In this guide:

Home Screen

Once you have logged in, Sourcing Brain’s home screen provides the ability to create a new client or recall an existing client; browse for available products without the need for client data; source for available products; link to a range of calculators; quote for third party insurances or peruse the latest news from Mortgage Brain or lender product update information.

To go straight into sourcing, and collect client data along the way, select the New Search button on the left hand side of the screen.

This takes you to the first level of filters providing the ability to select the Purchase Type, whether it is a residential or buy-to-let property, first charge or second charge product, or whether the client has adverse credit history. If adverse or buy-to-let filters are selected, then the Adverse/BTL filters screens will become active and accessible from the tiles titled the same.

The Lender and Products section allows the selection of a different lender panel or specific lenders. Additional lender panels can also be created (if allowed) by using the Settings function, detailed in a separate user guide.

The Current Mortgage Details section applies to home mover, remortgage, and second charge cases. By specifying the client’s current lender, this enables product transfer and retention products to be displayed in the sourcing list.

If your client is remortgaging, by completing the existing monthly payment and the cost to redeem the existing loan now, this will display the potential cost saving for the client (if applicable) if they were to switch to a different lender and/or product.

If searching for second charge and remortgage products, then completing this section, together with the client’s existing monthly payment allows the software to calculate costs for remortgage vs second charge.

There is also the facility to source withdrawn products if there is a requirement to reproduce an illustration for a previously withdrawn product. The withdrawn filter can also be found on the Product Details tab within the second level of filtering.

Once the client’s criteria has been chosen from this screen, the Source button will allow the sourcing criteria to be entered.

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Sourcing Tab

The Sourcing tab allows the majority of the client’s sourcing criteria to be entered on one screen, therefore ensuring the results can be displayed within seconds.

It allows the collection of client data and mortgage details (as shown above). If Sourcing Brain has been launched from a back office system, then the majority of this data will already have been pre-populated into the relevant fields.

To add in additional client information, simply access the tabs at the top of the page for Client Details; Property Filters; Product Filters; Buy to Let and Adverse Credit. These screens are all shown below.

Note: It is not necessary to complete all of these tabs before sourcing. They are available prior to sourcing if refining of the search is necessary, but can also be accessed once the scheme results have been displayed.

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Criteria Brain Integration

Sourcing Brain is fully integrated with Criteria Brain, making it seamless to source on more obscure lender’s underwriting criteria and pull the results back into sourcing. There is a specific user guide which provides full details on how this feature works.

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Affordability/Stress Test

From the Sourcing tab, Sourcing Brain provides the ability to record the client’s maximum monthly payment that the client can afford for their mortgage. Using this function will source on products where the initial monthly payment meets the client’s affordability.

An affordability column is also included in the scheme results. The amber indicator highlights that the product may be affordable for the client on the initial rate, but subsequent rate changes means that it could be unaffordable.

To find out further information on the affordability of the product, the Details information, which can be expanded on the right hand side of the scheme list, contains a section titled Affordability. Within this section is a table showing the rate steps of the product, where applicable, and also stress testing of the monthly mortgage payments in the event of a rate rise.

If an illustration is to be produced for an ‘amber’ product, then before this can be displayed a reason must be entered to explain why this product has been chosen for the client.

This reason is then recorded within the Affordability document which accompanies the illustration and supporting material. The Affordability document can be used for compliance checking and is one of the documents automatically pulled back into a CRM if Sourcing Brain is integrated.

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Client tab

The Client tab allows for the collection of client data for Applicant 1 and/or Applicant 2, if not already pre-populated from a back office system. Using the plus button adjacent to the Applicant 1 section reveals the fields necessary for completion for Applicant 2.

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Mortgage Details

The property price/deposit equity and loan required auto calculate depending on which two figures are entered. These are mandatory fields when sourcing.

The term and show cost over can be split into years and months. The latter automatically defaults to 5 years but can be changed by default in the Settings section.

The Search by and Order results by can be changed from their default settings to the option that best suits the client.

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Property Filters

Property Filters screen includes filters for either houses or flats. Any other filters which apply to the property being purchase or remortgaged can be applied within this area.

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Initial Rate Type & Rate Control

The question mark on the Rate Control box provides further information on how these functions operate.

Within the Rate Control tile, there is an ERC Tolerance box. This is a very useful feature when sourcing products which may have an ERC just over the rate control period which could be a better product than one that is a couple of months shorter. An explanation on this feature, from the Help text, is shown below.

ERC Tolerance

The ERC Tolerance box defaults to two months and can be amended if necessary. The effect of this value is to exclude the ERC from the N year TAP, ERC and Cost inc. Fees Inc ERC values (including the one on the Best Buy tables) if it expires within the specified number of months of the N year period. For example, if a product has an ERC of 62 months, then, with a zero tolerance, the ERC would be included within the 5 year cost but a tolerance of 2 or more months would cause the ERC to be ignored. The reason for this is so that you don't discount a good (say) 5 year fixed product just because the ERC lasts for (say) 62 months. Many people would choose to keep the product for an extra 2 months in this situation. Note that the Best Buy tables use a Cost inc Fees Inc ERC calculation and so this setting will have an effect on the Best Buys.

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Add Fees to Loan

Sourcing Brain provides a feature to add fees to the loan, where allowed. This is shown within the Product Filters tab, as above.

This feature provides two options, either source on products that allow specific fees to be added to the loan – by selecting which ones – and/or source on products by adding the fee to the loan. This will automatically include the amounts in the calculated columns in the scheme list.

There is also a threshold box, defaulted to £100 within this section, which can be amended if wished. This ensures schemes are not excluded where they have a fee that cannot be added but the fee is small enough for that not to matter.

A full explanation of how the fees filter works is available by pressing the ? in the Fees box as shown below.

No upfront fees

No upfront fees means no product fee, application fee, valuation fee, valuation admin fee or any other extra initial fees the lender charges. It excludes higher lending charge, funds transfer fee, deeds release and sealing fees.

Free legals

Free legal fees means legal fees which are free in all circumstances, or free if you use the lenders conveyancer. It does not include products which have a contribution towards legal fees.

Fees refunded

Fees refunded means a full refund of one or more fees on completion.

Add Fees

There are two features for adding fees:

  • Can be Added - allows you to search for schemes where the fees you have ticked can be added to the loan. If a scheme has no fee, or if it has a fee but the fee is less than the Include Fee Threshold, then it will be included.

  • Add Fee - allows you to search for schemes where the fees can be added AND also adds the fees to the loan.

Include Fee Threshold is defaulted to £100 but can be amended if wished. This will ensure schemes are not excluded where they have fees that cannot be added but the fees are small enough for this not to matter. The Include Fee Threshold determines what ‘small enough’ means, so, for example, if you have chosen to search for schemes that can have booking and application fees added to the loan then, with a fee threshold of £199, the search results may include schemes that don’t allow one or both of these fees to be added to the loan but only if the individual fee values are no more than £199. In this example, setting the Include Fee Threshold to zero will exclude all schemes which have a product or application fee that cannot be added to the loan, regardless of the size of the fee.

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Product Filters

This tab provides the ability to apply more filters to the search, making the sourcing even more accurate and ensuring it fits the client’s criteria.

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Adverse Filters

Having selected the Adverse option on the Start tab, this screen allows the ability to record more specific information for the relevant search to be carried out correctly.

When sourcing for adverse products, the software takes into account the number of previous CCJs/Arrears, Defaults, Missed Payments, IVAs and/or Bankruptcies held by the client.

When sourcing for joint clients, the total number of adverse items applicable to both clients should be input.

Further information on adverse can be researched by using the integration with Criteria Brain.

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Buy-to-Let Filters

When sourcing for buy-to-let products, the software takes into account the number of existing properties, the total value of the properties within the portfolio and the expected monthly rental income from the new property being financed.

There is also a large range of other buy-to-let filters available to assist in finding the right product.

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