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More mortgage choice for contractors with Leeds Building Society

A new range of mortgages for professional contractors is being launched by Leeds Building Society.

The Society has begun a phased roll-out of its new range of contractor mortgages following a successful pilot scheme through two intermediary firms earlier this year.

"We realised that while the number of professional contractors is growing, they currently have very limited choice when it comes to securing a mortgage," said Martin Richardson, Leeds Building Society's General Manager – Business Development.

"We are keen to broaden this choice and have looked at the difficulties contractors encounter through traditional underwriting and how we might overcome these.

"We aim to provide innovative mortgage products which also meet a borrower's individual circumstances.

"Unlike other lenders, we will accept 12 months' experience, in any sector, and our range includes offset versions of our two, three and five year fixed rate mortgages, as we know many contractors typically save to cover the times they are not working.

"When underwriting, the Society also allows for a six week break between each contract, comparing favourably with the industry norm, which only allows a total of six weeks in total per year.

"The initial pilot of the new products with two specialist intermediaries was well-received and gave us more feedback from contractors and brokers to further refine the range, which we're now looking to roll out more widely."

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Notes to Editors

To discuss a new case with one of our mortgage development team, mortgage introducers should go to www.leedsintroducer.co.uk to find details of their nearest Business Developer contact.

Leeds Building Society has won three awards for innovation so far this year, having been named 'Innovator of the Year' at the Moneywise Magazine Mortgage Awards 2014 for its Welcome Mortgage. This allows borrowers to pay 0% interest for the first few months of their term so they can free up cash to help them settle into their new home.

The Society also scooped the 'Mortgage Innovation Award' and was named 'Most Innovative Personal Finance Provider' at the Moneynet Personal Finance Awards 2014.

Leeds Building Society has 67 branches throughout the UK, Gibraltar and Ireland and assets of £12.1bn (as at 30 June 2014). The Society has operated from the centre of Leeds since 1886.