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Make informed decisions when buying your home or next investment property

Make informed decisions when buying your home or next investment property

Taking out a home loan is a significant financial decision that requires careful consideration. In an ever-evolving real-estate market, understanding the intricacies of home loans is paramount for both seasoned homeowners and first-time buyers.

Nedbank Namibia’s Head Secured Lending, Amanda von Wielligh, says that taking a proactive approach to understanding the full process of buying your dream home, can make the process seamless for the home buyer, “Buying a home can be an overwhelming exercise, but staying informed about emerging market trends, and adopting a forward-thinking approach is crucial for both borrowers and lenders alike.”

“Taking out a home loan is a multifaceted process that demands careful planning and thorough research. By understanding the intricacies of home loans, potential homebuyers can make informed decisions, ensuring a smoother journey towards homeownership,” says von Wielligh.

To help potential homeowners make better informed decisions when buying their dream home, here are some key aspects of the home loan process to consider:

Financial planning
Financial planning helps you evaluate your income, expenses, and existing debts to understand your financial position. Understanding your financial positions can determine the type of property you can afford and can even help you save for a substantial down payment which will reduce the loan amount which will in turn lower your monthly payments. Enquire about interest rates and negotiate on the rates. Get pre-approved to know your borrowing capacity; this will help you house hunt within your budget. You can also consult with your banker or financial advisor to tailor your home loan plan to your unique situation and long-term financial objectives.

The application process
When applying for a home loan ensure that you have prepared all the necessary documentation required. This includes a valid ID or passport, marriage certificate (if married) ANC contract (if applicable) qualification letter from employer or Government Subsidy Booklet, your latest payslip, an income and expenditure document, six-month bank statements, and if available, a contract (Deed of Sale, Offer to Purchase). In the event where you earn an additional income, you are required to also provide proof.

Understand the loan terms and conditions
Ensure that you read the fine print and understand all the terms and conditions. These can include important information such as the loan duration, the monthly instalments, closing costs and other fees.

Once you get the loan approved you will be well on your way to becoming a homeowner, however, always make sure to carefully review all terms and conditions before signing, and if you have any specific questions or need advice, always feel free to consult your banker.

Investing in a sustainable future
Buying a home through Nedbank gives clients the opportunity to contribute to the preservation of our planet, because a percentage of every home loan goes to the Nedbank Go Green Fund. Established in 2001, the Go Green Fund is a grant facility designed to enhance conservation efforts, protect critical habitats, and support initiatives geared towards a sustainable future in Namibia. To date approximately 170 conservation and environmental projects have received support from the Fund. The 2023 Go Green Fund focused on the theme of ‘Green Urbanism’, inviting proposals that showcased innovation and creativity to boost sustainable urbanisation.

There is a growing importance of sustainability in the housing market, “As the world shifts to renewable energy in the wake of climate change and escalating living costs, we are seeing that more and more potential homeowners are seeking green solutions,” says von Wielligh.

Nedbank's Head of Secured Lending: Amanda von Wielligh

Nedbank Namibia
Selma Kaulinge
Nedbank Namibia
Tel: 061 295 2184
Contact E-mail: [email protected]
Website URL: https://www.nedbank.com.na

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