I’m an expat with a UK mortgage on repayment, how difficult is it to switch it to interest only?
This is fairly easy and can be done usually pain free especially if the property is being rented out and you can prove a level of personal income wherever you reside.
Interest only lending is easier to source when the mortgage is for a property that is let out, because there are less regulations attached to landlord property in the UK.
However you need to be aware the balance of the mortgage wont reduce when you switch to Interest only and you will either need to make provision to pay the mortgage off at the term end or you can simply opt to sell the property to repay the mortgage.
There is also an option to overpay on the mortgage of around 10% of the total balance each year. Many lenders permit this for an Expat BTL mortgage. So in effect if you had a 10 year interest only mortgage and you paid a lump sum in each year of 10% you would have nearly paid off the balance by the term end penalty free.
Simon Murphy is an International Mortgage Broker who resides between Spain | Ireland | UK
Having been in finance for over 17 years & as a Qualified & FCA Regulated UK mortgage professional he can give expert mortgage advice to Expats Worldwide, UK residents & those considering buying abroad with a foreign currency mortgage.
Thanks for your help and dedication in securing my mortgage. Especially since Id changed my job role recently, without your intervention I may have lost the property! At last I’m packing boxes..
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