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Solent launches online product research service

Solent Mortgage Services has launched an online product research service to help brokers undertake independent product research.

Called Solent Enquiry to Application System and available through the Porthole, SMS’s online portal, it enables brokers, regardless of the mortgage platform they use, to upload client information and, by engaging the module, undertake in-depth product analysis from which to make reasoned and compliant product recommendations.

Kelvin Cooper, managing director of SMS, says: “Using our SEAS facility gives the intermediary access to world class product research that is going to be compliant and help ensure commitment to the highest standards of customer care.

“This is available 24/7 and for the first time, at no cost to the user, gives immediate access to powerful tools with which to provide accurate and compliant product analysis.”


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