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Investigate your body corporate

Investigate your body corporate

Buying into a sectional title scheme requires more than understanding just your own finances. You’re ready to buy your first home, you’ve saved up the deposit, got financing approval and done your homework on the area where you want to live. The...

Settle your mortgage or invest the capital?

Settle your mortgage or invest the capital?

By Ferdi Booysen, Head of Strategic Relationships at Old Mutual Wealth The higher interest-rate cycle begs the question: is it currently better to use your investable funds to pay off your mortgage or to add to your retirement savings? Recent...

Should you fix your interest rate?

Should you fix your interest rate?

With the 75 basis points increase in the prime lending rate since January this year, and analysts predicting further hikes in the interest rate, many people are asking whether they should fix the interest rate on their bond repayments. As with any...

No-deposit home loans

No-deposit home loans

A recent survey in the UK found that young adults are increasingly relying on their parents to help them pay for a deposit for their first home. The survey conducted by mortgage lender Halifax found that the majority of parents believed they would...

How to save for a deposit

How to save for a deposit

You can improve your chances of being granted a home loan or vehicle finance as well as the interest rate you are offered, if you have a deposit of 10 to 20%. With interest rates expected to increase over the next two years, banks are going to...

Starting a property portfolio

Starting a property portfolio

“I am 22 years of age and I work as a risk manager earning R18 000 a month. I am moving to Boksburg to be close to work and will be renting, however I see that Cosmopolitan is building affordable houses selling at R320 000. I am thinking about...

Maya Fisher-French author of Money Questions Answered

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