“Happiness is… buying your first home” (Anon)
Few things in life can compare to the joy of finally crossing the threshold of your first home. If you are like most of us, you have been dreaming of this day for years and years – it has finally arrived!
The financial bonus of course is that you have probably just made one of the most important investment decisions you will ever make.
Here are some guidelines to help you make a wise decision on both counts –
First step is to work out what price range you are looking at, and that’s a function of deciding how much you have on hand and how much you will be able to pay every month for the privilege of owning your own home.
And whilst it’s always tempting to over-commit yourself, over-confidence as to how far you can stretch your budget is a mistake likely to end in tears. So keep reminding yourself to be realistic when you work out what your new monthly costs will be.
Checking your credit score at this stage will also avoid any unpleasant surprises when you come to apply for a bond.
Transfer Duty is payable at the following rates on transactions which are not subject to VAT:
Acquisition of property by all persons:
Source : National Treasury
You know your price range, so on now to the really exciting part of all this – finding your dream house.
Here’s a checklist to get you started –
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