KBC tightens rules on lending

KBC tightens rules on lending

KBC Bank has tightened its rules on lending.

The bank now requires first-time buyers to have a deposit that is 20% of the value of property being purchased.

Up to now, it would provide a mortgage if buyers had a deposit that amounted to 10% of the value of the property.

The bank claimed it had changed its lending criteria because it wanted to act in a “prudent and sensible manner”.

Last week, it said that more than 15% of its Irish loan book of €16bn was in arrears of more than three months at the end of September.

Brokers said it was one of the few lenders active in the first-time buyer market.

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