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Applying for an Overseas Mortgage - Some FAQ's

By Michelle Thomas - Thu 14th Jan 2010

Why choose a broker?


As independent mortgage brokers, we have access to every UK mortgage lender and a wide range of overseas lenders, many of which have specialist schemes and special deals.

We can provide guidance on the legal and technical aspects of property purchases in Spain; review and discuss all of the financial options available to you to ensure that you are fully informed when making such a financial commitment.

How much can I borrow?


There are considerable differences between lending abroad and raising finance in the UK. Whilst the UK system applies income multiples (i.e. 3 x your gross income) the European view is based on your ability to repay the loan. Most European banks lend on the basis that your total monthly repayments (capital and interest) should not exceed 35% of your net monthly disposable income.

Many clients find that they cannot match up to the strict Spanish lending criteria. Due to our flexibility we are often able to help our clients with this issue and if you need any assistance please do not hesitate to contact us.

Generally, we can arrange a Spanish mortgage up to a maximum of 70% of the lower of the value or purchase price of the property.

How much will it cost me?


As a general guide, the cost associated with a purchase of a previously occupied property equates to approximately 10% of its value. The cost associated with New Build property is approximately 12.5%.

Our systems can calculate the cost more accurately by using information on the property value and mortgage required. Please feel free to contact us for further details.

How long will it take?


Each individual case is different. However as a general guide, the time from mortgage application to the funds arriving to you typically range from seven to eight weeks.

Obtaining a mortgage quotation, subject to the lender's approval, that you know is affordable before looking at properties will save you time, money and frustration. This will help to eliminate costly delays, the potential for losing your property, your cash deposit and gazumping.

What supporting documents are required with a mortgage application?


As a basic guideline the following documents are needed in order to verify your income:

A copy of your last P60

Copies of your last 3 payslips

A copy of your Inland Revenue Tax Calculation if you have one

However, If you are self-employed you will need:

Copies of the last three years' annual accounts

Copies of the last three years' Income Tax Calculations issued by the Inland Revenue

Copies of the last six months bank statements.

This is not an exhaustive list and additional documents may be required. For more detailed advice please contact us via the link to our dedicated page on above.

Comment on this Blog

Could you tell me my wife and my position in this at the moment hypothetical situation. We are both on early retiremeny with a joint net pension of ?20k. We could probably put down a 75% deposit on a property up to 175k. What kind of conditions and requirements could we expect from the Spain. Thanks
E Savage - Fri, 7th Apr 2017