Buying in: Paris 8ème
Property price: €520,000
Mortgage amount: €370,000
Mortgage type: Repayment
Mortgage term: 20 years
Interest rate: 1.35% fixed
Some banks, especially in the region of Paris, can be reluctant to work with non-residents.
They require the clients to have some history with France and a plan to live in France on the short-term. Basically, they have no issue financing a main residence but become hesitant for holiday home or investment properties. It is a shame as some banks have wonderful terms that could just create a whole new dimension on the Parisian property / finance market.
The client, a French entrepreneur who lives in the UK, was buying the last 2 floors of a Haussmann building to convert them into a duplex loft. The project was ambitious.
We were looking for the best rate possible at a high loan to value.
We have several contacts in Paris who could lend to our client with fixed rates ranging from 2% to 2.4% over 20 years. However, we found one who could offer 1.35% fixed for 20 years but solely to French nationals. We played the card that our client, though now living in the UK, was born and bred in France, that part of his business was made in France, that he already owned a couple of properties in France and last but not least, his father and grandfather each have had successful businesses in France. One could say that we provided the family tree, but guess what… it worked!
Having kept in touch with our client, he now informed us that he is selling the flat for 640,000 €. That is almost a 25% profit investment in less than 2 years. Well done sir!