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Knowledge Bank integrates with Air’s later life tool

  • 06/06/2024
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Knowledge Bank integrates with Air’s later life tool
Mortgage criteria platform Knowledge Bank has integrated Air’s Later Life Navigator tool.

The tool was launched last year to help advisers demonstrate affordability and compare different later life mortgage options to clients. This will help clients to weigh up the costs of each potential option enabling advisers to give tailored advice. 

Due to the integration, advisers using the Knowledge Bank platform can access resources to assist the advice process. The Later Life Navigator tool includes considerations for standard residential mortgages, retirement interest-only (RIO) options and lifetime mortgages. 

Nicola Firth (pictured), founder and CEO of Knowledge Bank, said: “The Navigator tool puts affordability at the beginning of the advice process for older borrowers to establish the right route before checking criteria and is in keeping with Consumer Duty requirements. It will ensure that all types of later life lending products are included in the scope of early discussions with clients by building a detailed picture of their client’s ability to make payments. It also allows advisers who aren’t equity release-qualified to safely have the initial conversations around the possibilities with their clients and, if appropriate, refer the case on. 

“This integration underscores our commitment to empowering advisers with the tools and insights they need to navigate the intricacies of the later life lending market effectively. By combining Air’s expertise with Knowledge Bank’s industry-leading criteria search system, we aim to streamline the advisory process and elevate the level of support available to advisers and their clients.” 

Paul Glynn, CEO of Air, added: “The integration of Air’s Navigator tool into Knowledge Bank signifies a major step forward in advancing the standards of advice and support within the later life lending sector. By providing advisers with a comprehensive suite of tools and information within the Knowledge Bank platform, advisers can make well-informed decisions and guide clients through the complexities of later life lending with confidence. 

“This partnership sits at the heart of our Comprehensive Conversations movement, which aims to better support the over-50s customer with their complex needs – through the use of technology to aid advice processes and, in turn, enable advisers to provide better customer outcomes.” 

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