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The Free Money Advice Service has been setup by the government to provide impartial advice on most financial matters but is particularly good on Equity Release. 

Equity Release is a minefield but a necessary minefield! Get it right and older people can raise money on their property - potentially allowing them to afford to stay in their homes for the rest of their lives. Get it wrong and they can accumulate an enormous debt and effectively disinherit their children as the finance company claims their home in order to repay the accumulated loan when they die. The link below may help you decide whether this might be a useful route to go down. However just as importantly consider using a financial adviser.
This is a simple AgeUK Equity Release calculator which will help you find out how much an equity release loan would allow you to raise on your house.

Independent Financial Advisers - IFAs Paddington

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3rd Floor, 14 Hanover Street, Hanover Square, Mayfair, London W1S 1YH, UK – 07540 801811

I was assisted by Maryanne on a credit score matter. The advise she gave me was very valuable. Great customer service and very professional. Thank you so much

Having never used a Financial Advisor before I honestly never expected to get such fantastic advice and support. Every inch the professional I would recommend Find Financial Advisors to anyone and everyone.

First Wealth

6 Broadstone Pl, Marylebone, London W1U 7EN, UK – 020 7467 2700

First Wealth provide a first class service. With Jamie Kyte and his team I know I’m in safe hands.

Ascot Lloyd Financial Services

4, Cavendish Court, 11-15 Wigmore St, Marylebone, London W1U 1PF, UK – 020 3866 9730

I highly recommend the senior partner Jonathan Walne who is a brilliant IFA. The service is second to none: queries are dealt with the same day, he uses clear language a layman can understand and he always willing to talk things through on the phone when needed. The service includes two face-to-face meetings a year, one full written review and a six month valuation report. I feel this is good value for the 0.5% p.a. management fee and I have no hesitation recommending him to others.

Click for excellent Money Saving Expert advice on choosing an Independent Financial Adviser (or IFA) around Paddington.
This is a revolution! We are used to going to a bank with a business plan and been lent money on very high rates of interest - but only under increasingly demanding conditions. Crowd funding is the public investing directly to the businesses - at all stages of their development. Crucially there is a huge range of projects and Crowd Funders. You could do worse than just read and then click some of the WiKi link below.

Crowd Funding and Business Loans

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TSB Bank

68 Baker St, Marylebone, London W1U 7ER, UK – 020 7935 0016

Only two cashier desks and not even a paying in machine so sometimes have to wait a little while and the stuff is ok I would say just average but been to better TSB branches before.

HSBC

50-52 Kilburn High Rd, North Maida Vale, London NW6 4HJ, UK – 0345 740 4404

This HSBC, at the bottom of Kilburn High Road, is extremely efficient, with its automated services, for example 1) Paying in cash, 2) Depositing a cheque, or 3) Withdrawing cash, all done in a few seconds. The only negative, is that it can be a little frustrating, waiting to pay money in or take money out (along with customers making enquiries), with regards to queueing for the cashiers behind the glass windows. And that is especially true if only one window is in operation. However, I have given this HSBC, five stars, because they allow me to take my (well-behaved) dog into this branch, and when they see her, they treat her to a dog biscuit. Nice gesture. And, I have found the staff very friendly and helpful too. Incidentally, BARCLAYS in Cricklewood don't allow dogs, so good for you, HSBC, well done on being 'dog friendly.' I have been with HSBC Bank for over 40 years (with my account being held at various branches) and would highly recommend them.

The staff are very nice and get your bank and money in there very fast and I like how the machines work so when you take money out they do not crash every time like they do in the other ones in London smells a bit like cigarettes in there They should close at 6 pm not five as most people finish work at 5 pm and would get home to kilburn st 5:30 6 pm but good place.

Allied Irish Bank (GB)

1st, Berkeley Square House, 4-19 Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London W1J 6BR, UK – 020 7499 7848

The staff were very helpful to give me directions around the city. Very clean

Banks

Harrods Bank Limited

87 - 135 Brompton Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7XL, UK – 020 7225 6789

Its now made it so much easier for African Dictators to pick up their favourite item to spend corruption money on! Gold bars are so discreet, easily converted into any currency in the world, and best of all is now available to purchase over the counter without any ID checks and paid for by hard cash. So while the missus is shopping for her Gucci bag upstairs, the hubby is downstairs loading up on these...

Lovely time with the staff always feel welcome.

Al Rayan Bank

77-79 Edgware Rd, London W2 2HZ, UK – 020 7479 1030

Very efficient services, the staff are extremely courteous knowledgeable and helpful. My favourite bank .Thank you to everyone who served me either at the tills or over the phone,superb customer service !!!

Very friendly staff. Nice bank .good halal products.

C Hoare & Co

32 Lowndes St, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 9HZ, UK – 020 7245 6033

Hoare's Bank provides outstanding customer service, backed by the highest levels of integrity and security.

Building Societies

Yorkshire Building Society

255 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 6NA, UK – 020 7602 0006

Norland Conservation Society

147 Portland Rd, London W11 4LR, UK – 020 7822 2800

Cumberland Estate Agents

35 Chagford St, Paddington, London NW1 6EA, UK – 020 7724 6514

Mortgage Brokers

Trinity Financial

4th Floor, 1 Lumley St, Mayfair, London W1K 6TT, UK – 020 7016 0790

Oliver has been absolutely fantastic all the way through the process. He’s extremely knowledgeable, helpful and super-efficient. I actually began with another broker but switched after they never got back to me even after repeated phone calls. I couldn’t have been any more impressed with Oliver and Trinity Financial.

Absolutely outstanding service from a team of consummate professionals. I have dealt with Trinity on several occasions and their honest advice and military efficiency are invaluable. They are great with client communication and management, keeping you fully informed and up to date throughout the application and approval process. I would use them again and again - cannot recommend Trinity highly enough.

Rose Capital Partners

94 Baker St, Marylebone, London W1U 6FZ, UK – 020 7935 7866

I have been dealing with Rita Benko at Rose Capital Partners in getting my mortgage for my first flat in London. I can honestly say that I have never dealt with anyone more professional than Rita, she is extremely hardworking with excellent communication skills, she keeps me in the loop all the time and is very reassuring. The fact that she responds to my emails straight away whether it's a Saturday morning or a Sunday evening is beyond me as I don't expect it at all but it's very clear that this is a person who goes above and beyond for her clients and she is very efficient with quick responses - even if she has to contact other people to get me the answers, she does it straight away. She has excellent attention to detail, remembers small details about my life and does everything she can to make this process simple for me. I am recommending Rita to all my friends and I will definitely be using her again.

Rose Capital Partners has dealt with my mortgage applications on two separate occasions. Each time they have been incredibly professional and have gone above and beyond in helping secure my house sale. They have also given me great financial advice. I would highly recommend them to anyone buying a property.

Enness

12 Hay Hill, Mayfair, London W1J 8NR, UK – 020 3758 9393

Professional brokers, quick turn around, extremely impressed with the level of service received, thank you

An extremely professional process and team - recommend highly

Mortgage Brokers - Key Questions

How much do mortgage brokers charge?
Typically, a broker will actually be paid around 0.35% of the mortgage loan as commission from your the lender. So, for every £100,000 borrowed, they would receive £700 in commission - if they are on commission. Many will therefore not charge for their advise if they are. However they maybe tied to specific companies and so may not be able to offer the best deal. Start with your bank. They will know you personally and financially - hopefully! They will tell you about their mortgages and you can use them as a base line to compare products found by mortgage brokers around Paddington.

Is it better to get mortgage from bank or broker?
This question will be answered by this initial mortgage research. You may hit it lucky and find that your bank can give you the best deal - but do check with a mortgage broker first.  

How do I find a good mortgage broker?
Don't write off the financial comparison websites. Moneysupermarket is full of good advise on how to find mortgage brokers and may even be able to point you around Elgin Estate Playgroup that they particularly recommend - although will be on commission themselves! Click the link below to go the the right part of Moneysupermarket.

Are mortgage brokers worth it?
Probably yes and we are not on commission! You are free to the these ones a ring - it could really worth it.

Mortgages

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