Banking and mortgages.

Understanding the financial aspects of your real estate journey is essential, and we’re here to guide you through the nuances of banking and mortgages


In the realm of mortgages, obtaining one from a local Class A bank is recommended, due to their authorization to lend money. Financing can be obtained for a variety of scenarios such as the purchase of a new residential property, land for development, the construction of your home, renovations, property investments, the financing of condominiums or developments.

While mortgage terms typically span 20 years, rates vary and can be negotiated. Interest rates align with the KYD and USD prime rate, influenced by changes in the US Federal Reserve rate.

Mortgage amortization terms range from 15-30 years, with comparisons among banks crucial for securing favorable deals. Deposit requirements vary depending on residency status and typically fall between 5%-35% of the purchase price or construction cost. Long-term interest-only mortgages are not offered, and commitment fees, early repayment penalties, and insurance requirements should be factored into financial planning.

Before purchasing a home, life insurance is mandatory in the Cayman Islands. A Property Insurance Policy, collaterally assigned to the bank, is required for all mortgages. Some banks may mandate a Life Insurance Policy for mortgage repayment in the event of death. Shopping around for the best insurance deals is advisable, considering quotes, coverage terms, and provider reputation.


Cayman Islands banking requirements

  • Residency Status: Cayman’s banking services are readily available to both residents and non-residents. Residents can open accounts easily, while non-residents may need to provide additional documentation
  • Documentation: Standard requirements include proof of identity, address, and financial stability. Non-residents might need to submit additional documentation, such as a reference letter from their current bank
  • Banking Institutions: Explore a range of reputable local banks, each offering various account types to suit your needs. Prominent banks include Cayman National, Proven Bank, Butterfield Bank, RBC Royal Bank, CIBC, Scotiabank

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Securing a mortgage

  • Eligibility Criteria: As with many mortgages, various factors influence your eligibility, with income being the primary. Secondary to that, banks will also assess your debt, expenses, assets and deposit availability. Permanent residency or a work permit are not pre-requisites however, non-residents may encounter varying interest rates and down payment requirements.
  • Down Payment: Also known as deposit, can vary depending on residency status. Locals are typically required to put down between 5-10%, for other residents of the Cayman Islands it can be up to 20% and for foreign investors it can be 35%.
  • Interest Rates: These can be fixed or variable, with variations among banks. Discuss the available options to find a rate that aligns with your financial goals
  • Mortgage Terms: These can also vary depending on status with 15 years for foreign investors, 20 years for residents and 30 years for locals.
  • Professional Guidance: Engage with local mortgage advisors and brokers to navigate the process smoothly. The professionals can provide insights into the current market conditions and help you find the most favorable mortgage terms

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