Financing with Local Banks
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In the Caribbean, there are many banks offering mortgages to foreigners looking to make their home in the Caribbean. The criteria is a bit different, however banks will offer mortgages in USD. Depending on what Caribbean Island you choose, mortgagees in the Caribbean can be purchased at up to 70% LTV and over a term of 15 to 30 years. Most banks will require that you open a bank account with them if you get a mortgage through their bank. This is required so they can withdraw the monthly mortgages from the account.
It is important to get a good interest rate on your Caribbean mortgage. Generally, Caribbean mortgage interest rates range from 6 to 7.5% and upward and they tend to be variable interest rates. As well, you will likely be required to get a life insurance policy with the mortgage. The fees banks charge to arrange a mortgage tends to be around 1% of the loan amount. The costs not only make a mortgage affordable, but it also makes buying a Caribbean home a great investment.
When applying for a Caribbean mortgage, the bank will require that you present certain documentation. This can include: recent pay slip, agreement of sale, valid identification such as a passport, identification card, birth certificate, driver's permit, valuation report, copy of deed/certificate of title, savings/debt confirmation, job letter, certificate of compliance...etc. The specific bank you choose will explain all of the pertinent documentation required.
When searching for the best Caribbean mortgage, it is important to get a mortgage that meets your needs such as the amortization period, monthly payments, down payment, and the amount you can borrow up to a specified percentage of the value of the home. It is important to comparison shop for a mortgage in order to get the best deal. It also important that you make sure that over time you will have the opportunity to refinance for a better rate. As well, make sure that you check to see if the bank is offering any incentives to get your business such as offering penalty-free repayment.
When you find your Caribbean dream home, it is important to get the best possible mortgage so that the decision you make is a wise financial investment. As well, you should get a good home insurance policy to protect your investment. Living in the Caribbean does not have to be a fantasy. When you find the right home and thoroughly understand the mortgage buying process and what to do to get the best mortgage at the best rate, you will soon find yourself basking in the warm and welcoming Caribbean sun.
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