Entries by Steve Grant

Expats want property in the UK more than before Brexit!

Since the end of last year, the expat mortgage market has seen much more activity in both new and re-mortgage applications. The UK property market continues on an upward spiral albeit slower than years gone by and still offers potential longer-term growth and security. Expats are always keen to secure property in the UK and […]

Expat mortgage applications hit a new high

Expat successful mortgage applications are up from 2020, a new report has highlighted. It also seems that expat first-time buyers are the ones with the most activity. Over two-thirds of mortgage applications by expat first-time buyers were successful in the last four months of 2020. The average number of expat enquiries has also risen dramatically […]

Expats are looking for more long-term stability

More expats with mortgages on UK properties are looking to lock in a longer fixed deal than ever before. Experts believe this situation has been brought about due to the Brexit uncertainty and what could happen to the mortgage market in the immediate future. Popularity of longer-term deals had waned at the start of 2020 […]

Expats want to hold onto UK property and increase if possible

Expats are in ever increasing numbers trying to either get on the ladder or increase their current UK holding. The majority of expats see property in the UK as a “pension fund or long-term investment” or a way of laying financial security for the future. Bricks and mortar have always been a national obsession. The […]

Expats who have UK property did reap rewards

2020 proved to be a very strange year indeed with the pandemic capturing the headlines every day and the economic consequences of the lockdowns impinging on every aspect of daily life. However following an initial hiatus in the Spring the housing market bounced back strongly – and somewhat surprisingly – as evidenced by the statistics […]

This is a lot easier and could save thousands!

Thousands of expat borrowers could be missing out on a better mortgage deal by not speaking to an independent adviser, research has found. The survey of over 1,200 expats revealed that 33% who went direct to a lender did not understand how an independent mortgage adviser could help with their search. The findings also showed […]

Expats are re-mortgaging for value

Expat re-mortgaging levels have soared to an eight-year high as borrowers take advantage of lower monthly repayments, figures have revealed. The number of expats re-mortgaging in December and January increased by more than a third year-on-year to almost 3,300 – the highest number since January 2011. The value of re-mortgaging fell due to a drop […]

No wonder expats want more UK property

A major shift in housing needs driven by the pandemic and lockdown has pushed house prices up to their highest levels ever, Nationwide has reported today. According to the building society’s latest house price index, prices grew by 6.9% annually in February. This followed a slight slowdown in January when annual prices climbed by 6.4% […]

Expats are keeping active after Brexit.

Expats are in ever increasing numbers trying to either get on the ladder or increase their current UK property holding. The majority of expats see property in the UK as a “pension fund” or a way of laying financial security for the long-term future. Bricks and mortar have always been a national obsession. The wisdom […]

Expats – How will your investment perform in 2021?

House prices will rise between 3% & 5% across the UK next year, according to figures released by one of the major high street banks. If these figures are achieved it follows the trend of this year, the report states increases in values could be stifled by the possibility of interest rate rises. Another factor […]