Mortgage advisors Grant Wagner and Katherine Gibbs who recently moved to Uckfield have launched their own business locally.
The couple belong to the Mortgage Advice Bureau network and are able to help people needing a mortgage to buy their first home, buy an investment property, or re-mortgage their home.
They moved to the Harlands Estate two months ago after falling in love with the area while house hunting. Now they can often be seen out and about walking their dogs, labrador sisters Rosie and Jessie.
The couple have joined Uckfield Chamber of Commerce and Grant has also joined the East Sussex National Golf Club.
They already see clients in London and hope to work more between Uckfield and London and between Uckfield and Brighton.
Grant, originally from South Africa, and Katherine, who grew up in Devon, have complimentary backgrounds. He has worked in the financial services industry, beginning in retail banking, for more than 20 years, and she started out working for an independent estate agency rising to senior management level.
They met when they became mortgage advisers. Grant has been working independently for the past 11 years and Katherine re-trained when asked by the estate agency to become their mortgage adviser.
“We feel that together we can offer really good personal service, helping people through the buying process, from start to finish,” said Katherine.
The great thing is they are able to visit people in their own homes, so saving the trip to a bank or building society.
Grant said: “We can sit down with people, whether they are buying for the first time or buying to let, and go through finance, what they need to do and the costs of moving.”
“Sometimes Mum and Dad will want to listen in because the first time market is very difficult for people in this town. The cost of housing is significant, more expensive than elsewhere and most first-time buyers are getting help from their parents or grandparents, especially with the pension regulation change where people are able to choose more what they do with their pensions.”
They belong to a big mortgage network and have access to hundreds of mortgage lender products, unlike a bank or building society which has access only to its own products. They are also able to offer exclusive deals, some of which are only available to their customers.
“We offer good, sound and independent advice,” said Grant. “It’s never too early to seek that advice. If you are thinking of selling or thinking about buying speak to us and we can help work the numbers out and later down the line get into the specifics about the different types of mortgages available.”
Katherine added: “We are not pushy sales people, we are literally here to provide a service and build a really good reputation around Uckfield so that we can look after people long term.”
If you would like to know more Grant and Katherine can be contacted on 08432 907310 or by emailing email@example.com.
*Contact details for the Mortgage Advice Bureau can be found 24/7 in a listing in our Uckfield Directory. Just look under the business name or in the category for Mortgage Advisers.