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BNB reminds why the real estate market should not be overheated with mortgages

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The Bulgarian National Bank published a review of measures aimed to address the risks to the banking system, including those stemming from loans secured by residential real estate. ''Such concerns are well-founded given the situation in the real estate market in the country before and after the Global Financial Crisis. Initially, prices rose rapidly driven by demand stimulated by bank loans. After the crisis, prices fell due to difficulties in accessing financing and the sale of properties purchased with loans that could no longer be serviced," the analysis stated.

The Global Financial Crisis of 2008/2009 completely changed the situation. Access to credit became severely restricted and demand for real estate froze. This episode should not be forgotten and should always serve as a sobering reminder in the face of overly optimistic expectations about the property market, BNB warns.

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