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Forum: USA
Sep 10th 2008, 8:38 am
Replies: 222
Views: 13,977
Posted By Martin Brown

Re: The selling/renting your UK property to move to the US thread

A lot of people I know who have emigrated regret selling their UK house. Primarily, I guess, because house prices in the UK rocketed over the last few years. However, most agent's and conveyancing...
Forum: USA
Sep 10th 2008, 7:17 am
Replies: 222
Views: 13,977
Posted By Martin Brown

Re: The selling/renting your UK property to move to the US thread

The Halifax is one such lender, and also offers 95% LTV...[/QUOTE]

I had a case last week where the Halifax refused such a scheme. Possibly it turns on the individual case. In any event a deposit...
Forum: USA
Sep 9th 2008, 8:20 pm
Replies: 222
Views: 13,977
Posted By Martin Brown

Re: The selling/renting your UK property to move to the US thread

1. Hardly any mortgage companies accept 5% deposit paid by vendor. They used to if the seller was a builder. Some, like the Abbey, didn't want the lawyer to advise them if up to 5% incentives were...
Sep 7th 2008, 10:47 am
Replies: 38
Views: 7,387
Posted By Martin Brown

Re: EB5 - American Life

What did you decide to do?
Forum: USA
Sep 7th 2008, 10:46 am
Replies: 24
Views: 2,149
Posted By Martin Brown

Re: GBP to USD exchanges

Couple of my friends are money brokers and they all seem to think, that the rate will carry on falling to around 1.5. The US interest rates are lower than UK so you need to work out your figures over...
Sep 6th 2008, 8:44 pm
Replies: 38
Views: 7,387
Posted By Martin Brown

Re: EB5 - American Life

I don't think that's quite the case. The email said you would still get your money back if the conditional green card was not issued. It said the USCIS wouldn't allow Am Life to give it back to you...
Aug 18th 2008, 6:22 pm
Replies: 2
Views: 610
Posted By Martin Brown

Re: EB5 Amlife project photos

Looks like $500k well spent
Jul 15th 2008, 6:08 pm
Replies: 14
Views: 3,638
Posted By Martin Brown

Re: Comparing Isle of Man Banks

As far as I was aware banks such as HBOS, Abbey...any bank in the UK only guarantees the sum of £35k per investor. You are covered by the parent company only in so far as that company is solvent...
Forum: USA
Jun 1st 2008, 6:07 pm
Replies: 8
Views: 784
Posted By Martin Brown

Re: Savings accounts

Fair point. It needs some looking into. At a quick glance they have compensation regulations. I am still in the UK and am moving funds into savings in preparaton for the move to the US. All banking...
Forum: USA
Jun 1st 2008, 5:31 pm
Replies: 8
Views: 784
Posted By Martin Brown

Re: Savings accounts

Thanks. I also just found a couple of offshore accounts: Alliance & Leicester Isle of Man paying 4.4 gross and Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander Isle of Man paying 4.65 gross
Forum: USA
Jun 1st 2008, 4:35 pm
Replies: 8
Views: 784
Posted By Martin Brown

Savings accounts

Does anyone have any advice on what US banks to stick some funds with? I want somewhere low risk, like a savings account, for about a year. I can't seem to find any US comparison websites. I already...
Apr 24th 2008, 2:07 pm
Replies: 45
Views: 10,244
Posted By Martin Brown

Re: EB 5 Visa- USCIS - Mini rant

I think they have raised the RFE. I got an email from AmLife saying that an RFE had been issued (15.4.08). It was on an early investor's case but it was a generic enquiry about the whole project...
Mar 2nd 2008, 6:09 pm
Replies: 38
Views: 7,387
Posted By Martin Brown

Re: EB5 - American Life

I also heard that American Life had received certain requests from USCIS for further information and were confident they could deal promptly with those requests. I guess you'll soon see.
Mar 2nd 2008, 6:07 pm
Replies: 38
Views: 7,387
Posted By Martin Brown

Re: EB5 - American Life

Apparently the USCIS received a huge number of applications for visas/renewals in the summer. According to their website they are now dealing with applications received on the 19th August. (Their...
Forum: USA
Dec 10th 2007, 2:06 pm
Replies: 25
Views: 2,005
Posted By Martin Brown

Re: Transferring money

I used Moneycorp when I bought a U.S. house and they were pretty good. Also don't necessarily take the first rate they give you. I got one rate from them- 'phoned my own bank who then bettered it....
Forum: USA
Mar 24th 2007, 2:14 pm
Replies: 15
Views: 1,188
Posted By Martin Brown

Re: letting your house/flat in the UK while your in US

[QUOTE=angelman;4554151]I am sure many of you do this. I have a flat in London which I have been renting a friend.. or rather 'allowing a friend to live in and give me a small gift every month'....
Forum: USA
Mar 24th 2007, 2:10 pm
Replies: 15
Views: 1,188
Posted By Martin Brown

Re: letting your house/flat in the UK while your in US

Hoepfully I can rent it out fully furnished maybe.

Be careful here. If you rent it out fully furnished the furniture needs to comply with furniture regulations, which it probably won't unless all...
Mar 15th 2007, 2:53 pm
Replies: 7
Views: 664
Posted By Martin Brown

Re: Buying a house in the UK

If you own a home in the UK that's not your main residence then there may be a capital gains tax issues if you ever sell it. Moreover, you have to think about income tax if you rent it out; getting...
Mar 4th 2007, 6:53 pm
Replies: 7
Views: 806
Posted By Martin Brown

Re: EB5 Investment Visa

Thanks again. I'll have a look into it and also see if I can't find others. As I said before if you know anyone who has direct experience of such an investment or if there is anyone else out there...
Mar 4th 2007, 4:07 pm
Replies: 7
Views: 806
Posted By Martin Brown

Re: EB5 Investment Visa

Thanks, Ray. Can you let me have details about the South Dakota scheme? Is there a web-site?
Martin
Mar 4th 2007, 3:32 pm
Replies: 7
Views: 806
Posted By Martin Brown

EB5 Investment Visa

I am new to this forum, so hello to all of you. I have had a house in Florida for about 9 years and am finally considering taking the plunge and emigrating (although to a different part of the US). I...
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