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Monday Sep 18, 2017

Interest rate cut expected on Thursday

The SA Reserve Bank (Sarb) is likely to cut interest rates by 25 basis points to 6.5 percent when its monetary policy committee (MPC) meets on Thursday due to moderating inflation.

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Homeowners should be grateful for the Reserve Bank's brief on interest rates

The South African Reserve Bank's approach to interest rates has been a "great plus" for the residential market in recent years, with its modern-day brief being an official consumer price inflation (CPI) target of 3% to 6%.

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Tuesday Sep 05, 2017

Home loan amounts increase by 4.5%

The average approved bond size has increased by 4,5% in the past 12 months, while the average house price has increase by just 2,2%, according to the latest statistics from BetterBond.

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Thursday Aug 24, 2017

Interest rate cut on the cards

South Africa's headline inflation eased to a 20 month low year-on-year in July, raising the prospect that the SA Reserve Bank (Sarb) could lower interest rates further in the coming months.

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Tuesday Aug 22, 2017

Questions to ask when applying for a home loan

Before banks and financial institutions are willing to approve a home loan, they will perform extensive research on the applicant's financial history, so it is important for prospective buyers to be prepared.

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Thursday Aug 03, 2017

Home loan customers under pressure

Home loan repayment patterns of consumers on the R900 billion in outstanding debt on mortgage loans was reflecting the financial strain consumers were experiencing.

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Monday Jul 31, 2017

Barclays eyes 20% home loans market share

Barclays Africa plans to grow market share in its home loan division to 20 percent by December, as it reported on Friday that headline earnings had grown 7 percent on stronger earnings in the half year to June.

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Monday Jul 03, 2017

Fixed-interest rates not always viable fix

With the South African economy reeling partly from the aftershocks of a surprise cabinet reshuffle earlier this year, homeowners are "understandably concerned about the effect the devaluing rand will have on bond interest rates", says Marc Hendricks, regional manager for Rawson Finance in the Western Cape.

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Monday Jun 12, 2017

Courts foils penalty for late bond payment

A couple from Meyersdale, Joburg, nearly lost their home as the bank that held the mortgage bond agreement, insisted they pay back the entire outstanding bond for being two weeks late on their payment.

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Thursday Jun 08, 2017

Older buyers show the power of home equity

Buyers over-50 are currently paying about twice as much for their homes, on average, as buyers under-30, but only about 30% more on their monthly bond repayments.

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