Romanians who purchased a residence through the First House program would be called by banks to renegotiate the contracts, after the new benchmark index for loans in lei was introduced, an index that replaces ROBOR, according to some sources quoted by Economica.net. “For the First House loans in progress, the banks will ask their clients in order to propose to them a new interest rate, calculated with IRCC. Once an agreement has been reached, it is communicated to the Guarantee Fund“, government sources said. Meanwhile, the Economic and Social Council (ESC) met on Tuesday in an emergency meeting to give an opinion on the HG project which regulates the replacement of ROBOR with IRCC for government-guaranteed lending programs. The source also mentions that ESC will not give approval if the IRCC will not apply also to the credits in progress.
According to official data, over 200,000 Romanians purchased a residence through the First House program.
Also, in the financial environment, there could be discussions about the fact that banks that will be obliged to call their clients to renegotiate the contract and to apply IRCC plus a maximum margin of 2%, which also includes bank fees, could introduce an additional cost. It could be about life insurance afferent to a 30-years loan of about 0.5% of the loan amount, payable annually, which makes about 0.4% of the value of the policy to return to the bank.