Can Foreigners Apply For A Mortgage Loan In The UAE?

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The UAE is home to thousands of expats coming from all over the world. According to the latest stats, the percentage of expatriates reaches 88.52%. Most of the expats are people from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and other South Asian nations. The UAE government is interested in attracting foreign investors, and Dubai was the first emirate that introduced special designated freehold zones where foreigners are allowed to buy real estate in Dubai. Today hundreds of property transactions are concluded every week as local banks offer friendly mortgage programs to UAE residents as well as foreign buyers.

Foreign property investors can choose any type of residential real estate in the UAE for a home loan, from studio apartments and one or two-bedroom apartments to spacious penthouses and villas in prestigious developments.

The UAE banks have special lists of properties which you can buy on a mortgage (every bank has its own list). The interest rates vary from 4% to 7% depending on the bank and whether you are buying a newly-built or second-hand home.

However, you need to meet certain requirements to be able to apply for a mortgage loan in the United Arab Emirates:

  • The borrower needs to be at least 21 years old and not more than 70 years (it can be 65 years in some banks). However, you should keep in mind that most of the banks may refuse to issue a mortgage if an applicant is over 50 years old;
  • A loan must not exceed 70% of the cost of the property you are buying;
  • The borrower must have at least AED 3,500 per month for each member of the family after paying monthly repayments (all loans the borrower has) and total monthly repayments must not exceed 50% of borrower’s total income.

What papers does a foreigner need to provide to apply for a home loan?

The list of required papers is almost the same as in any other country. The basic package of papers includes:

  • A completed application form;
  • A copy of passport;
  • A copy of a residence permit in the UAE;
  • A bank statement for the last six months;
  • A copy of a document that confirms your current residential address (for instance, a tenancy agreement, utility bills, etc)
  • A salary certificate;
  • If the borrower is a self-employed or a company owner, they need to submit 2 years audited financial accounts or 2 years most recent tax assessments if not audited, a copy of Trade License, a copy of Memorandum and Articles of Association (first Memorandum and all amendments made to date).

A bank may also require some other papers to be provided.

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Emirates.Estate is one of the largest property platforms in the UAE. We will help you make a profitable investment, regardless of whether you are searching for a buy-to-live or buy-to-rent home. Our team will help you arrange the paperwork and guide you through the mortgage application process. Visit our website for more detail and get in touch with us.

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