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How the rate cut will affect your bond

Category SA Property Market

As was widely expected, the Reserve Bank decided this week to cut interest rates by 0,25 percentage points, amid indications that international oil prices could fall further and that slowing global growth could prompt a round of rate cuts by most major central banks.

This decision takes the repo rate to 6,5% and the prime lending rate to 10% and will translate, for existing homeowners, into a saving of R16 a month per R100 000 borrowed. On a R1m loan, for example, the saving would be R166 a month and potentially almost R40 000 over R20 years. (See table attached)

The change also means that first-time borrowers will now find it easier to qualify for a loan - with the gross household income requirement for a R1m loan falling from R33 000 a month to R32 000 a month. (See https://www.betterbond.co.za/affordability to check your bond affordability and get prequalified for a loan through our preferred originator BetterBond*.)  

"Equally importantly," says Rudi Botha, CEO of leading bond originator BetterBond, "it will lower monthly bond repayments and make home ownership more affordable at a time when household budgets are under severe pressure."

The Reserve Bank's decision follows news that international oil prices are likely to fall thanks to the US declaring bigger reserves than expected and the prospect of a settlement between the US and Iran. This lowers the risk of a significant rise in local inflation, he notes.

"Meanwhile, China's economic growth rate has fallen to the lowest level in 27 years and other Asian economies are also struggling, with the result that rates have already been lowered in Korea and Indonesia. In addition, the Federal Reserve is expected to lower rates in the US this month, and the European Central Bank recently announced that it is unlikely to raise its borrowing rate from the current 0% until late 2020 at the earliest.

"This creates leeway for the Reserve Bank to lower SA rates without the country becoming unattractive to international investors, who are always looking for the best returns on their money. Indeed, the latest available figures show that Foreign Direct Investment in SA grew by 446% last year and was also positive in the first quarter of this year."

More importantly, says Botha, this week's rate cuts should give the local economy and job creation a much-needed boost at a critical time, and bolster a fragile recent recovery in consumer confidence.

"This is vital for the real estate market which runs on positive sentiment, and we hope for increase now in housing demand which has been relatively flat for the past year."

Governor Lesetja Kganyago said on Thursday the Reserve Bank expected the economy to grow at a rate of 0,6% this year and 1,8% in 2020, after rebounding from its first quarter slump. 

Now's the time to buy your dream home!

Check out what you could automatically save on a potential home loan just because of today's interest rate decrease.

Prime rate down by 0,25% to 10%
Bond Amount Interest Savings over 20 years Monthly Savings
R      250 000 R9 973 R41
 R      500 000 R19 946 R83
R      750 000 R29 919 R124
 R  1 000 000 R39 892 R166
R  1 250 000 R49 865 R208
R  1 500 000 R59 838 R250
 R  2 000 000 R79 78 R333
R  3 000 000 R119 676 R498

*Based on a 20-year loan term 


Submit one home loan application to us and we submit to the major banks for you. You can then compare the bank offers and choose the deal that works best for you.

In our experience, when you compare multiple banks offers side-by-side, their interest rates typically vary by 0.5% - sometimes more - so shopping around will ensure the banks compete for your deal.

To calculate how much you can save on your bond visit https://www.betterbond.co.za/affordability.

*BetterBond is SA's biggest bond originator, accounting for 27% of all new mortgage bonds registered in the Deeds Office annually.

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Author: Meg Wilson

Submitted 19 Jul 19 / Views 165