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EU Property Solutions offer professional assistance and advice in all areas of European property in particular, Spain. We can help provide strategies and solutions to solve problematic property issues, negotiate with lenders on debts, help reclaim lost deposits on unfinished developments and help with repossessions and mortgage arrears across Europe. We have offices in London, Belfast and Spain.

Can overseas property debt affect my chances of buying a property back home?
18 June 2018

A frequently asked question is whether an overseas property debt issue can affect your ability to buy property in the United Kingdom or your home country. There are circumstances in which it might.

The first thing to bear in mind is that it’s always a good idea to cooperate with your lender when you find yourself in distress. Many borrowers believe that their only option is to surrender their keys to the Bank and walk away from their overseas property in the hope that there will be no repercussions at home. You could call this the ostrich move, and it’s not recommended, as there are often other options.

In our experience, Spanish lenders have been known to place interim charging orders on uncooperative overseas borrowers. If you hope one day to sell your property to fund another purchase, your Spanish lender will have to be paid back first, with interest and charges. That could limit your budget in the UK.

We have also noticed a new type of issue for overseas borrowers. If you have borrowed in the UK to buy a property in Spain, then your mortgage is under the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom. We know of instances where borrowers have defaulted on mortgages taken out in the UK, which has allowed the lender to get the default recorded with the credit agencies on the borrower’s credit file, rather than going through lengthy Spanish Court Processes to achieve a judgment. It is unlikely that any lender will offer a mortgage to a borrower with a default on their credit report, so this can prove disastrous to those who need a mortgage to buy in the UK.

Cooperating with your lender is always recommended.

See the below graphic for the Do’s and Don’ts of overseas borrowing:


 

 



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The Do’s and Don’ts of dealing with overseas debt
06 June 2018

 

It is important to understand the correct way to deal with overseas creditors.

Unfortunately, there are many stories of borrowers acting in a way that jeopardises potential settlements and their home assets or income.

Below are the Do’s and Don’ts of dealing with overseas debt.

What to do: –

  1. 1. Liaise amicably with your lender. You will find that many lenders will work with you to find a solution to your debt issues. Many Banks have a commercial decision to make in a lot of overseas debt cases and will look to minimise their losses. If you act amicably and provide the Bank with their requests, in terms of information, you can typically come to an agreeable solution.
  2. 2. Appoint an intermediary. Intermediaries understand lender processes and attitudes and the requirements to achieve settlements. Furthermore, given that debt is such an emotive subject with borrowers claiming mis-selling and lenders believing borrowers aren’t repaying their debts an intermediary can remove the emotion and seek a clear outcome.
  3. 3. Be honest and transparent with your lender. Despite being overseas numerous Banks can locate information regarding your financial circumstances through legal and land registry searches. It is essential you are honest and upfront with your lender. Hiding assets and income will come back to haunt you, and, will have an impact on your reputability.
  4. 4. Be Patient. Any Bank offering debt forgiveness is writing down potentially tens of thousands of euros on their loan book. Of course, a decision like this will take time. Be patient to get the result you want.

 

What not to do: –

  1. 1. Putting your head in the sand and ignoring the bank. We cannot stress the importance of refraining from this. Ignoring the bank will cause friction from the outset and jeopardise your home assets and income. Ignoring the Bank will ultimately see the property go through repossession and you will be pursued at home for the outstanding debt balance should the property value not meet the outstanding mortgage balance.
  2. 2. Assuming the mortgage was mis-sold. Any legal claim regarding this will be lengthy, expensive and fruitless. It would be more cost effective to liaise with the lender to gain an amicable settlement. It is key to understand there that many overseas courts are inundated with property claims.
  3. 3. Withholding your full financial circumstances. Overseas lenders can still seek information regarding your home assets and income. If you withhold information from the bank or lender, you may jeopardise any chance of debt forgiveness and put those assets at risk.
  4. 4. Being aggressive and impatient. If you are aggressive in your approach and push the bank too hard for a settlement it simply won’t work. Instead, you will rile the lender who will dig their heels in and be uncooperative regarding proposals.

 

If you are burdened by overseas property debt, please take the above on board. Our advice could prove fruitful in your quest to achieve a settlement and closure. As stated, it is in your best interests to appoint an experienced intermediary.



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