Getting a Mortgage in Spain
– The Facts
Without doubt the most popular overseas destination for UK property Buyers is Spain. With sun, sea and sand, the lure of Spain is just too great for many British to resist and every year many take the plunge and buy a property there. But things are done a lot differently in Spain; here’s our simple Guide:
How much can I borrow?
Short answer: not as much as you once could! The same Spanish property crash that may have led you seduced you with bargain prices has also had the effect of reducing what banks can/will lend. Typically the maximum you can borrow is only 70% and if you’re remortgaging it drops to only 60%!
What are the Rates?
Like the UK there is a wide variety of mortgages you can get so the rates vary, typically though they are from 3.5-5.5% depending on your circumstances. Contact us for a more precise quote unique to you.
Are there any income requirements?
Spanish banks also have affordability criteria based on income. Normally your total monthly debt repayments (inculding your UK mortgage and any other personal loans you have as well as the mortgage you are applying for) cannot exceed 35% of your net income, however there are some banks though that can stretch this to 40%.
What else do I need to know about Spanish mortgages?
The minimum you can borrow is €30,000, the normal term is 25 years (like in the UK) and maximum age restrictions are usually 75.
What is the legal process like?
If you’re moving to Spain for the relaxed pace of life, get ready for it to start here! Time frames are notorious for slipping so be patient. This does however give you time to let the Sangria clear from your head and allow you make sure the purchase is what you really want to do. You’ll be asked to commit to a Private Purchase Contract but do not do so until you are sure your finances are in place – of course, you can talk to us about your Spanish mortgage – and make sure you check your tax position with a UK tax adviser. We also recommend you use a lawyer independent from your Sales Agent. Again, we can offer a list here.
Any other advice?
Here is a checklist of questions to ask prospective lawyers in Spain before appointing one to work on your behalf:
Is the full square meterage of my purchase fully and legally registered?
Are building licences and first licences of occupancy in place?
Is the 10 year Building warranty in place (for properties under 10 years old)
Is the land it sits in registered as “rustic” or “urbanized” and what are the possible implications of buying on rustic land?
Am I buying direct or is my purchase a “cessation of contact”? If so, what are the implications?
Will this purchase have any Under Declaration (minimum possible is better for you)
What are the costs including the Standard legal and tax costs (instruct them to follow Spanish law in relation to IBI, Plus Valia and any existing Spanish mortgage redemption charges as these should be paid by the Vendor, not you)
What Capital Gains, Inheritance and Wealth tax will I be liable for?
What deposit do I have to pay and when does it become non-refundable?
What will you charge me and what other disbursements will be payable?
Is your firm working solely ion behalf on my behalf as the Buyer (In Spain a lawyer can work for both the Buyer and the Seller!)
Like all property purchases, you need to be organized and have good Advisers. We can help you with these issues and keep your Spanish dream from becoming a nightmare so do fill in the form and we’ll be in touch.
Overseas Mortgage are not regulated by the Financial Services Authority, nor are they protected by the Financial Ombudsman Service or Financial Services Compensation Scheme. They may not be covered by the home regulator of the country concerned either, so you should consider the risks carefully.