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Reduce Your Mortgage?

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Posted on October 22, 2010 @ 2:32 pm
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Are you a British ex-pat with a Spanish mortgage? If you are then you may be wondering, like so many people, whether it’s possible to do anything about it. Tina and Glynis asked themselves the same question and the answer they found was surprising. What many people don’t know is that under EU law the Spanish and EU foreigners have to be treated the same.

But it seems that legal teams have discovered the Spanish banks may be charging foreign nationals over and above the rate the Spanish themselves pay for their mortgages.

Whilst mortgage rates were lower than in the UK for a good many years, British buyers felt they were getting a good deal and signed up without asking too many questions. Add to this the pressure from sales agents to get the whole transaction done before you get back on the plane and you end up with thousands of people stuck in expensive mortgage deals and unaware they can do something about it.

Earlier this year we went to our bank to ask why, when interest rates had plummetted, we were still paying the same amount each month. We can help you lower your mortgage payment,they said, and within 10 minutes we had a new repayment plan which cut our monthly repayments almost in half fixed for 3 years and within a week we had been to the notary and done the deal. There was a catch however, they had deferred 40% of the amount outstanding for those 3 years so after that time we are back to square one. Friends of ours also recently gained temporary respite from high repayments by re-negotiating their mortgage to interest-only fixed for 2 years.

Recently we met Simon, he pointed out that whilst we and our friends thought we had got a better deal, we were still paying 1.25% over base rate whereas the Spanish pay 0.5%. As Spain is an EU country this amounts to discrimination. Over time this makes a huge difference. The same could apply to your mortgage interest rate. Isn’t it time you found out?

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