State could guarantee first-time mortgages

State could guarantee first-time mortgages
People who want to buy their first home but have trouble getting a bank loan could soon get a credit guarantee from the state, under plans unveiled by the government.

The new programme would help people who are unattractive to mortgage lenders, for example, young people without permanent jobs but with several casual jobs. The Finance Ministry estimates that 5,000 people a year will apply for the guarantees.

“Everything suggests that this is a win-win situation for everyone,” said Housing Minister Mats Odell to Swedish Radio. The programme would be self-financing, with the mortgages costing 0.2-0.4 percent more than normal loans.

The Finance Department proposal would mean the state guaranteeing around 100,000 kronor in interest payments on a 1 million kronor mortgage.

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