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Paragon extends buy-to-let range to include mortgages for holiday lets and expat landlords

Paragon extends buy-to-let range to include mortgages for expat landlords and holiday lets

  • Expat buy-to-let mortgages available for loan amounts up to £1 million
  • Holiday let mortgages available up to £500,000
  • Expat or holiday let mortgages available to individuals and limited company landlords for single, self-contained units

Paragon is today expanding its buy-to-let mortgage range to include mortgages for expat landlords with rental property in the UK and for UK holiday lets.

Mortgages for expat landlords are available at loan to value (LTV) ratios up to 70% for loan amounts up to a maximum of £750,000 and at LTVs up to 65% for loan amounts up to a maximum of £1 million. Mortgages for holiday lets are available up to a 70% LTV for loan amounts up to a maximum of £500,000.

All of Paragon’s new products are available via mortgage intermediaries for individual and limited company landlords with single, self-contained units.

Paragon’s expat mortgages can be used by landlords based in over 30 overseas countries to finance property in the UK. Landlords must hold a current UK passport, have held a UK bank account for at least three years and use a managing agent.

Paragon’s holiday let mortgages can be assessed on Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST) rental income or proven, historic holiday let income.

Expat landlords and holiday lets represent growing segments of the UK buy-to-let mortgage market.

Although the expat market is difficult to size, according to statistics from the United Nations1, there were 4.9 million UK-born emigrants in 2017. The majority of British expats are based in English speaking destinations, with 33% of the total heading to the southern hemisphere and 28% opting for North America. Just over one quarter (26%) of British expats live in the EU2, and growing numbers of expat landlords are also based in the Middle East and Singapore - areas with modest taxes and relatively high wages.

In terms of holiday lets, Visit Britain recorded a 6% increase in domestic overnight holiday trips to 59.1 million in 20173 and international holiday visits also increased 11% to 15.4 million4. Good summer weather and a weaker pound are expected to drive further growth in 2018.

John Heron, Managing Director of Mortgages at Paragon said:

We are really pleased with these product changes and hope that they will be received well by our intermediary partners. We have looked very carefully at the customer journey for expat buy-to-let landlords and have identified a number of areas where we think it can be simplified and improved. Similarly, with our holiday let criteria we are recognising how landlord strategies can change in the face of a more fluid rental market.

To find out more about Paragon’s expat or holiday let mortgages available and the countries that apply, see the criteria for expat mortgages or criteria for holiday let mortgages or ask your mortgage intermediary.

1 International Migrant Stock: The 2017 revision, United Nations
2 Living abroad: British residents living in the EU: April 2018, ONS, 16 April 2018
3 The GB Tourist 2017 Annual Report (Kantor RNS), visitbritain.org
4 International Passenger Survey, ONS, 20 July 2018

05 November 2018

Paragon Bank PLC is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Registered in England number 05390593. Registered office 51 Homer Road, Solihull, West Midlands B91 3QJ. Paragon Bank PLC is registered on the Financial Services Register under the firm reference number 604551