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Mortgage Strategy - ‘Banned’ self-cert loans set for return

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A new lender is looking to bring back self-certified mortgages at the start of next year.

The FCA banned so-called ‘liar loans’ in the Mortgage Market Review. However, Graeme Wingate, the founder of unsecured lender Quick Loans, is looking to bypass UK regulation by setting up in an Eastern European country, the identity of which he would not disclose.

Trinity Financial product and communications manager Aaron Strutt says: “Self-cert mortgages are a real blast from the past and many brokers will be surprised that there is even a chance they will be available again.

“It is hard to see how self-cert can play a part in a modern financial market, even if a lender can get around the rules by operating online and via another country.”

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