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Friday Apr 21, 2017

How to avoid being turned down for a home loan

When you apply for a home loan, lenders will look at many factors before deciding whether to approve your application or not - and if you don't "pass the test" for any one of these they are quite likely to turn you down.

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Monday Mar 06, 2017

Interest rates cut expected later in year

Old Mutual Investment expects the South African Reserve Bank (Sarb) to cut interest rates by 50 basis points in the second half of the year due to a stabilising rand and lower inflation outlook, it said yesterday.

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Monday Feb 13, 2017

New mortgage lending: 2017 may be weaker than 2016

The South Africa Reserve Bank Leading Indicator has recently started to edge higher, a reflection of some recent global economic growth improvements which can contribute, along with domestic drought alleviation, to mildly higher economic growth this year.

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Friday Feb 10, 2017

FNB sees improvement in mortgage market

There are early signs of an improvement in the strength of the mortgage market, despite the average bonded transaction value still declining, according to FNB.

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Wednesday Feb 08, 2017

Home loan lenders taking a more prudent approach

Home loan lenders have adopted a slightly more cautious lending approach, according to mortgage originator ooba.

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Monday Feb 06, 2017

The age of the access-bond is not over

Two banks this week rubbished a claim made by a non-bank lender that "the age of the access bond is over". Access bonds are alive and well, and borrowing through your home loan remains one of the cheapest forms of credit.

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Friday Jan 27, 2017

Should equity in a home loan be used for debt?

Focusing on paying off debt with the highest interest rate is a good financial strategy, but is using a home loan to do it the best idea?

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Wednesday Jan 25, 2017

Unchanged repo rate good for property market

An unchanged repo rate will be a welcome boost to consumer confidence and could fuel slight increased activity in the residential property market, experts say.

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Monday Jan 09, 2017

Banks need to engage before foreclosing

If you are struggling to pay off the home loan on your primary residence and miss a few payments, your home-loan provider cannot foreclose on your debt and repossess your property without first attempting to reach an agreement with you on restructuring your loan so that you can keep your home.

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Monday Oct 17, 2016

Why you may not want to close your home loan

Considering that most homeowners have a loan that is costing them up to 30 percent of their monthly income in repayments, it isn't surprising that the majority would really like to get that loan paid off as quickly as possible.

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