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Unlocking Home Ownership: A Profile Of dfcu Bank’s Unmatched Home Loans Offering

Christopher Akugizibwe, the Manager- Home Loans at dfcu Bank

Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer embarking on this exciting journey or a homeowner considering an upgrade, this interview promises to offer invaluable insights into the realm of home financing.

Have you ever pondered the advantages of a home loan, wondered about the eligibility criteria, or sought guidance on navigating the application process? Christopher Akugizibwe, the Manager- Home Loans at dfcu Bank shares his expertise and provide answers to all your burning questions.

Q: Could you please provide an explanation of what home loans entail?

A: dfcu Bank, a trusted financial institution, understands the unique housing requirements of its diverse customer base and is dedicated to serving all customers, regardless of their specific needs. To cater to this diversity, we offer a comprehensive range of home loan products. These products are thoughtfully designed to address a wide spectrum of housing needs, ensuring that every customer can find the perfect solution. Our home loan portfolio consists of four distinct sub-products: Buying a Residential Property, Constructing/Renovating a Residential Property, Releasing Equity on a Residential Property, and Refinancing a Residential Property.

Our team of experts is dedicated to guiding you through the process, ensuring a seamless and rewarding home ownership journey. At dfcu Bank, we don’t just offer loans; we empower you to achieve your home ownership.

 Q: Who is eligible for qualification?

A: Our eligibility criteria are designed to accommodate a diverse range of individuals, each with unique financial situations:

  • Salaried Employees with Confirmed Employment: If you are a salaried employee with a confirmed employment status, you are eligible for our home loans, whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or looking to upgrade your current residence.
  • Self-Employed Individuals with 24 Months of Sustainable Business: Entrepreneurs and self-employed individuals who have successfully operated their businesses for at least 24 months with sustainable cash flows can apply for our home loans. We consider the financial standing of your business during the assessment process.
  • Ugandans in the Diaspora with Verifiable Incomes: For Ugandans living abroad in the Diaspora, we offer the opportunity to secure a home loan. You need to be employed and have verifiable incomes, ensuring you can manage your home loan while residing abroad.
  • Expatriates in Uganda with Valid Work Permits: Expatriates living and working in Uganda with valid work permits are also eligible for our home loans. Verifiable incomes are essential for expatriates seeking homeownership support from dfcu.

 Q: What are the benefits of a home loan?

A: The benefits of dfcu Bank’s home loans are substantial, offering borrowers a range of advantages. These include a long repayment period of up to 20 years, allowing for manageable monthly installments. You can access high loan amounts of up to 85% of the open market value, making home ownership more attainable.

Additionally, loan repayments are structured to be up to 50% of your ascertainable net income, ensuring affordability. The loan is payable on a reducing balance basis in predictable equal monthly installments, providing financial stability.

Competitive interest rates, both locally and internationally, make our home loans even more appealing. With a dedicated relationship manager, 24-hour response times, and a short waiting period of just 14 working days between application and receipt of funds.

dfcu Bank ensures a seamless and efficient experience. Moreover, we offer financial and advisory services at no cost, and our flexible repayment terms cater to your individual financial situation, making home ownership a reality.

 Q: Do you have properties for sale as a bank?

A: dfcu Bank doesn’t sell properties directly, but we’ve established strong partnerships with reputable property developers and agents across Uganda, offering our clients an extensive network and a diverse range of real estate options in both traditional and emerging suburbs. Whether you’re interested in apartments, houses, or commercial spaces, our partners provide expert guidance and a seamless acquisition process, ensuring efficiency and professionalism from start to finish.

Q: What are the mortgage related costs?

A: When considering dfcu Bank’s home loans, it’s essential to be aware of the associated mortgage-related costs. These costs encompass various elements, such as valuation fees, security perfection fees, and stamp duty, which are payable to various regulatory and statutory bodies.  Additionally, insurance costs and bank fees are included in these considerations. It’s crucial to factor in these expenses to make informed financial decisions and ensure a smooth and transparent home ownership process.

Q: How much do I contribute?

A: Your contribution towards your home ownership journey depends on your specific circumstances and the nature of your property transaction. If you’re looking to purchase a property, your contribution will typically be 15% of the property’s market value.

However, if you plan to undertake construction, your personal contribution should amount to approximately 30% of the property’s market value. These contribution percentages are designed to align with the type of property transaction you are pursuing, ensuring a fair and manageable financial commitment throughout the process.

Q: What happens if I want to transfer my mortgage from another bank to dfcu Bank?

A: dfcu will approve your application (subject to meeting criteria) and then send funds to the other bank for them to pay off your existing mortgage and release your title to dfcu Bank.

Q: What if I want to purchase a house jointly with someone else?

A: You may apply for a joint home-loan with another party for as long as both your income sources can be verified.

 Q: What is the acceptable security for a home loan?

A: The acceptable security for landed residential property are cash cover/ fixed deposit.

Q: If i get a windfall and would like to reduce my mortgage, what do I do?

A: With a wind fall, it allows you an option to re-invest the money elsewhere or reduce your loan obligation with the bank. In case of the latter option, you approach the bank through your Relationship Manager and request the facility to be reduced.

Q: Can I get a mortgage if I have another loan?

A: Yes, you can get another mortgage if you have another loan for as long as your income and collateral are sufficient to service the two facilities concurrently.

Q: Can I get a mortgage to buy land?

 Yes, you can get a mortgage to buy land but in this case the home loan will be in form of an equity release where we take your residential property as collateral and release equity on it to allow you buy the land of your choice.

 Q: Can I get a mortgage to put up rentals? 

A: Yes, you can, one of the products under home loans is one for acquisition of a maximum of 8 residential units as long as they are on the same piece of title.

Q: What happens if am not able to pay my installments?

A: Cases of failure to pay sometimes arise during loan repayment period. When such happens, an engagement with the customer is held and agreement is reached with best option being a restructure of the facility based on the causes of the failure to pay which will allow the customer a better option to make the installment payments going forward.

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