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First time home buyers

The first time home buyers in South Africa’s average age is between 30 and 35 years old.

First time home buyers are the ones who are more excited about the future. They are the ones who do their homework thoroughly and will know a lot before making contact with estate agents. Nowadays buyers in general are much better informed about the home buying process and everything that goes with it due the Internet. They are also the ones who have seen the property boom in the early 2000's and also the property crash thereafter. They have gained valuable experience in seeing what can happen, hence making sure they do their homework properly before buying.

Information for originators is very important and should you be interested in buying a property for the very first time, it is advisable to make contact with a recommended mortgage origination consultant.

The basic supporting documentation they will need in order to process your bond application is the following:

For salaried individuals - Copy of your ID, copy of the signed and accepted offer to purchase, proof of income (latest 3 months salary slips), if commission is earned your latest 6 months salary slips and your latest 3 months non-Internet bank statements (latest 6 months for commission earners).

For self employed individuals - CC's or PTY Ltd's - Copy of your ID, copy of the signed and accepted offer to purchase, confirmation of income/drawings from accountant/auditor, signed audited business financial statements for the past 2 years, latest 12 months personal and business non-Internet bank statements and your signed statement of assets and liabilities.

According to a recent FNB Property Barometer for first time buyers, compiled by property economist John Loos:

  • First time buyers remain strong at an estimation of 27% of total buyers for the 4th Quarter of  2014, slightly higher than the previous quarter of 26%, and means as a whole it reached  26.5% for 2014, well higher than the 22.5% estimated for 2013.
  • This elevated 2014 percentage would suggest that first time buyers are not overly concerned with a slight deterioration in residential affordability in 2014.
  • The average estimated house price purchased by 1st time buyers inflated by 7.5%, above the overall average and significantly higher than the 5.2% inflation rate in 2013.
  • The first time buyers are a confident group, and see the current time as "the time to buy".


In the Western Cape:


The Western Cape’s big residential stock constraints and strong house price growth may be taking their toll on aspirant 1st time buyers with their affordability constraints.

The FNB Estate Agent Survey estimated that, in the 4th quarter of 2014 only 12% of buyers were 1st time buyers. This represents a noticeable decline from a high of 27% back in early 2012.

In addition, the declining trend of the past few years stands in stark contrast to the national average trend in the 1st time buyer percentage, which measured 27% by the end of last year, and had been rising.

The Western Cape percentage being far lower than the national average may hint at a now more noticeably less affordable market than is the case in Gauteng, whose 1st time buyer percentage reached a massive 34.5% by the end of 2014, after having out-inflated the Gauteng property market recently.

This apparently mounting 1st time buyer affordability challenge can affect the Western Cape’s ability to retain young skills in the province in future, although the province does seem to compensate for this by attracting older more established repeat buyers from other regions.

Good time for first time home buyers to climb onto the property ladder:

It is a great time for first time home buyers to get onto the property ladder as interest rates are still very low. House price growth will improve in 2015 off the back of expected stronger local and international economic growth and the expected drop in inflation driven by the fall in fuel and food price makes disposable income more for interested buyers, making their affordability better.


Source – BA Frank


Author BA Frank
Published 18 Feb 2015 / Views -
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