Buy-to-let proves popular with expat investors

Buy-to-let proves popular with expat investors

British expats keen to keep a foothold in the UK property market have more opportunities to invest, after we made important changes to our buy-to-let product range.

As a leading buy-to-let mortgage lender, we have changed our rates for expats and those without permanent rights to live in the UK.

We’ve found that, despite recent changes, buy-to-let remains a strong option for investors from Britain – and increasingly from overseas.

The move is in line with our philosophy of common sense lending and comes in response to market demand.

Interestingly, we are seeing a rise in applications from expats, with some seeing Brexit as an opportunity for investment.

A fall in the value of the pound last autumn allowed even more people to use their foreign savings to buy UK property, whether buying at auction or through traditional channels. Investors can benefit from long-term capital gains, while paying their mortgage through rents collected in the local currency.


And the broad trend seems to be continuing. Industry research published in January, revealed a 46 per cent increase in applications from clients around the world.  

The most popular area for UK buy-to-let investment was from Hong Kong, where applications from expats more than doubled in the first month of the year, according to the findings.

We believe this, as well as other enhancements to our product rages; will help us to continue to expand our buy-to-let business in 2017, in line with our ambitious company growth strategies.

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Tony Gimple
Tony Gimple 09 Dec 2017

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Evelyn Attwood
Evelyn Attwood 01 Dec 2017

It's normal. If you plan to buy a house in one of the most beautiful spots in the country you should pay a high price.

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Evelyn Attwood
Evelyn Attwood 01 Dec 2017

I think that the situation will be the same at December.

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richardrawlings 01 Nov 2017

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Kelvin Lloyd
Kelvin Lloyd 09 Oct 2017

IT is up, to the Planners. If they will only give permission for bungalows on certain (suitable) sites, they will be built.

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maggie swift
maggie swift 09 Oct 2017

It's just the beginning of the shocking rise.

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maggie swift
maggie swift 09 Oct 2017

I have recently read that the bungalows can provide social housing for elderly residents in London.

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zoe glover 05 Oct 2017

Update! Worst company I have ever dealt with. Undervalued a Cambridge property by over 100k, wont take on any evidence of valuation including a RICS valuation done 3 years ago for the very same value...

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Paul Edwards
Paul Edwards 27 Sep 2017

Its nonsense articles such as this that make it harder to get clients to realise just how difficult the market is out there. When you see Rightmove and there are more 'price reduced' then 'new' most days...

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Tom Allen
Tom Allen 20 Sep 2017

Absolutely agree with you!

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A sharp correction would be a less dramatic expression to use. That is already underway in certain sectors in Reading where I practice as Chartered Surveyor

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