How To Buy Property In South Africa

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South Africa is an up-and-coming destination for property buyers from all over the world. The country offers various properties, from beachfront apartments to luxury homes in the city. South Africa is also a great place to invest in property, as the market is growing rapidly.

It’s an expensive purchase that will impact your future. However, you can make the process stress-free with little research and preparation. Read on for more information and advice from experts.

The Must-Dos When Buying A Property

There are things that you must get right when buying a property. Here is a list of some of the must-dos:

  1. Do Your Research On The Property Market

Property prices in South Africa have been steady since 2016, with sellers demanding more than they can get.

An excellent way to determine whether or not a property is worth buying is to compare it to similar ones in the area. If you can find a similar property selling for less than yours, there’s a good chance it will be easier and cheaper to sell later.

  1. Check Out Properties In Your Price Range

As with buying any other asset, checking out the current market conditions is essential before closing a deal. Make sure that there are no major issues with the property, such as flooding or earthquakes on nearby fault lines, or if there are any new developments planned for the area which may impact prices negatively over time.

  1. Find A Good Estate Agent

Finding a good estate agent is the first step in buying property in South Africa. Real estate agents can be found all over the country, and they will help you to find properties that fit your budget, location, and specifications. They can also help you negotiate with sellers and advise on the best way to purchase real estate in South Africa. You should look for an agent who offers good service and has been in business for at least five years.

  1. Get PreApproved For A Mortgage

If you’re planning on purchasing a house, make sure you’ve approved your loan before looking at properties. You want to know exactly how much money your bank will give you and what type of security they require from the seller so that you don’t end up in debt when all is done.

  1. Make An Offer Below The Asking Price

Buyers often think they must make a full-price offer on a property, but this is not always the case. Sometimes it’s better to make an offer below the asking price and then negotiate with the seller over the price incrementally. If you’re lucky enough to get permission from your bank or mortgage provider, you can buy property from them too!

  1. Make An Offer Contingent On The Property Inspection

If you’re serious about buying a property, you must have time for inspections before signing any contracts. Make sure that all necessary repairs have been completed and that no outstanding issues need fixing before you put down money on a property. It’s also wise to ask for references from previous landlords or neighbors before making an offer (although this isn’t always possible).

  1. Hire A Good Lawyer Or Conveyancer

A good lawyer will know how to buy a house and the documents you need to sign. They will also be able to give you advice on what type of mortgage you should apply for. Don’t just go for the first person who comes along and seems like they have all the answers. Take your time and make sure you choose someone experienced in this field.

Make sure you have all your documents ready before the lawyer arrives at your house: title deeds, proof of identity, proof of income and bank statements (in some cases), insurance papers (if required), and an application form for a loan with your bank or other institution which issues loans in South Africa.

Costs Of Buying Property In South Africa

The cost of buying properties will be affected by some ad-ons that you must have. Here’s a breakdown of the additional costs you’ll incur in the long run.

  • Mortgage

You will likely need a mortgage when you buy a house or property. Mortgages are loans that allow you to buy a property that would be too expensive to purchase using cash down payment alone. The interest rate on a mortgage varies depending on various factors, such as credit score, the amount borrowed, and the term of the loan. The amount you’ll qualify for will depend on the type of property you’re buying and your credit history.

  • Insurance  

When you buy a house or property, you will likely need insurance. When purchasing property in South Africa, you’ll probably need to get the following types of insurance:

  • Property insurance: This type of insurance covers the cost to repair or rebuild your home and other structures on the property (e.g., a garage) if they’re damaged or destroyed in a disaster, such as a fire or a flood.
  • Building insurance: This insurance protects against faulty construction on a new building.
  • Disability insurance: If you’re buying a home with a mortgage, disability insurance is a good idea. This type of insurance pays a portion of your mortgage payments if you cannot work.
  • Stamp Duty

Stamp Duty is a state tax on selling real estate in South Africa. Each province has a different rate of Stamp Duty, and you’ll need to pay this tax when you buy property in South Africa. The Stamp Duty is calculated on the property’s purchase price, and the current rate for each province can be found online. Most homebuyers buy property in a Seller’s Market where the seller has more than one offer to purchase the property. In this situation, the seller may agree to pay the Stamp Duty for the buyer.

  • Legal fees

When buying property in South Africa, you should hire a lawyer to help you with the purchase. The lawyer will go with you to the Office and help you complete the paperwork for the purchase. Legal fees vary depending on your case’s complexity and your lawyer’s experience. A lawyer will likely charge you a retainer which is a fee that covers the lawyer’s time and expenses for engaging them to take your case.

  • Property valuation costs

The cost of a property valuation depends on several factors, including location, size, and construction quality (if applicable). The more expensive the property, the more likely an appraisal fee will be involved.

Documents Required To Buy A Property In South Africa


  • Valid passport or other agreed ID documentation.
  • Proof of legal residence.
  • A certificate from a SA bank attesting to your loan eligibility.
  • Proof of a good credit score (bank statements, credit checks).
  • Proof that you can afford a mortgage (bills, paychecks).
  • A copy of your policy number (if applicable).
  • An original deed of conveyance or any legal document transferring ownership to yourself.
  • If the property is being purchased from someone else, they must provide you with proof of their identity (a passport or ID) and a photocopy of their proof of residence document.



Buying a property is a big decision and one that will likely change your life in many ways. If you keep these tips in mind, you can make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible. Remember, buying a property is not a sprint – it’s a marathon! You have plenty of time, so there is no need to rush. And if you follow these tips, you can rest assured that you are as prepared as possible for this exciting journey.



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