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Buying or selling your property <h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​​Buying a property: securing finance​​​​​​​</h2><p>Whether you are selling and hoping to buy again, or a first-time buyer, you will most likely need finance from the bank or a building society to purchase the property. Speak to your bank about the right property financing solution for you. Most banks can issue what is known as ‘pre-approval’ on a loan, subject to final approval when you find a property to buy. </p><p>For your finance application you will need to submit documentation such as a valuation of the property, to validate the loan you want to take out. A bank will run a credit check to establish if you can afford a loan; <a href="https://www.fic.gov.za/Compliance/Pages/Compliance%20Guidance.aspx" target="_blank">FICA compliance<i class="icon link-external"></i></a> is required by government. Once all documentation is submitted and the bank approves your loan, you sign the deal and submit the document to your attorney who will facilitate the property transfer into your name.</p> <span> <h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​​Building and renovation work​​​​​​​</h2></span> <p>When you buy a property, you may already be thinking of making changes or additions. To avoid disappointment, consult with the local <a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Forms%2c%20notices%2c%20tariffs%20and%20lists/TDA%20DM%20-%20Contacts.pdf" target="_blank">Development Management district office</a> to find out if your future plans for the property are possible. We will also be able to tell you about any potential heritage status that the property may have.</p><p>If you want to buy a property on which building work is taking place, it is in your interest to make sure that all building work on the property is approved. You can request that the current owner of the property provide you with proof of compliance. If you don’t do this, you are at risk, because you will be liable for any illegal building work done on the property, and you may have to submit a plan, or even risk having the built structure demolished.</p> <span> <h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​​Ownership transfer​​​​​​​</h2></span> <p>The new owner(s) can either take occupation when the transfer is complete. Alternatively, they can rent or pay “occupational interest” – which will need to be part of the sales agreement. </p><p>The transfer process is facilitated by an attorney (appointed by seller) who prepares and submits all the required documentation. </p><h4> Transfer documents include: </h4><ul><li>Title deed</li><li>Cancellation documents from bank</li><li>Rates clearance certificate issued by the municipality </li></ul><p>The buyer must pay transfer duty to <a href="https://www.sars.gov.za/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">SARS<i class="icon link-external"></i></a> before they will issue a transfer duty receipt. Transfer Duty is calculated on a sliding scale related to the purchase price of the property. Transfer Costs include Transfer Duty, conveyancing fees (for attorney service charge), and pro rata rates and levies against the property.  </p> <span> <h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​​Title deeds​​​​​​​</h2></span> <p>Once paid, the attorney will lodge the documents with the <a href="https://www.gov.za/services/place-live/get-deeds-registry-information" target="_blank">National Deeds Office<i class="icon link-external"></i></a> for final verification. </p><h4> The kinds of documents a buyer will need to complete the purchase are: </h4><ul><li>Deed of transfer</li><li>Buyer’s bond information</li><li>Transfer duty receipt from <a href="https://www.sars.gov.za/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">SARS<i class="icon link-external"></i></a></li></ul><p>When the Deeds Office verifies everything is in order and the <a href="https://www.drdlr.gov.za/sites/Internet/home" target="_blank">Registrar of Deeds<i class="icon link-external"></i></a> has signed the transfer, the bank will release the bond amount and the buyer officially becomes the owner of the property.</p><p>Visit <a href="http://www.deeds.gov.za/" target="_blank">www.deeds.gov.za<i class="icon link-external"></i></a> for more information about the title deed regitration process. </p> <span> <div class="notification with-heading dark-copy pink bg-light-grey"><div class="graphic with-border"> <i class="info toptip">​​​</i> </div><div class="desc"><h4>get a copy of your title deed</h4><p>You can request a copy of your title deed from any Deeds Office, or you can create a <a href="http://deedsweb.deeds.gov.za/deedsweb/logon.jsp" target="_blank">DeedsWeb<i class="icon link-external"></i></a> account to access your title deed online.</p></div></div></span> <h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​​Deceased estates​​​​​​​</h2><p>The transfer of a property will depend on what is stated in the deceased home owner’s will and testament. If there was no will, the estate must be administered and distributed in terms of the <a href="https://www.gov.za/documents/intestate-succession-act-10-mar-2015-1416" target="_blank">Intestate Succession Act, 81 of 1987<i class="icon link-external"></i></a>. </p><h4>Reporting a deceased estate</h4><p>If you are the person in control or possession of the deceased person's property or will, the first thing you need to do is report the death to the Master of the High Court. </p> <span> <div class="notification with-heading dark-copy pink bg-light-grey"><div class="graphic with-border"> <i class="info note">​​​</i> </div><div class="desc"><h4>when should I report it?</h4><p>The deceased estate must be reported to the Master of the High Court within 14 days of the date of death.</p><p> </p></div></div></span> <p>For more information about reporting a deceased estate, visit the <a href="https://www.justice.gov.za/master/deceased.html" target="_blank">National Department of Justice website<i class="icon link-external"></i></a>. </p> <span> <div class="notification with-heading dark-copy pink bg-light-grey"><div class="graphic with-border"> <i class="info note">​​​</i> </div><div class="desc"><h4>government housing</h4><p>Our <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Explore%20and%20enjoy/See-all-city-facilities/our-service-facilities/Housing%20offices/Parow%20Home%20Ownership%20Office">Parow Home Ownership Office</a> provides deceased estate support for the next of kin of deceased home-owners who purchased a delayed transfer property, a saleable rental unit or a serviced site from the City.</p></div></div></span> <h4>Master of the High Court</h4><p> <em>Telephone:<br><a>021 832 3000</a></em></p> <em> </em> <p> <em>Address:<br>Dullah omar Building<br> 45 Castle Street<br> Cape Town<br> 8000</em></p> <span> <h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​​Private sales marketing​​​​​​​</h2></span> <p>If you are selling your property privately and want to put up directional signage (i.e. a 'For Sale' board), you will need to apply for a private seller’s permit. With your permit, you will be issued with three stickers. Each sticker must be displayed on any of the boards advertising your property until your property has been sold. </p> <span> <div class="notification with-heading white-copy yellow bg-darker-grey"><div class="graphic"> <i class="info citycard">​​</i></div><div class="desc"><h4>City Connect</h4><p> <span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-1-0"><a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/City-Connect/Apply/Licences-and-permits/Business-and-trade/Apply-for-private-seller-permit">Apply for a private seller’s permit</a></span></p></div></div></span> <p>The permit is only valid for a three-month period. If the property is not sold within three months, then you will need to apply for a new permit sticker. If they become damaged, they can be replaced for free as long as you bring your original stickers with you. The permit stickers are not transferable. </p>GP0|#bf3a6dc7-f9c4-44de-be06-59692d27726f;L0|#0bf3a6dc7-f9c4-44de-be06-59692d27726f|Buying or selling your home;GTSet|#ef3a64a2-d764-44bc-9d69-3a63d3fadea1;GPP|#90c8c6be-382d-4946-ba1b-9efcd434ece6;GPP|#e84b352a-6ba5-4275-b687-8cbfc7420a42;GPP|#245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711A short overview of the property buying and selling.0

 

 

 

 

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