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Ensuring your healthcare wishes are honoured: The essential guide to living wills

In our current society, where the unforeseen has become a central concern for many, the relevance of a Living Will has surged. A Living Will serves as a vital legal instrument that captures an individual’s healthcare preferences for a time when they may no longer be in a position to make or communicate their medical […]

Factors to consider before negotiating your home loan’s interest rate

As interest rates continue to rise, many homeowners find themselves contemplating the idea of fixing their home loan interest rates. Initially, when the interest rate hike began after the historically low rates experienced in 2020, experts advised against fixing rates. However, the landscape has evolved since then, and the decision to fix your interest rate […]

Intending to buy a state-funded house? Here’s what you need to know

The Constitution of South Africa enshrines the right of everyone to have access to adequate housing. This places a mandatory duty on the state to achieve this right for all South Africans through its available resources. The government introduced the Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) as its social housing programme to provide low-income families with […]

Navigating the real estate market: Tips for buyers

Understanding the real estate market is crucial when buying or selling a property. The market’s current favour, whether for buyers or sellers, significantly impacts your decisions and strategies. Buyers’ market: When the real estate market leans towards buyers, it signifies that there’s an abundance of properties available for sale compared to the number of active buyers […]

Factors that influence the value of your home

When determining the value of your property, it’s often a challenge to remain objective due to the emotional and financial attachment you have to your home. However, the value of a home is ultimately based on what buyers are willing to pay in the current market. Several factors influence a home’s value, including location, condition, […]

Should sellers provide approved building plans when selling property?

The simple answer is no. However, the National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act mandates that local authorities approve building plans for the construction, alteration, or conversion of a building. Consequently, if approved plans are absent, the property owner would be committing a statutory offence. Once signed by both parties, an offer to purchase becomes […]

When is it worthwhile to pursue litigation in South Africa?

Litigation can be a complex and costly process, requiring time, resources, and a thorough understanding of the legal system. For individuals and businesses in South Africa facing legal disputes, the decision to pursue litigation should not be taken lightly. In this article, we explore when it is worthwhile to pursue litigation. How strong is your […]

Your PAYE obligations as an employer

As an employer, it is your responsibility to withhold tax from your employees’ salaries and remit it to SARS. Employee tax is a key component of the South African tax system and is the mechanism through which employers withhold and remit income tax on behalf of their employees. Commonly known as PAYE (which stands for […]

Factors to consider before negotiating your home loan’s interest rate

As interest rates continue to rise, many homeowners find themselves contemplating the idea of fixing their home loan interest rates. Initially, when the interest rate hike began after the historically low rates experienced in 2020, experts advised against fixing rates. However, the landscape has evolved since then, and the decision to fix your interest rate […]

Compliance certificates required when selling a property

There is a duty on the Seller when selling an immovable property to provide certain certificates of compliance to the Purchaser.There are five compliance certificates that the Seller is required to obtain at his/her own cost before the transfer of the property takes place. The following are the necessary certificates: Electrical Compliance Certificate The Electrical […]