Ipswich Building Society opens up lending to Paradigm members

Jessica Bird

June 4, 2020


Ipswich Building Society has lifted its postcode lending restrictions for Paradigm Mortgage Services members, allowing member firms in England and Wales to access its products.

Ipswich Building Society is active in a number of specialist mortgage product sectors on top of its residential offering including later life lending, buy-to-let (BTL), holiday let, expatriate and self-build mortgages.

Paradigm member firms will now be able to register with the Ipswich via its website and begin submitting business within 24 hours.

Paradigm member firms will be able to use Ipswich’s intermediary portal for residential, BTL, shared ownership, self-build and expat cases up to two applicants, while for those with more than two applicants, guarantors or for porting cases a paper application will need to be submitted.

Through the portal advisers can produce a European Standardised Information Sheet (ESIS), submit a decision in principle (DIP) and full mortgage application, upload documents directly to the case, and track the case plus any previously submitted cases.

John Coffield, head of mortgages at Paradigm Mortgage Services, said: “The traditional notion of what a building society does in the mortgage market can almost be consigned to history now, given the products and the sectors that many institutions are now active in.

“While residential might remain the bread and butter, lenders like Ipswich are showing the value of a much more diversified approach to the mortgage market and are working with intermediaries and distributors in order to ensure they meet the needs of their client demographic.

“This is why we’re very pleased to bring Ipswich onto our lender panel, especially given its commitment to manual underwriting, plus its willingness to look at ‘unusual’ cases and circumstances, and the fact it lends right across England and Wales.

“With an intermediary portal designed to make the lives of advisers that much easier, we believe there is plenty about the Ipswich which we can commend to our member firms, and we’re looking forward to working with the team there to broaden its footprint within Paradigm.”

Richard Norrington, chief executive of Ipswich Building Society, said: “As the mortgage market faces unprecedented times, we are pleased to extend our broad range of products to the members of Paradigm to help their clients.

“We recently relaunched our 90% LTV product for new-build houses, alongside buy-to-let, expat, holiday let and self-build deals.

“Through our expert, manual underwriting we can add value to club members, assessing each case on its own merit and making an informed lending decision.”

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