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More Gauteng residents are swapping urban life for coastal scenery

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By Kaya 959 Lifestyle

More Gauteng residents are making a move to the coast. Despite the recent unrest and looting in KwaZulu-Natal, Gautengers are still keen to semigrate to either the south or north coast of the province, according to Seeff.

The property group’s South Coast manager Joleen Giraudeau said buyers can still get value for between R1.2 million to R1.5m with a sectional title scoring below R700 000.

Giraudeau said COVID-19 has bolstered the demand from buyers wanting to swap urban life for the coastal scenery.

She said homes are still close to amenities as well as proximity to Durban which is a major drawcard for people moving from Gauteng.

Giraudeau said despite some slowdown in sales, the area still attracts buyers.

For those wanting to spend a little more, homes along the KZN North Coast are still in high demand.

According to Seeff North Coast sales director, despite Ballito being affected by July’s violence, people still want to buy homes in the area. The proximity to the King Shaka International Airport still allows people to travel easily and conduct business in Gauteng.

According to estate agency, Leadhome, not only is semigrating great for an opportunity to achieve a better lifestyle, it reaps untold benefits for the local economies.

“Due to the increase in supply and demand, small businesses have the opportunity to serve a growing local community,” the agency said.

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Thinking of semigrating? Here are some tips to consider:
  • Determine your budget: Consider such factors as the cost of living in your new location.

  • Take a trip to your new home town: Don’t go in blind; you need to experience your new location’s neighbourhood, culture and offerings firsthand before you can make a final decision as to whether it would be a good idea for you to live there long-term.

  • Narrow down your location and find a home: Remember, your new home should reflect your current lifestyle. So, it’s vital to have information regarding essentials like schools, public transport nodes, hospitals, crime and more.

  • Look into moving companies: Get in touch with a few reputable out-of-town moving companies and get multiple quotes.

  • Pack your belongings: Don’t try to pack everything all at once, especially if you’re not pressed for time.

  • Get your utilities in order: In addition to cancelling utilities at your current home, you’ll have to find service providers in your new town and get your new service set up in your name.

  • Make the move: Be sure to set aside some time to say goodbye to close friends and family on the day of your move. You’ll regret it if you don’t.

  • Settle into your new home: Meet neighbours, explore the neighbourhood, and begin this new stage of your life! Good luck!

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