SARB’s 1% rate cut; and what it means for your bond

Bondspark media release

National bond originator, Bondspark, says that the savings associated with the recent repo rate cut from 6.25% to 5.25% by the South African Reserve Bank (SARB), should not be squandered.

CEO, Marcél du Toit, advises bondholders to, where possible, keep the bond amount at its original amount and opt to pay the debt off more quickly: “While we acknowledge that for some the debt reprieve is much needed, we are urging those customers who can save, to act wisely. One idea is to save the amount by keeping the bond repayment amount the same.”

For prospective homebuyers, the current volatility of the market will offer much room to negotiate: “The lower interest rates may result in buyers being able to afford their dream home; while for others it could mean losing the property due to bad debt,” says Du Toit.

For prospective buyers, Du Toit says that Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s recent announcement regarding transfer duty will also assist: “The fact that transfer duty does not apply to the first R1m on property purchases is a significant benefit for first-time buyers. While the economy is volatile, there are many positives for anyone looking to buy a home. We are confident that these measures will assist in giving the market a much-needed boost.”

On a R1.2m bond, Du Toit advises the monthly savings is approximately R777 per month. An overall saving, after 20 years, of R186,641.

Based on a 1% change in interest rate 
Home loan value Saving per month Total saving*
R250,000 R162                   R38,884
R500,000 R324                   R77,767
R750,000 R486                   R116,651
R1m R648                   R155,535
R1.25m R810                   R194,418
R1.5m R972                   R233,302
R1.75m R1,134                   R272,186
R2m R1,296                   R311,069
R2.5m R1,620                   R388,837
R3m R1,944                   R466,604
R3.5m R2,268                   R544,372
R4m R2,592                   R622,139
R5m R3,240                   R777,674
* over 20 year home loan term
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