If you are buying a property in Florida whether as an investment, holiday or retirement home, or to live permanently, it is likely that you will have to pay for your property in Dollars. Yet the majority of people making this decision still approach their high street bank for their foreign currency requirements when a foreign exchange specialist is more than likely to secure them a better deal. With exchange rates changing constantly and fluctuations of as much as 10% in a short space of time not uncommon, the stakes for potential property buyers in Florida are high.
Florida Homes and Travel opted to work with Moneycorp LTD after conducting our own research into Foreign Currency Transfers. We spoke to the main companies providing this service and found that with Moneycorp's dedicated office in Florida, Moneycorp really presented the best service for Florida Homes and Travel users.
Q. Where should I buy currency?
You can obviously walk into any high street bank or bureau de change and exchange your currency. This may be convenient for your holidays but for larger amounts of currency it pays to get in touch with a specialist foreign exchange dealer such as Moneycorp. Specialist brokers will almost always offer much more competitive rates than high street banks or tourist outlets, as their overheads are much lower.
Q. What will it cost me?
In general the more money you wish to convert the better the rate. Depending on your bank or broker, there will be a cost to transfer funds of between £15 and £40 per transaction (waived for Florida Homes and Travel subscribers). It is a good idea to compare the total cost of a currency trade as some currency dealers do not charge a transfer fee but more than make up for this difference in the exchange rate that they quote.
Q. How do I purchase currency?
Once you have set up your trading facility with Moneycorp, you will be able to buy currency over the telephone.
Q. Can I hold out for a particular rate?
Yes, you can instruct Moneycorp the moment the rates change to your desired level. Some brokers, such as Moneycorp, can place an order to purchase currency outside London trading hours, which will automatically trigger as soon as your desired rate is achieved. Just make sure you are being realistic about the rate you are looking for and be prepared to wait!
Q. What if the rate is good now, but I do not need to, or can not, make payment for 3 months?
You can fix an exchange rate for up to two years to make it easier to plan the cost of your currency payments. This is particularly useful if you are buying a new property "off plan". With Moneycorp, forward buying your currency is very straightforward. Simply book an exchange rate and send your dealer a deposit, usually 10% of the contract value. The 90% balance of your currency contract is payable when you wish to have funds transferred overseas.
Q. Will foreign exchange dealers offer advice about market conditions and rates?
Currency FX dealers are not regulated to give advice but many will provide you with information about prevailing market trends and currency movements. However, remember that no one can predict the markets with absolute certainty. You will have to make your own decision about when to buy currency, but market knowledge and experience imparted by your currency dealer will hopefully make that decision easier! Further information can be found at www.moneycorp.com where you can peruse the latest currency charts as well as sign up to receive daily or weekly market updates.
Q. If I take out an Overseas Mortgage and have to make payments from the UK how can I do this?
Moneycorp provides a Regular Payment Plan to assist those clients that need to make regular overseas payments. Such payments might include overseas mortgage payments or transfers of UK pension payments or any other regular transfers.
The Regular Payment Plan allows you to fix an exchange rate on regular overseas payments for a period of between 6 and 24 months, removing the worry caused by fluctuations in the exchange rate over that period of time. Moneycorp will deduct the payments from your account by Direct Debit each month and transfer your funds directly to the destination account of your nomination.
Q. How do I pay for my currency?
After booking an exchange rate with Moneycorp, you will need to transfer funds to their client account. The easiest and quickest way is by CHAPS or BACS. Bear in mind that any cheque will have to clear before funds can be sent. Once we have received your cleared funds, we will transfer your currency to the account of your choice.
Q. How long will my funds take to transfer to an overseas bank account?
Moneycorp use Electronic Funds Transfer and can generally get the funds into the destination account a good deal quicker than a high street bank. We have a same-day transfer service to most European countries and North America, and next day for all other destinations. Bear in mind that there is sometimes a short delay in the receiving bank before your account is credited, this can usually be overcome with a "proof of payment" document that we can provide on request.
In addition, you can take advantage of the following:
- No commission charges
- Fast, efficient worldwide transfers
- A dedicated dealer to guide you throughout your currency transaction
- 24 hour market monitoring enabling you to benefit from currency fluctuations outside of normal banking hours
- Regular Payment Plan - smaller regular transfers
- Extended office opening hours 7:30am - 10:30pm Monday to Friday and 10:00am - 4:00pm on Saturday.
- TTT Moneycorp Explorer Mastercard to purchase currency and travellers cheques commission free and at preferable rates of exchange from any of our retail branches in central London, or airport locations.
- * Peace of mind dealing with a company that has been trading foreign currencies since 1979, is the only foreign exchange company in the UK to have been certified to ISO 9000 Quality Assurance