Help first-time buyers help themselves with Smartr365

With property prices in many areas still sky-high, the Bank of Mum and Dad is one of the UK’s biggest lenders. The fact is that not every first-time buyer has access to these funds, and need a solution which can still help them take the first step on the housing...

Behind the Scenes at Smartr365

At Smartr365 we’re always working to bring new features to our platform to deliver the best possible experience for our brokers. Recently, we updated our development process and we now follow an extremely efficient approach to feature development. Interested in...

How we help the one-man band

One of the greatest opportunities facing the mortgage industry is using technology to make brokers’ everyday roles easier. However, adopting new systems and embracing change can often be a worry for smaller firms. At Smartr365, we want to help businesses of all sizes...

The FCA mortgage market study – what does it mean for brokers?

In May this year, the FCA released its Mortgage Market Study (MMS), outlining its view of the industry as it stands, and where it would like to see it move in the future. Within the report, several recommendations were made as to changes that could, and possibly...

Meet the team: Stephen Nobes, Head of Network and Club Relationships

We recently announced the appointment of Stephen Nobes as our new Head of Network and Club Relationships, but we thought that you’d like to get to know about him and his role at Smart365. Read all about Stephen and his role here. Smartr365: Hi Stephen – first of all,...

Drowning in paperwork? Reduce your paper weight with SmartrDoc

The volume of paperwork for mortgage applications has soared in the last decade. Collecting and keeping track of the documents involved can be a headache brokers really don’t need. That’s why Smartr365 offers SmartrDoc to comply, collect, organise, store and share all your mortgage documents.

The new 9 to 5: Remote working with Smartr365

Working practices are changing as people increasingly want to work from home or be able to access their emails on the move. Smartr365 lets you work remotely just as easily as you can work at your desk. Check out these five Smartr365 features that keep your business moving when you’re on the move...

Getting your client data right: one year on since GDPR

On the 25th May it will be one year since the General Data Protection Regulation Act (GDPR) came into force in the European Union. Your business likely implemented new processes and systems last year to ensure it’s compliant, but in today’s fast paced environment, it’s time to check that all your client data is being stored securely as intended. Our COO, Robin Parker, looks at protecting client data and GDPR-compliant CRM systems.

Market insight: Proptech in the UK

The UK’s reputation as a technology hub is growing, and Britain has recently been ranked as the most attractive investment destination for the coming year, as well as the third most promising country in the world for technology breakthroughs that have a global impact. The proptech industry is playing a key role in this as technological disruption reaches the UK housing market. Our CTO Rees Watkins takes a look at the UK ‘proptech sector’ and looks at some of the developments that we can expect in the near future, and what they could mean for the mortgage market.

April showers: how Smartr365 can help you through remortgage season

April was likely a busy time of year for your business, as thousands of borrowers came to the end of their fixed rate mortgage deal. They had two options: either remortgage or switch onto their lender’s standard variable rate (SVR). While Easter is usually a quieter time, activity will start ramping up again as we move into summer - and advisers need to secure the best deals for these clients while generating new business at the same time. So, let’s take a look at how Smartr365 can help you during peak remortgage seasons.

Why the fight against friction is good

At Smartr365, we talk about the ‘frictionless mortgage’ a lot – improving the mortgage process through automation and digitalisation is our main objective. But we appreciate that such changes can be scary – it’s human nature to fear the unknown. Our CEO, Conor Murphy, looks at the arguments against the frictionless mortgage and offers his take on them.

Meet the team: Rees Watkins, CTO

The Smartr365 team has decades of combined experience in the mortgage industry. Next up in our Meet the Team series, we introduce Rees Watkins, our Chief Transformation Officer, who told us about his role, the challenges facing the industry, and how we can tackle them.

Open Banking: what impact has it had on the mortgage market?

Open Banking celebrated its first birthday this year. While many expected it to go off with more of bang, the impact of Open Banking appears to have been somewhat muted. But why? Access to real-time financial data has the potential to transform the mortgage journey – not just for customers, but all parties involved in the process. Our CEO, Conor Murphy, looks at its effects so far on the mortgage market.

On Cloud Nine: The five benefits of online cloud storage

Storing confidential documents used to mean a trip to the filing cabinet. But advances in technology have revolutionised the way that businesses can manage their data. Cloud storage solutions allow data to be remotely accessed and stored securely. In our latest ‘Smartr Thinking’ series, we take a look at the five benefits of cloud systems and why this could be a useful solution for your brokerage.

Choosing your CRM solution with care

The business case for having a good customer relationship management (CRM) system is clear. Effective CRM enables brokers to collect, access and use client data more effectively in a post-GDPR world. That means organising and automating tasks to reduce paperwork and time spent on admin as well as driving efforts to improve sales and profitability. CRM is specifically designed to help improve customer relationships – the cornerstone of a broker’s business.

Point A to Z: Why end-to-end matters

Whether you’ve been in business for 10 years or 10 months, it’s likely you already have processes in place to manage your clients and the mortgage application. To a greater or lesser extent, the technology you use will support these activities. In some cases though, a considerable amount of effort, money and time may have gone into implementing systems which are not very efficient. Smartr365’s Chief Operating Officer Robin Parker explores why end-to-end solutions are increasing in popularity and how they can transform your mortgage business – turning ten hours of admin time into one.

Announcing our MortgageKanban

Yesterday, we launched the newest and most revolutionary feature of the Smartr365 platform to date. We’ve spent many months researching the fastest and easiest way for you to process a mortgage – and this is how our MortgageKanban was created...

What would ‘spark joy’ for mortgage brokers? Lessons from ‘Tidying up with Marie Kondo’

Barely two months into 2019 and a trend has gripped hold of the nation – ‘Tidying Up’ with Marie Kondo. Marie Kondo, the Japanese ‘tidying up’ consultant, already has a bestselling book and accompanying Netflix series dedicated to helping people remove the unnecessary clutter from their lives. Should brokers also be looking to apply the principles of decluttering to their businesses?

Smartr365 – Boosting Productivity

Brexit may be the burning issue dominating the agenda at the moment. However, a longer standing economic issue which Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has been at pains to address is the slump in UK productivity growth.

Alexa, find me a broker…  How the mortgage market could look in 2029

The last massive shake up of the UK mortgage industry was the financial crash and the collapse of Lehman Brothers in September 2008. The mortgage market has changed a lot in the last decade and is now in a very different place to how it was back then - especially in the sense of regulation and compliance. So, what might change in the coming ten years for your business? Click here to read our blog and our CEO Conor Murphy’s thoughts!