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What is the AFB?

The Association of Finance Brokers (AFB) is the trade association that represents intermediaries operating in the secured loan (second charge mortgages over residential properties) industry. 

AFB was established to promote the views of secured loans brokers operating in the UK and focuses on lobbying delegates in FCA and HM Treasury. In doing so, it aims to promote the interests of the industry in a constructive way that connects regulators and lawmakers with the “front line” of the secured loans market.

Who can join?

The AFB represents brokers who are responsible for approximately 75% by volume and value of secured loans in the intermediary channel. Membership of the AFB is voluntary and on a corporate or individual basis.

What are the benefits of becoming a member of the AFB?

It is all too easy to focus on business and clients and be oblivious to a changing market place and regulatory climate.

Second charge regulation has undergone significant changes over recent years and since 2016 the same FCA regulation has applied to second charge as it does to the first charge market.

Your industry is evolving rapidly, increased scrutiny from FCA, the lender-distributor relationship, service levels, technological advances, government interventionist practices, access to information via the internet, the UK’s growing compensation culture – all have an impact on your business and how your client perceives you and the value of your advice.

If you are to continue to develop your business with a promising future, it is important that you understand the issues.

With AFB providing independent information for you to form your opinions, unbiased towards a particular product or company, you can be informed and stay ahead of change to ensure you thrive.

You will have the full benefits of the regular AMI membership, including member-only access to the AMI website, regular industry updates by email and much more. 

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