Lending criteria sourcing provide, Knowledge Bank has announced that is now offering brokers the ability to perform criteria searches within two lending types: Bridging and Commercial.

The addition of the new sectors has added over 9,000 individual criteria to the Knowledge Bank system taking the total criteria held by the system to over 70,000.  This includes previously unpublished criteria and policy information, across all lending types, that cannot be found via lender websites or product guides.

Over the past six months Connect for Intermediaries has been working with Knowledge Bank using its specialist expertise to develop the criteria questioning and work with their lenders to complete all of the criteria information. Connect’s brokers have then trialled the system to ensure it works exactly as it needs to.  Over the past six months, they have performed over 3,000 live searches by asking the system to display which lenders will lend against multiple criteria requirements.

With the pilot now successfully completed, the ability to search for criteria within these new sectors will be activated automatically for all Knowledge Bank users. This will extend the search system, to eight different loan types, at no extra cost. Knowledge Bank’s enhanced search took makes it quicker and easier to find the right criteria straight away, while brokers can search for unlimited criteria on any single search.

Furthermore, advisers using Knowledge Bank will have the ability to place their bridging and commercial cases via Connect for Intermediaries who, through their specialist experience in both these sectors, will reduce the time and workload on brokers, whilst helping to achieve more successful outcomes.

Nicola Firth, CEO of Knowledge Bank said, “This is an exciting development for the system and follows a period of working closely with providers in these sectors to understand and unmask criteria complexities and conditions so that brokers don’t have too. Our job is to make brokers’ lives easier and give them more time in front of clients rather than searching through product brochures and spreadsheets.”

“Both bridging and commercial sectors are expanding with new entrants and new products and as such should provide an exciting opportunity for brokers. Complicated criteria conditions should not act as a barrier to entry for brokers looking to seize new income opportunities and that’s why we’ve made it easy to quickly and easily find a home for a client’s case.”

Liz Syms, CEO of Connect for Intermediaries says, “We have been working with Knowledge Bank for some time, using our specialist expertise in both the bridging and commercial sectors to ensure that the bridging and commercial searches really work for brokers and contain everything that they need to find the right bridging lender and mortgage for their client.

“Until now it has been incredibly difficult for brokers to navigate this market unless they are dealing with a wide range of lenders every day as we are at Connect.  Connect will therefore continue to help brokers who understandably still need additional help and support in finding the right mortgage and presenting their case in such a way that it will give it the best possible chance of success.”