Since the beginning of the year we have had a large volume of investors buying leaseback properties all over France. Whilst interest only products for these sorts of purchases have been popular in the past, many investors are now choosing repayment products for their leaseback properties as current rates are so low.
One of the attractions of taking out a French repayment mortgage is that the monthly payments on these mortgages are usually capped in some way, giving security. Whilst 25 year fixed rates are available at about 4.5%, variable rates are 2.4% for this duration, making the headline numbers for investments with 4% yield look very manageable.
For example one of our partners has a leaseback with a household name management company where a 5% deposit will get you a property of €300,000 on a repayment basis over 30 years with a monthly payment after rental income is taken into consideration of less that €100 per month. This payment will remain more or less fixed as both the rental income and the monthly payment increase by the rate of inflation.
If you put your deposit and €100 into a savings account you would need an average rate of return in excess of 10% per year to get close to the a rate of growth in the value of the property at 2.5%. Interesting eh?