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International mortgages

International mortgage guide

A mortgage is a sum of money borrowed from a bank or building society for the purchase of property. It is paid back over an agreed period of time - 25 years is the usual period.

Taking out a mortgage on an overseas property is similar in many ways to a mortgage you would take out when purchasing property in the UK.

However, there may be different taxation levels, fees or restrictions to consider when purchasing abroad.

Browse our guides on buying a home in Spain and South Africa, and information on mortgages in AustraliaCanada, the CaribbeanCyprusFranceGreeceIrelandItalyMalta,PolandPortugal and the USA.

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New International Guides

Check out our new international mortgage guides for the Canary Islands and property hotspot Cape Verde, and whilst dreaming of an island retreat, please read our International Island Mortgages guide.

The holiday home guides for the Caribbean (including a breakdown of each of the Caribbean Islands) and Spain have also been updated for 2009.

New guides have also been added for Gibraltar, Holland, Israel and New Zealand.

For more information, please fill in our quick enquiry form, or find out more from the pages below:

There are many different ways you can take out a mortgage when purchasing abroad. These include (but are not restricted to):

The types of mortgage you will be offered will vary from country to country, however there are two main types:

Taking out a mortgage in another country has a range of additional costs to consider, together with numerous advantages. Please visit our costs benefits page for more details.

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