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Do any UK banks offer mortgages for Polish properties.


gdj67 15 | 154
7 Jun 2010 #1
I'm considering buying a property in Gdansk but have been unable to find a lender in the UK that is prepared to look at the Polish market.

I have contacted a number of banks in Poland, but they are quoting about 6% variable and say there are no fixed rate deals in Poland?

I'd also prefer a UK lender so that the mortgage could be in GBP rather than PLN, as I suspect that after 2012, the zloty will be even stronger against the £.

Has anyone had any success finding a UK lender willing to provide funds for a Polish property?

Thanks,
G
andy b 4 | 156
7 Jun 2010 #2
You generally won't find banks willing to lend on property which is located in another country. If a mortgagee doesn't pay, then a bank needs recourse to the legal system, and a UK bank isn't going to risk having to deal with this in Poland.

Your best bet would be a Polish bank with an office in the UK, such as PKO BP:
pkobp.co.uk/index.php?id=placowki_pkobp_w_uk&=&lng=en
OP gdj67 15 | 154
7 Jun 2010 #3
Thanks for the link to PKO. I'll contact them and see what they say.

As for banks lending on property in other countries - is actually quite common to find ones willing to lend in places like spain and othe EU countries - as long as it's not poland!
Wroclaw Boy
7 Jun 2010 #4
Has anyone had any success finding a UK lender willing to provide funds for a Polish property?

Nope, i came close with PKO but that came crashing down at the last minute, but they are your best bet.

I'd also prefer a UK lender so that the mortgage could be in GBP rather than PLN, as I suspect that after 2012, the zloty will be even stronger against the £.

Very dangerous.
OP gdj67 15 | 154
7 Jun 2010 #5
Very dangerous.

Sorry, I don't follow you - what's dangerous?

If I get a mortgage in PLN and the exchange rate goes down I'll end up paying more (my salary is in GBP) - that's dangerous, and why I'm trying to get a mortgage in £s.
skysoulmate 14 | 1,297
7 Jun 2010 #6
I assume your earnings are in £? It's dangerous to borrow in let's say pounds, Swiss franks, dollars, etc if you earn in złoty (and the other way around) as large currency fluctuation can make your "great interest rate" quickly change to very high payments due to unfavorable currency rates. For example many borrowers in Hungary took mortgages in Swiss franks and now with the current forint rate are struggling to make payments. Just be careful.
OP gdj67 15 | 154
7 Jun 2010 #7
Yes my earnings are in £s which is why I'm trying to get a mortgage in £s. I know a few people that took out mortgages in swiss francs are are know having to sell up because they can't keep up the repayments.

If I had taken a morgage in PLN 3 years ago, my payments in £'s would have had to increase by nearly 50% to cover the exchange rate fluctuation when it was 4PLN to the £. £ years ago it was closer to 6PLN / £

Just had a chat with someone at PKO - good and bad news:

Yes they do mortgages in £s, Bad news - the interest rate is 7.5%!!!!

Are they having a laugh ;(
delphiandomine 83 | 17,771
7 Jun 2010 #8
Are they having a laugh ;(

PKO BP are pretty uncompetitive anyway - they're more of a dinosaur, reliable, but expensive.

What about trying Pekao instead? They might have a presence in the UK. I also recall that mBank have some sort of mortgage operation in London, but I could be wrong?
cms 9 | 1,271
9 Jun 2010 #9
Of course its going to be more expensive - the bank has to bear the hedging costs and the conversion costs.
polishmortgages 7 | 36
13 Jul 2010 #10
halo

I read your post and I do not agree with them.

if somebody is not able to pay mortgage installments in CHF I am sure he would not be able to pay it in PLN.

The rate of CHF increased but the interest rate is in the lowest level ever and the interest rate in CHF can be now 1,3%-1,5% if somebody took a mortgage in 2006-2008 compared to 2,5% in current offers. in PLN interest rate can be 4,8%-5,6% for mortgages taken in 2006-2008

the only problem now is balance of the mortgage in pln converted from CHF. This hold a lot of property from sells because the value of the property is smaller than mortgage in CHF and this is a problem for the next 2-3 years. from short them investment many investors will have now medium or even long terms one.

I do not agree also with a statement that is a danger now to take mortgage in Euro or CHF. It was dangerous when the CHF rate was 2-2,2 but now we have almost 3 and this is a great opportunity which should be taken.

so far there in no fixed mortgages in Poland but the current offers are very good especially in DNB but the borrower have to have very good income I would say.

some of the details you can find below:
polishmortgages.eu/1,1,267,Current_mortgage_offers

regards
rt3d 10 | 46
14 Jul 2010 #11
Hi polishmortgages,

Looking at this offer, doesnt include the "Intrest Margin" for the Bank

Interes rate in Euro 2,59%
Monthly installment in Euro (converted to PLN) 1 534
Varsovian 92 | 634
14 Jul 2010 #12
The years ahead promise violent fluctuations in exchange rates.
polishmortgages 7 | 36
14 Jul 2010 #13
halo rt3d

This is total interest rate with bank margin.

regards
gaston909 3 | 10
1 Feb 2011 #14
Did we find a competitive GBP mortgage for a polish property?

I am also earning in £...
delphiandomine 83 | 17,771
1 Feb 2011 #15
Did we find a competitive GBP mortgage for a polish property?

Not worth it at the minute - the government is proposing banning loans denominated in foreign currencies due to the amount of people burnt with CHF mortgages.

But for what it's worth, it's highly unlikely that the exchange rate will ever go below 4zl/1 pound.
Wroclaw Boy
1 Feb 2011 #16
But for what it's worth, it's highly unlikely that the exchange rate will ever go below 4zl/1 pound.

Yeh but the exchange rate is irrelevant if he wants a GBP mortgage. If he wants a GBP mortgage but to repay in PLN (or whatever currency) then the exchange rate issue comes into play.
grubas 12 | 1,391
1 Feb 2011 #17
it's highly unlikely that the exchange rate will ever go below 4zl/1 pound.

Is it really?Can you somehow justify your opinion or you just spitballing here?
delphiandomine 83 | 17,771
1 Feb 2011 #18
The Pound is incredibly weak right now and yet the exchange rate is sitting at 4.55 or so. Even when the Zloty was at its all time strongest, with a pretty weak Pound - it was still no lower than 4.1 - and that didn't last long at all.

It would take a total collapse of the Pound for the Zloty to go below 4 - and even then, any collapse of the Pound would have a knock-on effect on the Euro and thus the Zloty anyway.
gaston909 3 | 10
7 Feb 2011 #19
This is harder than I thought!
Wroclaw Boy
7 Feb 2011 #20
What have you tried so far?
grubas 12 | 1,391
7 Feb 2011 #21
What was the lowest rate ever in Poland?
Wroclaw Boy
7 Feb 2011 #22
The lowest ive known is 4.14 ish, i was actually away from the PC and my credit card was swiped at 4.12.
grubas 12 | 1,391
7 Feb 2011 #23
The lowest ive known is 4.14 ish,

Well I just looked at 5 the years chart & it seems to me that GBP is heading back to 4.30-35 (If broken 4.10 area) though I don't know why.Just a thought.
Wroclaw Boy
7 Feb 2011 #24
seems to me that GBP is heading back to 4.30-35 (If broken 4.10 area) though I don't know why.

"Seems" is superstition based on graphical trends, you need market knowledge for both countries to back that up. Political situations, housing markets, import/export figures etc.. IMO its going to hover between 4.4 and 4.7 over the next few months.
grubas 12 | 1,391
7 Feb 2011 #25
Seems" is superstition based on graphical trends,

It is (I said I looked at the chart) but I reached this conclusion after 5 min (I am not interested in GBP/PLN rate at all but if I was I would bet on 4.35 1 year horizon).Safe bet i think.Lets see.
SeanBM 35 | 5,808
7 Feb 2011 #26
Well I just looked at 5 the years chart

Where did you check?

You can see NBP's archive here and look through the exchange rates, if you haven't already.
nbp.pl/homen.aspx?f=/kursy/kursyen.htm

4.7 is my bet.
grubas 12 | 1,391
7 Feb 2011 #27
Anybody wants to bet on GBP/PLN exchange rate on 12.31.2011?25 GBP or 100 PLN?-)I am serious.
Wroclaw Boy
7 Feb 2011 #28
Whats your bet? what do you reckon, no point in betting here anybody can just not pay up. its not going down to 4.3 for 31/12/2011.

Whats with the yanky month/day/year? its just not numerically practical.
delphiandomine 83 | 17,771
7 Feb 2011 #29
Well I just looked at 5 the years chart & it seems to me that GBP is heading back to 4.30-35 (If broken 4.10 area) though I don't know why.Just a thought.

For that to happen, it needs the Euro to become strong again, combined with investor confidence in the Zloty and a weak Pound.

But virtually every commentator was saying that the Zloty was nowhere near enough to sustain 4.1 - and look what happened, it collapsed to 5.25 within weeks.

For what it's worth, the PLN/GBP rate has always been very unstable.
grubas 12 | 1,391
8 Feb 2011 #30
and look what happened, it collapsed to 5.25 within weeks.

True. BTW you guys must have been in a deep shock when GBP sunk in a first half of 2008? From 5.60 to 4.15 in 6 months.

Whats your bet?

4.35.

no point in betting here anybody can just not pay up.

Yea,I know but I will bet with you Boy.Gentleman bet.100PLN ,whoever is closer wins.

Whats with the yanky month/day/year?

Just got used to it.


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