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(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
The new restrictions by the Bank of Israel limiting variable- rate mortgages to onethird of the total mortgage came into effect Thursday morning. However, on Wednesday the central bank published a document entitled “Variable Interest on Home Loans,” which revealed that foreign residents will be exempt from the new regulations.
Most of the principles in the document are no surprise and were set out last week by Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer. But the document clearly states that regarding home loans taken by foreign residents in a foreign currency, the loan taker can freely decide the level of variable interest contained within the loan.
The new mortgage directive also exempts bridge loans in which the period
of the original repayment is up to three years on multipurpose loans of
up to NIS 100,000. This is on condition that the bank retains the
difference of less than 33.3 percent between the variable-rate loan and
the overall loan on the home.