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Busting the ‘second charges = hassle’ myth

The second charges myth

One of the biggest misconceptions I hear when speaking to brokers is that offering seconds is too much hassle. Many brokers, especially AR’s of networks don’t sell seconds themselves and perceive it to be too much effort to document the research before passing it on to a specialist.
Looking closer at this, where a broker has done a fact find and discovered that a mortgage is not suitable, then adding a file note and any research to back up the decision isn’t onerous at all.

I think the bigger problem lies where a broker is at the pre fact find stage and after a short conversation realises that a mortgage is either unsuitable or can’t be placed. Brokers have told us that they are required to fully document why a secured loan might be suitable, and therefore evidence why a remortgage isn’t, before referring the enquiry to a specialist – and after that there is still a chance that a second is not available either. So rather than face the hassle they are telling clients they can’t help and agreeing to speak in the future when the borrowers’ circumstances have improved.

This is a bad idea because firstly the borrowers needs have not been met and secondly it’s likely they will apply for a loan online resulting in a missed sale for the broker and potentially a lost client – to whoever has taken time to deal with the matter properly.

There is a half way house which can help brokers avoid spending abortive time. A decent loan specialist will be happy to do some research to see what is available before a formal referral takes place. Brokers should have completed a basic DIP form and GDPR process to assess the remortgage and this can be used for the second charge assessment so he/she knows if the second charge has legs before deciding to refer it, and therefore only do the required compliance work on cases likely to proceed. If the referral proceeds the loan specialist will deal with the suitability of the loan so brokers don’t need to be overly concerned about this. Instead they need to document why a first mortgage wasn’t suitable

Whether you are an AR or directly authorised your compliance process for referring second charges may be far easier than you think so don’t be put off and take a closer look. Referring to a trusted third party is surely better than risking your clients contacting an unknown loan broker online.

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