Knowledge Bank’s latest criteria activity tracker has shown a shift in broker searches regarding equity release.
Meanwhile, searches for lenders that allow houses of multiple occupation come into the top five for the first time in the buy-to-let sector.
The latest criteria activity tracker from Knowledge Bank has revealed brokers’ top searches in March 2019. Tenure becomes the most searched criteria category within equity release for the first time in the criteria index.
The top searches within equity release have shifted in recent months from factors affecting the loan to considerations relating to the property itself. Brokers have also been interrogating the data for lenders who will consider timber and non-standard construction in addition to properties with an annex or outbuildings.
Within the buy-to-let sector, searches for lenders who will allow first time landlords once again takes the top spot. Additionally, within buy-to-let searches for lenders that allow houses of multiple occupation (HMO) breaks into the top five for the first time. This search has been featured in the top ten multiple times but has not been one of the top five searches since the index started in July 2018.
Residential loan searches in March continue to relate to the needs of older borrowers with three out of the top five categories relating to a borrowers age. The most popular searches performed by mortgage brokers in March included those for lenders who offered the most generous criteria regarding the maximum age at the end of the mortgage term.
Nicola Firth, CEO of Knowledge Bank, said: “As we head into the second quarter of 2019, the landscape for brokers advising clients continues to be more and more complicated. Everyone in the housing market is reacting to external financial and competitive forces within a period of unprecedented change with Brexit, and mortgage and loan providers are no exception.
“There are daily changes to both products and their underlying criteria so the task facing brokers in delivering advice is harder than ever. However, the reality for brokers is that borrowers are unaware or unconcerned as long as they can be paired with the right product from the right lender. This is why technology is crucial in helping brokers find the right product the first time.”