Financial North

International Mortgage Brokers for Overseas residential or commercial property in different countries, we offer you our services and years of experience in arranging this type of mortgage facility. Our deep knowledge and contacts in the European banking industry, allow us to search for the best option within the characteristics of each client.

10 Feb 2016

FINANCIAL NORTH – Q1 2016 Newsletter

The conditions for buying property internationally remain very attractive to clients with continued low prices and in many cases favourable exchange rates.
The Euribor has never been lower, 12 Months Euribor base rate is 0.042% and banks have reduced their interest rate margins to the extent where rates are now lower than a year ago 

A 15 years fixed interest rate starts at 2.5% in some countries, depending on the personal financial circumstances of the mortgage applicant. The opportunity to lock in rates at such low levels for such long periods remains extremely attractive for foreign investors.

Variable margins on international repayment mortgages are still in the region of Euribor + 1.5% to 2,5%.

As a brief summary of the mortgages available in those countries with higher demand:

44 % * of purchase price
Min. mortgage €150,000. Mortgage transfer to another lender allowed. No equity release or buy to let.
32 % * of purchase price
Minimum mortgage €200,000. Mortgage transfer or buy to let allowed. No equity release.
40% * of purchase price
Minimum mortgage €300,000
Different mortgage products available per state.
25 % * of purchase price
Minimum mortgage €250,000. Mortgage transfer, buy to let and equity release allowed.
35 % * of purchase price
Minimum mortgage €300,000. No mortgage transfer, equity release or buy to let available.

*These are estimates as it depends of several factors; local taxes, customer’s financial profile, etc.

For customers with their main property in the UK and sufficient positive equity, we can assist them refinancing mortgage to release equity up to 80% LTV, in order to have sufficient funds for the purchase of their properties overseas*

For the next months, we expect international mortgage rates should stay more or less as they are, with excellent products on offer to most non-residents.

2015 has been described in some corners as the year of the strong sterling, as the British currency zipped up against the euro from a rate of 1.28 on the 1st January, hitting a rate of 1.44 in July and close to this again in November.

2016 so far, on the other hand, has already shown an enormous switch in the £/€ exchange rate and being more stable for the USD/€. Sterling had begun weakening in December 2015, as a result of positive sentiment surrounding the European Central Bank (ECB), but experts could not predict the speed at which the British currency would then devalue in January.

Please do not hesitate to contact Financial North if you require further information on how we can assist you on your property purchase overseas at or give us a call at + 44 (0)20 3287 2800.

Kind regards,

Alberto Goldar
Managing Director

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