Mortgage Brain Ireland

Did you know that Mortgage Brain doesn’t just operate in the UK? In 2003, we branched out to the Republic of Ireland, launching a mortgage solution system for Irish brokers, lenders and consumers.

Who is Mortgage Brain Ireland?
Mortgage Brain Ireland has held the exclusive distribution licence for our software in the Republic of Ireland for over a decade. Just like Mortgage Brain, our Irish counterparts are the leading providers of mortgage software, with many individual advisers and broker companies currently using the software. They have also created Ireland’s first free mortgage comparison and calculator app: IrishMortgages. This is equivalent to the UK app UKMortgages.

What is the IrishMortgages app?
The app was launched last year, and is the first free mortgage comparison app in Ireland, having been used over 30,000 times by Irish consumers in the past year. It allows users to explore various mortgage and affordability options throughout the country. The app also enables users to find a qualified Irish broker to assist with the process.

It incorporates a mortgage calculator, which is able to determine the cost of a mortgage per month, the deposit size, and the income an individual will need for this size mortgage.

IrishMortgages then calculates how much someone can borrow, based on the latest Central Bank lending rules, which are updated daily. The app also keeps a clear record of all searches done, which is a handy comparison and tracking tool for consumers.

How can an app like this help?
The mortgage app is particularly useful in Ireland as there is a national problem with individuals not understanding mortgages correctly.

Research has found that almost seven out of ten people in Ireland don’t know how much interest they will pay their lender over the lifespan of their mortgage. This highlights the need for the work being done by Mortgage Brain Ireland to teach and inform consumers.

What else does Mortgage Brain Ireland offer?
Just like Mortgage Brain in the UK, Mortgage Brain Ireland offers Mortgage Trading Exchange (MTE), which speeds up the mortgage application process considerably.

The MTE software permits brokers to trade electronically, allowing them to send, track and view applications and documents online. This eliminates the need for paper, thus enabling the process to be a lot smoother.

The Association of Expert Mortgage Advisors (AEMA) has also recently adopted Mortgage Brain Ireland. AEMA account for almost 50 percent of mortgage broker business in Ireland and are implementing MTE from Mortgage Brain in their move to an electronic mortgage-trading platform.

Lenders only need to integrate MTE once into their back office – there’s no need to build and maintain multiple bridges to systems from different broking firms. This saves both time and money.

What is the overall goal for the company?
Mortgage Brain Ireland estimates that, over the next four years, the industry could save €12 million in both cost savings and productivity, so long as both brokers and lenders adopt this standard electronic mortgage trading platform.
Therefore, the end goal for Mortgage Brain Ireland is to make the mortgage application process digital and establish a common trading platform for the industry as a whole.

As previously mentioned, research has shown that consumers in Ireland are not completely clear when it comes to mortgages and the process it entails. Mortgage Brian Ireland is aiming to provide support and information in order to educate consumers, ensuring they are as informed as they can be about the mortgage process and know exactly what they need to do.

Technology in the Mortgage Market

It’s been thirty years since we first introduced our mortgage software to the market, and it has been a vital tool which has revolutionised the industry in terms of technology ever since.

Technology is constantly evolving in its nature, but its particularly interesting to see it used so much in an industry that has, for the most, part stuck to what it knew best and not ventured into unknown territory.

But where can it go from here? And will the mortgage industry be as happy to welcome yet more changes?

Thankfully, we can hope that, because it has become accustomed to new technology before, the industry will be more likely to welcome future technological developments.

Where did it begin?
In 1986, we introduced the first ever piece of mortgage software, but with some drawbacks due to technology itself still evolving into the type of system we needed for it to really take off.

Fast-forward to 2004 and M-Day, which propelled the mortgage industry forward in terms of technological advancements. It revolutionised the way brokers worked, however, the sceptics were out in force: asking how the existing mortgage systems would cope with new demands.

As we know, it did more than just cope, leaving the mortgage industry and the brokers working within it a bit happier about the idea of using technology in their line of work.

But where are we now?
After M-Day, technological advancements took a giant leap; it allowed us, and other mortgage solution suppliers, to create systems which were faster working, easier to use and up to date – waiting times became a thing of the past, and the client became more involved with the introduction of social media, apps and bigger and better websites.

And what do we predict for the future?
Technology is a hard one to predict: faster software, holograms, robots – who knows?!

It does seem that as time goes on, the industry is more accepting, and welcoming, of technological advancements, especially if it makes their job smoother, quicker and easier – as that usually means more business too!

Following on from M-Day, and 2014’s Mortgage Market Review, this year’s Mortgage Credit Directive requirements have enforced more change in the market.

In five years’ time, we think there will have been various advancements, including:

– More systems integration
– Integrating the tablet more
– Remote video – Skyping your broker!
– The (further) rise of Apps

After that, who knows! Technological advancements mean that exciting times are ahead for the industry, and for MortgageBrain too. We can’t wait to see what the future has in store – even if it is robots!

ConveyancingBrain

Introducing ConveyancingBrain – the efficient and smart way for mortgage brokers to earn money from conveyancing!

The market has changed dramatically over the past few years, with 2014 research conducted by YouGov showing that 4 out of 10 customers want access to conveyancing services online.
That’s one of the many reasons why we decided to create ConveyancingBrain; a customer-focused system offered solely for mortgage brokers. It helps customers find a solicitor, that your recommended lender accepts, and who also offers good value for money.

Why conveyancing?
It is proven that the shorter the transaction time, the more likely a property purchase – and therefore a mortgage application – will go through. ConveyancingBrain is an efficient, safe and trusted system that allows for a swift process from beginning to end.
The system is available free of charge, and features a simple registration process offering instant access to conveyancing quotes and ongoing cases.

How does it work?

You can register as a new user on the website in a matter of minutes and begin straight away. You only need to log in once, and you then remain signed in, and can use your account to carry out a variety of different actions, including:
– Generating quotes
– Viewing and saving quotes
– Accessing case progress reports
– Setting default referral fees
– Adding and amending account and bank details
– Viewing all the solicitors on our panel
– Viewing your payment history
– Viewing all messages sent to and received from your clients.

Your customers are able to choose a solicitor according to geography, price and customer satisfaction results. All our solicitors hold Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) accreditations, as well as all being tailored to lender panels.

What are the benefits?
You can earn up to £300 per case, with ten cases a month at a referral fee of £150 each earning you £18,000 a year. The broker fees are also paid directly to you, and you can alter your referral fees on a case-by-case basis.

We offer constant support with any questions and queries you may have, both online and over the phone. In addition, we run free ten-minute webinar sessions every Friday to learn more about how to earn from conveyancing.

You also get a free ConveyancingBrain plug-in for your website in order for you to attract more customers. The plug-in is designed to allow potential clients to obtain quotes, and instruct a conveyancer directly without any intervention from you.

Why ConveyancingBrain?
During the first few months of its general release, over 500 brokers and financial advisors signed up to ConveyancingBrain and began to reap its benefits.

Around 50 brokers per week are now signing up to the new system, which offers brokers a safe and trusted process by which they can earn additional income in a safe, secure and effective way.

For more information about ConveyancingBrain, and to register and begin earning money today, please visit our website at www.conveyancingbrain.co.uk.

Alternatively, you can contact us directly by calling 0371 200 0655 or by emailing info@conveyancingbrain.co.uk.

Mortgage Brain and MCD

Mortgage Brain and MCD

It goes without saying that the new Mortgage Credit Directive (MCD) rules have caused yet another shake up in the mortgage industry, coming into force on 21st March 2016. Ultimately, it means changes to the familiar KFI, and BTL products etc. and also massive change for Advisers as Second Charge mortgages become regulated and part of the advisory process.

We’ve spent many months since the original announcements, working with Lenders and pouring over the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) commentary and documentation to ensure that Mortgage Brain systems can accommodate all the new requirements of MCD for both Lenders and Advisers alike.

We are yet again one step ahead of our competitors; having adjusted, enhanced and enriched our systems well before March 21st. Our main focus continues to be to support all our customers with any required changes to any element of the sales process whether due to regulation or improved usability or functionality.

So how has Mortgage Brain enhanced their systems?

Mortgage Brain’s market leading mortgage sourcing systems, MortgageBrain Classic and MortgageBrain Anywhere, feature a number of new enhancements and capabilities that fulfill regulatory changes for both our customers and Lenders.

Our sourcing systems now offer Advisers the choice to produce either the new ESIS illustration as required by the MCD European Directive or the updated new KFI documentation for each mortgage product. Elect to receive either an ESIS, KFI or simply the documents (ESIS or new KFI) required by the Lender, in your settings and the default illustration will be shown on the screen for all sourced products. Other enhancements include filters for Foreign Currency mortgages, Consumer BTL products, re-mortgage registration fees and a historic Annual Percentage Rate Charge (APRC) capability.

For a full understanding of the MCD changes to our products, please visit the website www.mortgage-brain.co.uk and go the Help and Support section.

What else have Mortgage Brain done?

We have also launched a free second charge loan sourcing system called LoansBrain www.loansbrain.co.uk. It is a new, whole-of-market, secured loan-sourcing website, that is FREE. It enables Advisers to source a range of products from the UKs leading secured loan Lenders and either forward the client’s details direct to a Master Broker or simply refer.

To further help Advisers to manage all aspects of their mortgage advice, sales and compliance process in light of MCD, MortgageBrain has also enhanced its point-of-sale, compliance and CRM system, the Key.

What does Mortgage Brain have to say about all this?

Mark Lofthouse, CEO of Mortgage Brain, comments, “The roll-out programme for our new MCD ready systems has been underway for some time now and we’re delighted that all our systems are ready and available in advance of the implementation of the Mortgage Credit Directive. The new enhancements we’ve made to our sourcing and point-of-sale systems are a result of our continuous investment programme and further demonstrate our commitment to delivering the best technology for brokers.”

What’s the bottom line?

It’s safe to say that, we continue to enhance and develop our systems to ensure that we offer all our customers the very best in mortgage technology solutions!

LoansBrain

Introducing LoansBrain www.loansbrain.co.uk – the clever and free way to source a second charge loan.

The deadline for MCD is fast approaching and everyone is talking about how it will affect them! From 21st March, secured loans will become regulated in accordance with the European Directive by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

We are delighted to announce the launch of LoansBrain, www.loansbrain.co.uk our whole of market second charge sourcing website created solely for mortgage brokers. It enables mortgage brokers to source a range of products from a whole of market range of secured loan Lenders. Brokers can either source a secured loan themselves and then refer to a Master Broker or simply refer. The Master Broker behind LoansBrain is Fluent Money – the UK’s largest second charge Master Broker and winner of the Loan Talk Awards 2015 for Largest Loan Broker. Get to grips with the system by booking a free 10 minute webinar here.

Why a Secured Loan?

A client may want to opt for a secured loan to keep a long-term low rate, because they only require the loan for a short period or because their circumstances have changed and remortgage is no longer an option. When:

  • Your client is already on a competitive mortgage rate
  • Your client is tied into their mortgage with heavy redemption penalties
  • Your client has an interest only mortgage
  • Your client needs a larger sum over a longer term to bring the monthly cost down
  • Your client needs funds quickly with no upfront fees to pay
  • Your client’s credit status has changed since their last mortgage application
  • Your client needs early settlement flexibility
  • Your client needs to raise capital for a non-traditional purpose
  • Your client is unable to obtain a re-mortgage or further advance
  • Soft credit searches at quotation stage is important

Why LoansBrain?

LoansBrain gives brokers a way to compliantly source Whole of Market second charge loans online. It is completely free to use and there is no need to register. If you’d like to know more about LoansBrain or would like to join one of the free webinar sessions, visit the website at www.loansbrain.co.uk

For a comprehensive understanding of MCD and how it is affecting Mortgage Sourcing generally please see our MCD designated page.