Overseas mortgages

Buying property overseas is extremely popular with British purchasers, both closer to home in France, Spain and Italy, to places further afield such as parts of the US, particularly Florida.

Buying overseas is a very different proposition to buying at home, and you need to make a host of decisions, from what currency you want your mortgage denominated in to whether to use a UK lender or a bank in the country where you are buying.

The advice on buying overseas varies from country to country, so it can be worth speaking to a specialist overseas mortgage broker beforehand.

Click here for top tips on buying in France.

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UK exchange rate boosts continental property market

Excellent buying conditions, led by a strong pound, are drawing British buyers back to the overseas property market.


Expat tax threat could net govt £400m

Hundreds of thousands of expats who raise an income in the UK could lose their right to use the personal allowance.

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France and Spain favourites for overseas buyers

France and Spain remain firm favourites for those looking to buy a place in the sun, according to the latest Property Hotpots Report from HiFX.


British victims of Cyprus mortgage misselling compensated

Numerous claims brought by UK victims of alleged property and mortgage misselling in Cyprus have been settled.

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British buyers benefit as Euro interest rates fall

A cut in the European Central Bank (ECB)interest rate to 0.15% offers a positive environment for Brits buying homes overseas.

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Clock ticking on France's tax discount for second homeowners

Britons looking to sell a second home in France are being urged to ramp up their efforts to find a buyer, in order to benefit from a reduction in capital gains tax (CGT) that comes to an end in August.


Turkey property values up by 12.5%

The average price of residential property in Turkey has soared in the past 12 months thanks in the main to overseas demand.

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EU passes Mortgage Credit Directive

EU lawmakers have adopted the EU Mortgage Credit Directive after years of negotiations.


Juicy pickings for UK buyers in Florida

Florida holds sweet offerings for UK property buyers, thanks to exchange and mortgage rate movements.


New CGT rules for foreign home sellers

Capital Gains Tax for non-resident overseas property investors will be introduced in April 2015.


Castle Trust launches overseas mortgage

Castle Trust is offering a mortgage to borrowers with at least 40% equity in their UK home to buy abroad.

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Mayor asked to back higher Stamp Duty for foreigners

An MP has called on Boris Johnson to support charging non-EU citizens higher Stamp Duty on London properties.


18% look to buy overseas property

Nearly one in five Britons would consider buying a holiday or retirement home abroad in the next five years.

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43% leap in sale of Spanish property to overseas buyers

Non-resident foreigners bought 43% more Spanish homes in the second quarter of 2013 than the same time in 2012.

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Top tips for buying overseas property

10 suggestions for making a successful property purchase abroad when moving or retiring abroad.

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