Five Reasons Why Brexit has Triggered 50% Surge in Overseas Mortgage Enquiries Five Reasons Why Brexit has Triggered 50% Surge in Overseas Mortgage Enquiries

Why Brexit has Triggered 50% Surge in Overseas Mortgage Enquiries

Mortgage enquiries from British expats and overseas buyers are up 50 per cent since the Brexit decision, according to deVere Mortgages.

deVere Mortgages, part of deVere Group, specialises in UK mortgages for expats and overseas buyers, primarily from the Middle East, Europe and Far East.

Mike Coady, managing director of deVere Mortgages, says that the significant surge in demand is due to the referendum vote to leave the EU and is primarily down to five key motivators.

Coady said: “First, UK property has long been – and remains – highly in demand by those who reside overseas.  This is because of the ongoing fundamental strengths of British residential property investments.

“But many potential purchasers had been putting off enquiring about mortgages and waiting for the referendum result to see how the land lies. Now we have the outcome, a high proportion of these have swung into action.

“Second, there are some signs that the rate of underlying house prices continues to cool off in many parts of the country. This began before the referendum.  Clearly, this is an attractive trend for buyers.

“Third, the pound has plummeted since the Brexit vote’s decision was announced.   It is down approximately 11.5 per cent against the dollar and 10.5 per cent against the euro.  As such, those buying in the UK with their local foreign currency are finding more value than before.

“Fourth, similarly, those raising a deposit in their local foreign currency are finding it easier to do so due to the Brexit-battered pound.

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“And fifth, it is our experience that some UK sellers are more nervous since the shock result.  With this in mind, some are willing to take lower offers from potential buyers than they were previously, especially overseas buyers who tend not to be part of a chain.”

Coady continued: “The vast majority of the enquiries we have had since 24 June are from expats and nationals from the UAE, Qatar and other parts of the Middle East.

“Typically, expats are flagged-up as ‘high risk’ by UK lenders, even if they have a substantial and secure salary. For this reason, most expats understand that they need to use the services of a specialist broker.”

deVere Mortgages works with UK-based and international mortgage lenders offering clients products to suit their individual requirements.  The broker also provides buy-to-let loans, remortgaging, equity release and can help with tax efficiency from rental incomes.

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