Connect expands second charge offering

Connect for Intermediaries has added Lenderlink and Fluent for Advisers to its second charge lending panel.

By adding specialist broker Fluent for Advisers, and Lenderlink – a system from Specialist Mortgage Group – Connect’s network members will have access to a wider range of lenders and choices on how they want to access these lenders.

It also gives brokers the opportunity to refer second charge cases if they prefer.

Fluent for Advisers has access to a wide product range and already arranges one in five loans in the UK. The fee structure is flexible with both the client fee and commissions agreed in advance.

While Fluent for Advisers will take over responsibility for the advice, brokers and their clients are able to track the case all the way through to completion.

Launched in July 2018 by the Specialist Mortgage Group – parent company of Y3S – Lenderlink offer access to a panel of second charge lenders.  All Connect network members will automatically be registered and will be able to use the system to initial research solutions and create quotes. Applications can be submitted directly to the provider or the client can be referred to Lenderlink.

If the case is referred to Lenderlink, they will take on the responsibility for the advice to the client and charge the client a fee. The member will know the amount of fee in advance and their expected share of the fee.

Connect Network Members will still have the option to use the Connect panel for direct submission to the lenders via the Connect case management team, where the member will retain responsibility for the advice and can control the client fee charged.

Liz Syms, CEO of Connect for Intermediaries, said: “We are always looking to enhance our proposition for brokers, and by adding Lenderlink and Fluent for Advisers, not only are we opening up access to many more lenders, but we are also giving our network members the option of referring their second charge enquiries to the expertise of these providers.”

Matt Cottle CEO of SMG, added: “We are very pleased to be offering the very latest second charge sourcing technology into Connect.

“We’ll be working closely with their ARs to make it easier for them to identify and transact second charge mortgage business through technology webinars and face to face software demonstrations.”

Jeff Davidson, head of intermediaries at Fluent for Advisers added: “Liz Syms and her senior management team have built a hugely effective and respected business that caters for the widest range of advisers and we are looking forward to working closely them to support their members and add real value to the network.

“We hope to provide Connect, its advisers and the end customer with an unparalleled level of service which cannot be matched anywhere within our industry.”

Syms said: “Each of the three options has its benefits; Lenderlink offers a simple and straightforward system for quotation and application, Fluent for Advisers offers flexibility with the fee structure and a high level of experience, while Connect’s own panel gives those who want to retain control of the advice the option to do so, and keep all the fees charged.”


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