- Hongkongers looking to start afresh in the UK following the sale of their property have to contend with a complex tax system
- The taxes include a capital-gains tax of up to 28 per cent on property and as much as 18 per cent on other assets
- Recently banks have been known to call or terminate a mortgage loan when you are in breach of the declared use of property and engage in cryptocurrency trading
- If the bank calls your mortgage loan, you can refinance it with another bank. In the case of cryptocurrency, trade with a crypto-friendly bank instead
Hongkongers have emerged as among the most aggressive buyers of UK property, snapping up more than £305.6 million (US$430 million) of prime London homes in 2020. This trend is expected to continue under a new wave of emigration, as BN(O) passport holders are allowed to live in the UK under the new visa scheme.
A strong start to homebuying activity portends well for the housing and mortgage markets, suggesting it is likely hold up well for the rest of the year. With activity picking up, lenders are looking to approve more mortgage loans, slashing interest rates and offering cash rebates to gain market share.