Mortgage Brain is rolling out its affordability-based sourcing solution Affordability Hub following a pilot.
Affordability Hub allows intermediaries to input information about the borrower and property in a standard form. Affordability Hub sends this to lenders’ affordability calculators and collates the results. It then provides intermediaries with a comprehensive summary of how much lenders will consider lending as well as recording each stage of the lender’s affordability calculation, ensuring they have a full audit trail to support their advice from a compliance perspective.
There are currently 27 lenders live on Affordability Hub, including Accord, Bank of Ireland, Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds Banking Group, Nationwide, NatWest, Santander, Skipton Building Society and Virgin Money.
The Affordability Hub pilot initially commenced with Countrywide and Openwork Advisers. Since then users from other intermediary firms have taken part, including Fluent Mortgages, John Charcol and The Right Mortgage Company. During the pilot, intermediaries carried out affordability checks for mortgages in excess of £500 million.
Affordability Hub is initially being rolled out to users of Mortgage Brain’s criteria-based sourcing solution Criteria Hub over the coming months. After this is completed, it will then be made available to users of the Mortgage Brain Anywhere and Mortgage Brain Classic sourcing systems later in the year.
In each case there will be no added cost for the addition of Affordability Hub. Intermediaries taking advantage of the 90-day free trial of Criteria Hub during this time will also have access to Affordability Hub.
Mark Lofthouse, CEO of Mortgage Brain, said: “The ability to deliver affordability together with product and criteria sourcing enables intermediaries to give the best advice to their customers. Throughout the pilot of Affordability Hub, intermediaries have told us that this system has transformed their advice process.
“The ability to access a single system which provides them with information from a host of lenders around precisely how much they are willing to lend their clients helps to deliver the best advice.
“We are thrilled to be rolling out Affordability Hub, making it available to thousands of intermediaries in the coming weeks as we continue to transform mortgage sourcing through investment and innovation.”