Looking for a new home?

Start home-hunting by browsing through tens of thousands of listings on bidorbuy.

It is the beginning of 2013, and since the world did not end on 21 December 2012, you too may be looking for a new home. You’ll be glad to know that you can currently choose from among 120,000-plus homes listed for sale on bidorbuy: more than 80,000 houses, about 24,000 apartments, almost 10,000 clusters, more than 3000 duplexes, 2600 simplexes, and almost 500 duets.

(As an aside, duets are usually sectional title units, like townhouses, even though they can be freestanding homes.)

Location-wise, home hunters in Gauteng are the most spoiled for choice. Currently, they can pick and choose from among more than 55,000 units listed on bidorbuy for sale. If you are browsing bidorbuy for a home in Western Cape, you’ll have about 36,000 listings to go through. That number is about 22,000 for KwaZulu Natal, 7000 for Eastern Cape, 6000 for North West, and so on.

Luckily, the bidorbuy sophisticated search and filtering functions will make it easy for you to find exactly what you are looking for. With the help of the filters on the left hand side of our Property section, you will be able to zoom onto your dream home by location, price range, number of bedrooms, number of bathrooms, etc.

By using the site wisely, you will save hundreds of hours you might have wasted checking out unsuitable homes. You will also learn more about the property market in your target location. Best of all, you may be the first to spot a great deal as soon as it appears.

Buying property is a big deal and, in South Africa at least, you cannot do it all by yourself, even if you want to. The process usually takes two to three months. In a nutshell, it starts with making an Offer to Purchase. This can, but does not have to be done through an estate agent. Offer to Purchase becomes legally binding for the buyer once he or she signs it.

After the seller accepts the Offer to Purchase by signing it, everything has to be done through a transferring attorney.

It does take time, but at the end of the road is that dream home waiting for you.