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Good news for expat UK house buyers, as expat mortgage rates start to ease

The successive and rapid series of UK Base Rate rises implemented by the Bank of England  are starting to take effect on the UK economy, cooling the labour market and easing inflationary pressures, according to the Bank of England’s chief economist, Huw Pill, commenting after the last UK Base Rate

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Falling house prices, high mortgage rates – should UK expats buy a house now?

With UK Base Rate currently at 5% (July 2023) and house prices apparently falling in the UK, is now a good time to invest in a buy to let UK mortgage, if you are an expat? First the facts – house prices are falling, if only relatively, but it also

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The 5 cheapest cities for first-time buyers

(Source: Rightmove.co.uk) During the pandemic, lots of home movers looking to coastal towns and countryside villages, in search of more green spaces and a slower paced lifestyle. But recently, this trend has reversed and property portal Rightmove has seen a big shift in home-movers looking to return to cities. If

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Why getting a mortgage in France is now so much easier for buyers from the USA than the UK

US resident buyers of property in France now have easier access to French euro mortgages that UK residents. It’s hard to imagine that just a few years ago, BNP, a French bank, used to regularly report that UK buyers were one of the largest groups of overseas buyers of property

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Green shoots appearing in UK property market, good news for expat house buyers

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), whose members carry out property surveys and valuations for mortgage banks and building societies, are reporting fewer house price falls in March, with an expectation that prices may start to rise in the next 12 months. RICS surveys are an important forward looking

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UK Housing asking prices see smallest February increase on record

We reproduce an edited copy of a thoughtful report from Rightmove this month which will be of interest to many expat house buyers Asking prices see smallest February increase on record We’re heading into the busiest season of the year for home-movers. More people start their search for a new

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Optimistic signs in expat buy to let market as mortgages rates fall and prices stabilise

The UK buy to let housing market may have turned an important corner with major lenders announcing lower rates for expat buy to let mortgages and two property portals, Zoopla and Rightmove,  announcing that the supply of houses put on the market had increased by 5.9% in January and asking

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Expat UK property investing: Three positive signs, thinks broker

Three positive signs for UK Property Investing – 2022 Set against the background of sterling’s relative collapse and the news of rising UK Base Rates, it might seem hard to see an upside to being a UK mortgage investor, but expat mortgage broker Offshoreonline sees reasons to be cheerful. “Since

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Expat buy to let market still strong after two rate rises, says broker

Expat buy to let house purchase and remortgage enquiries are continuing at the high levels seen late last year, despite two increases in UK Base Rate this year, according to specialist expat mortgage brokers, Offshoreonline. Offshoreonline’s Guy Stephenson comments, “Last year we saw several factors impacting the market. Covid obviously

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Recovery and strength in the UK housing market for 2022?

2022 was welcomed with a surge in interest, as UK homeowners listed their houses for sale, creating a healthy and strong foundation for the 2022 mortgage market. According to Rightmove, the 30th of December 2021 was one of the most popular days for prospective sellers seeking house valuations. Traffic on

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