Many buyers are rushing to enter the property market in order to take advantage of low interest rates, but don't have a deposit saved up. Should these buyers apply for a 100% bond, or wait
Difficult to negotiate interest rates: It seems that financial institutions are increasingly willing to grant these sorts of home loans - and, it is not difficult to understand why. Banks can justify charging a higher interest rate on 100% bonds because the risk carried by the bank on these bonds is higher than on a bond with a deposit.
Consider compound interest: Buyers need to consider the power of compound interest on their home loan. For example, at the end of the 20 year lending period, you will spend just under R50,000 more in interest alone on a R1 million bond if you purchase without a deposit. Still, in today's tough economic climate, saving R50,000 over 20 years seems to be a relatively small price to pay when considering how long it might take you to save up for R100,000 deposit, keeping in mind that you will need to budget for an extra R40,000 or so on top of that amount to pay for transfer duties, bond registration costs and other related fees.
An access bond may help: What could be a solution is a sort of marriage between the two options: First-time buyers should consider the option of saving towards a deposit, and then redirecting that money into the monthly repayments on a 100% access bond. This way, buyers do not necessarily need a full 10% of the purchase price saved before they buy.
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