DURBAN - If you’re new to a city, it can be tricky to know where to start your search especially if you’re looking in regions as large as Cape Town or Gauteng.
According to Regional Director and Chief Executive of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, Adrian Goslett, the best thing first-time buyers could do is allow a seasoned real estate professional to guide them through the process and introduce them to suitable suburbs.
"The first step is to get in touch with a real estate professional and explain your needs to them. Cape Town, Pretoria, and Johannesburg are big cities, so a lot will depend on whether buyers are prepared to travel to work. Schools also play a big role, as well as access to highways – and, of course, a lot will hinge around budget. After explaining your preferences, an experienced estate agent will know which suburbs will best suit your needs and will be able to point you in the right direction," said Goslett.
Goslett added that Sinoville, Faerie Glen and Marlette Park are typically good suburbs in Pretoria for first-time buyers, while Roodepoort, West Rand and Midrand are good areas for first-time buyers in Johannesburg.
As an indication of roughly what buyers can expect to pay in these Pretorian suburbs, Andrew Louw, Broker/Manger of the RE/MAX Destiny office in Sinoville, said that first-time buyers can budget around R1 – R1.2 million for a town house in Marlette Park, and around R1.2 – R1.4 million in Faerie Glen.