Latest transaction: €164,800 Loan for a property in Salies de Bearn.

Posted on 26 Jul 2019 in Transactions
Latest transaction: €164,800 Loan for a property in Salies de Bearn.

Buying in: Salies de Bearn, Pyrénées-Atlantiques
Property price:
 €204,785
Mortgage amount: €164,800
Mortgage type: Repayment
Mortgage term: 20 years
Interest rate: 2.00% fixed
Loan-to-value: 80%

The context

A Spanish-British couple wanted to purchase a holiday home close to the popular and historic city center.

Seaside resort of Biarritz in the SW of France, a few miles from the Spanish border. They had struggled to obtain a mortgage because they were currently living in the USA where, despite being on temporary expat contracts, the US Revenue and Customs required them to fill in tax forms on their global assets. This created a number of reporting issues for several European lenders that they applied to, and the couple were soon snowed under with paperwork. Because of these complications, the number of banks left that the couple could still try and get a mortgage from was greatly reduced. 

Our approach

French Private Finance (FPF) was required to provide both UK and US tax returns to the lender – US tax returns being a lot more comprehensive than their UK counterparts. The bank was aware of the complex US Federal and State tax system, and were able to pick up the key elements in order to put the application through the bank’s compliance department.

Upon receiving the signed compromis de vente, it transpired that the property needed some small but urgent works. The lender agreed to finance these; however, they asked for a quote from a local contractor. In order to facilitate this, French Private Finance used their local knowledge to source several quotes, which proved satisfactory to the lender. 

Lastly, the clients needed to take out a life insurance policy, which is a requirement for most banks in France when taking out a mortgage. FPF used a specialist French insurance broker for this, because not all insurance companies in France are able to insure US residents. 

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