Some of the financial options below will need to be considered when planning your investment strategy for a property in Spain. Financing your Spanish property investment could be in the form of your own cash resources or, more commonly, a mortgage or equity release scheme. Spain has a well established mortgage market for non-residents with all banking products that you would expect back home.
We will gladly point you in the right direction of Spanish financial institutions that will finance your investment. We have access to mortgages from over 30 Spanish and offshore banks, while the final choice depends solely on your circumstances.
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Spanish banks base their lending decision upon your net monthly income. Pay slips, tax returns and/or details on current accounts are all required as verification of income amounts. They will often also require the following documentation depending on your circumstances:
We can help you obtain a loan of up to 50% of the valuation of your Spanish investment, with a minimum amount of proof of income. Initially, lenders require a bank reference letter, a copy of your passport and a signed self-declaration.
It may be possible to raise 100% finance, depending on the valuation of your property. Such financing is normally more available for off-plan property investment as during the period between agreeing the purchase price and the completion date, the value of the property will normally have risen. Some banks will base funding on this final valuation and it may mean that 100% of the purchase price can be raised.
You can now raise funds for both the land and building work. As long as you have all the relevant building licenses, permission and architect’s plans, the lender will advance payment in stages as the building work progresses. During this time, you will pay only the interest due on the loan.
You can re-mortgage provided you only have a small mortgage outstanding. However, remember that as you will be creating a new mortgage, costs for both cancellation of your existing mortgage and the setting up of the new mortgage will higher than you are accustomed to in the UK (normally around 4% of valuation).
A mortgage in Spain can only be set up once the property has been completed and registered with the local land registry office. You cannot, therefore, raise the amount for the deposit, at the initial stage, through a loan on that property. Normally, investors raise this deposit either by cash they already have or by releasing equity on existing property they own in the UK. However, as the loan on completion can be based on the final valuation of the property, some of this cost may be recouped upon completion.
In theory, you can take out a mortgage on a property held by an S.L. Spanish company, an offshore company or a UK company. However, this process is more complicated than doing it in an individual name.
Based on our experience of Spanish lenders and the mortgage application process, you will normally get a verbal indication within one to three days of whether your application is likely to be successful. This is subject to receiving the full application, required documentation and a valuation. Once all the paperwork is sent to the bank the full process should take approximately four to six weeks.
This is a detailed list of all the costs involved in your purchase and you should receive a detailed breakdown and explanation from your legal adviser before you go to the Notary. This list includes the following:
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Put simply, equity release is a way of releasing some cash from the home without having to sell up and move house.
If you are in your mid-50s or older and own your own home, you may be able to get a cash lump sum, a regular income, or both, by using an equity release scheme based on the value of your property. These schemes can be helpful in certain circumstances to raise money for a mortgage to finance your Spanish property investment.
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Not everybody falls into a category and some investors will need to raise finance in an alternative fashion to equity release or mortgage options. There are other borrowing facilities available to investors of Spanish property.
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