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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 Camden Town

La Bourse Limited

Harley House, Marylebone Rd, Marylebone, London NW1 5HE, UK – 020 7487 4745

Click for excellent Money Saving Expert advice on choosing an Independent Financial Adviser (or IFA) around Camden Town.
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

365 Business Finance

13-15 Rosemont Rd, London NW3 6NG, UK – 020 7100 0365

Simple yet clever product which is perfect for business owners, like myself, who have a very seasonal business. The product puts no strain on my cash flow during my slow period. Will continue to use them and recommend my account manager, Matt Sparrow.

Would recommend these guys to business owners. Helped me with my cash flow quickly and efficiently. Keffey looked after my account - easy and honest to deal with. Would definitely use them again.

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TSB

19 Highgate Hill, London N19 5LS, UK – 020 8790 9971

Just a bank but the cashier was very friendly and there's a cool old red phonebox outside. See my photo

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Cater Allen Private Bank

2 Triton Square, Kings Cross, London NW1 3DU, UK – 0800 092 3300

I've banked with Cater Allen for over 10 years. Faultless customer services. Only lose half a star for not having a mobile banking system (Android/IOS) and a slightly dated website.

Consistently exellent service over more than 10 years of my being a customer.

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.

Banks

State Bank Of India

630-632, Finchley Rd, London NW11 7RR, UK – 020 8458 3856

Woww!!! what an irony?? getting paid from people's tax for looting them.Please learn some banking practices/service/customer handling from UK Banks

ilove my india but idont like uk

Nationwide

48 Kilburn High Rd, Kilburn, London NW6 4HJ, UK – 0800 554 0231

I had a very massive banking problem. I never thought it could be resolve at all. After two visit to this brunch and talking about my problem , the staff did their very best with their manager in resolving impossible task for me which i always remember their great help and support. So big thanks to manager (Sadeq, Grant,and other team They very made me very happy, thanks to them

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HSBC Bank plc

176 Camden High St, Camden Town, London NW1 8QL, UK – 0345 740 4404

Was immediately helped. Needed an urgent transfer done by customer service. My problem was solved within 20 minutes. I even went in on Wednesday at lunchtime expecting it to be extremely busy. Very pleased with the Camden HSBC branch.

Building Societies

Nationwide

49 Heath St, London NW3 6UF, UK – 0800 554 0660

The new modern and amazing style NATIONWIDE BUILDING SOCIETY here in Hampstead is just fantastic. STAFF as ever are helpful friendly and extremely professional in assisting customer's with anything and everything.

Decent, competent, not over-or-under trained, welcoming and helpful staff. A new, pleasant layout... much more agreeable than formerly.

Nationwide

5 Golders Green Rd, Golders Green, London NW11 8EU, UK – 0800 554 0221

Good overall courteous and impressive service ongoing at this branch.

They are very helpful here, it is a very small branch but the queue moved quickly. They managed to sort out my request swiftly.

Wellcome Building, Zoological Society of London

Outer Cir, London NW1 4RY, UK

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Mortgage Brokers

ASC Finance for Business, London

3 Park Rd, Marylebone, London NW1 6AS, UK – 020 7616 6620

Was my first time getting a commercial loan so had no idea what to expect. They were very helpful in explaining the process & professional from start to finish. They were honest with their fees which were very reasonable considering how complex my deal was & the communication was excellent, always getting back to me within the hour but usually answering my calls & queries upon my initial call. Thank you so much for taking away all the stress of dealing with banks for helping me achieve my goal whilst letting me run my business. I will definitely be recommending this company!

Primrose Hill Mortgages

Charcol, Camden Town, London WC2A 1QU, UK – 020 7682 3205

Mortgages & More (London) Ltd

58 Acacia Rd, London NW8 6AG, UK – 020 7794 3592

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 Camden Town.

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 Fenton Ho 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

B Mortgages

215 Gloucester Pl, Marylebone, London NW1 6BU, UK – 0845 053 0300

Think Of Mortgages

87 Bayham St, Camden Town, London NW1 0AG, UK – 020 7788 4040

Maida Vale Mortgages

44 Formosa St, London W9 2JP, UK – 020 7286 8806

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