The mortgage rules of 2023

The mortgage rules change every year, also in 2023. Rest assured! You don’t have to miss anything, because we have listed the most important changes in mortgage rules.

National mortgage guarantee limit increases by €50,000 in 2023

Our previous articles on mortgage rules show that houses become more expensive every year. And this year is no exception! But the National Mortgage Guarantee (NHG) limit also grows along with rising house prices.

The NHG limit will therefore increase by €50,000 this year, so that you can get a mortgage up to €405,000 with this guarantee. In addition, you can also increase this limit somewhat in 2023 by investing in energy-efficient measures. This percentage remains 6%, but due to the NHG limit increase in 2023, you can get a mortgage up to €429,300. Provided, of course, that you invest this 6% in solar panels or other sustainable solutions.

The premium will remain 0.6% for an NHG mortgage in 2023 over the entire mortgage sum.

Benefits of co-financing in 2023

In 2023, the maximum mortgage you can get will remain 100% of the total home value. However, there are certain costs that you can co-finance, such as a renovation. After the renovation, an appraiser must determine the home value before and after renovation, so that the maximum mortgage can be based on this. The gift exemption of €100,000 (the jubelton) will be abolished in 2024 and this exemption has already been significantly reduced in 2023. Even if there is no house yet, you can still donate a maximum of €106,671 tax-free for the owner-occupied home until the end of 2022. The 2023 gift exemption will be reduced to €28,947 and the spread option over several years will expire. You must be between 18 and 40 years old. The loan/donation construction will continue to exist and is a good alternative, which our advisors are happy to help with.

Mortgage interest deduction will decrease by 3% in 2023

If you have paid off a mortgage and had to pay a fine, you may deduct this from your income tax in Box 1. This means you pay less income tax. Mortgage interest deduction is a nice side effect for homeowners, but the government thinks otherwise. In the past, this was devised by the government to encourage buying a home. Today, the government wants to phase out the mortgage interest deduction. That is why there is a decrease in this deductible item every year. The deduction for the owner-occupied home (in Box 1) is reduced annually: in 2023 by 3%. As a result, the maximum mortgage interest deduction in 2023 will be 43%.

Student debt has less effect on financing

The weighting factor of the student debt has been set at 0.65% instead of 0.75% for loans that fall under the old loan system. The loans that fall under the new loan system are 0.35% instead of 0.45%. The interest must be lower than 1% on average over a period of 5 years.

Transfer tax exemption for starters in 2023

If you are between 18 and 35 years old, first-time buyers who are going to live in their first home are exempt from transfer tax for a home with a purchase price of up to €440,000. Please note that for apartments, despite the reserve, this amount also remains below €440,000.

Key interest rate 2023 likely to rise

With the rapid rise in the mortgage interest rate, it is likely that the key interest rate that is still 5% will go up, as soon as this is known, we will adjust that in this article. This means that shorter fixed-interest periods than 10 years can borrow less than in 2022.

Cohabitation: lowest income may count for 90%

In 2022, your partner’s income will count for 90%. This has yet to be determined before 2023. That will happen in November, after which we will report about it right away.

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