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Swiss mortgage rates climb in 4th quarter

20 Minutes.

After reaching a historical low in the third quarter of 2016, rates started rising in the fourth quarter. Rate increases hit mortgage tenors of five and ten years.


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Compared to Q3, fixed mortgage rates on loans of ten years went up an average 0.2% to 1.62% according to price comparison website Five year fixed rate loans went up from 1.08% to 1.14%. While loans with a term of one year remained stable at around 1%.

Mortgage rates remain low, however the direction of rates may have changed. In Q3 2016, five year fixed rates fell 0.06% and ten year rates by 0.02%.

Rates have been inching up since the election of Donald Trump as the next US president. An interest rate rise by US Federal Reserve late last year has had a global knock on effect. According to 20 Minutes, a number of market commentators see rates stabilising. says a strong rise is unlikely.

More on this:
20 Minutes article  (in French)  – Take a 5 minute French test now


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