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2023 – What’s in store for interest rates?

The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meets six times a year to set interest rates and battle inflation. Economists’ projections can be varied, but the result is typically in the middle. A collection of estimates across the industry has allowed the team at Phoenix Bonds to put together an “average” interest rate forecast for 2023.

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Why Bond Insurance is Important in South Africa

Although bond insurance is not compulsory, it can be considered very necessary. We know that there are many costs that come with owning a home and “yet another insurance” is possibly the last thing you want to consider.

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What are home loan interest rates and how do you pay less?

Most homeowners in South Africa require a home loan to purchase a home they want to live in, and paying interest on that loan is part of life. In this article, we unpack home loan interest and explains what it is, how the amounts that you pay are determined and how you can pay as little interest as possible when you buy a home.

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Building Insurance

The unfortunate reality is that structural damage can happen to anyone. Such damage can be caused by fire, floods, hail, lightning, and burst geysers or pipes. Although building insurance can feel like a grudge purchase to some, having it prevents homeowners from digging into their life’s savings to pay for structural damage.

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What Affects Your Insurance Premiums?

One of the costs that potential homeowners must be aware of is building insurance. Building insurance is non-negotiable as lenders want to protect their own interests when awarding a home loan to a purchaser.

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Who Pays for What During the Transfer of Property?

When it comes to buying and selling property in South Africa, both the buyer and the seller have certain financial obligations. It is crucial to know what these obligations are before pursuing the transfer of property is crucial and will help you prepare for it before you sign a contract.

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Interest Rate Hikes – There is Hope in the World of Real Estate

Our independent bond originators in South Africa have been following the market closely and aim to put your mind at ease as we explain how home owners, landlords, and tenants can still benefit from staying in the property market.

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Three insurance policies to consider when applying for a home loan

When selecting insurance policies, you shouldn’t just be concerned with your premiums. It’s more important to know your excesses, exclusions, and potential payouts. A tailor-made and flexible policy will ensure that you are only paying for the things you need.

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Self-Employed Home Loan Applicants – What are the banks looking for in the documentation?

Self-employed home loan applications are notoriously more difficult to get approved than other types of applicants – but they don’t have to be. In many instances, self-employed purchasers can afford the bond… it’s just about knowing what the banks are looking for in the documentation. Read the information below and then let our experienced bond originators assist you in the way forward - to get the best possible offer, at the bank that is right for you.

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Does Property Location Affect My Interest Rate?

When it comes to your home loan application, geography matters. Banks have an area classification risk rating that is factored into the customer’s overall risk assessment. The outcome of this risk assessment is what determines the price of your loan, or the interest rate the bank will offer you.

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