Check if Broadband is available!

10 02 2010

Moving to a new area is daunting enough, but to only find out after the fact that the local exchange does not support ADSL is enough to cause heart failure.  All those techies out there understand where I’m coming from!  So I’m now checking the ADSL availability per post code before short listing a rental property.

What does ‘ADSL Availability’ mean?
  • To make use of ADSL on a telephone line, the local exchange has to be ‘enabled’. Normally this is is a job which BT (British Telecommunications) will carry out. There is a cost to enabling the exchange for ADSL and as a consequence, BT will only enable those exchanges that can make a profit. In addition to having the local exchange enabled, customers must also be within the maximum distance of the exchange.
  • If a customer is on the edge of the area for ADSL, then we may be able to offer ‘Rate Adaptive’ DSL which essentially uses the best speed possible, but there is no assurance that it will reach 512k on a download. This situation is made obvious on the checker (on the right of this page), and in our experience has been acceptable to customers.
If your line is rejected because of distance
If your line is rejected because you live too far from the exchange, then you will have to wait for technology to catch up with demand. The maximum travel distances for ADSL are gradually increasing, so although you may not be able to utilise broadband now, you may be able to in the near future. There are other products which can be used to get broadband services which are listed here:
  • BT Broadband Satellite
  • Radio Broadband
  • Cable DSL

Click here to check the broadband availability in your new area.


Home owners note…

29 01 2010

I purchased my home four years ago, receiving guidance from the bank throughout the process. Unfortunately I’m on my own now that I’m in the market to sell.  So for all those first time SELLERS out there, I’m going to keep you in loop as make my way through this uncharted territory.

You need to give your bank notice that you’re planning to sell your house

This article by Brennan Carey on Property Tribe is useful:

For those property owners that are wanting to sell their properties the odds are that you have a mortgage on that property with one of the banks. When a seller sells their property the existing mortgage needs to be canceled on transfer and the seller is responsible for payment thereof. Most sellers are unaware  that you need to give your bank notice of your intent to sell and therefore cancel your homeloan.

If you cancel your homeloan/bond within the first 2 years of your mortage you will be liable to pay penalty interest of about 1% of the outstanding bond amount. If you owe R500 000 that’s about R5000 in early cancellation penalty fees and on a R1 million bond thats R10 000 in penalties that you will need to pay which will come off your proceeds of the sale.

This cost can normally be avoided by giving the bank 90 days notice of your intent to cancel the bond. So what this means is that you need to fax a written letter or email to your bank before you even put your home on the market. Most estate agents will not tell you this but it is an important step to take when selling your property.

The 90-day notice period will only waived under the following conditions:

  1. If its a deceased estate.
  2. If you are been sequestrated.
  3. If you are buying a new property and taking out a new bond is with the same bank.

Many sellers get confused thinking that by giving the bank 90 days notice that they are cancelling their bond in 90 days. This is NOT the case, in that if your house does not sell within that period you just need to renew your intent letter but your bond will not be cancelled until such time as the conveyancers request for cancellation figures from your bank and the conveyancers will only do this once your property has been conclusively sold and they have received all the necessary guarantees.

Click  here for a free copy of such a letter which you should send to your bank to notify them of your intent to cancel your home loan.

In the beginning…

27 01 2010

I’m in the process of transitioning my blog “Think Different” from being internally focused to meet a wider audience.  Hang in there, more content to follow.