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Financial Constraints Could Prioritise Homeownership

The pressure that for some two years now has been felt by the South African consumer, although regrettable, could be having a beneficial effect in one respect: it could be making the consumer less susceptible to frivolous unnecessary expenditure and possibly, therefore, more focused on the purchase of appreciating assets, particularly homes, that will see them through the current low growth phase in the South African economy.

With the banks making it more difficult to obtain money for non-appreciating assets, the era of easy credit and spending on non-essentials is, I believe, at last giving way to one in which the spending patterns are more in line with South Africa’s traditional saving habits – in which a house purchase once again becomes the overriding priority for many South Africans.

Ongoing pressure on net wealth is likely to ultimately lead to a rise in household sector savings. 

With the banks making it more difficult to obtain money for non-appreciating assets, the era of easy credit and spending on non-essentials is, I believe, at last giving way to one in which the spending patterns are more in line with South Africa’s traditional saving habits – in which a house purchase once again becomes the overriding priority for many South Africans.

Increased pressure on consumer finance brought about by the current low growth trends in the economy have not as yet resulted in increased financial stress. Insolvencies, Loos has reported, continue to decline. 

Although the situation may not last well into 2016 and although a healthier debt to disposable income ratio is now not likely to come about for at least another year, there is considerable evidence that South African consumers are maturing, becoming more responsible and again setting their sights on owning a home. 

In the light of this evidence we can, as I have said before, expect the household financing sector to continue to obtain reasonably satisfactory turnovers, even though there is now so much negative economic sentiment out there and so many factors, which on the face of it might seem to make savings and a ‘look-to-the-future’ mentality hardly worthwhile.

Bond originators they will continue to foster and encourage this and “attack the easy-spending mentality” of two or three years ago.

Source  -  Property24

 

Author Property24
Published 30 Dec 2015 / Views -
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