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How to choose the best real estate agent when buying your first home

Buying your first home is a daunting process in itself, which is why choosing the best estate agent to help you meet your needs is of the utmost importance. At the Property Buyer Show, taking place at Sandton Convention Centre in October, first-time home buyers will have the opportunity to meet and engage with leading agents from around Gauteng and understand all that is involved in purchasing a property. Show sponsors, Pam Golding Properties, weigh on how to choose the agent for your needs.

“Once you have decided to enter the property market, and know which areas you would like to look at purchasing in, the first step you should take is to consult a reputable estate agency that specializes in those areas,” says Jason Shaw, National Sales Executive for Pam Golding Properties. “While it is useful to gain a feel for the property markets and neighbourhoods in various suburbs by browsing property websites and the weekend property guides, it is important to consult an area expert from a well-known agency with a sound track record, who can provide you with useful advice regarding prices achieved in various areas, and other relevant market information.”

“An experienced, professional agent has considerable experience in all the processes involved in purchasing and selling a property, so they can help you navigate the entire buying process. With the documentation, financing and negotiating, it makes sense to have a professional who can explain everything to you in simple terms and ensure that you’ve dotted every ‘i’ and crossed every ‘t’,” says Jason. “Secondly, they also have properties on their books which may not be advertised elsewhere so you have access to a much wider selection. Some sellers prefer not to advertise, citing privacy as a prime concern.”

“And finally, an estate agent can do a lot of the legwork for you and save you considerable time and emotional effort. For example, a property advertisement may tell you how many bedrooms a home has, but it will not reveal the size of the bedrooms, where they are situated in a house, or how much cupboard space there is. By telling the estate agent exactly what you want in a home, they can eliminate a lot of unsuitable places immediately. An estate agent also has a high fiduciary duty, that is, a duty of trust and confidence.”

For further information on properties available for sale and how to go about buying your first home or investing in property, make sure you visit the Property Buyer Show Gauteng which will be taking place on 28th and 29th of October 2017 at the Sandton Convention Centre.

For more info on the Property Buyer Show, please visit www.propertybuyershow.com

To book your tickets at R80 per person please visit https://itickets.co.za/events/385743.html

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Huge opportunities in Africa’s construction sector

The World Population Bureau estimates that the population of Africa will rise from 1.1 billion in 2013 to 2.4 billion in 2050. This means that most of the continent’s economies will have to double in size in the next 36 years.

If that is to happen, then the stock of Africa’s infrastructure assets, including all of its residential, industrial and commercial buildings and power, transport and sanitation systems, will have to double in size. In other words Africa will have to be built again in a single generation.

This will require unthinkable amounts of cement, building materials, construction planning, manpower, products and services to accomplish such a momentous task. And, for this reason, infrastructure investment is providing the platform for the strong economic growth trends that will pave the way for businesses, to explore a number of exciting commercial and business development opportunities in Africa’s construction sector.

The African Construction and Totally Concrete Conferences and Expos will be returning to the Sandton Convention Centre, between 12 and 14 May 2015. These platforms not only facilitate open dialogue but provide a unique opportunity for a diverse group of professionals involved in the transformation and development of the African construction, cement and concrete industries to network, share knowledge, best practices and the latest thinking.

Africa’s only three-storey expo

The audience comprises 600 – 700 key decision-makers from Africa’s construction, cement and concrete industries who attend the conference; and over 6000 mid-to-senior level executives who visit the expo. Over 200 companies will display their products and services in the first ever 3 story expo in Africa!

“For 2015, we’re creating five unique experiences to culminate into Africa’s biggest gathering of qualified buyers and sellers for the entire cement, concrete and construction industry value chain which includes African Construction Expo, Totally Concrete Expo, Coatings for Africa, Housing for Africa and African Roads Evolution, together all 5 conferences and expos will tell the story of shaping the future of Africa’s cement, concrete and construction industries value chain.” Says Soren du Preez, 2015 Programme Director.

Over 170 speakers will present contents in a variety of formats and cover topics as diverse as 3D printing, mega-project development, self-healing concrete, pavement design, enterprise development and investment in infrastructure.

“Our stimulating conference programme pushes innovation in format delivery! We have reliably built an interactive, participant-led experience leveraging expertise and experience to create a conference that you want to be at and actively participate in!” says Du Preez.

Registration and additional information can be found at www.totallyconcrete.co.za

Resource: African Environment