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How to pay off your bond in 10 years
Five ways to pay off your bond ahead of time

It may be the biggest financial decision you ever make, because a bond is such a long-term commitment, but it can be surprisingly easy to pay off early.

02 October 2012
Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project taking its toll on homebuyers

The proposed Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project tolls will have significant impact on where buyers will choose to purchase property in future, according to a survey conducted by ooba, South Africa's leading bond originator.

05 September 2012
Home Improvements to Add Value

If you're thinking about doing a renovation, decide what you need to do, then use research and common sense to work out the best way to go about it.

20 August 2012
The Market is Ripe for First-Time Property Buyers

Steadily growing house prices and the fact that banks are looking more favourably on first-time buyers make it a good time to get a foothold on the property ladder. However, while conditions are improving, it's still important for first-time buyers to get all their ducks in a row before making an offer.

19 July 2012
Demand for Residential Property Developments on the Increase

Residential property developments seem to be increasingly attractive to South African property buyers.

17 May 2012
Give Your Children a Boost Up the Property Ladder

The South African property market currently favours buyers, with improved affordability and low interest rates providing potential home owners with the perfect opportunity to start climbing the real estate ladder, especially young adults looking to make their first purchase.

11 April 2012
Costly Property-Related Errors and How To Avoid Them

Given that the average house price in South Africa is approximately R800 000 and that most people take out a hefty bond to finance their home, home owners would be well advised to prevent additional property-related expenses by avoiding simple oversights.

27 February 2012
SA Consumers Urged to Use 13th Cheque to Pay Off Homeloan Debt this Festive Season

Employees fortunate enough to receive a bonus this December should consider putting a portion of their '13th cheques' towards paying off their home loans, before indulging in festive season spending.

05 December 2011
Tips: How to Prepare Your Property for a Show Day in a Competitive Market

First impressions are always important, whether it be for a job interview or a meeting with your future in-laws. The same applies for showing your property to potential buyers. When putting your house on show, it is important to highlight your home's best features to ensure that the best aspects of the property stand out.

22 November 2011
Poll Reveals Three Quarters of SA Consumers Unaware of Their Credit Profile

According to a recent poll conducted by ooba, South Africa's leading bond originator, three quarters of South African consumers are unaware of their credit profile. The poll revealed that 69% of respondents do not know their credit status.

07 November 2011
Petrol Price A Growing Factor for South Africans When Purchasing Property

Almost three quarters of South Africans consider the price of petrol as a factor before making a property purchasing decision.

13 October 2011
Low Interest Rates Offer Potential Home Owners an Ideal Opportunity to Fix

The current low interest rate environment provides potential homeowners with an opportunity to take advantage of a fixed interest mortgage rate, which can effectively save them thousands over the long term.

07 October 2011