Ideas for Building More Homes in El Salvador

Analysis is being done on the concept of a leasing and a housing trust fund to facilitate greater access to bank financing for the construction industry.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

The Salvadoran Construction Chamber believes that its financial capacity to develop more projects could be expanded through the use of trusts. Its president, Jose Antonio Velasquez, told that   "... at the moment banks lend to housing developers 'against their balances'. By using the concept of trust loans, the bank takes control of the project and would be able to lend more".

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The union is also preparing a bill to implement the concept of housing or real estate leasing, to promote access to housing for the lower-income segment of the population. A study by Bandesal "... concludes that the housing leasing concept is viable in the country."

"... In the case of housing leasing, reforms are needed to at least five legal bodies and four for mutual-aid housing. The dependent department of the MOP is seeking consensus before submitting any proposal for reform, although the Department of Housing and Urban Development recognized that they need to accelerate the pace so that this does not coincide with the pre-election period. Figures from ONUHabitat estimated the current housing deficit in the country at 521,000."

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