Paying an extra R200 into your bond can save you R100K

When it comes to paying off a home loan, every extra cent paid into your bond goes a long way to reducing its duration

The substantial amount of debt owed on a home loan can often startle consumers, making it seem pointless to pay anything extra, as it may take decades to settle the amount outstanding.

Dr Simphiwe Madikizela, Head of Special Projects at FNB Housing Finance, says what many consumers don’t realise is that by paying as little as R50 extra on your bond, you can immediately start saving on interest.

By paying R50 extra on a R500 000 home loan with a 10,25% interest rate for 20 years, you will be able to pay off your home loan in 19 years and three months, while saving over R26 111 in interest that you would have paid to the bank.

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He says that in order to understand the impact of extra payments, consumers should first be able to distinguish between payments towards their principal debt and interest paid on the principal debt.

For a home loan, the first payment you make would typically be paid towards interest.

But any extra payment you make enables you to lower the principal debt owed. As the principal debt decreases, so does the amount of interest you have to pay.

“You should also consider topping up your extra payments with a lump sum, either from your bonus or tax refund. This will significantly reduce your interest over the loan period,” he says.

“Being aware of the impact of making extra payments will help you manage your bond repayments and ultimately ensure that you pay off your bond as quickly as possible.”

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Check out the table below to understand the full impact of paying a little extra on your bond. Note: This example is based on a home loan of R500 000 at an interest rate of 10,25% over 20 years.