Monday, 28 September 2009

Standard Bank 100% home loan offerings

As you know Std Bank home loans have recently released their 100% home loan service offering to clients. Their marketing TOOL - only 100% home loans offered to clients that go directly to Std Bank and not via a bond originator.

Now obviously this is a little thorn in the side to most of the bond originators out there, BUT, what do you still have to your advantage?

1. Bond originators offer great service.
2. We do all the dirty work for you including, filling in forms, submitting to ALL 4 banks and following up on all the deals.

So, does this really affect your business if you're a bond originator? NO. And it shouldn't. Let's keep the flag flying high and show the banks why they need us.

Std Bank Criteria!!!

Standard Bank home loans has recently increased its risk acceptance rate in its Home Loan and Credit Card divisions. The changes made to Standard Bank’s risk appetite have been specifically designed to benefit first–time entrants into the housing and general credit markets.

Peter Schlebusch, Chief Executive, Personal and Business Banking, Standard Bank South Africa, says: “It is important that we support and provide access to finance to the lower end of the economic spectrum. People in this sector have been hardest hit by higher inflation, job losses and the general slowdown in the economy. Standard Bank is committed to providing access to finance and financial services to the low income market, while continuing to focus on prudent risk, capital and liquidity management.”

The following adjustments have been made:
Jump Start bonds (first–time home owners) up to R1m home loans and who are using this as their primary residence are now able to qualify for a cost–inclusive 104% LTV (loan–to–value) loan.

Affordable housing: Standard Bank home loans is now allowing LTVs of 100% (up from 90–95%).
Standard Bank has upwardly revised its LTVs on new home loans. Customers using internal Standard Bank channels with home loans of under R1.5m can qualify for LTVs of 100% (up from 90–95%). Houses of R1.5m–R2.5m will however still require a 10% deposit, and >R2.5m home loans will still require a 20% deposit.

Standard Bank has started accepting low–risk non–cheque Standard Bank customers and low–risk non–Standard Bank customers for home loans.

With credit cards, Standard Bank home loans is increasing its risk appetite by raising the “acceptable” bad debt ratio by 3% on new business written in a select entry–level segment of the portfolio.
Sim Tshabalala, Chief Executive of Standard Bank in South Africa, says: “We believe that an economic recovery will be slow but we see medium term improvement among households, as affordability improves on the back of lower interest rates. We have taken proactive steps to capitalise on this improvement.”

Standard Bank home loans has accepted the tender proposals for origination business from BetterBond, Bond Choice and Multinet, all three of which commenced submitting home loan applications from 24 August 2009. Standard Bank believes the new rates negotiated with mortgage originators will allow for a sustainable long term business model.

Monday, 7 September 2009

Absa 110% home loans

The doors are now opening.

Absa home loans this morning announced that 110% home loans will be offered to lower income earners. This is a big bold move that seems to have been started by Std Bank home loans.

According to the Business Day:

MORTGAGES of 110% are now available to low income earners, ABSA said today as it adjusted its lending criteria.

Absa has become the first bank to provide relief to low income earners by offering 110% bonds with a monthly income up of to R11,000,” the bank said in a statement.

“The turn in the economic cycle is becoming evident and as such we need to review our customer offerings.


Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Standard Bank Home Loans - THEY'RE BACK!

Well, this post is way overdue but I've had alot of thinking and reading to do, so better late than never. You might have heard the latest news and updates in the home loan world, well, if you haven't here it is!!!!


Standard Bank home loans have opened there doors to bond originators! Not only have they opened their doors but they've allowed non Standard Bank clients to apply to.

Current product list that's been opened to bond originators:

1. 100% home loans up to R400 000
2. 90% home loans for the rest

It's a nice warm welcome, and with talk of 100% home loans being opened up too, let's hope it's a MOVE in the right direction for all the banks and the future of the mortgage market in South Africa.

Need assistance with your Standard Bank home loan today? CALL us 012 341 2223!!!