West One Loans creates a “roving underwriter” for major distributors


West One Loans has created a “roving underwriter” to provide key distribution partners with better case support.

The specialty lender has appointed Ann-Marie Tarrant, who is currently an underwriter in the firm’s office, to the new position.

Tarrant will visit the company’s key distributors to assist with first and second charge cases, as well as provide tailored training to brokerage firms on its underwriting requirements.

The lender says it will also have the power to assess cases on the spot, ‘meaning cases should be able to progress more quickly to completion’ by reducing the number of first-day underwriting needs before the case be submitted for approval to its Watford-based underwriting team.

Marie Grundy, Managing Director of West One Loans, Residential Mortgages and Second Charge, said: “While remote working has become the norm for some businesses, many people still prefer face-to-face interactions, especially when these are often complicated financial transactions.

“We know our brokers certainly think that way, so it made perfect sense to introduce this role to complement our office-based underwriting team.

“We want to ensure that we consistently deliver a highly responsive, market-leading service, and we’re confident this new role will help us achieve that.” And in Ann-Marie, an experienced, respected and valued underwriter, we feel we have the perfect person for the job.

Earlier this month, the company launched a range of prime residential mortgages which it says are “aimed at borrowers underserved by high street lenders”.

Its range is open to first-time buyers, movers and mortgage customers who have typically been unable to obtain financing from traditional lenders.

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