Latest transaction: €390,000 property in the Var
Buying in: Cotignac, Var
Property price: €390,000
Mortgage amount: €331,500
Mortgage type: Repayment
Mortgage term: 20 years
Interest rate: 2.40% fixed
A couple from London was looking to buy a property in the South of France as a holiday retreat for the whole family. They had previously missed out on several properties as they were not able to secure a mortgage quickly enough, or they had lost out to cash buyers.
Eventually, they found a property in the small village of Cotignac. Although it was a little further away from the sea than they had originally anticipated, the property was still within an hour’s drive of the international airport at Marseille – as well as the beaches of Sainte Maxime and Saint Tropez.
The clients wanted to put down the smallest deposit they could, and also wanted to be sure that the mortgage would be fully paid off by the end of the term. They were keen on securing a mortgage as fast as possible – ideally before the school holidays.
French Private Finance (FPF) initially investigated the possibility of a 25-year repayment mortgage. However, upon analysing the couple’s situation more closely, FPF recommended that the client reduce the duration to 20 years. Although the monthly instalments increased, the clients would ultimately save a considerable amount of interest over the duration of the mortgage.
French Private Finance were able to do several things to ease the couple through the purchase, including helping them open a French bank account without them having to fly over to France. FPF were also able to help them find an alternative to the traditional way that French lenders operate. The banks usually require separate life insurance cover to be taken out with them or an approved partner, but in this case FPF used a UK-based insurance broker – and without the need for the couple to have to undergo medical examinations, a solution that was accepted by the lender. Another plus: UK insurance premiums are generally lower than in France.