Bank of Valletta have launched a home loan scheme specifically targeted at first time buyers buying a property in Malta. Learn more.
The BOV home loan scheme was created to allow their clients to benefit from greater savings when coupled with the Budgetary concession on stamp duty. The concession states that those buying a property in Malta for the first time, and signing the final contract in 2014, are exempt from paying stamp duty on the first €150,000. Normally, this stamp duty is set at 3.5%, thus amounting to €5,250 in stamp duty if the buyer spends up to €150,000. By being exempt from this payment, first-time buyers may benefit from savings of up to €8,000 when coupled with BOV’s latest home loan offer.
The scheme entitles first-timers buying property in Malta to an interest rate of 1.99% on the first 12 months, and a variable interest rate of 3.1% for the remaining term. This preferential rate is applicable only on home loan of no more than €150,000. In other words, those making a purchase of €165,000 and having 90% financed by the bank, may benefit from this scheme (those unable to make the 10% deposit may have a look at their Home Assist Loan).
Those applying for the first time buyers home loan package also benefit from the following:
As mentioned above, there may be cases whereby a first-time buyer is unable to personally pay the 10% (either in full or in first time buyers part) deposit to the vendor. Should this be the case, one may have a third party (such as a family member, close relative, or friend) offer a guarantee to the bank to make up for the shortfall in contribution.
Bank of Valletta are also able to exclusively offer a deposit account (covering seven years) with a preferential interest rate and annual interest paid to your third party, aside from accepting any other form of cash or quasi-security. Your guarantor will also benefit from:
As with all loans, the above are subject to the bank’s usual lending criteria the bank loan will not go beyond retirement age, or will not exceed 40 years (whichever is lower), and approval from your BOV branch. Both offers are valid until 30th June 2014, but may be closed earlier at the bank’s discretion.
It is recommended that before buying property in Malta, you should contact a local estate agent with RE/MAX Malta or visit your nearest BOV branch for clarification. Learn more about banks and loans for first time buyers.