Halifax again saw impressive growth through in its high street as well as non-conforming arms, BM Solutions and The Mortgage Business.
In a year of restructuring and staff departures Halifax continued to have the confidence of brokers through its large and growing product suite offering a flexible and competitive range of fees.
The lender’s technology and service standards to brokers makes the firm easy to do business with and Halifax possesses leading edge case-tracking, compliant documentation, intelligent application forms and near-immediate mortgage offers.
Nationwide joins Halifax in top spot after a year in which the two firms battled at the summit of the press league for positive press coverage. They are also two out of only three lenders who have backed and pledged to support the Government’s Homebuy scheme to help first time buyers.
Nationwide’s standard variable-rate mortgage was seen as one of the best in the market in 2005 as it cemented its position as a favourite high street brand.
Specialist subsidiary UCB Home Loans also launched a suite of products through the year offering brokers more choice in an increasingly competitive market place.
The two firms have been easy recommendations for Brokers to make in 2005, both with a highly competitive and flexible range of products to add to the impressive service standards and first rate technology to make life easier for the broker.
Joint Winner – Halifax Plc
Joint Winner – Nationwide Building Society
3rd – Abbey for Intermediaries
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