66 and live in France. Can we get a mortgage on a second property in the UK?

Posted on 18 June 2013 by Graham

My wife and I are both retired and have a combined total pension of £27250. We live in France and do not intend to sell our home here. However we now need a property in England and have bought a flat for £107,500. If absolutely necessary we could pay cash but would prefer to conserve some capital by taking out a mortgage of £50k over, say, 7 years. We are both 66 and enjoy good health. Do we qualify for a mortgage? Thanks


From your email I understand that your main residence is in France and you have agreed to purchase in effect 'a second home' in England.

The majority of lenders would have been able to help if your intention was to return to the UK permanently, however as this is not the case, they will have to assess the case taking into consideration the expenses on both properties in the UK in France and the cost of living on both sides of the English Channel.

While you may find that if this was your main and only residence in the UK, lending of £50,000 can be given consideration based on your income, the non-residency status will restrict the available options significantly.

However, without sounding too negative, it is worth exploring your holistic financial situation and assess what other assets, if any, are available on the background; your existing financial links with UK banking institutions etc.

If you'd like to speak to one of our consultants about your enquiry, then please let me know and I'll arrange a suitable time for one of them to contact you.




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