The South African Reserve Bank cut interest rates by 0.5% last month (sept) to bring the prime rate down to 9.5%.
The rate cut was expected by most economists and will provide a welcome boost to the local economy.
The cut was also welcomed by many consumers and homeowners. A drop of 0.5% could translate to a huge saving over the full term of your bond. While, in the short term, it means more consumers are now better able to manage their monthly debt commitments.
Here’s how the most recent rate cut will affect your pocket…
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While a drop in the prime interest rate equates to a drop in your monthly expenses. it also means that you are now able to qualify for a bigger home loan.
With a salary of R20,000/pm, you could now qualify for a bond of up to R640k
In 2008 (when the prime rate was 15.5%), you could only qualify for a maximum bond of R440k, with a salary of R20,000/pm