OSLO Dec 14 Norwegian banks will face somewhat
tighter rules on their future mortgage lending, the Finance
Ministry said on Wednesday, adding it would impose particular
measures in the capital to rein in a strong rise in the cost of
buying a home.
Borrowers should no longer be allowed to take on debt
amounting to more than five times their income, and also face
tougher amortisation requirements, it said.
The new rules will still allow banks to exercise flexibility
and judgement for up to 10 percent of lending volumes however,
thus falling short of the clamp-down proposed by the country's
banking regulator in September.
In Oslo, the flexibility will be limited to 8 percent of
volumes, and anyone buying a second home must have at least 40
percent equity financing, the ministry added.
Norwegian housing prices have risen sharply in recent years,
particularly in and around the capital, as demand for homes has
(Reporting by Terje Solsvik, editing by Ole Petter Skonnord)