What fees can I expect to pay?

When applying for a house bond, homebuyers and investors typically plan for the repayment of the capital and make allowance for their bonds’ interest. Without the assistance of professional property finance consultants, loan applicants often don’t consider the upfront expenses that are associated with purchasing a home that if overlooked can cause copious undue stress. It’s important that you’re aware of these additional expenses so that you can save up the money or arrange a loan to cover these costs.

SA Home Loans’ property finance consultants offer amazing service and can guide you through all of the intricacies that accompany applying for a home bond in South Africa. Moreover, because our innovative bond products are flexible and uniquely tailored to our clients’ needs and financial situations, our property finance consultants are adept at providing information pertaining to your exact requirements.

This gives you the opportunity to focus on choosing the right property to make your home. Contact us on 0860 2 4 6 8 10 to apply for a bond or to receive information on what fees you can expect to pay when obtaining a house bond from us.

Typical home bond fees in South Africa

    • Transfer duties*

      While some property bond fees are unique to certain types of home bond providers, transfer duty is universally required and payable to SARS if you are purchasing a home with a value greater than R1 000 000.

      Transfer duties are calculated as a percentage of the cost of the home and are determined by the buyer’s legal status Legal entities, such as a company or trust, are required to pay 8% of the value of the property, while private buyers pay transfer duties on a sliding scale based on the value of the property:

      Value of the Property (R) Rate
      0-1 000 000 0%
      1 000 001 – 1 375 000 3% of the value above R1 000 000
      1 375 001 – 1 925 000 R11 250 + 6% of the value above R1 375 000
      1 925 001 – 2 475 000 R44 250 + 8% of the value above R1 925 000
      2 475 001 – 11 000 000 R88 250 +11% of the value above R2 475 000

      Transfer duties above are applicable for the period 1 March 2020 – 28 February 2022.*
      Note that if the property is being purchased from a developer, no transfer duty is payable. However, VAT will be payable on the purchase price.

Conveyancing costs / Transfer fees

While the conveyancing attorney is appointed by the seller, the buyer is responsible for the costs of the ‘Transfer fee’. This fee is payable to the transferring attorney for transferring the property into your name. As with the above fees, they are determined in an upward sliding scale in direct proportion to the cost of the properties being purchased. The calculated fee is required to be paid before or simultaneously with registration/transfer of the property.

Note that the R1 000 000 exemption does not apply to ‘transfer fees’, only to transfer duty.*

  • Bond registration fee

    For the service of registering your bond at the Deeds Office, you are likely to be charged bond registration fees or attorney costs. These fees can vary and it is recommended that you consult a property finance consultant from SA Home Loans for information on exactly what bond registration fees you are required to pay when purchasing your home.

  • Your bank’s valuation fees

    Owing to the introduction of the National Credit Act, banks no longer charge their clients valuation fees. Instead, this fee is now incorporated into the bank’s initiation fees.

  • Your bank’s initiation fees

    The National Credit Act now allows finance providers to charge their customers up to R6 037.50 (R5 250+VAT) initiation fees.

SA Home Loans: trusted South African house bond provider

SA Home Loans takes pride in providing flexible bonds and innovative products that are tailored to the unique needs and risk profiles of our clients.

Our clients are automatically assessed for our Transfer Assist product as part of their application process.  You will not need to fill in an application form, and we will not ask you for any additional supporting documents.  SA Home Loans could approve you for up to R100 000, for the purpose of settling transfer fees and transfer duties.

For more information, contact our Transfer Assist team on 0861 000 376 or email TransferAssist@sahomeloans.com.