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GEHS Housing Access Loan

How a GEHS Housing Access Loan can make your dreams a reality

2022 has brought with it many challenges, many of which are financial. With interest rates increasing we’re paying more for essentials than ever. If you previously considered buying a home, you might be thinking that you’ll have to give up on your future because you can’t afford it. We’re here to tell you that it’s still possible. If you’re a government employee, you could qualify for a Government Employees Housing Scheme (GEHS) Housing Access Loan. As a recognised lender with the GEHS, SA Home Loans is happy to talk you through the process. Here’s what you need to know.

What is a GEHS Housing Access Loan and why was it created?

Property has long been an asset that can improve your wealth thanks to its potential to increase in value. It’s one of the most common ways families pass down wealth across generations and can make a huge difference for a family’s descendants for decades to come. Many South Africans don’t own their own homes, preventing them from creating wealth through property. It’s also common to find out that while you earn too much to qualify for a government housing subsidy, you don’t earn enough to qualify for a conventional home loan. Whether you fall into this category, already have a home you’re paying off (or have paid off) or are comfortable renting for the time being, the GEHS Housing Access Loan can still benefit you.

Who qualifies for a GEHS Housing Access Loan?

If you’re employed in the public service in a national or provincial department you can apply for this loan. You can apply for this loan whether you want to purchase rural land, buy communal land, purchase a new home or purchase a stand on which to build a home. You can even apply for it if you’re currently a homeowner paying a bond off or own your own home in full. To access any benefits of the GEHS you must first enrol — which you can do here.
If you want to buy a home you can apply for one of two home loan offerings:

  1. Housing Access Loan: This is a loan from SA Home Loans for those wanting to buy, build or improve a home on land with or without a title deed.. It differs from a traditional home loan in that you won’t have to pay any bond registration costs and will be subject to a shorter repayment term of between three to seven years. You may qualify for up to R300 000, depending on what you can afford.
     
  2. Mortgage-based housing loan: This is a loan available to those wanting to purchase a property with a title deed or those wanting to switch their home loan to a registered financial institution or GEHS recognised lender. You may use it to buy a home, using the property as security.

    With this standard home loan, you’ll need to pay bond registration costs, initiation fees, and mandatory insurance protection such as homeowners insurance and life insurance. The term of the loan is usually between 20 and 30 years, depending on a range of factors.

What happens after I enrol with the GEHS?

  •  If you don’t own a home — You receive a set amount monthly which is saved in an Individual-Linked Savings Facility (ILSF) that earns interest. This facility’s express purpose is to help you prepare to buy a home or improve the one you buy.
     
  • If you’re paying off a home loan — You receive a set amount towards your home loan.
     
  • If you rent a property — Depending on when you began working with the government you can divert all or some of the amount you qualify for towards your ILSF or use some towards your monthly rental payments.

Is there a GEHS Loan calculator

To get an accurate estimation of what you could qualify for, it’s best to speak to SA Home Loans directly. Depending on your individual application you’ll be asked to submit a range of different documents to process your application. The Housing Access Loan team at SA Home Loans are ready and waiting to take your call and help you get started with the process of securing a home. You can contact us by calling us on 0860 4444 17 or emailing [email protected].

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