Banking institutions have added new options to their loan portfolios, such as funding for improvements and to buy a used house.
"Oscar Sequeira, coordinator of Statistics at the Construction Chamber of Guatemala (CGC), said that interest rates are down worldwide due to policies pursued by central banks and that has had an impact on reducing the level of fees charged for housing finance", reported Elperiodico.com.gt.
Up to June banks had only provided financing for housing projects worth $14.36 million, while in the same period last year it had already reached $32 million.
"The new housing projects can be counted on the fingers of one hand," said the executive director of the Salvadoran Chamber of Construction Industry (Casalco), Ismael Nolasco, adding that the drop is a reflection of an industry that is not investing in large housing projects because it has seen any demand.
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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