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In order to finance a property investment, the investor must determine how much their personal contribution will be, and choose between a mortgage (using the property as collateral) and a secured loan (using a securities portfolio as collateral). Etienne Planchard, Member of the Management Committee and Head of Loans and Credit, gives his perspective.

How much should the personal contribution be?

As a general rule for buy-to-let investments, 70% is considered the maximum for financing, so the personal contribution should be around 30%. This minimum contribution is particularly important since the expected rent usually cannot cover more than 60% of the investment. This recommendation is also being applied more and more strictly by the regulatory authorities in order to protect the borrower.

Collateral: mortgage or secured loan?

A property investment is usually financed by a mortgage, using the object of the investment as security. The term of the mortgage is generally 20 years for a rental property. 
For investors who have a securities portfolio and want to ensure continuing returns while diversifying their investments, using the portfolio as collateral (i.e. a secured loan) offers an interesting alternative in many respects.

What are the advantages of a secured loan?

If the credit value of the porfolio is high enough, a secured loan offers:

  • The possibility of 100% financing
  • Exemption from mortgage registration fees (0.29%)
  • Access to better interest rates, as the Bank has a more solid guarantee with the portfolio as collateral
  • The opportunity to free up collateral as the loan is paid back and the debit balance decreases. A mortgage, on the other hand, cannot be adjusted until it is renewed after 10 years. This also must also be done by a notary, incurring extra costs.

With the difference in rates between a secured loan and a traditional mortgage, amounting to around 0.25%, the investor will make a considerable saving over the investment term (20 years).


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