We are pleased to introduce you to our new Academy, provided by our Financial Services network, Connect for Intermediaries. 
The Academy has been designed to help you become a confident and competent adviser in the specialist mortgage market. 
In the residential market an adviser must hold a mortgage qualification and be supervised until they can demonstrate they are a competent adviser. There is no such requirement in certain parts of the specialist market, so technically someone could be working as a builder one day and set themselves up as a Commercial, Bridging and BTL broker the next day without a qualification, or for most of the sales, without FCA regulation!  
However, most lenders will not accept an application from an adviser who is not part of a regulated environment. 
Our Network provides its service to support this type of adviser. In fact, the number of lenders accepting business from non-regulated brokers diminished even further in 2018, even where the lenders are offering non-regulated products, they still have a preference to deal only with regulated brokers.  
Assured Funding Ltd's proposition has always been to treat our Clients as though they, the types of properties and of course the funding solutions, are all supported as if under a regulated environment. This adds further protection for all parties including our Client, the bank and our Firm. 
Assured Funding, via our Network, normally only accepts experienced brokers, so the Academy is designed to enable those with less experience to enter the market
Even for those with a qualification, there is an incredible amount that a mortgage adviser needs to learn about actually researching the market and giving advice, especially if they are new to the market. The Academy will help candidates develop their mortgage knowledge, with a focus on their understanding of the criteria and lender offerings in the specialist market. 
The Academy will be offered to candidates who are deemed capable, such as brokers returning to the industry, accountants and property experienced individuals such as Estate or letting agents who wish to start a new business. 
Qualification is not required (residential loans are not part of this course) Candidates however should have some knowledge of the property market, have the ability to learn and bring a laptop for hands-on learning during their training week. 
Candidates will have the opportunity to review pre-course material, to ensure they have a minimum level of knowledge to maximise their learning during the Academy week. 
Curriculum will include: 
1. Core compliance training 
Money Laundering 
Data Protection 
Understanding the mortgage basics 
Treating customers fairly 
2. Specialist knowledge training 
Calculating BTL rental affordability 
HMO and multi-unit property 
Bridge finance- refurbishments and other uses 
Commercial and business funding 
Lender criteria complexities 
3. Researching the market 
Fact finding 
Understanding a credit file 
Understanding accounts and complex income 
Using Research tools like Knowledge Bank 
Creating an illustration in Twenty7tec 
Lender resources 
Case studies 
Presenting solutions and closing the sale 
4. Submitting business 
Application process 
Using OMS for submissions 
Using OMS for tracking 
Documentation standards 
Undertaking risk checks 
Customer Service Standards 
5. Generating leads 
Social media 
Email marketing 
Advertising approvals 
Existing customers and personal recommendations 
Moving forward: 
Learning will continue after the course and candidates will have access to the team to help them successfully find solutions for their cases. The team will also mentor the candidates growth and development in the months following the course to help them to achieve Competent Adviser Status in their chosen product areas. 
Fees and charges. Authorisation and Network training fee > £499 includes 1 week course. Ongoing monthly membership and support fees apply via Assured Funding Ltd. Low cost investment for a proven lucrative, long term business opportunity and career.  
What's next? To find out more and to secure a place on the next Academy date (subject to availability), complete and send the form below.  
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