By John Smith •
Published: 22 Nov 2019 • 23:00
BANKS in Spain have been offering very competitive interest rates on mortgages, but one of the largest, Santander, has announced that it is dropping out of the price war.
Indeed it is planning to put up its rates on variable mortgages as it tries to protect its profitability which has been dropping during 2019.
Mortgages attached to the Euribor rate are still low when compared to many other countries but the bank is determined to make more money from its current lending estimated at more than €50 billion.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
Currently he is acting as Editorial Consultant for the paper helping to shape its future development.
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