/ Foreign investor, properties in Poland, walk away from mortgages?
I must confess that I was really interested about the topic, as I am a foreigner too, but in my case I chose to live in Poland and I'm not speculating. I decided to ask for a loan and, first, the banks were not so friendly when I ask for it. I have European passport (Portugal) and have permanent contact of employment in Poland. Oh! I forgot to mention that I married to a Polish lady. But, speaking about the banks, even having a good salary, they didn't give me the loan so easily. Is that something about the fact is happened in December last year, and 3 years ago, when mglaze put the request for his loan things used to be easier? 1st question banks asked me: do you have a job here? 2nd: are you a permanent resident? And lots of different questions, of course... It was different in 2007-2008? Just to clarify one small detail: My wife and I we have separation of property, so I could ask for the loan just in my name. According the reactions I could see on people's face when I was asking for the loan only in my name, seems that they are not comfortable to give loans so easily to foreigners. Am I wrong?
I was also asked if I would prefer my loan in different currency. I know almost nothing about market but for sure I was unsure about any 'attractive offer' for low rates. I decided for PLN anyway. Better not take risks at this time. So I feel that the title for this thread is not totally fair. Why 'walk away from mortgages'?
Just one last question to mglaze: is your contract so strict that you are not allowed to change your choice for currency? Because it was an option for me, if I would have decided for loan in CHF or USD or EUR.