"It is only recently that we have begun to see switching initiatives being given the attention they deserve. "
Metro Bank has increased its rate switching procuration fee by 50%, from 20bps to 30bps.
In addition to the increased procuration fee, brokers can access the bank’s online rate switching portal and customers can switch up to three months early without incurring an early repayment charge and benefit from no product fee on residential loans under £2 million.
Charles Morley, director of mortgage distribution at Metro Bank, said: “Over the years we’ve listened carefully to our broker community and translated their feedback into direct action, enabling us to create an unparalleled broker and customer experience.
"Delivering quickly and efficiently to the market has always been high on our agenda and I’m delighted that just a few months after expanding into Scotland following broker feedback, we’re once again showing brokers that we have them at the forefront of our thinking.”
Ben Thompson, managing director at Mortgage Advice Bureau, added: “Aside from a handful of lenders - such as Metro Bank - it is only recently that we have begun to see switching initiatives being given the attention they deserve.
"The long-held view that client retention or product transfers represent a mere switch-flick has been widely replaced by brokers now using the catalyst of a deal expiry to fully review their clients’ circumstances, ensuring they are optimally set and sufficiently protected for future years. Metro Bank’s further strengthening of their switching proposition will I’m sure, be well received by intermediaries across the market.”