Not so long ago Syzygy was contacted by a mission worker who had spent several decades overseas in ministry. With little remaining support from his ageing friends, and a regular contribution from a church he had been part of a long time previously, he had been able to survive in the field on his small income. But now forced by ill health to return to the UK, he found himself homeless. He couldn’t afford the rent on a flat until he qualified for benefits, and had no remaining money to buy somewhere.
There are many people in similar situations, whose time serving abroad has cost them everything, and with no remaining support are unable to find a home once they come ‘home’. So somebody (probably Myles Wilson but I can’t find the quote in writing) has observed that:
The single best thing a mission worker can do to plan for their retirement is to buy a house before they go abroad.
Simple! Buy a property, let it out, and use the rent to pay off the mortgage. If you stay abroad for the 25 year life of the mortgage, you have a free home when you get back. If you come back sooner, at least you have somewhere to stay while you get settled.
But letting is not without its challenges, and anyone considering it should read our Briefing Paper which looks at the pitfalls as well as the benefits. One of the greatest challenges is actually getting a mortgage. These days, banks are so risk averse that overseas mission workers, with no regular salary and no fixed UK abode, may find it hard to qualify for one.
So we’re delighted to be able to tell you about Kingdom Bank, run by Christians who understand the situation of mission workers. Because of their knowledge of the missions world, they’re willing to be a little more flexible than other banks in considering how they secure the value of their investment in your property. And they are actually keen to support you in your ministry by helping you get the right buy-to-let mortgage terms that work for you.
Please remember the value of your investment can go down as well as up!
Disclaimer: please note that Syzygy is not recommending Kingdom Bank, merely pointing our readers in the direction of this service which may or may not be right for them. Please take financial advice from a qualified advisor.