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Understanding Homeowner’s Cover in South Africa: Why Insurance Brokers Save You More!

Understanding Homeowner’s Cover in South Africa: Why Insurance Brokers Save You More!

Understanding Homeowner’s Cover in South Africa: Why Insurance Brokers Save You More!


When purchasing or building a home in South Africa, one of the most important considerations is to ensuring that your property investment is adequately protected. Homeowner's cover (HOC) is a type of insurance that safeguards your property against damage from fires, floods, and other natural disasters. While banks often offer their own homeowner’s insurance when providing Mortgage loans, there are significant advantages to obtaining your own insurance directly from a preferred Broker or Underwriter. In this blog, we'll explore why obtaining direct insurance could help you save on annual finance costs (interest charges) and often result in cheaper premiums with much better risk cover.

The Basics of Homeowner’s Cover

Homeowner's insurance for your property is essential for anyone with a Mortgage loan, as it protects your investment against the expense of unforeseen damages. This cover is a requirement under Section 106 of the National Credit Act, which mandates financial institutions with the right to hold a session over homeowners insurance. Must have adequate insurance. The cover typically includes protection against a range of natural disasters, ensuring that you are financially protected in the event of damage to your property.

Bank Insurance vs. Direct Insurance: Understanding the Differences

1. Cost-Effectiveness

Most banks offer the convenience of adding insurance premiums to your home loan amount, allowing you to pay this off in monthly installments. While this might seem convenient, it’s important to note that this option often includes interest charges on the annual premium, which can significantly increase the overall cost over time via additional interest charges and a longer repayment period of the capital borrowed.

On the other hand, opting for insurance through a dedicated insurance provider can be much more cost-effective. Insurance companies often offer lower premiums because they specialise in insurance cover and can pass on the savings that are derived from your insurance history, segmentation, income, location, age, and bureau profile.

2. Control and Flexibility

Insurance brokers are able to help homeowners to compare cover from multiple insurance companies. Through this, you gain more control over the specifics of the risk cover and premium costs of your policy. You are also able to tailor-make your risk cover to suit your specific needs, without being limited to the single package offered by your bank. This flexibility allows you to shop around and choose a policy that offers the best value for money and the most comprehensive cover.

3. Reduced Additional Charges

Banks may increase your monthly service charges in order to manage and monitor your homeowner's insurance payments if you choose to source your insurance elsewhere. However, according to the National Credit Act, these fees should not exceed R60 per month. We at One Sure Direct, eliminate these additional costs by dealing directly with your insurer.

Advantages of Direct Insurance

1. Enhanced Cover Options

Direct insurers often provide more comprehensive cover options that can be customised to protect against specific risks relevant to your area or property type. This means you are not stuck with a 'one-size-fits-all' approach that may leave gaps in your cover.

2. Immediate Cost Savings

Paying your insurance premium upfront annually can also save you money. Many insurers offer discounts for payments made in full, as opposed to spreading out payments over the year with interest charges, as is common with bank-included insurance policies.

3. Better Customer Service

We focus solely on insurance, which can lead to better, more specialised customer service. With dedicated support, you can receive more detailed and personal advice on your home insurance needs.

Making the Right Choice

When deciding between bank-provided insurance and direct insurance, consider the long-term financial benefits and the level of cover provided. Although the convenience of having everything under one roof with a bank might seem appealing, the potential savings and improved cover from an insurer are worth considering.


Homeowner’s insurance is a necessary risk investment for any property owner in South Africa. While banks provide a convenient way to combine your insurance with your house loan, opting for insurance directly through One Sure can lead to significant savings and better protection. At One Sure Direct, we believe in offering our clients the best possible cover at the most affordable rates. By choosing direct insurance, you ensure that your home is protected in the most cost-effective and comprehensive manner.

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Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this blog post are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position or policies of OneSure or any regulatory body. The content provided is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as professional advice. Readers should consult with a licensed professional for specific guidance related to their individual circumstances.