Botswana Building Society (“BBS”), led by its Managing Director Mr. Pius Komane Molefe, has been consulting Members across the country on the plan to commercialise BBS.
If you have been considering purchasing or developing property, Botswana Building Society will be happy to advise you on how to go about it. The Society currently charges an interest rate from as low as 11.00% and 13.50% for the Variable Rate Mortgage and the Floating Rate Mortgage respectively.
The maximum repayment period is 30 years for individual borrowers on both the Variable Rate Mortgage Bond and Floating Rate Mortgage. However, borrowers may choose to repay the mortgage in a shorter period depending on their ability to do so. It is required that in the case of individual borrowers the loan should be fully repaid by the time the individual reaches the age of 65. The maximum loan any borrower may qualify for depends mainly on three factors:
- Borrowers gross income
- he assessed open market value of property to be purchased or developed
- The age of the applicant
There are various types of loans that the Society may consider:
Free Hold Land Financing
This loan allows you to purchase undeveloped land which has unrestricted ownership. Customers are given a period of seven years to repay the loan.
An ordinary loan is provided for the purchase of an already existing and complete house from any seller and the loan is secured by registering a bond favour on behalf of the Society.
A building loan is provided to construct a new property, renovate and develop an existing property or finish an incomplete property.
Industrial /Commercial Mortgage Loan
An Industrial loan is provided to develop or acquire an industrial property. Commercial loans are acquired to buy or build shopping malls, office blocks etc.
Requirements for industrial loans and for commercial loans are the same. In addition to lending against urban immovable properties, the Society also lends against the security of properties in rural areas (villages).
Borrowers are first required to convert their plots from customary rights to common law by obtaining a Tribal lease on the property and having the piece of land surveyed by registered land surveyors. This will, however, be subject to the applicant meeting the Society’s basic requirements.
The Society currently lends to both citizens and non-citizens. In the case of non-citizens, the Society can only lend a maximum amount of the 75% of the securing property’s open market value. In the case of citizens, the normal maximum loan is 90% of the securing property’s open market value.
Further Advance/ Equity Loans
Further advance/Equity Loans is provided as an additional loan for the extension of an existing property or bond the same property to use the money for other property developments.
The requirements for a further advance application vary, depending on the purpose for which the loan is sought.
- Citizens Proof of income (salary slip, etc) Bank statement for the past 3 months
- Identify documents (Omang or Passport)
- Marital status (copy of marriage certificate, decree of divorce)
- Non citizens Copy of passport Copies of residential or work permit
- Copies of employment contract.
- Completion and submission of the Society’s standard application form.
- Submission of project memo which includes cash flow projections.
- Submission of tenders, approved plans and/or letter of offer.
- Submission of past financial statements (if the application is in respect of an existing company).
- Payment of valuation fees which depends on the value of property to be purchased or developed.