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Your Home Loan

 

Home Loans, Mortgages & Financing in Cyprus.

Your home loan

Are you getting ready to purchase your first home? Is it time to buy a holiday home or invest in property? Or it is just time that you renovated your current home? Find out today about the loan solutions and the multiple options we offer you that will help you acquire the home of your dreams.

1. What does the total cost of my loan include?

  •  interest
  •  the Bank’s up front charges for granting the loan
  •  the up front charges you have to pay to the state and/or third parties for the grant of the loan
  •  the charges / costs which may arise at a subsequent stage, until final repayment of the loan.

2. What does interest cover?

Interest accrues during the loan repayment period and is calculated based on the interest rate agreed when the loan is approved.

Selecting the interest rate:

  •  It is up to you decide whether your housing loan will have a variable or a fixed interest rate for a specific time period.
  •  Loans with variable rates change over time, with the interest rate either rising or falling over the entire duration of the loan. The base rate can either be the Euribor 6M rate or the Bank's base rate for housing loans. Interest rates change depending on market conditions.
  •  Loans with a fixed interest rate remain the same for 3 or 5 years and then become loans with a variable rate, based on either the Euribor 6M rate or the Bank’s base rate for housing loans.
  •  Before selecting the interest rate, you should decide whether you prefer the stability of a fixed rate or the benefits / additional costs that could arise from a loan with a variable interest rate.

3. How is interest calculated?

  •  Interest is always calculated on your daily loan balance. As a result, over time the interest reduces because the loan balance is also reducing.
  •  Interest is calculated by multiplying the daily loan interest rate by the daily balance.

4. How can I calculate the total cost of my loan?

Find out about your loan’s APR. The APR (the Annual Percentage Rate) is the total cost of your loan (including interest and all bank charges you have to pay) expressed as an annual percentage of the amount you have borrowed.

The APR gives you an overall picture of the total cost of your loan and is the best tool available to you to compare different products from the same Bank or from other banks.

Example:

A housing loan for € 100,000 at 4.00% for 3 years and then at the Euribor 6M rate + 3.40%, repayable over a period of 20 years, with up front charges of € 575 (arrangement fees of 0.5% and documentation fees of € 75) has an APR of 4.60%.

 

5. What are the housing loan up front charges?

Housing loans are subject to up front charges which are payable once when the loan is taken out. These charges are as follows:

Bank up front charges

  •  Arrangement fees: these are 0.5% for housing loans for permanent residents and 1% for non-permanent residents of Cyprus.
  •  Documentation fees: these fees are collected when the loan is prepared. They are € 35 for loans of up to € 20,000 and € 75 for loans over € 20,000.

Government up front charges:

  •  The mortgage registration fee which is 1% of the mortgage value. This is payable to the Land Registry.
  •  Stamp duty costs for the loan documentation in line with instructions provided by the Commissioner for Stamp Duty.
  •  Charges payable to the Land Registry when a property needs to be transferred from one owner to another. The cost is 3% for amounts from zero to € 85,430, 5% for amounts from € 85,430 to € 170,000 and 8% for amounts over € 170,000.

Third party up front charges:

  •  Expenses relating to valuation of the property to be mortgaged.

6. What other charges and costs might be payable over the loan repayment term?

Loan cancellation:

  •  If a decision approving a loan is cancelled, the cost is 0.5% of the amount of financing requested, subject to a maximum limit of € 850.
  •  This amount is only payable if the application has been opened on the system and approved and you then ask for the loan to be cancelled.

Loan disbursement:

  •  When a loan is drawn down, Loan Disbursement charges are payable. If you draw down the loan in stages a charge of € 20 will be applied to each drawdown. If you draw down the whole loan immediately, there will be no charge applied.

Early repayment of the loan:

  •  If you repay the loan early, Administrative Early Repayment fees will be applied. If you repay all or part of the loan early, the early repayment fees will be calculated based on the type of loan, the date on which it was issued and the repayment date.
  •  You should know that loans with variable rates have lower early repayment fees compared to fixed interest rate loans.

Instalments in arrears:

  •  If you do not repay your loan as agreed, additional charges will be applied. No additional charges will be applied in the 4-day grace period after the date set for repayment of the instalment. From the 5th day onwards, you will be automatically charged € 20 for arrears up to the 120th day and € 25 for arrears from the 120th day onwards. In addition, an additional interest rate of 6.00% will be imposed on the amount of the loan instalment in arrears.
  •  These charges can be avoided by properly planning your finances and by remaining in continuous contact with your personal banker.

7. How can I postpone my instalment?

If you give sufficient notice to the Bank, you can use your right to postpone payment of up to 2 instalments a year (or a total of 24 instalments over the entire term of the loan) without incurring any charges.

 

 

About Urban Keys Real Estate & Chartered Surveyors

Headquartered in Nicosia, Cyprus and with a reach in all districts, Urban Keys Real Estate & Chartered Surveyors is a new venture with longstanding roots as real estate agents, property valuers and surveyors, offering consulting services to a wide range of clients and on all types of property matter – selling, buying, renting, leasing property throughout Cyprus.

Urban Keys is a young, fresh, dynamic and innovative agency. Our approach ensures the property sector in Cyprus is consistent to international standards, as well as made to suit a new generation, changing real estate market, and changing economy.

Urban Keys Real Estate & Chartered Surveyors
70, 28th October Avenue
Office 102, Engomi
2414, Nicosia, Cyprus.
Telephone:+357 22 27 00 19
Mobile:+357 99 43 44 51
E-mail:info 'at' urban-keys.com
Website:www.urban-keys.com

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