Israel Sets New Mortgage Restrictions After Home Prices Jump 5%

On mortgages covering 45% to 60% of the property value, banks will need to set aside 50% in capital instead of 35%, while for those covering more than 60% banks will have to set aside 75%.

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The Bank of Israel said Tuesday it was imposing new restrictions on home loans, just hours after the government reported that home prices had jumped 5% last year. In a draft directive presented by banks...