It is unlikely that an expat can walk into a high street bank branch and obtain a mortgage to buy a UK property. UK banks mortgage criteria can be very narrow and generally doesn't take intointernational factors such as earnings in a different currency, short term employment contracts and an overseas residential address.
However, it is a straightforward process to obtain finance for UK property. International banks located in offshore jurisdictions are available to lend to Expats for either buy to let and residential property.
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