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The financing of the home must be before the start of construction.

Construction financing is the combination of the various types of financing to cover the capital requirements when financing a property. This includes the purchase of a new building from a property developer, an own building project, the purchase of an existing property or renovation and modernization of an existing property. The property can be used for own living purposes or for renting.

Requests for building money from banks can also concern follow-up financing and debt restructuring.

As much equity as possible

As much equity as possible

For solid construction finance, it makes sense to use equity capital of at least ten to 20 percent of the total costs. The higher the equity component, the better. Equity includes credits, building savings, existing land and own work that is brought into the property.

The classic bank loan as a major component of financing

The bank loan for a property is usually an annuity loan, which is repaid with monthly installments of the same amount. The installments consist of interest and repayment. The initial repayment usually amounts to one to three percent of the loan amount. As the repayment increases, the interest is reduced and the repayment portion increases because the loan rate remains the same.

In some cases, there are also repayment loans (annually falling installments due to reduced interest, the repayment remains the same) or final loans (repayment at the end, cession of life insurance or similar).

In addition to conventional banks, direct banks also offer corresponding mortgage offers on the Internet. These providers can often offer favorable conditions for building money and do not have to shy away from comparison to local branch banks.

Land charge serves as security for the loan

Land charge serves as security for the loan

The land charge serves as security for the loan.

The bank uses a land charge as security for the loan, which is entered in the land register in its favor. The declaration of agreement between the lender and the owner of the property, the amount and registration of the land charge, must be submitted to a notary and certified. The application for registration with the land registry can then be made. The property owner incurs costs for the notary and the land registry. The loan amount is usually only paid out after the land charge has been entered in the land register.

Should the case arise that the installments for the loan can no longer be paid, the bank has the right to auction the property in order to offset the loan with the proceeds.

Interest rate depending on the financing rate

When a loan request is made, the bank determines the mortgage lending value for the property in question. For up to 60 percent of this, the borrower receives a certain interest rate. If the total bank loan amounts to a higher amount, for example up to 80 percent of the mortgage lending value, a higher loan interest is payable for the difference (from 60 to 80 percent). In some cases, banks also charge the increased interest for the entire amount.

The interest rate on a bank loan for real estate financing is usually fixed for a few years, for example for ten years. Especially in periods of low interest rates, choosing the longest possible fixed interest rate, for example 15 or 20 years, makes a lot of sense. Repayment is also possible with longer commitments after ten years. Depending on the length of the fixed interest period, the bank’s interest rates are staggered: with longer fixed interest rates, the interest rate increases.

Effective interest includes all costs

Effective interest includes all costs

The effective interest rate is generally somewhat higher than the nominal interest rate. This is because all the costs associated with the loan must be included in it. These include, for example, processing fees and agency commissions. The payment method for the installments also has an impact on the effective interest rate. A monthly or quarterly payment in installments increases the interest compared to the nominal interest, which is calculated on a year. The effective interest rate is therefore the interest actually payable on the loan. For a comparison of loan offers, the effective interest rate serves as a comparison criterion and not the nominal interest rate. The effective annual interest rate in the loan agreement is required by law.

Payment for new construction based on progress

In the case of a new building, the loan is paid in installments, depending on the construction progress. Provision interest may be payable for the amount not yet used. Most of the time, however, the calculation of this interest only begins after a few months. If the loan amount requested at the beginning is not sufficient to cover the entire costs, additional financing may be necessary.

Repay your home quickly

Repay your home quickly

The home in front of the eye – But do not neglect the financing.

In the case of owner-occupied real estate, the fastest possible repatriation makes sense. The claimed construction money should be paid back at the latest when you reach retirement age.

The initial repayment of a building loan is usually one to three percent, but can also be higher depending on the income situation.

Special repayments can also be agreed in the loan agreement, for example five percent of the loan amount per year. However, special repayments can only be made if the option of making this has already been agreed with a clause in the loan agreement.

A full repayment during the fixed interest period is only possible with a prepayment penalty. The only exception is: the loan has been running for ten years. Then the bank has to accept a repayment without prepayment penalty.

A loan agreement has many components

The original loan agreement must be signed by all borrowers and sent to the direct bank by post. The contract basically contains the following points: Contracting parties, type of loan, loan amount, day of payment, purpose, interest rate (nominal and effective), fixed interest period, possibly the amount of the commitment interest and the date from which these are calculated, redemption rate, installment amount, start of payment in installments, interest and redemption settlement, total amount of payments to be made, details of special repayments, processing fees, collateral, termination rights, terms and conditions and a cancellation policy. A repayment plan must also be given.

Home loan as part of the overall financing

Home savings contracts that have already been saved can be easily integrated into home finance. When concluding a home savings contract shortly before the planned real estate financing, it should be borne in mind that even with a one-off payment, a minimum saving period of 18 months and a savings amount of at least 40 percent of the home savings sum are necessary.