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Mortgages in Bulgaria

Mortgage rates in Bulgaria are higher than in other European countries, and local banks provide relatively small loans.

Maximum loan amount 60-70% of the property's market value
Maximum loan sum 300,000 lev*
Fixed rates 8.5-9.5% per annum
Loan term 5 to 20 years
Minimum age of borrower 21
Maximum age of borrowerby the end of the loan term 60 for men and 65 for women

*As of 30 January 2017, 1 US dollar amounted to 1.83 Bulgarian lev

Documents

To obtain a mortgage loan in Bulgaria, you need to submit the following documents to the bank:

  • passport copy
  • marriage or divorce certificate (if applicable)
  • certified bank statements for the previous six months
  • letter confirming the absence of outstanding loans
  • letter of recommendation from the applicant's bank
  • tax returns for the previous year
  • payslips for the previous six months, certified by the employer
  • property ownership certificate
  • pre-sale property contract
  • no-lien certificate for the property, i.e. proving there is no seizure or pledge

All foreign-language documents should be submitted in their original language with a translation into Bulgarian.

Loan applications usually take 1-2 weeks for approval.

Extra costs

The costs incurred by the borrower when formalising a mortgage in Bulgaria amount to about 200 leva. There are also additional life and property insurance payments of about 5,000 leva per year.

Property appraisaland Due Diligence 120-140 leva
Compulsory property insurance About 1,000 levaper annum
Compulsory applicantlife insurance About 4,000 levaper annum
Mortgage arrangement fee 60-80 leva
Early repayment penalty 2-3% of the remainingdebt amount

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