The realities of the process of crediting foreign citizens in Russia
The Federal Law No. 102 “On Mortgage (Real Estate Pledge)” dated July 16, 1998 does not prohibit the issuance of a loan to foreign nationals. But the unstable and unreliable status of a person without Russian citizenship forces banks to toughen requirements for potential customers. The is the only reason for this - increased risks and losses for the credit institution in case of violation of the terms of the contract by the foreign borrower.
If a foreign citizen who has issued a mortgage in Russia refuses to pay and leaves the country, the bank will suffer serious losses. Such losses include unpaid interest, the principal debt balance, accrued penalties and fines, as well as costs incurred by the lender in the course of the loan collection procedure. Lost profit and loss of time will become a serious problem. No bank will want to deal with it.
Also, despite the fact that property bought on credit is geographically and physically left in the Russian Federation, according to a court decision, it will have to be put up for sale and sold. This, again, is an additional expense. In addition, housing is very likely to be sold at a price below the market. The reasons for hard cooperation with foreign borrowers are quite understandable and easily explained.