Saudis study Fannie Mae-style plan for housing
Saudi Arabia is studying draft regulations which are probable to contribute to the establishment of real a real estate refinancing company similar to U.S. firm Fannie Mae. The government has been making efforts to develop a housing mortgage sector in the kingdom for a long time. Saudi Arabia's conservative character however stick to restrictions of Islamic sharia law which have made it difficult to secure lending against property. Meanwhile, the country suffers from a shortage of housing, especially among lower and middle-income people. As land prices rise quickly, several months ago the government passed laws to regulate mortgage and lease lending.