Very rarely do I promote AToM in my columns, but this week is an exception! I wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who has voted for AToM over the last few weeks in two national consumer magazines. I’m delighted that AToM have been short listed in the top six, for ‘Mortgage Broker of the Year’ in the Moneyfacts Awards 2016 and also ‘Best Specialist Mortgage Broker’ in the What Mortgage Awards 2016. Two huge accolades for our family run and owned company (now entering it’s 25th year!) and great recognition to our hardworking and fabulous team of staff. We need further votes though and we would be grateful for your assistance in voting AToM as a winner. Please visit the websites to find out more. Thank you in advance.
In other news, next week is a big one for the mortgage industry as new European Directives are embedded into the
UK mortgage market. We are without doubt the most heavily regulated market, probably in the world! Some would say too over regulated, however we have to live with it, take the new rulings on board and try to make it as straight forward as possible for you, the end customer. There’s already plenty of jargon and paperwork when arranging your mortgage. Whether it be direct with the lender, or via a whole of market mortgage brokerage, you need to make sure you understand everything you are taking on, so don’t be afraid to ask.
Finally, there’s been quite a bit of movement on product criteria and innovation over the last week or so with various lenders. Examples include Leeds Building Society who have launched a ten year fixed rate at just 2.75%. This product comes with a £1,499 fee and is available to loans up to 65% of the property value. Whilst Saffron Building Society has launched a 5% deposit product, fixed for five years with the rate slightly under 4%. With a manual assessment, rather than a credit scoring system, this is an ideal product aimed at First Time Buyers. Obviously both products have terms and conditions that need to be reviewed, but many lenders like these are looking at ways to gain new customers, as well as increasing their market share!