Knowledge Bank adds new categories to meet demand around cladding

Jake Carter

March 2, 2021


Knowledge Bank has unveiled two new criteria categories including one to support brokers to find lenders who will lend on properties with cladding.

The two new categories are ‘composite cladding/EWS1 form’ and ‘local authority search indemnity insurance’.

The cladding category has been introduced to help brokers find lenders that will lend on properties with composite cladding.

Due to issues around potentially unsafe cladding, there is a huge surge in brokers dealing with clients who are effectively mortgage prisoners.

An estimated 650,000 people are currently living in properties with potentially unsafe cladding.

The second category is for indemnity insurance, which helps speed up the mortgage process.

Nicola Firth, founder and chief executive of Knowledge Bank, said: “Supporting brokers is our number one focus.

“When we see a trend of requests or activity in the market, we immediately look to develop new categories to support this demand, and give brokers access to the information they need to help their clients.

“In the past year, more than any other, Knowledge Bank gained the reputation for being immediately responsive, providing brokers with the information they need, when they need it.

“With 52,000 criteria changes last year alone, it is clearly impossible to keep up with lenders’ changing criteria with a traditional spreadsheet. Brokers clearly realise this.

“The necessity of a criteria search system was demonstrated by the enormous and unprecedented number of searches carried out by brokers last year, which topped 1.35million.

“2021 looks certain to be another year of change.

“As always, we will ensure that we are on hand to help brokers and will continue to add new criteria, improve our service and support brokers the moment it is necessary.”

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