Euro mortgages entice overseas property investors
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by Gill Montia
Overseas mortgage specialist, Conti, is convinced that UK overseas property investors who took out euro-denominated mortgages earlier this year are already seeing the benefits.
Such a move would not only have allowed them to take advantage of cheap interest rates, but could potentially save significant sums of money if sterling appreciates against the euro over the next few years, as experts predict.
For example, an investor taking out a euro mortgage of €250,000 in February 2010 for a property in France, based on the exchange rate at that time of around €1.1 per £1, made a commitment of around £227,000 to pay off the loan.
The exchange rate has since improved to around €1.2 per £1, reducing the cost by £18,000 in just four months.
If the rise continues in favour of the pound to €1.3 over the next two years, the borrower would only have to find around £192,000 to repay the mortgage, reducing the cost by £35,000 in sterling terms, although mortgage costs and notaire fees need to be factored in.
Conti’s operations director, Clare Nessling, comments: “Even cash-rich buyers could consider taking out a euro mortgage until the exchange rate improves, at which point they can pay it back and ultimately reduce the price they pay for the property.”
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