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 valueSaving per monthTotal saving*
R250,000R162                  R38,884
R500,000R324                  R77,767
R750,000R486                  R116,651
R1mR648                  R155,535
R1.25mR810                  R194,418
R1.5mR972                  R233,302
R1.75mR1,134                  R272,186
R2mR1,296                  R311,069
R2.5mR1,620                  R388,837
R3mR1,944                  R466,604
R3.5mR2,268                  R544,372
R4mR2,592                  R622,139
R5mR3,240                  R777,674
* over 20 year home loan term
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