Best Citic Bank Mortgage Plan in Hong Kong

With almost 90 years of history, China CITIC Bank International has a rich heritage and extensive presence from China to HK and from Singapore to Macau and the US. It offers a wide variety of financial services spanning wealth management, personal banking, wholesale banking etc. It is committed to be “the best integrated financial services institution”, with outstanding international standards and capabilities.

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Mortgage Plans

Citic Bank offers mortgage plans to first-time buyers, investors or existing homeowners who are looking to refinance with either Prime Rate-Based Mortgage Plan (P Plan) or HIBOR-Based Mortgage Plan (H Plan).

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Citic Bank New Buy Hibor Rate Plans

Hibor Rate PlanHIBOR Plan RateInterest Rate CapApplicable Property Types
Citic Bank International 1 Month HIBORH+1.5%P(5.0%)-2.75%All property types apart from public housing and HOS Scheme
Citic Bank International Prime RateP(5.0%)-2.75%5.0%Public Housing and HOS Scheme

Citic Bank Refinance Prime Rate Plans

Prime Rate PlanP Plan RateBest Lending Rate (=P)Applicable Property Types
Citic Bank International 1 Month HIBORH+1.5%P(5.25%)-2.75%All property types apart from public housing and HOS Scheme
Citic Bank International Prime RateP(5.25%)-2.75%5.25%Public Housing and HOS Scheme

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Citic Bank Mortgage Plan: Advantages

Citic Bank offers a wide range of mortgage plans to first-time buyers, investors or existing homeowners, including:

  • Prime Rate-Based Mortgage Plan: Interest is calculated based on the HK$ Prime Rate, suitable for new property purchases, trade-ups and refinancing.
  • HIBOR-Based Mortgage Plan: The mortgage interest rate and HIBOR fixing period is based on the Hong Kong Interbank Offered Rate (HIBOR)
  • "Mortgage Plus": To offset mortgage interest expense
  • 90% Mortgage Plan: Borrow up to 90% of the property value.
  • Home Ownership Scheme Mortgage Plan: applicable to HOS for eligible applicants

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Citic Bank Mortgage Plan: Disadvantages

Penalty Period

Paying back some or all of your mortgage within the penalty period will incur early repayment charges. For details, you can check your facility letter.

Restrictions on Property Types

You may need to submit extra documentation for certain types of property and some are not even applicable to Citic Bank mortgage plans such as mainland properties, public housing, etc.

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Mortgage Term with Citic Bank

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Property age, types of property and credit scores all affect Citic Bank mortgage terms.

Property Valuation with Citic Bank

Citic Bank does not have its own valuation department. Banks usually use the valuation service by a third party company like DTZ, CBRE, Savills, and Centaline Property Agency etc. to provide valuation services.

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Citic Bank Online Valuation Service

Online Valuation Service doesn’t cover all properties in Hong Kong and the valuation tends to be more reserved. MoneySmart suggests considering valuation from a number of banks or using MoneySmart Property Valuation Calculator.  


Property valuation is an important part of the entire mortgage application process. It does not only affect new purchase but also refinance mortgage. Numerous specific factors relating to the building will be looked at for example house prices of recent sales in the area, sales transactions, age, quality, unauthorised building works and building orders (if any). Village houses, old buildings and single private residential buildings usually have a low number of sales transactions, resulting in a low mortgage valuation.

For properties with a lower than expected valuation, MoneySmart suggests:

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Requesting banker to get valuations from few more companies. However they may refuse your request. Alternatively, you can apply through MoneySmart. We work with all major mortgage lenders. We can help you to compare, choose and apply for the best mortgage with a higher valuation.

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For refinance mortgage, you can directly commission a company for property valuation and submit the valuation report to the bank directly. This approach suits under valuated properties like village houses and old buildings. It may double the valuation price. However, not all banks accept reports like this. It is best to check in advance.

Can these properties get a Citic Bank mortgage?

Property TypeY/NRemarks
Off Plan PropertyYLess than 6 Million: 80% LTV

6 -10 Million : 60% LTV or 5 Million (whichever is less)

10 Million or above: 50% LTV

First hand PropertyYLess than 10 Million: 80-90% LTV, depending on mortgage amount

10 Million or above: 50% LTV

Second hand Private HousingYLess than 10 Million: 80-90% LTV, depending on mortgage amount

10 Million or above: 50% LTV

Village HousingYLess than 10 Million: 80-90% LTV, depending on mortgage amount

10 Million or above: 50% LTV

Tong LauYLess than 10 Million: 80-90% LTV, depending on mortgage amount

10 Million or above: 50% LTV

Home Ownership Scheme HousingYPrime Rate Plans only.

Land Premium unpaid: loan amount up to 90% of property price (white form) or 95% (green form)

Land Premium paid: cases treated as 2nd hand private property

Maximum loan period: 25 years

Public HousingYPrime Rate Plans only.

Loan amount: Up to 100% of property price (non inclusive of deposit paid to Housing Authority)

Maximum loan period: 25 years

Paying for Citic Bank Mortgage

The repayment methods are similar among different banks but it's important to check the facility letter for early repayment terms. Usually, a penalty applies if you wish to repay the mortgage earlier.

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Can I apply for a mortgage only by rental income?

Yes. But not all rental income will be counted as monthly regular income. Please see below for details:


Percentage of rental income calculated as monthly regular income.

Lease with stamping: 70%

Lease without stamping: 60%

For example: If the monthly income of the applicant is HK$20,000 and his/ her monthly rental income (lease with stamping provided). His monthly income will be HK$20,000 + HK$10,000 X 70%, which is HK$27,000.

Should you pay off your mortgage early?

Early mortgage repayment


There are two types of early mortgage repayment. The first one is to pay off the debt completely and the property will become yours. The second one is to pay back the capital to save on some interests. No matter which one you choose, you may be subject to early mortgage repayment fees. In recent years, some banks have shortened the penalty period to half a year or a year. If a borrower decides to repay the debt within the penalty period, a higher early mortgage repayment fees/ interest rates will be incurred. If it is beyond the penalty period, the fees will be a lot less. In the first year of the penalty period, the penalty is 1%+cash rebate and in the second year, the penalty is all cash rebate. MoneySmart suggests negotiating the best penalty period terms before accepting the mortgage plan.

How to apply for your Citic Bank Home Loan

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Apply for Citic Bank Mortgage via MoneySmart

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Compare Citic Bank mortgage plans

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Citic Bank Mortgage Plans FAQ

Does Citic Bank accept mortgage applications from properties with building order?

Citic Bank does not accept mortgage applications from properties with building order.

Can I apply for a mortgage without a fixed income? Can I apply with my asset instead?

Self-employed applicants are required to provide most recent 6-month of bank statement as income proof. Applicants can also apply through Asset Based Lending using properties and cash etc.

Can I apply for mortgages without a tax bill?

Citic Bank does not accept mortgage applications without a tax bill.

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