels of 2020 and was …

Overlooked? What are grandparent’s rights and responsibilities after a death or divorce?

When couples with children divorce, there is understandably a focus on the arrangements made for the children. A lot of time and effort is spent ensuring a fair division of care and contact between the parents. Unfortunately, the rights of grandparents are often overlooked. Despite being intimately involved in their grandchildren’s lives and upbringing and often …

Sectional Titles and the POPI Act – what you need to know

Community housing schemes should have compliant record-keeping systems, including those of their managing agents, in accordance with the Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act. It is also important for owners and occupiers in Sectional Title schemes and gated developments run by Home Owners’ Associations (HOAs) to understand that the Act …

New Property Practitioners Act provides better protection for all

By Peter Mennen, Head of Legal at TPN Credit Bureau The new Property Practitioners Act (PPA), which came into effect on 1 February 2022, has been designed for increased support and regularisation of the sales and rental industries and other immovable property professions. Through updated processes, better clarity and new administrative …

ANALYSIS | How landlords can protect their property investments in 2022

Landlords wanting to protect their investment need to remember that tenants are price sensitive and that safe and secure properties are considered more valuable, says Michelle Dickens. Unemployment is a crisis in South Africa. In the last 18 months, 2.1 million jobs have been lost. This has had a marked impact on …