Australians in France can take out a mortgage to buy or invest in Australian property!

Most Australian banks and lenders accept the Euro so you’re more likely to qualify. You’ll be considered an Australian expatriate (expat) if you’re an Australian citizen or permanent resident living in France.

However, you’ll have to apply with the right lender to get approved.

Can Australians in France get a mortgage in Australia?

Although Australians in France can get a mortgage, you may find it a bit difficult to qualify. This is because although you’re Aussie, you may be assessed as a foreigner.

If a lender considers you a foreigner, your borrowing power decreases significantly.

The good news is that most banks treat Australians in France like normal residents down under. You won’t even need an approval from the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB).

Some lenders can even consider equity if you already own property in Australia.

How much can I borrow?

As long as you meet all standard bank lending criteria, Australians in France can borrow up to:

  • 80% of the property value: You’re limited to 80% Loan to Value Ratio (LVR) if you can’t provide acceptable documents that prove your income such as payslips. Also, you can’t borrow more than this if you’re assessed as a foreigner.
  • 90% of the property value: You can borrow this amount if you can prove that you’re in a strong financial position. This is also available to Australian permanent residents currently living in France.

Our mortgage brokers specialise in mortgages for Australians in France. They know which lenders are more lenient and flexible towards Aussie expats.

You can call us on 1300 889 743 (+61 2 9194 1700 if you’re overseas) or complete our free online assessment form to speak with one of our mortgage brokers.

Can I get a no deposit home loan?

Generally, you’ll need a deposit of at least 5% of the property value. On top of that, you’ll need around 5% more to prepare for other property purchase costs such as stamp duty.

This means most lenders expect you to have a 10% deposit.

Not only that, most Australian banks prefer your deposit to be saved as genuine savings. Typically, banks consider genuine savings as money you’ve saved or a deposit held in a bank account for at least 3 months.

However, no deposit home loan solutions are available!

Using a no deposit home loan, you won’t need genuine savings. You won’t even need a deposit at all if you have a guarantor.

This can also help you avoid Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI). Lenders charge LMI generally when you borrow more than 80% LVR. The LMI premium can amount to thousands of dollars so a guarantor loan is a great way to save on this cost.

Will I pay a higher interest rate?

Despite technically being non-residents, Australians in France are still Australian citizens.

What this means is that most banks offer you the same home loan interest rates as those living and working back home.

You can even qualify for the same interest rate discounts. However, we can help negotiate an even bigger discount that’s below the Bank Standard Variable Rate (BSVR).

What is the home loan process in Australia?

The home loan process actually starts before you apply for a home loan. You’ve already started the home loan process when you start saving a deposit.

Once you’re ready, you apply for home loan pre-approval.

Getting pre-approval is basically checking whether or not your personal situation meet bank lending criteria.

After getting pre-approval, you’ll have to select a property which will need valuation. You generally won’t not need a valuation if you have a low risk application.

Your mortgage broker can help you get an upfront property valuation report before you apply.

The lender than formally approves your home loan once they find everything in order. You then move on to settlement. However, the home loan process ends only after you’ve paid off your mortgage.

For more information, you can go through the loan application process page.

Is it tough for Australians in France to get loan approval?

The main hurdle Australians in France may face is proving foreign income. This is even more so if you earn in a foreign currency that most Australian banks may not accept.

The Euro is one of the most common currencies that the lenders deal with. As long as you earn a living in Euros, you have a good chance of getting approved.

However, many Australian banks don’t accept CFP Franc.

You may find it tough to qualify if you earn in CFP Franc or any other currency that’s not on the Australian Expat Mortgages page. You may still get approved but some conditions may apply such as not being able to borrow over 80% LVR.

Can I apply with a big four bank?

You must meet standard bank lending policy to get approved with a big four bank. It may be tougher if you have a spouse who isn’t an Australian citizen or permanent resident.

Please note that a big four bank may not approve your loan if you’re borrowing over 80% LVR. However, with a strong application, you may be able to borrow up to 90% with a major lender instead.

Can I buy a commercial property?

Non-residents are actually restricted to buying either a new property or vacant land. However, this is not the case for Australians in France.

Since you’re an Australian expat, commercial properties are available for purchase. You can even buy an existing (established) property.

Please note that depending on the type of property, you may have to meet additional lending criteria. This can include having a bigger deposit, higher interest rates or lower loan size.

Can Australian tax law be an issue?

Australians in France won’t have to pay double the tax due to a Double Taxation Agreement (DTA).

However, please note that even if you’re treated as a normal Australian citizen, Australian tax law can be an issue. For example, the tax treatment is more important if you’re buying for investment purposes.

To learn more about the tax implications of buying in Australia, you can check out the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) website.

What if I can’t prove my income?

In most cases, you’ll need your two most recent payslips to prove your foreign income. You can also use your tax returns for the last two years.

If you’re borrowing 80% or less, some lenders may even accept a letter from your employer.

However, we understand that you may not have full financials if you’re a contractor or you run your own business.

If you can’t prove your income, you can go for a low doc or a no doc home loan.

Applying with the right lender is key!

You can get approved on a great deal by applying with the right lender. However, finding the right lender for your specific situation may be difficult.

This is where we come in. We have relationships with almost 40 different lenders all over Australia. In most cases, we can also help negotiate a great price as well!

You can speak with one of our credit specialists by calling us on 1300 889 743 (+61 2 9194 1700 if you’re overseas). You can also fill in our free online assessment form and one of us will contact you instead.