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Mortgage video FAQ

Buying a house and getting a mortgage can feel intimidating because of the many steps involved. We’ve put together this video Q&A with Mike Abbott, Head of Sable International's wealth division, to answer some commonly asked questions and help simplify the process for you

Spotlight on Sable International's mortgage service

Mike answers a few questions about our mortgage service.

In this video you can find out:

  1. Why should someone use an independent mortgage broker like Sable? (0:12)
  2. What makes Sable different? (0:30)
  3. So Sable charges an upfront fee. How does that work, and what do I get for my money? (1:30)

What should you know about getting a mortgage in the UK?

Some essential details about getting a mortgage in the UK.

In this video you can find out:

  1. Who establishes how much I can borrow? (0:10)
  2. What taxes apply? (1:07)

Foreign national mortgages in the UK

Mike looks at some of the particular challenges faced by foreign nationals looking to get a mortgage in the UK.

In this video you can find the answers to:

  1. Is it more difficult for a foreign national or 'expat' to get a mortgage in the UK? If yes, why and how? (0:13)
  2. Once an expat has a mortgage, are there any restrictions they face, such as letting it out while living in their home countries. (1:15)

Mortgage top tips

A few top tips on how to get the best deal for your personal circumstances.

In this video you can find out:

  1. How would I go about getting the best mortgage deal for me? (0:12)
  2. What are some of the most common mistakes first-time buyers make? (0:45)

Contact our mortgages team

Phone us: +44 (0) 20 7759 7519

South Africa

Cape Town

Regent Square
Doncaster Road
Kenilworth 7708 +27 (0) 21 657 2120


201 The Annex
Ridgeside Office Park
Umhlanga +27 (0) 31 536 8843

United Kingdom


Castlewood House
77/91 New Oxford Street
WC1A 1DG +44 (0) 20 7759 7514


5-7 Selsdon Road
South Croydon
CR2 6PU +44 (0) 20 7759 7581



9 Yarra Street
South Yarra
VIC 3141 +613 (0) 8651 4500

Sable International is a trading name of 1st Contact Money Limited (company number 7070528) registered in England and Wales. Sable International is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK (FCA no. 517570), the Financial Services Board in South Africa (FSP no. 41900) and holds an Australian Financial Services License issued by ASIC to deal in foreign exchange (AFS License number 335 126).

Our United Kingdom business, Sable Private Wealth Management Ltd, is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Our Companies House registration number is 222501. Our authorisation can be checked on the FCA register here: Our South African business, Sable Private Wealth (Pty) Ltd, is an authorised FSP, regulated by the Financial Services Board under licence number 48122.

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