Property loan touches US$20.7 billion mark

Thursday, May 17, 2018 16:11

The outstanding loans in the property sector have continuously increased since 2016. — Photo

The total amount of outstanding loans of credit institutions in real estate by the end of last year exceeded VND471 trillion (US$20.72 billion).

This was revealed by the Department of Housing, Development and Real Estate Market under the Ministry of Construction.

According to the department, the loans increased by 5.5 per cent from the previous quarter. Most of the loans were for projects in urban zone construction and housing development (VND102.4 trillion, increasing by 21 per cent) as well as for house repairing and business activities (VND100 trillion, increasing by 9.3 per cent).

Outstanding loans in the property sector have continuously increased since 2016, accounting for eight per cent of the total and still at a safe level, the department said.

However, some experts have warned that commercial banks will still increase their lending to the real estate sector despite State Bank of Viet Nam tightening short-term capital mobilisation as property projects often have mortgaged assets and high capital demand.

They said real estate prices would surge when too much money was poured into the sector.

The ministry proposed the central bank to redefine consumption lending as this was a property investment. Only loans for house repair and rental should be considered consumption lending, it said. — VNS

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