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Swiss Franc Mortgage

Swiss Franc Mortgage

Overview

The Swiss Franc (CHF) is the currency and legal tender of Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

The economy of Switzerland is one of the world's most stable economies. Its policy of long-term monetary security and bank secrecy has made Switzerland a safe haven for investors, creating an economy that is increasingly dependent on a steady tide of foreign investment. Because of the country's small size and high labour specialisation, industry and trade are the keys to Switzerland's economic livelihood. Switzerland has achieved one of the highest per capita incomes in the world with low unemployment rates and a low budget deficit. The service sector has also come to play a significant economic role.

Mortgage

A Swiss Franc denominated mortgage can be arranged in Cyprus or when the borrower earns in Swiss Francs.

Swiss Prime rate is 0.53%. Thereafter a variable margin, typical 1.5 - 2% is added to such rate to give the paying mortgage rate. Such margins may vary with the country where the property is located, its loan to value and the location of the lender. and is used to calculate the paying rate of mortggaes. 

Rates can be variable, tracker or fixed and the maximum ratio of loan to value that may be obtainable from lenders is 70%. Conditions may apply depending on countries and lenders. 

The granting of such mortgage may however be limited to a minimum amount of 170,000 Swiss Francs.

Capital and Interest Only mortgages are available with a Swiss Franc denominated mortgage. In some cases an all Interest Only mortgage may be 0.2% higher than a Capital Repayment equivalent

Switching

IMPORTANT:

In AUSTRALIA, CANADA, DUBAI, FRANCE, HONG KONG, NEW ZEALAND, PORTUGAL, SINGAPORE, SPAIN, UNITED KINGDOM (also) and UNITED STATES, The Mortgage Explorer Ltd can offer a switching  facility where a dual currency loan is granted. There are 2 free currency switches, offered per calendar year and a fee of USD150 per switch applies thereafter.

We consider such facility to be of utmost importance especially at times of great uncertainty in the currency markets. Also when/if a reduction in loan amount has been achieved through the change in exchange rate between  two currencies e.g. the currency where the property is located and the Swiss Franc.

 

 

Please note:

Foreign exchange movements can be sudden and substantial and you must be able to tolerate a sizeable increase in your loan through such movements. At no stage should you expose yourself to high risks of foreign currency borrowings if you are not able to afford the potential losses that could result from adverse currency movements and the higher interest rate servicing costs that would be required of you due to your having a larger loan. Denominating debt in foreign currencies may not be suitable for you. If you have any doubts as to your suitability for borrowing in foreign currencies or your understanding of the risk involved, you should consult your financial adviser. Changes in the exchange rate may increase the equivalent of your debt, in whatever currency you deem important to you e.g. main income's. Your lender will not tolerate too great an increase in your loan as a result of currency losses and may opt to convert the loan back into the lender's specified base currency at a predetermined level. This may result in a permanent increase in your loan which is not fully compensated for by any other benefits. In this event, you could be left paying interest rates on a larger amount of loan than that you originally borrowed.

 

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