August 28, 2015

Implications of estate duty

Estate duty is charged on the dutiable value of the estate in terms of the Estate Duty Act. The general rule is that if the taxpayer […]
August 28, 2015

Co-ownership of land

The word “co-ownership” in relation to land means that two or more persons own land simultaneously in undivided shares. A share in land does not represent, […]
September 28, 2015

Why is the transfer of my property taking so long?

After signing a deed of sale, the purchasers often want to move into the property with great excitement and as soon as possible. When they are […]
September 28, 2015

What happens after your house has been burnt to the ground?

There are definite steps that a homeowner will need to take if he ever has the traumatic experience of having his house burnt to the ground. […]
October 27, 2015

Capital gains tax and the sale of a property

Capital Gains Tax was introduced on 1 October 2001. Capital Gains Tax is payable on the profit a seller makes when disposing of his property. What […]
November 26, 2015

Your holiday season guide to home buying and selling

“Buy land – they’ve stopped making it” (Mark Twain) Selling or buying a house can seem like a complicated and confusing process but help is at […]
January 6, 2016

Trouble with the neighbours

You and your neighbour have been good friends for years; your children have grown up together and you have always thought of him as a reasonable […]
February 8, 2016

Could your property debts be cancelled?

“How, on these figures, an employee of the bank could conclude that the farming may prove to be successful, is beyond me. It seems that money […]
February 8, 2016

Estate agents: How to secure your commission

Are you an agency trading through a company or close corporation (CC)?  If so, this is for you – a recent High Court (Full Bench) case […]
March 9, 2016

Property buyers: must you pay the previous owner’s old debts?

Imagine this.  You buy your dream house.  You take transfer.  You book a date for your move with Fred’s Furniture Removals.  But when you apply for […]
April 1, 2016

Rates up after a property revaluation? Object, but do it properly!

Your local municipality is entitled to revalue your property (with reference to recent sales of similar properties in your area) at regular intervals. Of course any […]