Buying a home using a bond facility is not only a long-term investment, it can also be an effective way of saving money. “With July being National Savings Month, and interest rates at their lowest in 55 years, it’s a good idea to focus on the ways to make your home loan work for you,” says Carl Coetzee, CEO of BetterBond.
Lower interest, bigger savings
“Homeowners are paying considerably less on their bonds than they were doing 17 months ago when the prime lending rate was 10%.” BetterBond
’s applications for June show that the average purchase price of a home is just over R1.3 million. The prime lending rate has been at 7% since July 2020, which means that homeowners will have saved R2 500 a month since then on a R1.3 million bond, adding up to a cumulative saving of R27 500 over the eleven months from Aug 2020 to June this year.
“Our applications put the average homebuyer income for June at close to R43 000. This means that homebuyers in the R1.250 to R1.3 million price bracket have saved more than half a month’s salary in the past year,” says Coetzee. “This is a welcome financial reserve to have during a pandemic.”
The table below shows how much has been saved on monthly bond repayments, across all price bands, with the prime lending rate dropping from 10% to the current 7%.