Post Office unveils mortgages drive
Thursday 09 August 2012
People visiting the Post Office will be able to apply for a mortgage deal under plans announced today.
The provider has stepped up its bid to become a top-10 lender by announcing plans for scores of mortgage specialists across its network of branches.
Seven mortgage specialists will initially be available in Birmingham, Solihull, Walsall, Luton and Norwich under a pilot scheme being rolled out in the coming months to include the larger branches across the Post Office's 11,800-strong network.
The Post Office hopes the number of specialists, who will discuss its own products with customers, will eventually reach three figures.
Until now, people have had to apply online or over the phone for a mortgage with the provider, which has offered mortgages since 2009. The Post Office offers deals for people with deposits as low as 10% and said it plans to "sharpen up" its range in the near future.
The Post Office said its new mortgage software will enable customers to find out how much they could borrow and view products and repayments on screen.
Customers can be provided with a printed approval in principle and have the opportunity to submit a full mortgage application under the plans.
Charlotte Nelson, spokeswoman for consumer help website Moneyfacts, said the range does not currently appear on its best buy tables, but the introduction of mortgage specialists would give borrowers more involvement in the "complex" process.
The Post Office offers mortgages, savings and credit cards as part of a joint venture with the Bank of Ireland. It did not say how many mortgage customers it currently has or how many more it aims to take on.
Mike Cook, head of Post Office mortgages, said the provider wants to build on its reputation as a trusted brand.
He said the ambition to become one of the top 10 largest mortgage lenders would take several years to achieve and there were no strict targets. The plans could help first-time buyers, many of whom have found themselves trapped in the rental sector.
While there have been recent signs of a mortgage war between lenders trying to attract less "risky" borrowers with big deposits, those with smaller deposits are expected to have a tougher time finding a deal in the coming months amid the weak economy.
Mr Cook said: "Last year over 40% of our borrowers were first-time buyers, which is something we are always open to."
The network's online and phone services will remain in place.
- 1 President of Argentina adopts Jewish godson to 'stop him turning into a werewolf'
- 2 Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations
- 3 Sir Winston Churchill’s family begged him not to convert to Islam, letter reveals
- 4 AirAsia flight QZ8501 missing: Search for plane carrying 162 passengers from Indonesia to Singapore suspended overnight
- 5 Game of Thrones is most-pirated TV show of 2014
President of Argentina adopts Jewish godson to 'stop him turning into a werewolf'
Exclusive: Abusers using spyware apps to monitor partners reaches 'epidemic proportions'
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations
Sir Winston Churchill’s family begged him not to convert to Islam, letter reveals
AirAsia flight QZ8501 missing: Search for plane carrying 162 passengers from Indonesia to Singapore suspended overnight
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Millions of Britons struggling to feed themselves and facing malnourishment
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Nigel Farage: Ukip leader named 'Briton of the year' by The Times
Immigrants make UK racist, says Ukip councillor Trevor Shonk
iJobs Money & Business
Not specified: Selby Jennings: VP/SVP Credit Quant Top tier investment bank i...
Not specified: Selby Jennings: Quantitative Research | Global Equity | New Yor...
Not specified: Selby Jennings: SVP Model Validation This top tiered investment...
Highly Competitive: Selby Jennings: Our client, a leading European Oil trading...