Costa Rica: Banks toughen access to credit for real estate

Financial companies are trying to protect their capital against a possible further rise in interest rates.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Access to loans within the real estate sector will be more rigorous. The old refrain, "Better to prevent than lament" is being applied at some local banks, as one of the results of the sub-prime crisis in the United States.
The banks' goal now is to manage portfolios carefully in case there are more increases in interest rates, and thereby protect their capital base.

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Competition, interbank interest rates and a stable exchange rate are the reasons for the growth of the housing loan portfolio in the first quarter of 2016.

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Mortgage Interest Rates in Costa Rica Touch Floor

July 2013

From the 14% recorded last September, interest rates for housing loans in colones are down to 10%, a figure at which the indicator seems to have settled.

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Increased Availability for Home Loans in Costa Rica

March 2011

Despite contraction in the construction sector, banks and other lenders are increasing their offers.

The bank´s credit portfolio is the largest offered over the last three years as reported by the Costa Rican Banking Association.

"In Expoconstrucción, which begins next Sunday at Pedregal (San Antonio de Belén), banks will try to hook new customers with fixed rate programs, remission of fees and payment terms of up to 30 years" informed Nacion.com, “Nine financial institutions will be present at the fair ...".

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February 2009

The three State Banks, the National Bank, the Bank of Costa Rica and the Credito Agricola Bank, will introduce mechanisms for lowering credit rates.

Nacion.com reports on its website: "The National Bank is in the process of defining what will be the specific procedures and policies in order to deal with the most urgent needs of clients," said the manager of the bank, William Hayden, in brief written response to this paper."

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