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Renting Abroad: How To Choose The Best Option

There are so many decisions to make and things to plan when you’re moving abroad, so we’re here to make at least one of those things easier for you – choosing somewhere to rent. It can be difficult enough renting in your own country, so throw different customs and languages into the mix and you’ve g ...

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Purchasing Property In Spain – A Tax Guide

Are you thinking of purchasing property in Spain? Your tax situation will be different depending on whether or not you are considered to be tax resident in Spain. This technical article looks in some detail at the different taxes which may apply to you, depending on how your purchase is structured. This article was written exclusively for Expat Network by B LAW & TAX, International Tax & L ...

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Buy-To-Let Mortgages For Expats In The UK

Buy-to-let mortgages for expats are available to help you invest in the UK property market and there are various options for obtaining a loan. There are additional challenges for expats beyond those faced by domestic borrowers. Buy-to-Let (BTL) Mortgages Buy-to-let (BTL) mortgages facilitate the purchase and remortgage of residential property in the UK for the purpose of letting to a private tenan ...

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Expat UK Mortgages Made Easy

The impact of the Brexit referendum has made investing in UK property for British expatriates an attractive prospect. Yet the practicalities of doing so can be a little more tricky. With increased regulations around lending and changes to lending practices, many lenders have withdrawn from the market, leaving expatriates struggling to find ways to invest in UK buy-to-let properties. This article h ...

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Financing The Purchase Of A Property Abroad

Financing is of course a key thing to consider when you are looking to purchase a property abroad. If you are unable to purchase the property from your own funds you will need to identify options to obtain a mortgage. There are basically three options: 1. Remortgage your home – This can be the easiest option if you have sufficient equity in your home. However, the repayments will need to be ...

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Expats Investing In New Areas In UK Property Market

There is mounting evidence that expats are taking advantage of the weakness of the pound to invest in the UK market and that increasingly they are investing outside London and the South East. New research from Liquid Expat Mortgages indicates that there has been a 20% year on year increase in expats and foreign nationals within UAE investing in UK property. The investment are in buy-to-lets and fi ...

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Are You A UK Non-Resident Landlord? There’s Tax To Pay

Expats who rent out their UK property must register with the taxman’s non-resident landlord scheme, says Iain Yule. If you have rental property in the UK but your usual home is outside the UK, your tenants or the letting agents you use will need to operate the non-resident landlord (NRL) scheme. They need to deduct basic rate tax from rental income before they pass it on to you. You can set this t ...

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New Mortgage Range For British Expats

Offshore bank Skipton International has launched a new range of mortgages for British expats. The Guernsey-based bank is offering two new fixed rates For borrowers looking for a remortgage of £300,000 or more, the rate is fixed at 3.99% for five years. Smaller loans between £100,000 and £300,000 come with the higher rate of 4.49% again fixed for five years. Application fees are £999, including a v ...

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UK House Prices, Currencies And The Brexit Factor

As the Brexit trigger was pulled, the reaction of many British expats was to stay on the sidelines, avoid committing to any major new purchases and take the view they wanted to ‘see what would happen to UK house prices’. According to expat mortgage brokers Offshoreonline, however, an equal if not larger number of investors took the view that with sterling sliding up to 15% against the US dollar an ...

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British Expats Find Mortgages For UK Property Elusive

British expats have to look longer and harder to find affordable deals for UK house buying. Problems encountered by expats include having to find much larger deposits than UK-based customers, and higher interest rates and arrangement fees. These come on top of the usual hassles of finding and conveyancing a property purchase from a distance. Lenders may levy early-repayment penalties for expats ...

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