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Advisers should be fully-immersed in the specialist buy-to-let sector

Positive news can often be difficult to find but the mortgage intermediary market appears to have plenty of reasons to…

Dealing with the challenges of the future

As we move towards the end of the year, it’s natural to review the successes (or otherwise) of 2019, and…

Everything you need in one package

We are now just days away from the start of the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SMCR) as it is…

Product Transfer business increases

According to the latest data released by UK Finance, 311,400 homeowners switched product with their existing provider in the third…

Stonebridge sees record-breaking lending application volumes in October

Stonebridge, the mortgage and insurance network, has today announced it broke its record for lending applications submitted during October this…

Bank of England split on interest rates

The Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England has again voted to keep interest rates at 0.75% where they…

Client contact is vital in maintaining proactive relationships

Few sectors in our market seem to pick up as many headlines as those generated by product transfer business, and…

Stonebridge boosts recruitment and mortgage activity

Stonebridge, the mortgage and insurance network, has today announced further growth in appointed representative recruitment into the business plus a…

The B word – Rob Clifford

As I write this article, a House of Commons debate on whether the Prime Minister will be allowed to push…

Rob Clifford – In the spotlight

You’ve been in charge of Stonebridge Group since the retirement of Richard Adams in July. What shape is the business…

Are mortgage complaints set to rise?

With the deadline date for PPI claims having passed on the 29th August this year, there appears to have been a…

Stonebridge Shortlisted for Mortgage Network award

We are delighted to have been shortlisted in the Mortgage Network of the Year category at the 2019 Mortgage Introducer…

First Time Buyer numbers reach 12 year high!

The latest data released by UK Finance show the number of first time buyer mortgages completed is the highest monthly…

Come and Meet the Team at MBE London

We are one of the leading dedicated mortgage and protection networks in the UK, with a professional community of more…

Client contact is key

At any given time in our market, I think it’s always possible to sense a degree of tension between lenders…

Stonebridge Staff complete Inflatable 5K charity run.

On Saturday 5th October staff from our Basildon office took part in an Inflatable 5K run to raise money for…

Meet the team at FSE Midlands

Stonebridge Mortgage Solutions have regularly appeared as one of the fastest growing networks in the quarterly performance survey conducted by…

Meeting the growing demand for advice

Clearly, one of the major regulatory concerns at present is the somewhat uneasy ‘coalition’ that exists between advice-led business and…

Helping brokers to go it alone.

The entrepreneurial zeal of many within the advice industry is often plain to see, and for many individuals there comes…

Vote for Stonebridge Group today!

We are really excited to announce that we have the opportunity to be shortlisted for not one, butTWO industry awards: :…

Bank of England holds rates at 0.75%

The Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England has voted unanimously to keep rates at 0.75% where they have…

On the Road with… Lesley Sharkey, Business Development Director at Stonebridge Group

What areas do you cover? It’s quite a broad remit but my main focus is as part of the Stonebridge…

Stonebridge Group announces record month for network growth

Stonebridge Group, the mortgage and insurance network, has today (18thSeptember 2019) announced August 2019 was a record month for appointed…

Advisors grow their share of the product transfer market

The latest product transfer data, released this month by UK Finance, as always makes for interesting reading – especially, lest…

LOOK TO YOUR BROKER FOR A GUIDING HAND WHEN BUYING DURING BREXIT

As the nation collectively bemoans the sluggish progression of the UK’s departure from the European Union, those looking to move…

Stonebridge Group outlines strong half-year figures

We have today announced a strong set of trading results for the first six months of 2019, showing an uplift…

What will happen to a post-Brexit Bank Rate?

With all eyes on the ongoing political situation, there are likely to be some key scenarios played out over the…

Stonebridge Group at FSE London

Stonebridge Mortgage Solutions have regularly appeared as one of the fastest growing networks in the quarterly performance survey conducted by…

Are we using technology to its full potential?

The search for the ‘new’ in technology is completely understandable – not a day goes by when the tech entrepreneurs,…

Network Performance Figures

Which Network have just published their network performance figures for the end of Q2 and once again Stonebridge are showing…

First Time Buyer Mortgages and Remortgages up in May

Figures released by UK Finance show there were 30,720 new first-time buyer mortgages completed in May 2019, 0.5 per cent…

I’d welcome BoJo’s stamp duty cut

You might think that promises made in the heat of a political battle are not worth the paper they’re written…

Richard Adams collects third Lifetime Achievement Award

At last nights British Mortgage Awards held at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge our Managing Director Richard Adams was recognised…

Gatwick Regional Forum

On Tuesday 2nd July 50 Business Partner principals attended our roundtable event at The Crowne Plaza – London Gatwick Hotel…

Bake Off Theme Day

On Friday 28th June Stonebridge staff held a Bake Off Theme Day. The winners were:- Cassie Finch – 1st place…

Provide certainty amidst political turmoil

While many minds might be concentrated on the UK’s political melodrama which is playing out presently, I can’t help wonder…

Why Advice is better than Execution Only

We’re almost half the way through the year and 2019 certainly has the feeling of being a pivotal year, particularly…

The Base Rate Question

This month’s decision by the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) to hold Bank Base Rate (BBR) was hardly…

Is the FTB market too reliant on bank of Mum & Dad

‘Intergenerational fairness’ is something of a buzz phrase at the moment especially when you consider what appears to be a…

Mortgage Advice For The Professionals

The industry has had a little over a month to digest the contents of the FCA’s Mortgages Market Study Final…

A Busy Future Ahead

If we were in any doubt about where advisers might be securing the bulk of their business from in the…

A Look At The Mortgages Market Study Final Report

It seems somewhat churlish to add to the chorus of disapproval that appears to have greeted the FCA’s Mortgages Market…

Government Back-track on Loan Commissions

Government u-turns used to be as rare as hen’s teeth; indeed, back in the ‘old days’, politicians and Prime Minister’s…

A General Look At The Mortgage Market

It’s an interesting time for the mortgage market – on the one hand we are still seeing highly competitive pricing…

Should Mortgage Brokers Fear “Robo-Advice”?

This time last year, the pervading mortgage/technology theme that was being discussed was ‘robo advice’ – how much of a…

Mid-Life MOTs – Physical & Financial

When was the last time you had any sort of health check? Just this year? Last year? Five years ago?…

A Closer Look at Product Transfers

Now that we have more clarity around the amount of product transfer (PT) business being conducted in the UK –…

What does 2019 hold for the mortgage market?

2019 I hope has begun for you in busy fashion. Certainly, talking to our AR firms at our recent annual…

A few thoughts on Brexit

It’s not often you get to hear a fully-rounded view of the current state of the UK economy, the paths…

The impact of regulatory change on small advisory firms

One of the key positives for the mortgage advice sector – and specifically in terms of consumers’ access to advice…

The future of “robo advice”

This time last year I, along with many others I suspect, thought that technology would be of the major battlegrounds…

The Year Ahead For Mortgage Advisers

First up, a happy new year to all mortgage advisers – there’s no doubting that this year could be a…

The changing climate for mortgage advice

While I appreciate that the Christmas party season is now in full effect, and we are all in some way,…

Should mortgage lenders be more flexible with criteria?

I’m intrigued by what is perceived as ‘normal’ in the mortgage market, and how (what is often described as) the…

Technology’s role in the mortgage advisory community

The mortgage advisory sector appears to have been preparing for the lender ‘fightback’ – when it comes to securing mortgage…

Is There Too Much Jargon In The Mortgage Sector For First Time Buyers?

Scanning through Twitter recently I saw a tweet which read, ‘TSB will go 90% LTV’. Nothing untoward about this, you…

Young Borrowers And Lifetime Mortgage Products

With the FCA confirming that the Final Report on its Mortgages Market Study will be published during Q1 next year,…

Technology: Is The Mortgage Industry Behind The Times?

I read an article recently bemoaning the lack of technology in the mortgage process and questioning why, in this day…

The Level Of Mortgage Advice Is At An High

If you were looking for further evidence of the increasing importance of mortgage advice and the benefits it can deliver,…

Bridging the Protection Gap

Reading the latest statistics from The Exchange regarding new protection applications and how they are significantly up on the same,…

What The Government’s Budget Means For The Housing Market

In the lead up to any Budget announcement, there is a degree of speculation around what measures might be introduced…

A Look At The Pitfalls In The Mortgage & Housing Industry

Given the number of unintentional consequences that intervention in financial services tends to throw up, it’s perhaps no wonder that…

Providing Mortgage Advice For The Customers That Need It

Given the growth in the later life lending marketplace, you might think that we have a nation of clued-up ‘baby…

What Is The Issue With Mortgage Market Predictions?

There tends to be a number of staple questions that, all of us who work in the mortgage market, get…