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How To Finance Your Property Abroad

By HolidayHomeNow

It's important to decide how you're going to finance the
purchase of your property abroad. Although most property
abroad is undoubtedly cheaper than its UK equivalent, it
is still a substantial investment. It makes sense to
investigate the options for financing the purchase so that
you can decide which is the best option for you.

The first thing to note is that UK mortgage companies will not
give you a mortgage on a property abroad. If you need to take
out a mortgage, you have two options:

Re-mortgage your current property. If you can get a re-mortgage
for all or part of the value of your current home, you may be
able to pay for your property abroad outright. Shop around for
a good deal, because if you can't keep up the mortgage payments,
your home in the UK could be repossessed.

Mortgage with a foreign bank. Banks in the country where you
are purchasing your property abroad will give you a mortgage.
If you are buying somewhere that's popular with overseas owners,
you will be able to find a bank or mortgage broker that can
speak English and talk you through the details. Alternatively,
a mortgage broker, like our mortgage expert, can act as an
intermediary between you and the bank to ensure that you have
the funds to buy your property abroad.

There are other finance options to help you buy your property
abroad. They include:

Equity release this is a finance arrangement with a bank or
other finance provider, where they release a certain percentage
of the value of your home in return for a mortgage over that
percentage of your home that has been released. The interest
rates on these types of loans can be higher than traditional
mortgage rates, but they do allow you to release a capital
amount that could be enough to buy your property abroad.

Joint ownership buying your property abroad with friends or
family means that you get the property you want with less capital
outlay. If you buy your property this way, you will have to set
down in clear legal terms who owns how much of the property, and
have something in place that covers you if the other party wants
to sell their share.

Use your pension if you are in a position to use the tax-
free lump sum portion of your pension then this could be a way
to finance the purchase of your property abroad. Make sure that
you know exactly how much you're entitled to cash in, and check
the rules of your scheme before you commit to paying for your

Savings if you have enough savings built up to finance your
property abroad, then use them. Be aware though, that there is
no guarantee that the price of your property will rise, and that
you or your heirs will get the same amount of money back when
the property is re-sold.

Article written By HolidayHomeNow.

About the Author
certified financial planner (CFP) WA
financial advisor WA

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