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Deposit size: The price of a home

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Rising inflation and several interest rate hikes have many South Africans trying their best to keep their costs down where possible – and this has also translated in their homebuying behaviour

The Q2’ 2022 oobarometer statistics released by ooba reveal lower than expected home price inflation from the last quarter. This has resulted in property becoming more affordable in certain regions, enabling homebuyers to put down larger deposits. “It’s interesting to compare buying behaviour across the various regions and to identify areas where homebuyers are prioritising deposits. Deposits are a great way to reduce the size of their monthly and total home loan repayments, and to negotiate a better interest rate from the banks,” explains Head of Buyers Trust Jackie Smith.


“While the oobarometer observed a 0.4% growth in the price of property quarter on quarter, the average size of deposits experienced a 16.4% increase. We also observed that in many regions, the average deposit size was significantly higher than the national average of 7.8%,” she adds. “In the Western Cape, which is now the region experiencing the most homebuying activity, the average deposit size is a whopping 17%. This could be attributed to increased semigration and the scarcity of property supply in the region, resulting in homebuyers needing to put down a larger deposit size to secure their dream home.”


“With the largest deposit size amounts in various provinces, including the Western Cape, Limpopo-Polokwane, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng North and East Rand exceeding the generally recommended 10% deposit, it’s clear that consumers are making smart choices and prioritising long-term savings over short-term gains,” says Smith. “The benefits of putting down a larger deposit are primarily financial, but they also indicate to both the seller and the banks that the buyer is serious about their purchase. This results in a higher chance of approval and more favourable interest rates.” While putting aside money for a deposit may be a daunting prospect in these challenging economic times, Smith shares budgeting tips to make saving up easier:


“This way you don’t risk tapping into your savings as this account should be strictly off-limits. Make sure that the account is interest-bearing to increase your savings efforts. Once you have successfully saved up for a deposit size, make sure that your hard work doesn’t go to waste by ensuring it is protected from cybersecurity threats. Third-party options such as Buyers Trust offer you security, full transparency, free bank guarantees and a high return on your investment as a result of it being stored in a maximum interest-bearing account.”


“Start by receiving a pre-approval to determine what size bond you will qualify for. Set a realistic savings goal of 10% of that total amount, considering your timeline for buying a home. This will give you an indication of how much you will need to put aside each month to reach that goal by your preferred deadline.”


“This involves tracking your monthly expenditure and cutting down on unnecessary impulse purchases. Go through your bank statement to determine where you can cut back — this may be in the form of a debit order that’s no longer needed or by reducing your weekly or even daily coffee stops.”


“The inflation on your credit card debt is eating away at your savings. Avoid making purchases that you can’t afford to pay back immediately and speak to your bank about lowering your overdraft limit.”

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