Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are a few answers to some questions that we regularly receive.

Home Loan Document Requirements

You’ll need to provide us with the following documentation.

IF YOU ARE AN EMPLOYED INDIVIDUAL:

  • Proof of income: your latest salary advice. If you earn commission or overtime, please provide the latest 3 salary advices (for both applicants if applicable).
  • Latest 3 months personal bank statements (for both applicants if applicable).
  • Personal Assets & Liabilities Statement for loan amounts over R1 500 000.
  • Copy of your ID document (for both applicants if applicable).
  • Copy of Marriage Certificate or ANC Contract (if applicable).
  • Copy of the Purchase Agreement. (For a new purchase loan)
  • Latest 3 months bond statements. (If switching home loans)
  • Latest rates/Levy Statement/Utility account statement. (If switching home loans)

IF YOU ARE A SELF-EMPLOYED INDIVIDUAL:

  • Proof of income: Letter of Drawings from an Accountant (for all applicants if applicable).
  • Latest 6 months personal bank statements (for all applicants if applicable).
  • Personal Assets & Liabilities Statement.
  • Latest 6 months business account bank statements.
  • Latest 2 years’ Annual Financial Statements.
  • Where Annual Financial Statements are older than 6 months to date, Current Management Accounts not older than 2 months signed by the applicant and accountant must be provided in addition to the Annual Financial Statements.
  • Copy of your ID document (for all applicants if applicable).
  • Copy of Marriage Certificate or ANC Contract.
  • Copy of Registration Documents or Trust Deed.
  • Copy of Purchase Agreement. (For a new purchase loan)
  • 12 months bond statements. (If switching home loans)
  • Latest rates/Levy Statement/Utility account statement. (If switching home loans)

 

Contact us on: 011 540 2670 should you have any further queries.

Having a good credit score is a valuable asset as a potential home buyer

Having a good credit score is a valuable asset as a potential home buyer. This will influence the size of the loan repayment and interest rate while giving you the power to have a favourable financing rate.

You should check your credit score before applying for a loan as each application will also lower your credit score. As a South African, you are entitled to a free copy of your credit record every year. 

The credit score is rated between 0 – 999. The higher your credit score is, the better your credit profile, and the lower your risk will be, of defaulting on an account or loan. Using details from your credit profile it reflects a summary of your financial decisions. A credit check will be done on you by each institution when applying for a home loan, which is why it is important that you know your credit score before applying.

Influences of a credit score

When you start transacting with financial institutions, retailers etc you are building a financial history, this then determines the amount of money you have borrowed and how much you have paid back on time.

  1. Not paying on time or missing a payment. (Even if you make a double payment to catch up this will still affect your credit history). This history remains for a number of years as a negative repayment history even after the account is settled.
  2. Having too much debt or taking on debt very quickly. How much of your available credit you are using. It is recommended that you keep your current facilities to less than 35% of your limit.
  3. Court Judgements against a consumer’s name otherwise known as blacklisting. 
  4. Insolvency.
  5. Credit history length.
  6. How many account applications you have submitted, how many new accounts you have opened. Account enquiry activity within a short period of time.
  7. Your credit history needs to be longer than 6 months old, as this is the time frame used to calculate your total score.
  8. Late or missed payments in the last 6 months.
  9. Few credit accounts could mean the less history available on your profile.

Improving your credit score

  1. Check your credit report to confirm the details are correct.
  2. Pay your accounts by the due date, or if you have difficulty contact your credit provider to reassess your repayments.
  3. Possibly set up automated payments to ensure they are paid on time.
  4. Possibly close any unused credit accounts.
  5. Should you be reaching your credit limits on one or more of your accounts, try and reduce the outstanding balance as this means you have a lot of outstanding debt to your name.
  6. You need to remain consistent with repayments that need attention. Maintain them, as you progress your credit score will automatically update.
  7. If you have had a few bad experiences this will only affect your credit report for 2 years, whereas if you have had more serious experiences like late payments, lawsuits, bankruptcies, and tax liens these will stay on your record for up to 10 years.

*Note: Consult your O-YES home loans consultant about determining how much the banks/financing institutions would be prepared to lend you with your current income and expenditure. 

Please make sure the details are correct on the credit report, if there is an issue please contact Experian on 086 110 5665 as they can assist in amending it.

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Are you a First Time Home Buyer?

So you’re thinking about buying your first home? It is an exciting time and O-YES Home Loans is here to assist you every step of the way!

No doubt you are nervous and excited about purchasing your first home, as it is one of the biggest financial investments you will ever make. Therefore you will have many questions about how it works.

Experts in home financing, O-YES Home loans are here to help you with all the answers as well as any valuable information you may need.

How prepared are you to buy your first home?You may have already taken a peak as to what you are looking to buy, and with some beautiful homes on the market, you should establish whether you are ready to make a substantial ongoing financial commitment. Ask yourself if your income is sufficient to support a bond? How stable is your income?

If you have a secure position with a regular, monthly salary you probably have a good idea of how much you can afford to spend on a new home. Self-employed individuals may have an unpredictable income, which could make it difficult to know if you are in a position to purchase a home. Let one of our experienced, O-YES Home Loans consultants guide you through this process, they will verify your financial earnings and can assist you to understand your affordability by calculating what you qualify for.

There are costs and fees associated with the purchasing of a home. You will need to have saved for a deposit on the home. Have you budgeted for moving expenses? Home-owners insurance and rates are also costs associated with homeownership. You will need to calculate your monthly expenses as well as the costs associated with buying a new home. A guideline is bond repayments, taxes and property insurances should not exceed 25% – 30% of your gross income. Responsible lenders will not approve a loan that exceeds 30% of your joint gross monthly income. Try and pay off other debt you have, personal loans, credit cards, clothing accounts etc, before applying for a home loan. 

What should you consider?What kind of property do you need? While it may not be your dream home, it should meet your immediate and mid-term needs. A couple with a busy lifestyle might find a small/low maintenance apartment that is lock-up and go which might suffice, however, if you have a family and pets this may not be the most practical property for you.

What housing needs do you have? Perhaps location is important to you, your work may mean you need to travel, distance to the nearest grocery store, schools, doctors etc. Is the area known for security and safety? Sought after areas are more likely to have homes that appreciate in value.

Once you have narrowed down the area and type of home, you are ready to begin your property search.

The length of time can vary depending on what your requirements are. Often it can be a lengthy process, and you will learn more and more about what you do and do not want.

Once you have found that home you are happy fits your needs, try not to let it go or continue to shop around, if it is the right price and suits your needs, buy it.

Helpful tips for buying your first home.

  • Take photos, they will help you recall details of the homes you see. When you are viewing a lot of properties it can be confusing what you saw. Mobile devices have very good digital cameras and are ideal for this purpose.
  • Take notes, as you go through the home note down features, design, size or potential, whatever you liked about the home that could influence your decision.
  • Pay attention to the area and position of the house. How close are amenities? Do you like the neighbourhood?
  • Once you have shortlisted the homes you like best, go for a second viewing of them all to narrow down those finer points that will help you in your decision. 
  • You have found your ideal home, it is time to seal the deal! You need a bond! Now is the time to speak to your O-YES Home Loans Consultant. There are a lot of financing options available, your O-YES Home Loans Consultant can help you navigate the best solution that meets your requirements. It is important to remember that whoever your selected lender is, it will be a long term relationship.

 

We have some calculators available to assist you in how much you qualify for.

Find out whether you qualify for a bond immediately.

You can use our home loan repayment calculator to find out. Now that you have established that you could potentially get that home loan, complete our form and we will get in touch with you.

Your Home Loans consultant will assist you in getting pre qualified, as well as advise what documentation you need to apply for a home loan.

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What is important to look out for when you apply for a home loan?

Applying for a home loan is one of the biggest financial decisions you make, as a result, you will ask everything you can about knowing all the ins and outs of the home. Any defects, price but also what kind of financing options are available to you as a buyer, you should do your research thoroughly before making such a big financial decision.

Your needs are unique, not everyone has the same needs when applying for a home loan, so you need to find a home loan provider that suits your needs. That is where O-YES Home Loans comes in, we are here to guide you through the process and find a solution that best suits your individual needs. Best of all? You don’t pay for this service.

What should you consider when choosing your provider?

  1. Service: You will enter into a long-term relationship with your home loan provider, and they will be looking after your substantial financial needs. This is why it is imperative that you feel comfortable knowing that this provider will be committed to you and your needs. At O-YES Home Loans we match the needs of the buyer together with those of the different lenders available. Being professionals in the industry we understand the home loan language, we guide and advise you throughout the entire process, we make it easy for you, and our dedicated team of consultants is there for you.
  2. Trust: You need to know you are being looked after, you are important to us. This is a big financial decision for you and we understand this. We have a responsibility to protect clients and their financial health. As a result, lenders are obligated to decline applications where there is a possibility of reckless credit lending. We will advise you on how to improve your credit score and improve your chances of getting a home loan granted. The National Credit Act enforces this.
  3. Additional Products: Not only do we assist you with finding your perfect lender match, we also have other products to assist in making your journey even simpler. When you apply for your home loan, the lenders require you to have homeowners insurance together with the home loan. Not only can we offer you homeowners insurance but we can assist you in getting your contents insured as well as any other short-term insurance requirements you may need.
  4. Communication: It is very frustrating hanging on the other end of a phone or waiting days for an email response. At O-YES Home Loans, you get a dedicated consultant to look after your needs and answer all your questions. It is our belief that you should be kept abreast of any updates or information with regards to your application. Queries can arise at any time which means we need to keep communication channels open with our clients at all times. Our clients have a dedicated consultant they can call on at any time to provide answers throughout the process.
  5. After Sales Service: Our dedicated consultant and support staff will be at your side to assist you with any queries and provide answers until registration. If you have any questions after registration at any time we will gladly answer your questions. We can also assist you to restructure your loan if your situation changes.

 

At O-YES Home Loans we specialise in home loans, this gives us unique expertise in the industry, we are versatile enough to assist you countrywide. Our dedicated consultants only work on home loans and build relationships with their clients.

Your dream home and assisting you in financing it is our passion, we will endeavor to do everything we can to assist you in getting the home loan, when declined we still want to help you resolve any issues that can be rectified to attempt again at a later stage. 

We pride ourselves on our service and making your dream home a reality. The consultants that support you are part of a larger team dedicated to making those dreams a reality.

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What does Buying a Home Cost?

Understanding the importance of the full cost implications of purchasing a property helps a buyer to be financially prepared. There are a number of once-off fees that vary between legal and administrative costs.

Transfer Duty

This is a Government Tax that is levied for transferring a property from the seller’s name into the name of the buyer. The attorney receives payment for this and they then in turn pay it on behalf of the buyer to the South African Revenue Services. The property will not be transferred until this has been paid to SARS.

The amount you pay may vary depending on the purchase price of the property. Properties under R1,000,000 do not pay a Transfer duty, properties above R1,000,001 will be calculated based on the different tax thresholds depending on the value of the purchase price. SARS Transfer Duty Rates Based On Purchase Price

Bond Registration Fees

If you are applying for a home loan there is a once-off fee to the Deeds Office, this is for the legal registration of the home loan. It is a fixed amount that is determined by the amount of the home loan and is then paid to the Deeds Office prior to registration of your home loan. The seller’s home loan is canceled at the same time that your bond is registered and then the transfer will be registered with the deeds office.

Postage, Petties, and Sundries

The Registering (Bond) Attorney will charge you a small fee for the postage of all necessary documents (i.e. to you, the Deeds Office, estate agent etc.) to register the property in your name.

Conveyancing Fees

This is the fee, determined on a sliding scale determined by the value of the property, paid to the conveyancing attorney for registering and transferring a title deed into the name of a buyer.

Once You have Purchased

Monthly Commitments:

  • Levies & Taxes
  • Bond repayments
  • Rates (Water & electricity)
  • Insurance

 

Building Protector Insurance

This is a mandatory requirement when securing a home loan. This cover includes items such as geysers bursting or wear and tear, damage to the structure of your home, fire, lightning and other unforeseen events etc. which protects your newly acquired asset from serious and very costly damage.

Bond Protector 

In times of COVID it has certainly become evident just how important it is to have cover like this. This cover protects you and your family from losing their home in the event of death, retrenchment, disability or dread disease. It is immediate and can be finalised in a single call.

Maintenance of your home

Upkeep of your home is necessary and the reality of being a homeowner. This is part of looking after your property investment, and it is recommended that you budget for unforeseen maintenance work.

Taking the time to fully understand your financial commitment to your new home means you are ready to begin the process. We have put together a lot of information to help you through the process on our website, but feel free to contact us, we would love to hear from you and assist you on your journey to home ownership.

Other Resources:

Home Moving Guide


Buyer's Checklist


Bond and Transfer Costs