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SMS offers specialist bridging service to brokers

Solent Mortgage Services is offering a bridging service for brokers whose clients need funds quickly while long-term funding is arranged.

Ian Balfour, chief executive officer at SMS, says: “In this market, lenders are understandably cautious and their speed of service has suffered.

“Bridging finance properly handled, can provide the means to a swift resolution while the long-term funding is put in place at its own pace.”

Guy Garrard, head of business development at Tiuta, one of SMS’ bridging partners, says: “Working closely with SMS allows us to assess enquiries that have already been vetted for viability and therefore we are able to see more business through to a speedy conclusion.

“This initiative is commendable and I’m sure brokers will find great value in this resource.”


LSL buys specialist surveying practice

LSL Property Services has acquired Templeton LPA, a specialist practice of chartered surveyors based in Cardiff and Leeds.

Guarantees in the retirement income market

Lorna Blyth, Royal London  Do guarantees benefit customers and, if so, when? To answer this conundrum we commissioned Millimans, a global actuarial consulting firm, to conduct an independent review of the UK retirement income market and whether guarantees really do offer customers better value for money. The brief The study was one of the most comprehensive undertaken […]


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