Obtaining an expat mortgage

OIf we put Brexit to one side for the moment, there are many expats originally from the UK looking to acquire property in their former homeland. The value of sterling has fallen since the 2016 referendum on the EU and even though it has made a short-term recovery, the real spending power of the euro and dollar has increased significantly. However, how hard is it to obtain an expat mortgage?

Criteria

There are a number of items to take into consideration when looking at expat mortgages. These include

• Proof of income
• Using assets as security 
• Credit history
• Identification and address

Proof of income

If you are employed by an international company, with a footprint in the UK, this is probably the Holy Grail for lenders and borrowers. You will likely be paid in sterling, have a good track record and be able to prove your income. The situation can be different if you have your own company, you are self-employed, or you are paid in a foreign currency.

Credit history

In many ways creating your own credit history in the UK is something you can begin well before you make an expat mortgage application. For many expats, in the far-flung countries of the world, there may not be a credit history system and even if there is, it may not be as accurate as its UK counterpart

Expat market is expanding daily

Immigration was a major issue during the EU referendum and while much focus was placed upon European citizens working in the UK, there are many UK expats living the length and breadth of the globe.

 Can we help?

As expat mortgage specialists we offer a much-valued service to our client so please make contact if we can assist you.

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