30-year Mutual Credits

Costa Rican mutuals will now be able to offer housing credits for 30-year terms, double what the law previously permitted.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


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As soon as the Law of the National Financial System for Housing reform is officially published, the two mutuals that operate in Costa Rica—the Alajuela Housing Mutual Group and Mutual Cartago (Mucap)—will be able to offer mortgages with 30-year terms. This reform was already approved by the Legislative Assembly.

The manager of the Alajuela Housing Mutual Group, Oscar Alvarado, commented to Elfinancierocr.com that he "is not thinking about launching a special program with a 30-year term, but rather they want to offer the option to current clients (through credit readjustments) and new clients."

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