Category: Property

Advice on first homes and first real grown-up debt

Advice on first homes and first real grown-up debt

Buying a house is a scary prospect and may be something that you have put on the back burner. You may tell yourself that you are being wise – after all the current economic climate is dicey and you may worry about the future. However, do you know that should you buy a house, you not only save on rent (in other words paying someone else’s bond) but your asset may well make a profit after the first year? This means it is one of the better debts you may enter into in your life time. Admit it, the vast majority of us yearn for a place to call our own…

Managing Rental Property

Managing rental propertyMany first-generation yuppies have come to realise that they need to enter the property market. However, most of them find that getting a home-loan of between R1 500 000 and R2 000 000 is not always possible.

The creative ones usually find a way around this dilemma by purchasing a home in the R300 000 to R700 000 price range. The home is then used to generate a rental income. The rental is often sufficient to cover their bond repayments. This leaves many of them happy landlords.

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Knowing when to ask for help

House soldAt Northwood financial services we have a panel of dedicated professionals that assist us and our clients with a host of different issues.

Recently I received an email from a home-owner. Having sold his property, he is now struggling to get occupational rental from the buyer who had taken early occupation. In this instance, it is much harder to help. Continue reading “Knowing when to ask for help”

Junk Status – Protecting your Standard of Living

Residential property house investmentThe last blog touched on how Northwood protects clients’ wealth by adding diversity to the unit trust investment portfolios on offer. This week, we will look at creating wealth by adding more diversified investments.

Our clients know that when it comes to investments, we prescribe to the “don’t put all your eggs in one basket” philosophy. We seek to add value and diversity to all our client’s portfolios to creatively manage risks.

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Government offers housing subsidy through FLISP

The South African government is allowing concessions for citizens to purchase homes with assistance from the Finance Linked Individual Subsidy Programme (FLISP)

northwood-housing-blogAccess to social housing has always been a pressing issue in South Africa, with the backlog of required housing units having increased from roughly 1.2 million units in 1994, to over 2.1 million units in just over two decades. Despite the progress in supplying quality housing since 1994; with roughly 3.7 million subsidised housing opportunities offered to roughly 12.5 million people; there is still a strong demand for affordable housing opportunities.

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How to Value Your Home for Insurance Purposes

house-insurance-policyYour house is in all likelihood your most valuable asset, so it is vital that you have sufficient coverage for your property in terms of insurance. A comprehensive short-term insurance policy can be taken out to protect both the value of your entire home structure, as well as its contents against unforeseen circumstances, such as fire or flooding. Depending on the age and condition of your home, and where you live, the cost of insuring your house can vary significantly, just as under insuring your home could have drastic consequences should it burn down. Continue reading “How to Value Your Home for Insurance Purposes”