What is an Annual Percentage Rate (APR)?

The annual percentage rate (APR) is the total cost of a loan expressed as an annual percentage of the total loan amount. It is used so that consumers can compare loan offers from different credit institutions.

The total cost includes the interest charged for use of the loan; one-time fees like application fees, account-opening fees and service fees (if applicable); ALTUM guarantee fees (if the transaction includes an ALTUM guarantee); state and institution fees for registering a mortgage; and regular expenses such as insuring the collateral (property) and other known or assumed expenses.

APR is calculated in accordance with the formula and terms set out in Cabinet Regulation No. 691, Regulations Regarding Consumer Credit, adopted 25.10.2016, to determine the current value or total cost of all existing or future obligations (amount of loan issued, fees and expenses) to which the lender and consumer have agreed. When calculating APR, it is assumed that the loan agreement is in force from the day it is signed to the day of the final payment; the loan is paid out in a single payment on the day the agreement is signed; the interest rate in force on the day the agreement is signed remains in force for the entire term of the agreement; and the consumer fulfils their obligations in the manner and time limits set out in the agreement.

APR is calculated on behalf of the borrower, who is seen as the consumer in the eyes of applicable legislation. It is for the consumer’s information only, and is not recalculated over the course of the loan agreement’s term, including in cases when the figures, fees and interest rates therein change.

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