The Austrian loan market does not have the catchy 100% mortgages, interest-only mortgages and various other deals that are popular in the USA and United Kingdom. Many mortgage schemes in Austria are user-friendly deals, with low interest rates for the first year or interest-only repayments for the initial one year, perhaps permitting its inhabitants to get settled in a new residence. However, one will have to pay a significant deposit when applying for a loan in Austria.
Well, loans for more than 80% of the property value are hard to find and securities ranging from 30- 40% of the deposits are commonly requested by Austrian organizations lending to international borrowers. Each bank has different ways of assessing your ability to repay, but loans of 3-5 times your income are common. The costs of buying a property in Austria are comparatively low, and are generally not included in the mortgage meaning that you will need to assess the available amount of deposit considering the expected transaction costs. Lenders typically charge around 2-4% of the total loan value in fees meaning, if you were to borrow EUR 160,000 you can expect to pay a fee of about EUR 3,200-6,400. There is also a 2% fee for registering the mortgage deed in the national registry and this may or may not be included in the initial estimation, and the fee structure and the total cost varies from banker to banker. Therefore, one should ensure they fully understand the costs of a mortgage application before signing it. As with any other loan application, one will need to provide information about themselves and their property in order to apply for an Austrian loan. The following documents may expected to be provided viz., Passport, Visa (if resident), Proof of Income / Salary Certificate, Proof of deposit funds and Proof of Tax returns.
Additionally, a document indicating that has you have not undergone any criminal convictions or have defaulted on any previous debts will have to be submitted. The lender will normally send one of their executives to assess and inspect the mortgaged property and value it. This is usually done free of cost or at times included in application costs incurred for a mortgage. If one had already agreed on a price with the seller when applying for a mortgage, this will be usually established as the property value. Well, there is no legal minimum deposit required, still lenders typically charge 30% or more.
Also, fixed interest rates lasting more than 1-2 years are infrequent in Austria. Floating or variable interest rates govern, and henceforth it is essential to understand the difference. A floating interest rate will usually be a fixed amount more than the base rate fixed by the national bank. Mortgages are usually 15-30 years long, with the 20 year terms being most prominent. Unlike other countries, early repayment turns will not be penalised. The Austrian mortgage market is quite small and mortgage brokers are exceptional. Especially in smaller towns, it is better to seek for recommendations from notaries, lawyers and estate agents as they will be able to name institutions and organizations you had not considered and also give you an introduction to the local bank manager.