It can feel like a Lotto win, in reverse

A mortgage is a daunting and utterly life-changing amount of money, yet most of us don’t have the time or experience to be sure that we’re doing everything we can to make it work for us.

It’s definitely worth popping in for that five-minute chat with Stuart Pope and Chevaun Marshall.

Dedicated mortgage brokers offering impartial  mortgage advice

Stu has 20 years’ experience in the mortgage brokering field, where his vast expertise and personable manner made him almost too busy for his own comfort. He also brings personal and professional experience to clients looking to build their property investments. 

He loves working for a company as “customer-centric” as Castle Trust, appreciating their holistic approach to their customer’s financial well-being.

Alongside Stu is Chevaun, a born-and-bred Nelson local who has recently completed the Certificate in Financial Services. A familiar Nelson face to many, Chevaun is a qualified accountant. She enjoyed her own experience working with a mortgage broker so much she decided to change tack and provide the same outstanding service to people looking to buy a home. 

The Castle Trust team understands what is both typical and possible when it comes to negotiating with lenders.  They are familiar with the discounts and sweeteners that each individual provider is able to offer.  Stu and Chevaun take care of the negotiations on their customers’ behalf, taking on the communication and legwork until they can present the best possible options whether it’s for first home loans, refinancing or investment properties.

“Because we’re doing it every day,” says Chevaun, “we know what a good deal from the bank is.”

Stu and Chevaun know the ins and outs of not only the banks, but specialist non-bank lenders, and they work with just about every single option out there.  And yes, Chevaun says, that does include NBS.

Most of the time, their impartial mortgage advice and services are completely free to their customers, and if there are to be any fees, they will be discussed well in advance.  No surprises, says Stu.  After all, this is not a single transaction for them.  They are working on establishing a lifelong relationship with each and every customer – and this is a key reason why Stuart allowed himself to be lured out of early retirement by Castle Trust owners Kathryn and Glyn. 

He appreciates that with their expertise in insurance and investments, Castle Trust’s mandate is to take care of “not just present needs, but future needs too”.

“I really like that part of the business,” he says. “Almost without exception, most banks and other providers don’t have that holistic approach.”

Holistic financial advice – mortgages, insurance and savings

Unlike banks, which are restricted from giving mortgage structure advice, the Castle Trust team will use their expertise to help you design your mortgage offering impartial mortgage advice so that it is the best fit for your situation, both for the present and the future.

Sometimes people just want support to work with their existing bank to lock in the best rates when their fixed term ends.

“We have the benefit of looking at everything in your banking history and making sure you’re still getting the best deal,” Alan explains.

Castle Trust can also work with people whose circumstances don’t automatically tick the boxes for the banks – customers who are self-employed, for example, or who have bad credit, or those of retirement age who have assets behind them but no ongoing income.  Stu and Alan can work with families who would like assistance with setting up a “bank of Mum and Dad” structure, or for people who would like advice about commercial and business loans. 

With their combined wealth of experience, they’ve seen almost every imaginable scenario and can accommodate a variety of needs that mainstream lenders don’t want to know about.

After all, that’s what the team at Castle Trust really specialise in getting to know your situation and applying their knowledge and enthusiasm to help you get your finances organised.

Your better financial future starts here

Your better financial future starts with a conversation with one of our financial experts. We offer 30 minutes free consultations to help give you peace of mind that we can help you where you need it most.
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Phone: 03 544 1428
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