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LIA brokers get membership of SMP

Mortgage advisers who are members of the LIA and who transfer to the proposed Personal Finance Society will receive automatic membership into the Society of Mortgage Professionals.

The Society of Mortgage Professionals is the CII&#39s new professional development body. The CII says the mortgage advisers who become part of PFS will be exempt from the £30 joining fee other CII members will have to pay. Members of the LIA and Sofa vote on their proposed merger to become the PFS in October.

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