MILAN, March 7 (Reuters) – The Bank of Italy is hiring up to
five real estate consultants to assess whether banks are
correctly valuing property used as loan collateral amid
depressed market prices, potentially forcing them to set aside
more cash against defaults.
Collateral valuations are one of the biggest sources of
uncertainty for Italy’s banks as they prepare for a Europe-wide
review of the sector, starting this month, with seven banks
already planning to raise more than 7.5 billion euros ($10
billion) to shore up their balance sheets.