The following article is taken from Eye on Spain, www.eyeonspain.com

Getting The Best Euro Exchange Rate

CoinsBuying a property abroad is often the realisation of a personal dream and probably represents one of the greatest expenses of your life. As part of the purchase process, you will inevitably need to transfer a sterling sum into another currency in order to pay for your property. This vital element of the purchase process - one that is often overlooked - can make a huge difference to the price, in sterling, that you will have to pay for your dream home.

Exchange rates change constantly and 10% fluctuations in a relatively short space of time are not uncommon. This could effectively increase, by 10% or more, the sterling amount that you will have to pay.

There are various organisations that can convert your sterling into whichever currency you need. Specialist currency dealers will normally offer you a better rate of exchange than your bank and provide a more personalised service. Foreign exchange companies like Moneycorp often offer a proactive service to their clients, using their expertise to monitor exchange rates on the clients' behalf in order to achieve the best possible rate of exchange.

If you ask your bank to send the money you should expect them to charge you for doing so. The local bank may also make a substantial charge for receiving the money. A reputable currency trader may well be able to reduce those overseas charges substantially by sending the money via a cheaper route.

Your currency can be delivered any time within two years at an exchange rate fixed at the time of purchase. This is called 'forward buying' and it will help you secure an exchange rate at an advantageous level even if you do not have all your sterling available to transfer at the time of purchase. Forward buying removes the risk of adverse currency movements that could lead to the sterling value of your overseas property increasing between the time of signing and the contract and the actual payment.

EURO SAVINGS CASE STUDY

The savings you can make by using a foreign exchange specialist instead of your bank are considerable. For example, a couple wishing to purchase a property in Spain for 200,000 euros would have paid the sterling equivalent of £135,107 in December 2005. Three months later they would have paid £139,034 for the same property. By securing an exchange rate in advance, they would have made a saving of almost £4,000.

MONEYCORP BENEFITS

Eye on Spain approved companyMoneycorp can help you achieve the best exchange rates making your money go further. They can also offer a range of services that will help protect you against adverse currency fluctuations.

In addition, you can take advantage of the following benefits:

THE REGULAR PAYMENT PLAN

Moneycorp's Regular Payment Plan will be of great help to you if you have regular currency transfers to make. Such transfers might include overseas mortgage payments, pension payments or any other regular currency transaction.

The Regular Payment Plan offers you three simple payment options. Whichever you choose, you will always receive an excellent rate of exchange and enjoy the convenience of making payments by Direct Debit as opposed to arranging individual payments through your bank.

The Regular Payment Plan is flexible to suit your needs. Your regular payments will be paid to Moneycorp by Direct Debit. Moneycorp will then arrange for all currency transfers to be made to an account specified by you. Moneycorp will not debit your account more than 5 working days before the value date of your currency payment. Please note that the minimum monthly transfer amount is £250.

How much will it cost?

The only charge for this service is a £4 transfer fee for each transfer made on your contract.

Bank receipt charges are eliminated. Moneycorp guarantee that their clients will not pay any bank receipt charges when sending funds abroad. This guarantee applies regardless of the amount being transferred or to which bank.

CONTRACT OPTIONS

Spot Contracts

The purchase or sale of a currency for immediate delivery. Spot contracts can be very useful if you have an urgent requirement for currency, and are seeking competitive exchange rates with fast and efficient delivery.

Forward contracts

Fixing an exchange rate for the purchase or sale of currency for delivery at a later date (up to two years). This type of contract allows you to fix a rate even if you do not have all your Sterling available to transfer at the time of purchase. Forward buying also removes the risk of adverse currency movements that could lead to the Sterling value of your overseas property increasing between the time of signing the contract and making the actual payment.

Stop loss orders

Setting a minimum level at which required currencies are bought or sold. Stop loss orders effectively protect you from adverse currency movements by guaranteeing a minimum exchange rate.

Limit orders

Setting a level of exchange rate at which, if achieved in the markets, you will buy or sell required currencies.
 
Running a Stop Loss Order in parallel with a Limit Order means that you will effectively set upper and lower currency trading thresholds, making your currency transactions more predictable with rates guaranteed within a given range.

As flexibility is crucial, your order levels will be monitored constantly and levels will be amended appropriately, with your approval. Our expertise and market knowledge, coupled with extremely flexible market orders will allow you to manage your foreign exchange needs 24 hours a day.

FAQ

How do I purchase currency?

Once you have set up your trading facility with Moneycorp, you will be able to buy currency over the telephone.

How do I pay for my currency?

After booking an exchange rate with Moneycorp, you will need to transfer funds to their client account. The easiest and quickest way is by CHAPS or BACS. Bear in mind that any cheque will have to clear before funds can be sent. Once Moneycorp have received your cleared funds, they will transfer your currency to the account of your choice.

How can I find out current exchange rates?

The Interbank rate can readily be found on the Internet and on Ceefax. Moneycorp's website has live currency charts and you can also view historical exchange rates. Although a useful guide to current market levels, do bear in mind that unless you are trading millions of pounds on a regular basis, you will not receive the Interbank rate for your own transaction! For a live quote on the amount you are looking to exchange, it is best to call Moneycorp.

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Comments:

CommentDateUser
good article with helpfull information04/07/2007 13:11:00brandyone
We have used Moneycorp on various occasions and will be doing so again in the future. They were professional, quick, informative and hassle free. Being a total novice they guided us through each transaction and the best bit was everything happened on exactly the date the said it would. Excellent peace of mind. We would recommend them.05/01/2008 12:07:00Jock & Elaine
My wife and I have recently sold one of our Spanish properties. After speaking with our agent who recommended a couple of currency companies we decided to use HIFX. They gave us a fabulous rate and cleared our personal cheque in 5 days. There were no charges and it was hassle free. We were also impressed as they couriered our cheque for free to their bank in Madrid. We worked out that they saved us 2600 euros in comparison with the other currency outlets and would recommend them to anyone buying or selling a property in Spain. Edward Davey.17/01/2008 16:23:00Ted 2
I was recommended a few brokers but World First were the company that gave me the best rates along with a friendly and hassle free service. World First's rates are consistantly unbeatable and I would recommend them to other people wanting to transfer funds to Spain. 28/10/2008 10:52:00Hannah Jessop