PROPERTY NEWS - It's the summer holiday season and most South Africans have been flocking to their favourite parts of the country for a few weeks of relaxation, sun and quality time with the family.
And, if your holiday is winding down and you're in the mood to make your vacation experience a more permanent one, this may be the ideal time to find your perfect holiday home.
According to Julian Buck, principal of Jawitz Properties Knysna, the current market conditions make it an ideal time to buy the holiday home that will pay off as a future investment. "A holiday home purchase today offers the buyer a personal home for holidays and a way of bringing in passive income through holiday rental income, plus it's a long-term retirement plan," says Buck. "Added to this, the current market conditions make it the perfect time to consider buying a holiday home."
Lots of stock
As a result of the tough economic conditions in the country, there are currently a lot of homes on the market, especially in holiday towns and resorts. The large amount of stock gives buyers an opportunity to shop around to find the home that matches their criteria most closely, to get more for their money and negotiate for what they want.
Good buys available
Due to increased stock levels, it follows that there are some good buys to be had. Buck says if he had the funds, he would most definitely invest in some of the value-for-money properties currently available.
"We have rarely had good quality 3-bedroom properties in the mid R1-millions; and when they come along, they're usually snapped up in days. Now, we have a few homes like this on the market. A buyer who purchases these will be making a great investment as their values appreciate in future," he explains.
Great lending rates
With mortgage advances outstripping house price growth in 2018 and 2019, and bond approval rates at their best in the last 10 years, it is evident that the banks have upped their lending to home buyers. Western Cape properties in particular are seen as a great investment by banks and the easing of lending conditions has meant that banks are even offering home loans that include transfer fees.
"If you look at it critically, there are so many good reasons to consider purchasing a holiday home," says Buck. "There just hasn't been a better time to buy in terms of property values since the market crashed 10 years ago; and the growth in mortgage advances is the cherry on top. Knysna, and the Garden Route in general, has consistently been an area that delivers good capital growth for residents and holiday home investors and I would encourage prospective buyers to use the time they have here with us to investigate the market and purchase that home before the upswing kicks in."
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