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Kganyago also stated that twelve-month growth in mortgage advances to households remained at levels below 3%, and that this, along with other economic trends, would see consumer demand for lending remain constrained in the coming months.

ooba, South Africa's largest bond originator, says that today's announcement to keep the interest rate unchanged will be welcomed by SA homebuyers.

"The decision is a great relief to South African property owners. The relatively low interest rate environment that continues to prevail is good news for the residential housing market as it gives prospective home buyers an opportunity to acquire property and secure home loan finance at an affordable cost of credit" says Kay Geldenhuys, ooba's property finance processing manager.

The October oobarometer house price index, released this week, revealed that the average house price rose 1.9% year-on-year to R953,018 from R935,252 a year earlier.Strong price growth in the first-time buyer's market was also recorded with a year-on-year increase of 7% from R711,691 to R761,653.

Kganyago did note that interest rates would have to normalise in due course, given the country's current economic outlook.