Michael Johnson was a pleasure to work with.
After finally finding Michael the whole process of buying a house in the UK, went from very stressful to stress free. He is always available, no questions are too big or small. He replies to any queries you may have instantly. His knowledge of the housing market and the opportunities he made available, even after I had hit several brick walls myself before I spoke with Michael were such a relief. Any hurdles that arose during in the process Michael worked through them with tenacious professionalism, while remaining calm and reassuring. Pure and simple, no hidden charges, honest, friendly and secured our future!
I used Michael’s services in 2018 when purchasing a property in the UK. Michael was very helpful, he explained all options clearly, he was very proactive and replied to emails and phone calls in a very timely manner. Michael fully updated me at all times during the process. I would recommend Michael’s services.
Professional services provided by Michael.
Details walkthrough on the application process and recommendation.
Would use the service again in future.
Above & Beyond
I would use Michael everytime I have to get a mortgage. He is extremely professional, helpful and pro-active. He went above and beyond to assist in completing. Thank you very much for everything.
Professional service all the way through the process.
Would highly recommend and would certainly use again.
I have used Michael’s services twice in relation to remortgaging my property. On both occasions the level of service received was excellent, this was particularly helpful as I am not based in the UK. I would highly recommend Expat Mortgages
Exceptionally Diligent & Knowledgable
Michael Johnson was our broker and was exceptionally diligent and knowledgeable in providing advice on my recent ExPat mortgage. He took the time to understand my specific circumstances, which were quite complex and to match me with the right mortgage company and product, that gave me the flexibility I was looking for. In addition, he often went above and beyond to help me through the mortgage approval process and provide support right up to completion. A big thanks to him for all his help, it was very much appreciated. I would not hesitate to go to Michael again in the future or recommend him to anyone seeking expat mortgage advice.
I Would Happily Recommend Tracey
Tracey Barnes was my broker and from the very beginning she was a pleasure to deal with. I found Tracey to be very thorough and felt confident throughout the process that I was in good hands. I obtained an ex-pat mortgage through Tracey for which I am really appreciative, and would happily recommend her!
It’s Not Easy Being Michael……
It’s probably easy to be a great agent when a house purchase is straightforward. The real test comes when problems occur. While securing a mortgage offer was extremely quick and straightforward, my actual house purchase turned out to be very complex, and long-winded. Michael was there every step of the way, and offered support long after he really needed to. I can honestly say that I don’t think that the sale would have happened if not for his support. He was the voice of reason and reassurance at the very times we needed it most. I could not recommend him any higher than I do, and I wouldn’t hesitate to use him again in the future. This isn’t just about getting a super quick mortgage offer – actually cares about his clients.
I Highly Recommend Tracey
I cannot recommend Tracey highly enough; she was calm, professional, patient and incredibly helpful throughout the process. I got the finance I wanted at a good rate, and was able to refinance and purchase as I had hoped. Thank you!
Tracey was invaluable in helping
Tracey was invaluable in helping me get through the minefield of an expat mortgage. For many people working and living overseas, our circumstances can make dealing with situations in the UK much more difficult than we’d initially expected. With Tracey’s professional approach, guidance and patience, we secured the mortgage I wanted, within the time frame we had allocated. A big thank you.
Niel is extremely professional
Niel is extremely professional. He probably worked so hard for me to get the loan, because of my Nationality I didn’t even know its possible. Highly recommend Expat Mortgages.
Just a few words to say thanks to Niel
Just a few words to say thanks to Niel for arranging my ex-pat mortgage. Throughout the process Niel was always helpful and responding very quickly to any queries I had. As I discovered the process is of necessity quite long (not Niel’s fault) involving a lot of documented information but in every instance Niel was always available to help and I am very pleased with the mortgage Niel arranged for me. I would not hesitate to recommend him to other ex-pats in a similar position. Thanks again Niel.
Tracey was incredibly professional, timely and a pleasure to deal with
I have a few properties and was looking to remortgage in the UK. It is a complex field to navigate, however having been introduced to Tracey from Expat mortgages, I found that it was possible to do this from Australia.
Tracey was incredibly professional, timely and a pleasure to deal with. My advice to anyone considering doing this process is to have patience. Tracey did, however, make the process as painless as possible.
Thank you again,
Michael was very professional and extremely helpful
Michael was very professional and extremely helpful. Excellent service from start to completion.
Everything was explained fully. Michael was a pleasure to work with.
Would highly recommend and have no hesitation in using Michael again.
It was a relief to work with Tracey
I had previously worked with the expat departments of two large banks, and found that their sales people didn’t understand their own products very well at all, given the many nuances and details involved in these types of complicated mortgages.
It was a relief to work with Tracey, who had a great understanding of the products on the market and was able to help throughout the process to get the deal done.
Niel was excellent throughout the whole process
Niel was excellent throughout the whole process and helped me to secure a Mortgage at a rate which I never thought was possible. I will definitely recommend him to anyone looking for an expat mortgage in the future.
Great service, superb communication and very helpful
Neil and the team achieved the seemingly impossible in getting us the mortgage we needed.
Great service, superb communication and very helpful with multiple options.
Thank you for your part in helping us realise our dreams!
Tracey at expat mortgages has been an angel with her patience
Tracey at expat mortgages has been an angel with her patience, kindness and hard work. Throughout this often complicated and stressful process, she has been amazing always offering the best advice, getting us through every challenge along the way. I would recommend her services to anyone considering the process of applying for a mortgage while living abroad, can’t thank her enough for the service provided.
Working with Michael has been just brilliant
Working with Michael has been just brilliant. Right from the very first interview, Michael makes it very personal to find you the best bank/mortgage company based on specific needs. He is extremely responsive, and his follow through is next to none. At times, it can be difficult to get through to the call center when calling from abroad to get updates and such. We just let Michael know for his awareness of some of the challenges we were running into and next thing we found was that he actually followed up on your behalf and helped address concerns or answers, and even after that, remain in contact until the concern was completely resolved. That to me was the ultimate in customer service. No one beats that. Thank you once again Michael for all your help.
Michael, Great explained everything
Michael, Great explained everything, took the stress out of the process, called me when he said he would.
Michael of Meridian has provided an extremely professional service
Michael of Meridian has provided an extremely professional service, guiding us from the beginning of what appeared to be an almost unattainable situation. He sourced a number of options and explained the implications at every stage of the selection process. His advice and assistance have been extremely useful and accurate in securing the right mortgage. He was unwavering during our time with him by replying to emails very promptly and always made himself available, even at the weekends. I can only highly recommend him should you be looking to secure a UK mortgage from overseas.
Very professional and extremely helpful
Very professional and extremely helpful.
Everything was made easy and Michael always replied to my emails promptly and followed through all issues.
The whole process was fantastic and I highly recommend this form to everyone. You will not regret it at all.
Michael was very helpful
Michael (Michael Johnson of Meridian) was very helpful. I was impressed by how smoothly he was able to guide me through the fairly complex and unfamiliar process from choosing the most appropriate mortgage provider and product, the application process, obtaining and providing all the documentation required and finalizing the details. Job well done – all remotely by email.
Tracey went above and beyond
Tracey went above and beyond to make sure all the paperwork was completed and submitted in time to complete. I had challenges my end and Tracey was incredibly helpful and patient in making sure all of my challenged were overcome. Absolute value for money and I would most definitely recommend this service
The service I received from Michael was first class
The service I received from Michael was first class, prompt, efficient with good follow up following initial offer of the mortgage through to completion. I would highly recommend these services. Thanks. Simon
We consider Michael a friend
I first contacted Michael Johnson in Jan 2017. I am an expatriate living and working in New York State. My husband is American. With no surplus income I began to find out whether it was possible to buy out a relative so as to own rather than to sell a beloved family cottage. In short Michael Johnson has helped me achieve this dream. It has been a long process! He has stuck with it and from my initial contact with him to the completion just this month- 18 months later.
We consider Michael a friend rather than a business associate as he has spoken to us so many times through this difficult “buy out” process. Michael has sought out options for us and explained the pros and cons of each possibility. He always responded to the copious phone calls and emails promptly. He is patient, friendly and efficient!. We successfully obtained a bridging loan through Michael and will soon seek his advice and expertise on transferring this to a buy to rent Mortgage.
Michael Johnson made it super smooth and simple
Arranging an expat mortgage can be quite complicated nowadays but Michael Johnson made it super smooth and simple. He was always punctual, crystal clear in explaining everything and went above and beyond to follow-up with the bank to ensure the process completed very quickly. It is very clear that he has a superb working relationship with the banks as well which goes a long way with this process. I would highly recommend him to anyone and will definitely go straight back to him for any future needs.
Very appreciative of the work done
I have recently completed a mortgage with Expat Mortgages and am very appreciative of the work done on our behalf by Tracey Barnes. Having helped us secure the mortgage Tracey could have easily left us to go through with the legal side of the sale alone however this was definitely not the case and she helped us right through to the end when we had to obtain some insurance with some very specific covenants which at one stage looked like jeopardizing the sale. As well of the knowledge of the products her response to my many and varied email enquiries was always very quick and this speed of response was very much appreciated
Tracey Barnes has gone above and beyond
Tracey Barnes has gone above and beyond what I would have expected from any mortgage consultant. I think it safe to say that without her perseverance, industry knowledge and desire to succeed I would have been unsuccessful. I have no hesitation in recommending Tracey to any expat who needs a mortgage – particularly if, like me, you do not have much of a footprint in the UK. Thanks, Tracey for all your help and advice.
Michael as always, was fantastic!
Michael as always was fantastic! This is the second time I have used Michael and like last time he delivered an exemplary service.
No matter how busy he gets he always has time to answer any worries or queries and he always responds in a way that is easy to understand and thorough.
I have absolutely no problem in recommending Michael (and have done a few times) and I will certainly be using his services for my next purchase.
Once again Michael, thank you for absolutely everything that you do. I feel so fortunate to have come across your excellent services and I know for sure the whole process would be far more challenging without you.
Looking forward to working with you again!
Michael Johnson was excellent
Michael Johnson was excellent.
He is personable and very knowledgeable about the whole mortgage lending process.
He assisted us every step of the way and helped us with any challenges we occurred.
I would confidently recommend Michael Johnson to organise your expat mortgage here in the U.K.
Tracey is the ‘go to’ person
Tracey is the ‘go to’ person for expats who need a mortgage in the UK. She is knowledgeable, straightforward, responsive and makes you feel very comfortable throughout the whole process. Highly recommended.
We could not thank Michael enough
We could not thank Michael enough for his commitment to finding us a mortgage that was right for us.
He was incredibly supportive every step of the way, proving great counsel and advice from start to finish.
We would 100% recommend Michael to anyone looking for an expat mortgage. Not only is he incredibly knowledgeable but he is also a really kind and genuine person and we couldn’t thank him enough for making this a reality.
Cannot recommend Michael enough
When the Halifax or any other mainstream UK based bank would not give me a new mortgage because I was an expat Michael came to my aid. There is a massive gap in this market and fortunately Michael knows how to help expats. If you are looking for a new mortgage but you are trapped with no deal, look no further Michael will help. I have just completed my remortgage and now I am able to buy a second home in Cyprus. Thank you so much Michael. Cannot recommend Michael enough.
Thank you, Michael!
I wanted to purchase a property back in the UK whilst still living and working in the IOM. I knew expat mortgages were available, but I did not meet the criteria of most of the large banks; fortunately, I discovered Michael Johnson through an internet search and he quickly found a good, ethical lender to provide the finance I required. I would never have been able to do this on my own. Thank you, Michael!
Thank you so much Tracey
Thank you so much Tracey.
I cannot recommend her enough, she has been so helpful and on the ball from the first day to our completion day. Thank you again Tracey
How happy I am with Tracey Barnes
I would just like to take this opportunity to tell you how happy I am with Tracey Barnes and her assistance in obtaining a remortgage for me.
It was simply a 1st Class service from start to finish.
Excellent service we received from Tracey Barnes
I would just like to acknowledge the excellent service we received from Tracey Barnes at Meridian Mortgage specialists.
Tracey helped gain our mortgage through rather complex circumstances where other providers could not. My income is still based in South Africa and my wife was working in the UK on a work visa. Despite all these challenges Tracey still managed to help with the process and communicated throughout. We are now happy home owners in the UK. I cannot recommend here enough.
I would like to thank Mr Michael Johnson
I would like to thank Mr Michael Johnson,
God bless you my friend, Michael made what looked to be impossible very much possible, I’m an expat working in the UAE and after weeks of numerous rejections from well known UK banks, I found Michael who led me in the right direction instantly, because of this fantastic man I’ve managed to get my home Mortgage/Re-Mortgage,
Michael guided me through the process in a smooth professional manner, assisting with documents some I was not familiar with, and explained in detail, Michael consistently responded over phone or email in a prompt and concise manner,
Michael’s a professional, who will get the job done I wouldn’t have done this without him,
thank you its been such a pleasure to meet you,
Niel was very professional
Niel was very professional in all of our interactions. He clearly explained the process, responded promptly, and provided timely updates. Would recommend!
We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Michael
After trying to “go it alone” with a well-known UK/International bank, with whom we had been customers for many years, it became apparent (after wasting two weeks of our time) that the level of restrictions that they had now placed upon expat buy-to-let mortgages for those who own multiple properties was going to severely limit what we had planned to borrow for our latest purchase.
We were on the verge of giving up when we found Michael Johnson through an internet search.
From day 1 he was onto our case. He took all the hassle and stress out of the mortgage application process and came up with an offer that was what we needed. He was always there to assist on the phone or by email – even helping out by communicating with the estate agent and our solicitors in the UK when things started to get difficult with our purchase.
Michael’s professionalism, service and attention to detail throughout the whole purchase from first contact with him until completion was excellent.
We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Michael to any expat looking to obtain a mortgage.
I strongly recommend Michael Johnson
I strongly recommend Michael Johnson for the second time. He helped us greatly during our crisis, when we were going through problems with the mortgage advisor.
Fortunately, we knew Michael Johnson and at that point we processed a new application with him and managed to issue the mortgage offer ASAP and secure our property. Without him, our purchase would not have been successful. Michael is very professional, reliable and provides the quality service. From my experience, I appreciate all his support throughout the entire purchase process. I recommend Michael who provides 5 star service.
Niel Khambay led me through
Niel Khambay led me through the process of securing a BtL mortgage from the initial steps back in August last year, through to the final offer at the end of March this year. He has a thorough knowledge of what will and won’t be accepted and is able to tell you whether or not you will be successful without taking money from you in the early stages. Only once he is satisfied that it is going ahead will you then be charged with a fee – which I thought was reasonable for the amount of work that he did for me.
Niel ensured that the process of obtaining a mortgage was smooth; he collated all necessary documents and liaised with the mortgage company on my behalf. He also phones you to get a better understanding of other financial commitments and that personal touch does feel like you are not just dealing with things through e-mail all the time.
My work colleagues here are amazed that working in Shanghai that I have been able to get a mortgage as the paperwork is often in Chinese, but this is through the help and support I received from Niel, in guiding me through the sometimes “awkward” processes.
Therefore, I have wholeheartedly recommended Niel to all of my colleagues who are interested in getting a BtL mortgage in the UK.
Totally recommend using Michael
For anyone who is looking for a reliable Person-Company to help them with a Mortgage outside of the UK we totally recommend using Michael Johnson with Meridian.
Michael has been with us through the whole process so far. We have heard nothing but great recommendations about it from the people at the Bank & solicitors whom we are dealing with also.
Put your mind at rest & use Michael Johnson
Michael was a great help
I found Meridian via a net search while trying to buy a house in the UK from the Falkland Islands; Michael was a great help, always quick to reply with email, he got me a great deal with my mortgage, helped me find a solicitor and was incredibly patient with my inexperience with regards to buying houses… turns out it’s nothing like buying a garden shed.
Helpful, efficient, professional and friendly, I couldn’t recommend them enough.
I could not recommend Michael Johnson more. I came across him and meridian by a net search and he was everything we hoped for and more. Supportive, quick to respond and nothing was too much trouble. He facilitated 2 mortgages for us and sourced the best deal for us giving us all options and help along the way including recommendations of conveyors.
I would not use anyone else. Thanks Michael.
Michael Johnston has provided us
Michael Johnston has provided us with a professional, efficient and friendly service for a second time – finding and renewing a loan for our investment property. Great service and would highly recommend.
Niel Khambay provided a personal
Niel Khambay provided a personal and simple process for my circumstance where I have my primary residence in the UK and employed in the Netherlands. Niel ensured that everything was easy to understand and moved the process along as quickly as possible to support my UK house purchase. It was a great pleasure to work with Niel and would recommend him to anyone with a similar situation to mine.
To commend Michael Johnson
I’m writing for the second time to commend Michael Johnson for not only finding us a mortgage lender happy to deal with clients living in high-risk Kenya in the first place, but the unfailing support he provided throughout the entire purchase process through to completion a further 9 months down the line.
Despite having fulfilled his remit of finding us a mortgage, he nevertheless was quick to respond to any queries we had and always ready to help and step in with the mortgage provider throughout the entire time. We can’t thank or recommend Michael highly enough.
Stephanie Hay Smith
Michael was able to advise and find the right lender
We were wanting to invest/buy a property on a BTL mortgage. Most if not all high street banks in the UK do not even glance at anyone overseas. Michael was able to advise and find the right lender we needed. He will take a good look at you before going forward to a lender in order check and advise if there may be any issues before you make official applications. Always contactable throughout the process and able to speak direct to lenders to help solve problems or chase issues on your behalf should you need help. Many thanks Michael.
Michael’s experience and contacts in the business
I was an expat mortgage customer based between Hong Kong and Ireland and required a small mortgage on a UK investment property. There ware some obstacles surrounding the application such as the (small) size of the mortgage and the high floor level of the unit being purchased but these were readily overcome because of Michael’s experience and contacts in the business. He gave me a lot of his time via phone calls and via emails, guiding the process every step of the way.
It was clear that his excellent relationship with the managers at the bank concerned helped to keep the process on the rails. He was a pleasure to work with and I would highly recommend him.
I worked with Michael Johnson
I worked with Michael Johnson to find another mortgage deal to buy out my ex (where there was only a small balance) and purchase a buy-to-let with the equity.
Where many other brokers had said it not possible, Michael talked to his contacts at the bank to explain my situation and made it happen.
Throughout the whole process he was on hand to offer advice, reassure and assist with the following up/chasing of parties (which was invaluable).
He has an easy personable style and a high level of professionalism that make it easy for me to recommend him to others. I will certainly be using him in the future for another BTL.
Michael expertly guided us through
Michael expertly guided us through our mortgage renewal process – We had to change to a buy to let mortgage at renewal time as we are based abroad now. He found several quotations, and we chose the one that was right for us. What was really refreshing was that at no time was the pressure to take a particular product. He wanted us to be happy with the decision we made.
I cannot recommend Michael highly enough. He was very professional and I hope to work with him again in the future!
Michael Johnson’s help
As an expat based in Dubai, Michael Johnson’s help in securing a mortgage for a UK property was invaluable. He handled the constant back and forth with the bank and managed to get the mortgage in place much quicker than I would have been able to achieve on my own.
I would thoroughly recommend his services.
Niel Khambay provided excellent customer
Niel Khambay provided excellent customer service from start to finish, taking care to understand my personal circumstances, and defining a tailored solution to meet my requirements. He consistently responded on a timely basis, was flexible to adjust to changes in my plans, and did whatever was required to make the process as simple and efficient as possible. I highly recommend Niel and the Expat Mortgage team.
After numerous applications I was
After numerous applications I was nearly ready to give up purchasing a small property in the UK and settle for an investment buy in Dubai where I currently reside. I found that the banks I had contacted could only cater for the 250k plus Morgage’s which was not what I was looking for. However after stumbling upon the expat mortgages website and discussing my options with Tracey Barnes, I suddenly found myself with options I had not been presented before, resulting in my recent purchase and I am over the moon! Tracey was always reachable and gave well detailed, sound advice. I would recommend her services to anyone looking for an expat Mortgage in the near future!
Niel managed to find us
As an expat who hadn’t owned property in the UK for over 10 years, a buy to let mortgage seemed like an impossible task. However, Niel managed to find us a good lender and expertly guided us through the process and the documentary requirements. We have returned a couple of more times since and Niel is always available with sound practical and professional advice.
I would like to thank
I would like to thank Tracey Barnes for her expert knowledge and guidance on the re-mortgage of my property in the UK. As an expat and having not re-mortgaged since 2002, I hadn’t realised how much information was required and how the regulation in this market has changed dramatically since I left the UK. Tracey always kept me up to date on where the re-mortgage was at and responded to any questions in a prompt and concise manner. Thanks again Tracey.
Michael has been a professional and comforting presence
Throughout the entire process, from obtaining a quote to finalising the mortgage, Michael has been a professional and comforting presence. Each step was approached calmly and logically. His communication was clear and thorough and every email and phone call was followed up.
In what has become a difficult climate financially, legally and politically in recent times I would not hesitate to recommend Michael to any expat wishing to buy in the UK.
Michael’s efficiency and ‘can do’ attitude
I came across Michael and Meridian Mortgages completely by chance in 2016 while looking to buy a property in the UK. I was very impressed with Michael’s efficiency and ‘can do’ attitude right from the start. It is exactly what is needed when trying to navigate the sometimes opaque expat mortgage market.
We worked together through not one, but three failed purchases before I finally found ‘the one’. I am pleased to say the best deal by far was available on the fourth, successful attempt. Regardless, Michael was consistently cheerful and professional despite the twists and turns along the way, and I genuinely felt that he was as happy as I was when I managed to get the last one over the line to completion!
As a happy customer, I would not hesitate to recommend his services to anyone looking to secure mortgage financing in the UK whilst based overseas.
Michael was calm, friendly and efficient
An absolute necessity when thinking about an expat mortgage.
Michael was calm, friendly and efficient during what could have been a potentially stressful ordeal. He found workable solutions to navigate complex restrictions on expats when others couldn’t. In fact I have used him for 2 agreements in principle and would not hesitate to do so again or recommend him to others.
I was recommended to Michael
I was recommended to Michael by an old work colleague, who despite not knowing Michael had heard good things about him and his services.
Last year I had the good fortune to come into a sizeable pension pot and having lived outside of the UK for 29 years I decided it was time to buy a base in the UK for my eventual likely return. I started by checking all the regular banks etc., to see about getting a smallish mortgage over 11 years to enable me to buy a slightly better property, but no one was interested unless I wanted to borrow the minimum of 100K which I did not.
This is where Michael came in – I got in touch with Michael and within less than 24-hours he had a quote for me and had the bank call me the following day to discuss.
During the purchase, there was only one small hiccup reproof of identity, which Michael actually managed to sort out for me very quickly and put my mind at rest.
Everything was handled very professionally and all over the phone and by email, from the first call right through to completion, which was earlier today! I am thrilled and would not hesitate to recommend Michael.
This is largely due to Michael’s know how
My husband and I are long term ex pats and we have lived outside of the UK for a considerable period of time. We wanted to purchase a small base in the UK which could also be used by our two grown up children. Like many others finding a mortgage proved to be a somewhat daunting task. I had first contacted Michael a couple of years ago and he had always responded to my queries quickly and efficiently. When we finally decided to proceed he was able to walk us through the process with relative ease and to calm us when the unexpected occurred. The mortgage offer is now through and we are hoping to complete relatively quickly. This is largely due to Michael’s know how. We would have no hesitation in recommending him to others in similar situations.
Michael is quick to respond, polite and efficient
I first contacted Michael when I was looking to re-mortgage a property in the UK in 2016. I’d had a look online and found the process and offerings confusing.
I organised a meeting with expat mortgages for when I was back in the UK over Christmas time. Before we met, Michael had already given me confidence in his ability to understand my requirements, find the most suitable mortgage offering for me and make things as easy as possible given I’m not residing in the UK.
Michael is quick to respond, polite and efficient. He also tells you how it is. I have recommended him to several people here in NZ and will continue to do so.
Thank you making the re-mortgage process as stress-free as possible. I will continue to use expat mortgages for any future UK investments.
When no one seemed interested
When no one seemed interested in helping me get a mortgage I found through a friend Tracey Barnes of Meridian Mortgages, who with experience, tireless effort got me a mortgage and I am now the proud owner of my own home, thank you, Tracey. Rebecca H. Sussex
Trying to purchase a property as an expat isn’t without its challenges, Michael Johnson provided me with sound advice and guided me towards a solution that was very well suited to my needs. I would certainly come back again for any other mortgage needs.
I received a fantastic service and have no hesitation in recommending expat-mortgages to all expats out there.
I spent days trying to obtain a mortgage with no luck as I am based in France, ex-pat mortgages provided excellent advice and found me a great deal in a matter of hours.
Well done guys, keep up the good work !
Happy to Recommend
Very happy to recommend Niel for the work he did on obtaining us a mortgage for our recent house purchase.
I had been turned down by a number of people (including my own bank) for a new mortgage due to fact that we lived in China. Niel swiftly reviewed the market and came up with an excellent option for us, managing the application and follow-up professionally.
We will come back again in the future if we have any further needs.
It Was A Breeze
We relocated to the US and rented our UK house out. Our UK mortgage came to the end of it’s guarantee period but Virgin would not allow us to change product while it was under Consent to Let. This meant we had to re-mortgage while in the US which I had no idea how to approach. Michael was recommended to us by a friend and from the moment we made first contact with him the whole process was a breeze. He got us a great deal and the thing I was dreading turned out to be one of the easiest re-mortgages we have ever done. Would highly recommend both Michael & Meridian.
Helpful & Consultative
Michael was able to use his relationship with the lender to get me a better deal than was otherwise available, and provided a helpful and consultative service that I felt I could trust. He also chased things on my behalf, ensuring I wasn’t disadvantaged by the time difference in Australia. I would definitely recommend his services
We had recently returned to the UK after living overseas for 15 years. With Michael’s knowledge of expat finance options we were were able to find a bespoke mortgage solution even though all of my business dealings were still done outside the UK. We are now looking froward to moving into our new home. Thanks Michael.
I would highly recommend Meridian and Michael Johnson.
Living as an expat in Hong Kong and receiving a salary in Hong Kong dollars, it was not easy to find a bank that would take on a re-mortgage and a buy-to-let. After emailing Meridian (which I found on line through google search) Michael quickly contacted me and within days, identified a couple of banks who were willing to work with me. Thanks to Michael, the mortgage offers came through smoothly and I was on my way to becoming a landlady for the first time. After the first-class service from Michael at Meridian, it took eight challenging, arduous months to completion. There was always that document missing or an item not checked. Though Meridian and Michael should have been part of this transaction’s history, Michael continued to work with me for the entire eight months and I can honestly say that it is because of Michael and his responsible, honest and experienced work ethic that the mortgages completed. I feel truly blessed to know him and cannot recommend him highly enough. Thankyou Michael!
I had tried a number of avenues unsuccessfully to get a suitable expat buy to let mortgage. Tracey was very helpful in navigating the process, identifying a lender and ensuring communication was regular through to completion. Would definitely use again.
Very Happy With The Service
Very happy with the service Tracey provided, she was very responsive and kept me up to date with things every step of the way. The deal I got on a mortgage in terms of the interest rate and no set up fees wasn’t far away from what I could get by working in the U.K. Which for an expat mortgage is extremely good too. Would highly recommend Tracey for anyone in similar situations.
A Happy Client
Like many people, my wife and I took jobs working in Dubai, so we could save to buy a house back home in the UK. A couple of years in and we managed to save the deposit but started to wonder how we would begin the daunting task of obtaining a mortgage as an expat. A friend referred us here and it could not have been more easy, with Tracey guiding us every step of the way.
Our house completed today and we could not be happier. Thank you Tracey and the team for all your help.
Against All Odds
Living in Australia is seemed impossible to find a mortgage in the UK whilst working as a contractor. Against all the odds Michael sourced a suitable lender and saw it through to conclusion. Other mortgage brokers didn’t come close to the service offered by Meridian.
Couldn’t Be happier
As with everybody, very apprehensive embarking on the process after clicking an internet link. No couldn’t be happier! Tracey was great with comms. Not always easy with time differences, phone connections, scanned documents, and busy people. Tracey secured me a great mortgage from a leading UK Lender. Total cost of borrowing is one of the lowest available. I honestly would not look elsewhere if I had to do this again.
Tracey is a fantastic mortgage broker – very knowledgable and able to make things work in complex circumstances. Very much a solutions person! Delighted with the service.
Tracey provided a fantastic service helping us secure a mortgage for the purchase of a U.K. property……from initial product selection, guiding us through the application process to completion Tracey has always been knowledgeable, approachable, helpful and responsive.
I was very happy with the service from Meridian. Michael was able to locate a suitable mortgage, and helped process the supporting documentation. Would recommend.
To The Rescue
Living overseas finding a mortgage lender to buy back in the UK was proving impossible – particularly as we currently live in Kenya, deemed a high-risk country. However, with Michael’s help we managed to secure a mortgage in record-time. From the outset he was always available to answer an queries and guided us effortlessly through the entire process.
Tracey Barnes did a superb job in helping me secure a loan in a short time.
Being a non-UK citizen living overseas presented a lot of problems that Tracey managed very well taking away from me the stress. She kept a line of communication constantly open and gave me real time updates. I couldn’t ask for a better service.
Tracey was brilliant in helping me to re-mortgage as an expat. I spoke to quite a few brokers, and she was the only one that really understood my requirements. She was very thorough, professional and responsive throughout the process. Would definitely recommend.
To The Rescue
Being expats for the past five (5) years it has been difficult to source a mortgage for a new house in England. Expat Mortgages came to the rescue with Michaels assistance we were able to get a mortgage….Great service, thanks.
Michael was very helpful in assisting me with a difficult remortgage. Extremely knowledgable and professional he responded promptly to all enquiries throughout the process. Happy to recommend.
Over the last couple of years, Michael Johnson at Meridian Independent Mortgage has arranged three expat mortgages and one re-mortgage for us. Every time the process has been seamless as Michael has taken care of everything with the lenders and on many occasions with the seller’s agents to push through completion timelines.
Based on our previous excellent experience with dealing with Michael, we would highly recommend him to anyone looking at expat mortgages as we would continue to do the same for all our future requirements.
I recommend Tracey because she helped to facilitate a suitable mortgage for me. Securing a mortgage from abroad could be stressful but Tracey cushioned the difficulties and was readily available until successful completion.
This is the second time Tracey has helped me to secure a mortgage. Her professionalism, quick responses and solution orientated approach are a great asset when trying to secure a mortgage from overseas. I would not hesitate to use her services again. Thank you.
Easy & Practical
Michael made the whole process really easy to understand, and offered plenty of practical advice along the way. An absolute pleasure to deal with – highly recommended!
Professional & Efficient
I have already recommended Niel Khambay (Meridian Independent Mortgages)to a number of my personal friends, based on the professional and efficient work he did for us. I only recommend people when I really trust them. Niel helped us out considerably – he found a suitable mortgage, asked only for the information that was actually needed for the application, and calmed the vendor down when he got a bit hysterical. I fully endorse him and his work.
Michael Johnson is a true star! Michael was there for us from our first conversation until we completed our home purchase. As an expat working in Qatar, we had little options for getting a mortgage on a second home, however Michael provided us with a solution. Very professional and extremely knowledgeable, excellent service is guaranteed. Highly recommended!
Tracey has been brilliant in helping me arrange my mortgage yet again. I have used her a couple of times now and she is always the consummate professional. Being overseas it is not always easy to find a mortgage provider or navigate through all the requirements. Tracey takes away the stress & hassle of everything. I have no hesitation in recommending Tracey for anyone needing mortgage advice.
Fantastic service once again from Tracey at Meridian mortgages. This is the second expat mortgage in which she has helped me with, the continued support and responsiveness throughout the process takes a great deal of stress away. Couldn’t recommend her highly enough!
On The Ball
Tracey Barnes was extremely responsive and much more on the ball that other brokers we spoke to, she managed to get us a great deal where others couldn’t get us a deal at all (due to having work contracts with non UK companies). We would highly recommend Tracey.
In Good Hands
The whole process has been much more complex and difficult than expected.
However I must say that Tracey was always there when needed, always helpful and ready to act in my best interest.
I really had a feeling to be in good hands with her as she really run the extra mile for us.
I am really glad for her fabulous service!
Thanks You !
I couldn’t recommend Meridian more. My mortgage wasn’t straight forward, but Tracey found something suitable for my circumstances. Everything was made simple, charges explained up front. Thanks you!
Knowledge, Contacts, and Tenacity
When searching for an ex-pat mortgage it quickly became apparent that I had extremely limited options. I had almost given up until I contacted Tracey Barnes at Meridian Mortgages. From the outset Tracey was extremely responsive, knowledgeable and honest with regard to my questions. She quickly identified suitable lenders and guided me through the application process. Tracey was always available and responsive throughout the entire process right up until all the legal work was completed and we took possession of our new home. I am certain that without her knowledge, contacts and tenacity that we would not have been able to make this purchase. I would highly recommend Tracey Barnes to any expat considering buying a home in the UK.
Responsive & Clear
Michael provided an excellent service in arranging for refinancing of our current mortgage. He was able to source a significantly lower rate than that offered by my existing provider. He was at all times responsive and clear. His assistance with the paperwork meant that the transaction went through smoothly.
Leap Into Action
Finding an ex-pat mortgage from overseas was a huge challenge for us and we had almost given up until we got in touch with Michael from Meridian Mortgages. Over the course of a year Michael patiently provided advise and support in our search for a mortgage whilst we decided what we wanted to do regarding our next property purchase. When we were finally ready Michael sourced our mortgage for us, this became stressful for us when realised that specific product wasn’t quite what we wanted but this didn’t phase Michael who lept into action to find us another one. He also had a very calming affect on us when supporting us through this challenge any nothing stresses him. We have now received our mortgage offer thanks to Michael’s hard work, support and tenacity and we thank him immensely and couldn’t have done it without his help.
We have been so grateful for all the support we have received from Tracey Barnes & Meridian Mortgages. Being overseas for twenty years made getting a mortgage in the UK very hard. We had lots of challenges to overcome and we could not have done it without all the help and time Tracey provided. It was a very stressful time for us but we knew we could rely on Tracey’s prompt responses and professionalism to get us through it all. THANK YOU Tracey – we would not have got this far without you. We can’t recommend you and Meridian Mortgages enough!
Easy and Reassuring
I would like to thank Michael Johnson of Meridian for guiding us through securing our first UK mortgage and doing this while we were overseas. Michael found a lender us, not easy given our situation, and looked after everything. Communicating with Michael was easy and reassuring. We would use Meridian again.
Helpful and Efficient
I cannot recommend Tracey Barnes and Meridian highly enough. From beginning to end of my Ex Pat mortgage application, highly professional and knowledgeable, helpful and efficient. Sincere thanks to you
A big thank you to Michael Johnson and the Meridian Mortgages team for finding and securing a 2nd BTL mortgage for us as Expats living in France. Great service as always!
Tracey supported us with a mortgage application in December 2016. We could not have faulted the service and support that she offered, I would have no hesitation in recommending her in the future.
I was hugely impressed with the service promised and the product delivered by Tracey Barnes. We live in the UAE and she showed suprême knowledge, patience and understanding getting us through the hoops. She took away almost all of the stress and kept us constantly informed. We got our new mortgage this month. Thank you, Tracey!
Professional, Knowledgable and Helpful
Michael was recommended by a colleague and from the outset he was professional, knowledgeable and helpful. Having lived overseas for many years, it was proving really difficult to find a lender who would lend to an ex-pat and without Michael’s input and expertise I think I may have given up. I would have no hesitation in recommending him to anyone looking to buy a property, particularly those that live overseas.
Michael at Meridian was incredible throughout our mortgage application / offer.
He gave excellent advice and first class customer service. He often went above and beyond and should be the benchmark for any & all mortgage brokers. I was extremely impressed by the dedication he showed to pushing things along with all parties.
I / we would recommend Michael’s services to anyone looking for help with buying a property, particularly if you live abroad.
I still owe him a bottle of champagne as a thank you .. and this will be duly delivered when we complete.
First class service from someone who takes pride in what they do.
Thank you !!!
Honest and Knowledgable Advice
Working abroad has always provided the challenges to managing our property back in the UK, and when it came to re-mortgage time I was really looking good, honest and knowledgeable advice!
I am so very glad I came across Michael’s company and can not say enough about the professionalism through-out the entire process.
I will definitely recommend Michael for any expat requirements and will definitely use them again in the future.
Extremely Smooth Process
As an Expat working overseas for many years it had proved difficult to secure the right mortgage or to even find a lender. Tracey was fantastic from day 1 – She was able to help us to secure the necessary funding through the right lender.
Her knowledge and experiences have helped make the process extremely smooth and relatively stress free.
Would certainly recommend Tracey to help you to find the right mortgage for you.
Excellent Advice & Customer Service
Michael at Meridian provided us with excellent advice and customer service. He was happy to talk us through each step of the process and answer any questions, getting back to emails and phone calls right away. We were impressed by the dedication he showed to pushing things along with all parties concerned, chasing up the mortgage provider in particular, and keeping in contact with the estate agent and solicitors to reassure them that all was in hand.
We would recommend his services to anyone looking for help with buying a property, particularly if you live abroad and/or have a busy schedule to manage. A great recommendation from a friend who was also impressed with his services.
Unparalled Application Process
Tracey was superb throughout the entire mortgage application. Her knowledge of the products and application processes are unparalleled. As a first time buyer/investor I was apprehensive but she readily addressed all of my concerns.
There were complications with the development, extending the completion timeline; however Tracey was on hand to remedy the situation with the lender.
I would highly recommend her services to any expat looking for a mortgage in the UK.
I was recommended to Tracey Barnes through a contact in Singapore. As a British Expat living in Singapore it has become increasingly difficult to get Buy to Let and Holiday Let Mortgages. Dealing with Tracey was beyond superb, her professionalism, support, advice, efficiency was first class. She guided me through the process, assisted and guided where some of the paper work became challenging. I will certainly be using Tracey again and I will be highly recommending Tracey to fellow expats in Singapore.
I found Meridian Mortgages through a google search and it couldn’t have worked better.
I had been struggling to find any mortgage company willing to provide me services due to me being based in Azerbaijan. Michael Johnson of Meridian assured me that he could find somebody and surely enough within a few days, he returned with positive news.
The process was easy and the steps clearly outlined by Michael and I would therefore have no hesitation in recommending both Michael and Meridian.
Thanks a lot guys for your help.
Filled With Confidence
Finding Michael on the internet was one of the best things that we could have done. Returning to the UK from Florida was a daunting experience, but Michael’s help was invaluable and he managed to maintain our mortgage offer for three separate properties when the first two fell through.
His cheery voice always filled us with confidence and we would recommend his services without hesitation.
In Capable Hands
We had a really positive experience in working with Michael, he was efficient, prompt with communication and had a great understanding of the problems faced by expatriates in obtaining mortgages. Obstacles with lenders were negotiated and overcome and throughout we felt that we were in capable hands. We would use him again and would highly recommend him.
Proactive, Responsible & Knowledgable
Tracey Barnes of Meridian Mortgages was absolutely fantastic in helping us secure a mortgage for an investment property in the UK. She was so proactive, responsive and knowledgeable. We are extremely grateful and would highly recommend her services.
Extremely Efficient and Responsive
Niel has found me a mortgage on two occasions and both times has been extremely efficient and responsive to my precise needs and situation.
Those of us with non-standard lives living and working in more than one country can find ourselves misunderstood or turned away from UK high-street banks, but with Niel and his colleague Michael I know that there is always someone who is prepared to go that little bit further to understand my situation and find a product that is just right.
I would recommend without hesitation.
An Absolute Recommendation
Michael provided an excellent service in arranging our expat mortgage. We live in France and purchased our 1st investment property in the UK through Meridian/Expat. Michael is easily reachable and always happy to provide expert advice and guidance, i would absolutely and highly recommend expat mortgages.
I am extremely grateful to Michael Johnson of Meridian Mortgages for helping me to source funding for my property purchase in the UK. I had exhausted all avenues prior to speaking with Michael and was worried that I would not be able to complete on my off-plan purchase, for which I had already paid a non-refundable 20% deposit.
Michael was able to quickly source an appropriate lender who would consider my application despite being self-employed, living abroad and purchasing a buy-to-let property. It was a complex process, one which Michael guided me through at each stage, and I was delighted to receive an offer and complete on my property.
I have no hesitation in recommending Michael and Meridian Mortgages.
Out of Hours
After working away from the UK for 9 years it was becoming extremely difficult to obtain a mortgage to buy in the UK.
Michael Johnson from Meridian Mortgages helped me obtain a good deal with Skipton. Michael not only helped with filling in all the forms, compiling the documentations required and liaising with the mortgage provider on your behalf, he often went out of his way to help in all other aspects of the process occasionally taking calls out of office hours and weekends. I am extremely happy with the service I received from Meridian and would definitely use and recommend Michael for helping you with all your expat mortgage requirements.
Thank you Michael for all your help:)
The Epitome of Excellence
I had tried many avenues to try and get a mortgage for a property in the UK whilst living in Australia, with the added complication of wishing to purchase my parents house to free up capital for their retirement. I had contacted all of the general banks and also some mortgage companies who labelled themselves as ‘specialist’, but none could help and few wanted to as my requirements were in the ‘too hard’ basket.
I had pretty much given up hope until I came across Meridian. I spoke with Michael Johnson who was friendly, understanding and excellent at finding a product that offered a solution to my problem. Michael was the epitome of excellent customer service. He provided great advice and support and remained committed to helping me right until the very final day of the sale completing.
I must say that I would recommend Michael without any hesitation. The service you get from this company is the type of thing that you can only wish for, but very rarely experience.
Without wanting to sound over the top, I can honestly say that if it wasn’t for Michael, purchasing my parents house and therefore allowing them the freedom to enjoy their retirement would simply not have been possible. I am very grateful.
A few years ago we found ourselves in the absurd position of having had an offer accepted on a property but without financing because our lender had changed the rules at the very last minute. I contacted Grant Banks and he was able to secure funds for us within a very short time. Since then we have used Grant on a number of occasions – he is very professional and able to put deals together when others cannot. He is consistently prompt in his responses to queries and unfailing in his provision of clarity of what is required to complete the application, and all this over distance. I would recommend Grant and the team without any hesitation whatsoever.
Swift, professional, pragmatic and well-informed service. Always attentive and unfailingly polite. I would certainly use again.
Stress Free & Extremely Smooth
I was extremely pleased with the service provided by Tracey at Meridien. This was my second BtL purchase and I wish I had known about Meridien when I bought the first! Dealing with Tracey made the entire process stress free and extremely smooth. She kept me fully updated, without prompting, throughout, from the initial discussions through to completion and I would highly recommend her to any expat seeking a UK mortgage.
Clear, Honest, Helpful and Patient
My wife and I have been dealing with Tracey since 2013 and she has assisted us with sourcing finance on two properties so far. Tracey has always been clear, honest, helpful and patient with all of our issues and concerns. I have dealt with several other mortgage consultants but having dealt with Tracey we shall no longer use any other consultant as the service we receive is so far beyond what we expected. I have recommended Tracey to numerous other expat colleagues and all of them have given me the same positive response.
We will likely be looking at a further mortgage product later this year or sometime next year and intend to be in touch when we decide to move forward.
Sincere thanks to the team at Meridian for all of their help. Having tried to refinance our UK property through a number of well known Banks and Building Societies I had, all but given up hope of making any progress unless I came back to live in the UK. Having searched Google I enquired with Meridian and successfully managed to secure a product that works extremely well for us.
No hesitation in recommending Grant Banks and the team
I Can’t Praise and Thank Him Enough
After trying a few different avenues to get a mortgage I was feeling quite hopeless. I thought that there would be no way around it unless I went back to the UK and began the whole process again. My situation was complicated and the thoughts of ever buying my home was a distant memory.
Unti I saw an ad about expat mortgages as I was surfing the net waiting for a ferry. I didn’t actually hold out too much hope I have to say, but emailed nevertheless. And then Michael responded! and he saved the day.
I can’t praise and thank him enough, with the efforts and extra ‘half mile’ he took to help me secure a mortgage offer. He was there for me at each step, making the process less stressful, he made me feel at ease and confident that everything would be ok, and that’s because he matched my details with the right mortgage provider from the start. He was fast to respond to my emails, and on the phone, he always sounded happy and felt like he had all the time in the world for me in helping to respond to my stresses.
Cannot recommend him enough, and as I do to everyone in Hong Kong that is looking for a mortgage broker.
Great Job Done
Having decided to try and purchase a property back in the UK we immediately ran into hurdles as an expat living abroad. Tried in vain to arrange a mortgage direct with my bank but to no avail. Came across Meridian on the internet and was put in contact with Niel. He did a great job on our behalf and took away the stress that we were facing. I would highly recommend working with him to anyone in the same situation
A Fantastic Job
Niel did a fantastic job of finding me a specialist expat mortgage. I’m based in Malta with a UK property and would not have been able to find this type of mortgage. The rate was even lower than what I was currently paying. I would highly recommend expat mortgages to anyone in the same situation.
Being an Expat, It is always difficult to proceed with a UK mortgage being abroad. I had spoken to few brokers,and found them provide me with flase promises. This is until I came across Micheal Johnson. Just as I was ready to throw in the towel, I emailed Meridian Mortages who I got to know through google, and thought submit a request for a mortgage just for the sake of it. Since communicating with Michael from day one till the approval of my mortgage, I have been so impressed with this man, so profession and helpfull and very easy to speak to. He knew exactly what I needed, and fulfilled what other brokers couldn’t. “LEGEND”. If I ever move back to the UK, I would love to get a job in the same organisation.
Making Dreams Come True
We would like to take the time to thank Michael for making our dreams of buying a property back in our homeland of Scotland a reality. After being advised by our own bank back in the UK that there was no way anyone living in Australia would be given a mortgage Michael did the impossible and YES he delivered a mortgage as he said he would. What a really genuine person he is, who was always at the end of the phone no matter what the time difference was to answer and resolve any issues we were having. He was totally professional in all aspects of his job and my advice to everyone out there is everyone should have a Michael on their side when looking for an expat mortgage, he makes everything so much easier and takes the stress out of what can be one of the most stressful time in your life. Once again thank you.
Michael is one of those people who you think are too good to be true, except he really is that good! Extremely knowledgeable in his field, he was able to suggest a number of products that fitted my needs and ended up getting me a great deal. I will definitely be going straight back to him next time I need a broker. Thanks for all your help.
A Remarkable Service
I received a remarkable service and would like to recommend expat mortgage to all those who are working abroad.
I live in middle east and buying a property and getting a mortgage was difficult but a big Thank you to Michael Johnson who provided the outstanding service and made it work for us. Much appreciated Michael!
A completely professional service. Quick responses to dumb questions dealt with with humour and efficiency. Great deal on a mortgage otherwise difficult to organise as a UK non-resident and can recommend without hesitation
We’d had some issues trying to secure a mortgage for a purchase in the UK, even with a pre agreement from our existing bank. Niel managed to sort out a deal for us with a reputable bank in a reasonable time so we did not lose the property we had an offer accepted on. I would have no hesitation in recommending their services.
Thanks for making what I’ve heard from many is a very tricky task, so straightforward, and for responding to my queries so fast. I’m happy to recommend you on to others.
Delighted With The Service
I am delighted with the service offered. They made a overwhelming task straight forward and got me a great deal with a high street bank.
Tracey was fantastic, she worked on my time zone to help me pull in the necessary documentation.
The Best Deal In The UK
Before approaching Expat Mortgages, I had tried to contact mortgage lenders in the UK directly but without much success. Even my own bank in the UK with whom I have a Premier account were not interested in providing a mortgage, as I was living overseas! Tracey at Expat Mortgages, really helped me find the best deal for my circumstances and guided me through the whole application and approval process. I would recommend contacting Expat Mortgages to anyone living overseas that wants to find the best mortage deal in the UK. Thank you to Tracey and team!