Informed IFA, 21 Marlow Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire , SL6 7AA
Speed of response:
Time of call: 11.00am. The call was answered after two rings. 5/5
Friendly and engaging. 5/5
CF6 - Certificate in Mortgage Advice (CII). 5/5
Commission. A fee of £495 is payable if a client does not proceed with the mortgage deal once a decision in principle has been reached. 5/5
The adviser admitted that he did not know a lot about help-to-buy Isas because the product is new to the marketplace. After being informed of the shopper’s circumstances, the adviser said that he might be able to secure a loan at 95 per cent LTV. The shopper could also be eligible for the government’s help-to-buy scheme, although the initiative is only applicable to new-builds, the adviser added. 4/5
Extensive – although the adviser admitted limited knowledge on help-to-buy Isas, he correctly told the shopper that savers can deposit a lump sum of up to £1,200 in the first month, and up to £200 thereafter. 4/5
First class. The adviser was detailed in his guidance, which was delivered in a friendly manner. He even managed to generate a mortgage deal based on the shopper’s situation using an online tool during the conversation.
The Ross Partnership, 12 Holly Crescent, Berkshire, SL4 5SL
Speed of response:
Time of call: 11.23am. The call was answered after three rings. 5/5
Level four diploma.
The adviser did not disclose this as he no longer advises on mortgages.
“The bigger the deposit, the better the mortgage deal,” according to the adviser. Although qualified to give mortgage advice, the adviser said that he had not done many mortgage applications lately, and was somewhat ‘out of the loop’ on the latest developments in the market. He recommended and disclosed the contact details of two mortgage brokers who work in different adviser firms.
The shopper felt that the adviser had a wealth of knowledge in the area. The adviser said that he had been an estate agent for 16 years prior to his current role.