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Woolwich launches new online tool

Woolwich has launched a new mortgage sales tool in a bid to improve its service for intermediaries.

Mortgage Application Xpress will enable brokers to confirm mortgage decisions at point of sale, certify ID and proof of address online, leading to speedier mortgage offers.

Woolwich intermediary business director David Finlay says: “This strengthens our promise to the intermediary market to build on our service. The latest online sales tool is a result of feedback from intermediaries to provide them with a single platform for all mortgage sales related activities.”


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