A MORTGAGE adviser has chosen Cumbria for its first base outside of its Manchester/Cheshire homeland.

WISEONE, one of the North’s leading independent mortgage brokers, is opening a base at Riverside House, off Warwick Road, Carlisle.

Directors want the new Carlisle office to support its thriving business in Cumbria and Southern Scotland and further develop its expanding client base.

WISEONE is a specialist mortgage broker offering a comprehensive mortgage advisory service to the new build sector.

They also offer advice to clients wanting to buy in the second-hand market or re-mortgage.

WISEONE are recommended and supported by the region’s top housebuilders including Persimmon Homes, Taylor Wimpey, Story, Genesis, Oakmere, Gleeson, Stewart Milne and Jones Homes.

Tim Rigden started the business with a fellow director in 2000.

This is a return to his Cumbrian roots.

Tim grew up in Ulverston and has strong family and business connections across the South Lakes and Furness.

He said: “We’ve had an adviser, Damien Byrne, on the ground here for the last six years and we are picking up a lot of business. We’re keen to bring the specialised bespoke systems, and the 30-strong team behind WISEONE, to the people of Cumbria for our first ‘bricks and mortar’ move outside of Cheshire.”

“It’s great for me also, as it’s allowed me to reconnect with the area.

“We understand that people here like dealing with local people. Being trustworthy and acting with integrity is how we have sustained and grown our business. We treat everyone the way we would want to be treated.

“We go all out on customer service, get amazing five-star reviews and generally people are super-pleased with us.”

Damien, who will run the new base at Riverside House, off Warwick Road, said: “Some people like to see someone in person rather than doing everything online. So having a physical presence here is a massive step.

“There haven’t been any new companies coming into this market for some time. We’ve got a good presence with the new home builders and are doing more with the rest of the market particularly around our re-mortgage proposition.”