Johannesburg - Almost half of all home loan applications are
now being made by black buyers, statistics from BetterBond show.
BetterBond represents 25% of all residential mortgage bonds
registered in the Deeds Office.
The number has increased significantly compared with only
about 12% a decade ago.
The statistics indicate that black home buyers accounted for
approximately 48% of all bond applications in the past three months.
Futhermore, black home buyers accounted for between 37% and
39% of approved monthly home loans.
"It is very encouraging to see such an increase in the
number of black buyers coming into the market and achieving bond approval,
especially in the light of the slowing economy and slow progress on job
"It suggests a growing appreciation of the wealth creation potential
of home ownership," said BetterBond CEO Rudi Botha in a statement.
"It is also a clear indication of the effect that the
current shortage of good rental housing stock and rising monthly rentals are
having on the market, in that more and more tenants are seriously considering
that it might now be cheaper to buy than to rent and exploring the possibility
of becoming homeowners in their own right.
"This trend is being further fuelled
by the current low interest rates and by improving access to bond finance,
especially for first-time buyers," Botha said.
The BetterBond numbers also reflected an overall 5% uptick
in the number of home loans made in June.