Mortgage broker recommendations?

Hello everyone. Whilst busy navigating the ins and outs of life here in France, we might be ready to start kicking some tires regarding buying a place.

Anyone recommend a good mortgage broker they’ve personally used to finance a place in France?

Thank you.

P.S. Also, I’d love (love love) any recommendations on any modern mortgage products you might have encountered … ideally I want to get away from stuffy old lenders with stale offerings and get a mortgage with possible features like a HELOC and the (easy) ability to make additional payments when times are good.

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I wouldn’t consider fixed at 1.3% for up to 25 years a stale offering.


To be clear, my comment re stale isn’t about rates and loan periods. It’s more about the terms and flexibility (or lack of it) with traditional products.

Yes I know that, but I think you should find mortgage providers over here are just as flexible as mortgage provider’s over wherever.

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Understood. Trevor I’m doing some homework, can you please link me to providers who have the fixed at 1.3% for up to 25 years you mentioned? Thank you.

The fixed at 1.3% is what my daughter recently got from Credit Agricole.


Cool. Thanks!

Hi @Dan_Ravelle Did you find a broker?

Hello from Thailand (it’s completely batty here)

Yes, perhaps! … Application currently in progress. See how it goes!

Thanks for checking in James


You will only find fixed rates. They aren’t too happy about you paying them of early. (Banque Populaire isn’t!). You will find their lending criteria different from the UK. They are responsible lenders, so will want to see proof of all of your outgoings. They will then make a decision. However, if your outgoings are going to exceed 34% of your income, any offer will be scaled down so that you do not exceed that figure.
There is an interesting mortgage product called something Plus with Banque Populaire. If you are borrowing money for something that is deemed to be eco, such as an economical boiler, insulation, solar hot water, solar pv or double glazing, you will get it at a reduced rate as long as you are having an official company doing the installation. You might then also be eligible for tax credits (as long as you fill in a tax return here). If your tax isn’t high enough, you will receive a cheque from them.
If you are having three of more things on the list done, you will get an interest free loan for up to 20 years.
However, you need to look at the overall cost of the work to be done. For instance, I installed my own solar hot water system as it was about 75% cheaper to do it myself. Our solar pv, I couldn’t do and initially it cost more than it would in the UK, but after the tax rebate, worked out about the same. Interestingly, you would think that with the sun here, that it would be more effective than the UK, but due to the fact they insist that it is installed integral to the roof tiles, it gets hotter and is less efficient!
Loft insulation I upgraded myself as it was far cheaper to buy in the UK. We were buying a large trailer in the UK and it made sense to fill it with something for the return journey.
We already have double glazing, but it is not up to the current standards. If we were going to renew that, I would probably source in the UK due to the price as well.
The bank seems to discourage additional payments.

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Thanks for the insights Paul

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Hi Dan,
A pleasure. I think the Banque Populaire product was called Prevoir Plus, or something very similar. It would be worth talking to the Bank Manager to find out what options there are. Upon reflection, the percentage figure is between 32-34%, but again, it would be worth talking to the manager.
What you will find is that the manager will require you to pay and insurance for every mortgage or product that you take out. You will also be required to take out insurance on your current account.
Look around for bank services and their fees. You don’t get free banking here, even paying for each debit card, so think twice about the need to have one each!
We are actively looking for another bank due to what we feel are the high charges here and are considering Handelsbanken. It doesn’t have a large footprint in France, certainly nothing like the coverage it has in the UK, but decisions are made at branch level, so could be quicker and more personal.

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