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The Free Money Advice Service has been setup by the government to provide impartial advice on most financial matters but is particularly good on Equity Release. 

Equity Release is a minefield but a necessary minefield! Get it right and older people can raise money on their property - potentially allowing them to afford to stay in their homes for the rest of their lives. Get it wrong and they can accumulate an enormous debt and effectively disinherit their children as the finance company claims their home in order to repay the accumulated loan when they die. The link below may help you decide whether this might be a useful route to go down. However just as importantly consider using a financial adviser.
This is a simple AgeUK Equity Release calculator which will help you find out how much an equity release loan would allow you to raise on your house.

Independent Financial Advisers - IFAs Belfast

O'Toole & Associates LLP #1 Independent Financial Adviser in Belfast

92 High St, Belfast BT1 2BG, UK – 028 9031 3407

Been with these guys for years would recommend to anyone!

NI Money

98 Lisburn Rd, Belfast BT9 6AG, UK – 028 9047 3474

I recently used NImoney to arrange my mortgage and make an investment. I found Russell very approachable and he helped me every step through the process. He is very communicative and easy to get hold of. He also takes into account your personal situation and past experiences.

Newbridge Financial Planning

2 Woodstock Link, Belfast BT6 8DD, UK – 028 9073 5852

Gareth comes across as professional, trustworthy and an approachable financial adviser. At our meetings he takes the time to fully gauge my financial needs and I have confidence in him to make the correct choices for me. He gave clear and concise information on Life Insurance for my family and put me at ease with concerns or fears I had, we will continue to use his services in the future.

Click for excellent Money Saving Expert advice on choosing an Independent Financial Adviser (or IFA) around Belfast.
This is a revolution! We are used to going to a bank with a business plan and been lent money on very high rates of interest - but only under increasingly demanding conditions. Crowd funding is the public investing directly to the businesses - at all stages of their development. Crucially there is a huge range of projects and Crowd Funders. You could do worse than just read and then click some of the WiKi link below.

Crowd Funding and Business Loans

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Danske Bank

49-51 University Rd, Belfast BT7 1ND, UK – 028 9004 5230

Good atm

Ulster Bank

202-206 York St, Belfast BT15 1HY, UK – 0345 366 5592

Queues are long enough like others have said. Staff are always helpful at least.

Bad queue times since the Antrim Road (beside Tescos) branch closed. Queue to the door, 25 minutes waiting to see one of the two bank tellers serving customers. Parking at this branch worse than ever. I can't imagine what the local residents think. Edit: definitely improved over the last week, rating updated.

Bank of England

Harvester House, 4-8 Adelaide Street, Belfast BT2 8GA, UK – 028 9024 1692

great

Banks

Ulster Bank

185-189 Shankill Rd, Belfast BT13 1FH, UK – 0345 948 2222

Better service when phone banking

Ulster Bank

91-93 University Rd, Belfast BT7 1NG, UK – 0345 948 2222

Good

Awkward to get to.

Danske Bank UK

Donegall Square W, Belfast BT1 6JS, UK – 028 9004 6100

Staff polite and helpful, clean and tidy environment. Occasionally understaffed but they cope well. In issues with the financial services would be for the hierarchy but they cannot be reviewed.

Danske Staff excellent. They are very Helpful, pleasant, patient With me and my late Mum Thank u All

Building Societies

Nationwide

53 Royal Ave, Belfast BT1 1LX, UK – 0800 554 0941

Helpful and friendly staff, were able to help me out with some account issues and depositing of money. Great job.

Free cash

Nationwide

61 - 63 Donegall Pl, Belfast BT1 5AG, UK – 0800 554 0947

Fresh and clean in the new store. Lots of staff but still a wait to transact business. Over all very good.

Very modern branch with staff that are willing to help whenever you are having difficulties. Have iPads set up around the branch with chip readers to access your online banking services easily or to set up payments. Has multiple self-service atms allowing easy depositing of cash and also cheques. If self-service atms aren't your thing, then there are plenty of cashiers. Speedy service and helpful staff give it a high rating!

Progressive Building Society

37 Wellington Pl, Belfast BT1 6HH, UK – 028 9024 4926

Mortgage Brokers

The Mortgage Clinic | Broker & Advisor

68-72 Newtownards Road, City East Business Centre, Belfast BT4 1GW, UK – 028 9560 9410

Helmut is very professional, getting our mortgage sorted. He also helped us a lot with some unexpected issue with our solicitor. Good service. recommend it. I chose Mortgage Clinic twice. Most recently porting my mortgage to our new house in Scotland. Everything went very well.

I put my total faith in Helmut and he did everything that he said he would. He said he would get me a mortgage and he did. He put me at ease. He did all the work. I 100% recommend The Mortgage Clinic. Thank you Helmut so much from the bottom of my heart!

One Stop Mortgage Shop

4 Wellington Pl, Belfast BT1 6GE, UK – 028 9031 2222

Great advice and saved us 100s!

Great service!

An Independant Mortgage Solution

93 Stockmans Ln, Belfast BT9 7JD, UK – 028 9028 8585

Ross was great from start to finish - I didn't even have to leave the house - he has patience and determination and was able to get us a fantastic deal on our buy to lets - thank you for helping us out - would genuinely highly recommend!

Terry from AIMS cane to my home and sorted everything for me. He explained all in plain and simple English for me. He took the took the stress out of buying my first home. Thank you.

Mortgages

The Mortgage Shop

150b Andersonstown Rd, Belfast BT11 9BY, UK – 028 9061 2000

Excellent service. Dan is an absolute gentleman who was extremely understanding and patient throughout the entire process of our house purchase. In all honesty, Dan is an expert in his field and works expediently to suit your needs. We are very, very happy and highly recommend his services.

The Mortgage Shop

132 Great Victoria St, Belfast BT2 7BG, UK – 028 9023 2002

We cannot recommend the services offered by the Mortgage Shop enough. We, to be honest I, have tested the patience of Fiona on numerous occasions and at every opportunity she has been there to talk to us and offer any assistance she could to help us move things forward. I myself can be very hands on and I like to be fully involved at all times. We feel we were fully afforded ever opportunity throughout the entire process (3 x Purchase Attempts), to be involved and were encouraged to ask any questions which arose. The initially purchase we were angling for was far from straight forward and the Mortgage Shop had direct contact with lenders, to determine if the purchase was even viable. We were offered over and above the services we expected / would have received had we approached the lenders directly. For the minimal fee, the sheer amount of face-to-face consultations, email support and peace of mind you receive is substantial. We would highly recommend the utilisation of services offered by the Mortgage Shop for your next house purchase. Hopefully you find this useful Lee & Peter

Excellent service from start to finish. Couldn't be more helpful and even when all seemed lost they did everything they could and it all worked out. Getting a mortgage is one of the hardest things for first time buyers and the mortgage shop took a lot of the stress out of it. Fiona who worked with us over a period of 3 months was amazing. Her upbeat personality and real interest in our situation really came through and in my opinion she worked a little miracle. She even helped with all of the insurances aswell which took all the hassle out of trying to find which one we wanted. Currently writing this from my brand new house 😃

The Mortgage Shop

453 Ormeau Rd, Belfast BT7 3GQ, UK – 028 9064 1602

Martha brought us through the whole process from start to closing. With a young family, long commute, and both working, we could not have managed this ourselves (nor the many unexpected issues that arise).

Fantastic advice and 100% professional service - Nichola explained the mortgage products and options carefully and clearly. Took a lot of the stress out of the financial side of my move