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ooba - Slower House Price Growth but Record Approval Volumes

The July statistics released by ooba show that whilst the trend of positive year-on-year growth in the property market continues, the pace of growth is slowing down.
 
The Average Purchase Price recorded by ooba in July was R937,215 which reflects a growth of 3.8% year-on-year and is 2.1% lower month-on-month. The First-Time Buyers’ Purchase Price showed a year-on-year increase of 3.0% with a slightly negative growth of -0.7%.
 
“This slowdown in average purchase price growth offers a good buying opportunity, particularly for first-time buyers, to purchase homes at more affordable prices,” says Rhys Dyer, CEO of ooba. 
 
A record high of 55.2% of ooba’s July intake of applications came from first-time buyers, 10.4% higher year-on-year.  The continued buoyancy of the first-time buyer’s segment remains a key driver of the property market. 
 
“Despite recent rate hikes, interest rates are still at comparatively low levels, with house price growth likely to be tracking below average wage growth in the short term, there are still good opportunities for first time home buyers to get onto the property ladder now,” explains Dyer.
 
The average approved bond size in July was R830,549 which is 7.7% higher year-on-year and 1.0% lower month-on-month. The average approved bond size for first-time buyers in July was R687,453 which is 10.2% higher year-on-year and an increase of 3.7% month-on-month. The growth in bond size dovetails with the trend in lower deposits. The average deposit decreased significantly year-on-year by 21.9% and month-on-month by 8.1%. The average deposit as a percentage of purchase price in July was 11.4%.
 
ooba has also reported a new high in the value of homeloan approvals, with the value of homeloans approved through ooba in July up 9% from July last year and 15% up month-on-month. According to Dyer, this is the best monthly performance recorded since November 2007. “This again illustrates ooba’s success in securing finance for homebuyers,” concludes Dyer.

Full July 2014 oobarometer analysis:

 

Indicator

Jul

2014

Jul

2013

Change yr on yr

(Jul 14 vs Jul 13)

Jun

2014

Change month on month

(Jul 14 to Jun 14)

Avg purchase price

937,215

902,900

3.8%

957,245

-2.1%

Avg purchase price

of first time buyer

731,651

710,312

3.0%

736,907

-0.7%

Avg approved bond size

830,549

771,300

7.7%

839,000

-1.0%

 

Avg deposit (as % of purchase price)

 

11.4%

(R106,666)

14.6%

(R131,600)

-21.9%

 

12.4%

(R118,245)

 

-8.1%

Avg age of applicant

37

37

No Change

37

No Change

Avg initial decline ratio

(first bank decline)

46.5%

47.3%

-0.8%

45.0%

1.5%

 

Ratio of applications declined by one lender but approved by another

 

29.6%

29.9%

-0.3%

26.5%

3.1%

 

Effective approval ratio

 

70.9%

 

71.9%

 

-1.0%

 

70.4%

 

 

0.5%




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