Platform enhances range

Kay McLellan

June 6, 2006

This is the first of a series of initiatives planned over the course of this year. Platform is launching its first wave on 12 June and these include Increased Income Multiples, 90 per cent loan-to-value (LTV), Buy to Let and wider LTV bandings.

With a plethora of new entrants in the specialist lending sector due to launch in the next few months and many of the existing providers widening their product offerings, Platform has decided to meet this challenge by improving its existing product range.

Clickdecision, Platform’s online decision facility, has been adapted to cater for these products and criteria changes. The lender is also scheduled to enhance its online facilities with the launch of its online application facility later in the summer.

Additional features include:

· Income Multiples – Up to 5 x single and 3.5 x Joint

· Conforming and Non-Conforming Buy to Let – Available to 90 per cent LTV

· Three months Self-Certification – Self-Employed only

· Non-Conforming range – better pricing through wider LTV bands

Guy Batchelor, Platform’s sales and marketing director, said: “We are having a record year for completions in 2006, however the market is getting tougher due to the current competition widening their product ranges and the influx of new players. This new product range is the first of a number of developments that Platform will be announcing over the course of the next six months which are designed to maintain and enhance our standing within the specialist mortgage sector and also make us easier to do business with.

“During the product development process, it was clear to us that these initiatives would make us ‘best of breed’ in many areas of the market and our ultimate aim was to develop a product range that would appeal to our wide ranging distribution which includes packagers, as well as mortgage brokers and Independent Financial Advisors. As a lender that has been operating in the specialist sector for nearly ten years, I believe, this year will undoubtedly prove to be the most significant in terms of change and we are determined that Platform maintains it’s market position at the forefront of the specialist mortgage sector.”

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