Interest rates to remain unchanged - for now

South African Reserve Bank has left interest rates unchanged.

South African Reserve Bank has left interest rates unchanged.

Published Jan 25, 2024


RE/MAX SA said that interest rates remaining unchanged would avoid placing further strain on debt holders. This comes as the South African Reserve Bank announced on Thursday that they would be leaving interest rates unchanged with repo rate at 8.25% and the prime lending rate at 11.75%.

Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, Adrian Goslett, said that not quite the cut most homeowners were hoping for. “Many, including a host of first-time buyers, bought when interest rates were at their lowest back in 2020 and have had a harsh introduction to what homeownership is like. Thankfully, it seems we are entering into a period of a bit more stability now, with this being the second announcement where interest rates have held steady.”

Goslett added that many economists predict that we will see an interest rate cut within the first half of the year. “While it is not expected that this cut will be a large one, possibly only 0.25% It will have a positive impact on homeowners debt repayments and buyers affordability concerns.”

Goslett said that he hopes that this will be the start of more stability to come. “It is likely that we are nearing the end of the interest rate hiking cycle and are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Although the high interest rates have not brought the property market to a standstill, it has hamstrung growth and throttled activity for quite some time now.”

Goslett added that he is looking forward to seeing how much growth we will see within this sector once interest rates become less of a concern.

The Mercury