Most sellers will end up choosing an estate agent that charges the lowest fee or one that offers the highest valuation. However, as some of you may know, neither of these criteria should ever be used to select an estate agent.
“You need to use a little truth serum to get prospective real estate agents to come clean.” – Becki Saltzman
Aside from the obvious requirements, like a valid Fidelity Fund Certificate (FFC), without which an agent may not legally operate, there are a several essential traits to look for in an real estate agent.
Before you put your home on the market, or sign a mandate and agree to a marketing plan, here are 5 tests you can apply to your shortlist of candidates to help you sort the wheat from the chaff: Continue reading →
His medium is mainly oil paint on either board or canvas. He draws his composition in charcoal and adds preliminary shades and colour by mixing paint and turpentine. The painting is then allowed to dry before he starts to work through the painting, applying paint only and mixing colours as needed. Alexis primarily uses flat brushes, but also uses round brushes, pallet knives and his fingers.
His work portrays a vivid imagination, the skillful use of bright colour and shadow, and an interesting combination of perspective with geometric forms. There is a gilded thread of vitality and energy and a playful, uplifting and child-like vision that sees mystery and wonder in the everyday experience (See 15 Images, or click here for Flickr slideshow). Continue reading →
Dance icon Martha Graham (May 11, 1894 — April 1, 1991) was an influential American dancer and choreographer whose career spanned over seventy years.
During her distinguished career she was the first dancer to perform at the White House and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Ryan produced this real masterpiece (3:05 min), over 4.5 million views on YouTube, and counting. It’s an elegant and exciting animation and sound track, in the spirit of Martha Graham, that is the romantic and bitter-sweet Thought of You by Ryan Woodward on YouTube. Continue reading →
It’s amazing to see the changes that have taken place in the last six months, on the the Bot River Estuary.
Everywhere the banks of the estuary are taking on a more beach-like appearance. On clean white sand, sea shells, sea weed, red-bait and cuttlefish are in evidence.
The water tastes salty and it’s not unusual to see large shoals of tiny fish being preyed upon by diving sea birds, kestrels and duikers.
In the middle of August 2012, the mouth of the Bot River Estuary was artificially breached. This was done after consulting with the Bot River Estuary Forum (BREF), and estuarine specialists (9 Images, click here for Flickr slideshow).
The decision to learn Hebrew began with a yearning to become acquainted with the origins of the Christian Bible.
It is immediately apparent that the contemporary Bible is a product of many translations and modifications.
The Christian Bible is founded on the Torah, the body of scripture known to non-Jews as the Old Testament, the Pentateuch or the Five Books of Moses.
Over a period of thousands of years, the original ancient Hebrew texts have been meticulously preserved to the present day.
These texts were first translated from the original Hebrew to Aramaic, then from Aramaic to Greek, Greek to Latin and finally Latin to English. The full Bible has been translated into over 450 languages, parts of it into more than 2,000 languages. Continue reading →
“I appreciate all facets of life, beauty of creation in all its diversity” – Alyson Guy
After matriculating, with a Senior Certificate in Art History and Practical, Alyson trained as a Medical Laboratory Technologist. She specialised in histopathology, working in South Africa and London until her semi-retirement in 1994.
Selling your home is not like selling anything else you own. Suddenly, your private domain will be open to public scrutiny. Strangers will be tramping through your home, evaluating your decor and assessing your housekeeping skills.
The faster you can get your home sold, the quicker this unpleasant process will be over with.
Quick fixes before selling always pay off. Mammoth makeovers, not so much; you won’t get your money back.
Before putting your property up for sale, it’s important to be objective and see your property through a potential buyer’s eyes.
In a declining real estate market where supply outstrips demand, sellers need to get some basics right, the first time around — or prepare for a long and frustrating time on the market.
Here are 5 things you can do maximise your prospects of selling fast, at the best possible price: Continue reading →