How can I get the best rate when receiving Euros from abroad from a house sale?

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A user has asked: I wish to receive euros from a house sale in Bulgaria but I need it to go into a euro account. What’s the best way to get this set up.

Answer: If you are converting a large amount of Bulgarian Lev into Euros, you should be able to save a significant amount by using a currency broker rather than getting your bank to arrange the conversion.

What is the best way to receive Euros from abroad?

Using a currency broker will give you more control over the timing of the exchange rate and also the actual cost of the conversion. You can request quotes from multiple currency brokers here to see which one offers the best deal for your specific currency exchange.

Can a UK bank receive money in Euros?

Yes, you will need to send the Lev from your bank to the currency broker who will convert it into Euros. You will then need somewhere to send the Euros once the conversion has been done.

If you send it straight into a GBP bank account the bank will either reject the transfer or convert it automatically at their exchange rate which could cost you around 4% of the transaction value.

If you are looking for a bank in the UK that offers Euro accounts you can read our Q&A on the best free Euro accounts in the UK. It may also be worth checking with your current UK bank to see if they offer Euro account services.

Make sure you get the best rate when receiving Euros

You should also consider where the GBPEUR exchange rate may be in the future. For more information on this read our guide to Pound to Euros forecasts.

How long does will take to receive Euros from abroad?

However, one thing to consider is that if you are planning on sending a large number of Euros into a new bank account make sure you tell the bank that this may be happening. Whilst it is easy to open a bank account, a large single transaction can be flagged as suspicious, so make sure you contact the bank beforehand to the transaction pre-approved. You may have to prove the source of funds and supply supporting documentation to back this up. This is a fairly standard AML requirement, and whilst it may seem intrusive, if you want the transaction to go smoothly it’s best to pre-plan.

For more info you can read our guide to preparing for a large foreign exchange transaction here.

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