MBE London to hold building society panel debate

Ryan Fowler

October 7, 2019

Mortgage Business Expo (MBE)  is set to host a panel debate with leading representatives from major building societies.

The panellist are Daniel Berrisford of Leek United, Steven Bond of Principality, Graham Carter of the Beverley and Steve Matthews of the Bath Building Society.

It is expected the panel will cover topics such as ways in which building societies are growing their intermediary mortgage lending through product development, technology and service, and the significant role building societies play in the mortgage market.

Daniel Berrisford, BDM at Leek United, said: “I’m looking forward to contributing to the discussions with brokers and debate observations on the mortgage industry, changing demographics and how building societies are offering high levels of service and innovative products to help intermediaries assist more customers in a dynamic market.”

Graham Carter, head of lending at the Beverley Building Society, added: “At Beverley Building Society, we understand the importance and increasing role intermediaries play in helping to navigate borrowers through a complex mortgage market.

“Which is why we are absolutely committed to going out of our way to discuss the opportunities available to intermediaries.

“Building societies can help on a wide variety of cases from helping first time buyers to self-builders and the self-employed.”

Steven Bond, key account manager at the Principality Building Society, said: “I’m looking forward to conversations about the challenges shared by brokers and lenders.

“Amidst all the lenders coming to and from the market, this is a great opportunity to discuss how “mutual societies” can help advisers pass on more than just competitive rates to their clients.”

Steve Matthews, head of mortgages at the Bath Building Society, concluded: “The buy-to-let market has substantially reduced in the past few years, with more lenders diversifying into the holiday let market due to recent tax changes.

“When assessing the unique risks in this type of market we have continued our commitment to the sector offering a flexible underwriting approach, and I look forward to discussing this further with brokers at MBE London.”

Mike Mikunda from MBE praised the role of building societies and promised an eventful debate.

He said: “Building societies continue to be a major force in the UK mortgage, buy to let and lending into retirement markets.

“They have many key topics to discuss and the panel debate will provide valuable insights for mortgage intermediaries and shine a spotlight on the current trends in the market.

“I’m confident this panel discussion will appeal to mortgage brokers, finance introducers and IFAs and is a great way to put their questions to industry experts.”

The London Expo takes place on 16 October taking place at the Barbican.

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