Published December 16, 2011 by Tzvi Shapiro

For those borrowers looking for US Dollar based loans, LIBOR loans are now available for foreigners as low as LIBOR+1.8% on the ENTIRE loan amount. Being able to take the entirety of the loan in a variable rate represents a tremendous benefit, as most lenders are unable to provide more than 1/3 of the loan in a variable rate. This option is available up to 70% of the value of the property, albeit with a slightly higher rate. The 5-year USD fixed rate (up to a 25 year term) is available at 3.6%. This option provides a great deal of security as it allows borrowers to fix this rate for 5 years. During the last few weeks, rates on shekel loans have been dropping quickly.  The most attractive rates on the market in NIS are currently in the range of 5.4-5.8% fixed for 20 years. 30 year fixed rates are in the 6.2%-6.7% range. For clients interested in Prime loans, Prime-1.0% remains the sharpest rate on the market. For more information, call 972-2-567-1349 to speak with one of First Israel’s qualified mortgage consultants.