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Home loan interest rates to rise in January

Home loan interest rates to rise in January

In January, several of Japan’s major retail banks will increase the interest rates on their home loans. The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ will increase the prime interest rate on their 10-year fixed rate home loan by 0.05 points to 0.65%. This is their first rate increase in four months. Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank will increase…

Home loan interest rates set to rise this month

Several of Japan’s main banks will be increasing the interest rates offered on their fixed-rate home loans this month. Mizuho Bank will increase their 10-year fixed interest rate by 0.1 points to 0.80%. This is 0.15 points higher than the historic low of 0.65% reached in August 2016. Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank will increase prime rates for…

Real estate company president and buyer arrested for mortgage fraud

On November 25, the Osaka Prefectural Police arrested the president of an Osaka-based real estate company and one of their customers for alleged mortgage fraud. The police claim that the company boss produced false income certificates that were almost-perfect forgeries of official documents issued by local governments. Of the 190 loans obtained for the company’s…

Five banks to reduce home loan interest rates in August

Five of Japan’s mega-banks will reduce the interest rates on their home loans this month. The 10-year fixed-term interest rates on home loans for new customers will be reduced between 0.05 to 0.10 points from last month, reaching record lows.

Banks to reduce interest rates in June

Several of Japan’s mega-banks will reduce the interest rates offered on new home loans this month. Both the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (MUFJ) and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) will reduce the prime rate on their 10-year fixed-rate mortgages by 0.05 points to 0.85%. Sumitomo Mitsui trust Bank will reduce their rate by 0.05 points…

Home loan variable-rates drop below 0.5%

Sony Bank will reduce their variable home loan interest rates to 0.499% from April 2016. With the exception of banks offering campaign discounts, this makes Sony the first bank to reduce rates below the 0.5% range. After the Bank of Japan introduced negative interest rates in February, retail banks have been lowering interest rates offered…

BOJ’s minus interest rate may result in lower home loan rates

Following the Bank of Japan’s surprise announcement to set interest rates at minus 0.1%, Japan’s retail banks have started to make moves to lower home loan interest rates. The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (MUFJ), Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) and Resona Bank plan to reduce the prime rate on their 10-year fixed-rate home loans by…

Banks to reduce interest rates in September

Five of Japan’s mega-banks will reduce interest rates on home loans this month due to increased competition and a relatively low long-term government bond yield. The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (MUFJ) and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) will reduce their prime rate for a 10-year fixed-rate mortgage by 0.1 points to 1.20%. Mizuho Bank will…

Banks to increase home loan rates this month

Several of Japan’s mega-banks plan to increase home loan interest rates this month. The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ will increase the prime interest rate on their 10-year fixed-rate home loan by 0.10 points to 1.35% for loans approved in July, while Mizuho plan to increase their rate by 0.05 points to 1.30%. Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank…

New home loan product for married couples

From April 13, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) began offering a new type of home loan for married couples that offers an additional life insurance component. In the event that one of the spouses dies during the term of the loan, the surviving spouse, who must also be a borrower, will be exempt from paying…

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