13-year home loan tax deduction deadline is November 30

With the deadline to apply for the 13-year home loan income tax deduction coming this November, should buyers rush in to purchase or wait to see if it is extended? This scheme allows homebuyers to deduct a percentage of their home loan balance from their income taxes each year for 10 ~ 13 years (the 3-year extension is the one with the looming deadline).

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Bank offers 40-year home loans to counteract rising house prices

Keiyo Bank, headquartered in Chiba City, is rolling out a home loan product with a maximum repayment term of up to 40 years. Up until now, the maximum loan term was 35 years. Although a longer loan term results in higher interest paid in total, the monthly repayments will be slightly less, lowering the bar for younger home buyers to qualify.

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Mortgage stress on the rise

The Japan Housing Finance Agency (JHF) is reporting a surge in inquiries from borrowers who are struggling to make home loan repayments in the current crisis. As economic conditions worsen amidst the coronavirus pandemic a growing number of companies are laying off workers or reducing hours and pay. Household finances are being stretched to the limit, putting some borrowers in a precarious situation. 

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