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Second Bond or Mortgage

An additional loan on a home.

Sectional Title

A development made up of sections, whereby all section owners are members of a Body Corporate. Each section owner is responsible for their own section. Afrikaans - Deursnee Titel

Sectional Title Register

A register of sections in a sectional title scheme registered in the deeds office.


Collateral for the bank that a client pledges in case they default on their mortgage payment. Afrikaans - Sekuriteit

Semi-detached House

Two separate homes, joined with one common dividing wall.


When a creditor seizes assets to recover unpaid debt. Afrikaans - Gesekwestreer


A registered right (as per the title deed) that a person has over the immovable property of another.


A buyer acquires a share in a company that owns the shareblock scheme, which entitles the buyer to use and occupy a specific unit. A shareblock buyer never receives the title to the unit. Afrikaans - Aandeleblok


A sectional title unit on one level with no stairs. Afrikaans - Simpleks


A property of maximum 20 hectares situated within close to a built-up area. Afrikaans - Kleinhoewe

Stamp Duty

A tax imposed by the government.

Statutory Law

Written law of the country. Afrikaans - Statutêre Wet


Dividing of property into two or more portions, whereby a specific legal and technical procedure must be followed. Afrikaans - Onderverdeling

Subject-to Sale

A term used to describe that the sale will only become unconditional if and when the stipulated conditions are met.


A housing allowance. Afrikaans - Subsidie


A person who stands as guarantor for a loan for someone else. Afrikaans - Borg


A measurement of land, prepared by a registered land surveyor, showing the location of the land with reference to known points, its dimensions, and the location and dimensions of any buildings. Afrikaans - Opmeet

Surveyor General's Diagram

A diagram that shows sub-divisions, servitudes and expropriations.

Suspensive Conditions

Conditions written into the Offer to Purchase by either party that must be fulfilled for the agreement to become unconditional and legally binding. Afrikaans - Ontbindende Voorwaardes