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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 Arborfield

Bluesky Chartered Financial Planners

Chalfont Cl, Earley, Reading RG6 5SY, UK – 0118 987 6655

I have had dealings with Mark and others in the Bluesky team for almost eight years and would not hesitate to recommend them as professional, expert and trustworthy.

Tilney

87 Castle St, Reading RG1 7SN, UK – 0118 911 1551

Berkshire Financial Consultancy

Office C9 Acre Business Park, Acre Road, Reading RG2 0SA, UK – 0118 975 0345

Click for excellent Money Saving Expert advice on choosing an Independent Financial Adviser (or IFA) around Arborfield.
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

University Of Reading, ICMA Centre

Henley Business School, University of Reading, Earley, Reading RG6 6BA, UK – 0118 378 8239

So proud to be a student here!

Lots of memories. This University offers the best course for investment banking and investment management

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Halifax

6, Chalfont Court, Chalfont Cl, Earley, Reading RG6 5SY, UK – 0118 980 1512

Most bank business can be done via machine, but staff is very helpful and friendly, even when busy.

Make sure you go to the self service counter, always more staff chasing you away from the service counters to the self service machines, than behind the counter

TSB Bank

200 Broad St, Reading RG1 7QJ, UK – 0118 958 5815

There is good communication from London that's why I love this place

Very good staff.

HSBC Bank

26 Broad St, Reading RG1 2BU, UK – 0345 740 4404

I'm banking with HSBC for nearly 15 years now and never had a problem until recently that made me have to actually go over to the branch to solve (unable to be dealt with online or over the phone) . Staff was helpful and professional although in the end lady was unable to give me the answers i was there after on the day because of her restricted employee tier level access to customer data - basically she could not tell me more than I already knew nor give answers to what I didn't. Thankfully as it came out I was able to access help from management tier - without no extra waiting manager was with me dealing with my problem like a PRO giving answer to every question I had and solving my problem with him was a breeze and overall healthy conversation! Thanks HSBC ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Very helpful staff i been using hsbc for nearly 15 years lots of improvement in branch hsbc offer cash withdrawals coin sorting machine pay in cheques and lots of other services

Banks

Metro Bank

Mall, 201 Broad St, Reading RG1 7QA, UK – 020 3402 7620

Access to safety deposit boxes is slow. Lots of staff who seem to be dealing with other things whilst people queue. I am sure the process could be made more efficient. Once you get someone to deal with you they are very polite and helpful.

Very helpful in terms of long hours and weekend openings they provide, unconventional banking which is the reason I moved my 12 years old bank account from Barclay's to Metro. However there's plenty of space for improvements. They need good number of counter staffing at Broad Street Mall branch during the evening rush hours, many staff doing other things when only 1-2 counter staff serving long queues of customers. Second big lapse in service, METRO BANK do not give Deposit Slips/Advice to personal account holders, it's a downer.

Halifax

65/67 Broad St, Reading RG1 2AF, UK – 0118 980 5777

No Que, in and out with what i needed in 5 mins :). Only 4 star because a separate visit i was queuing for a while, as with life....timing is everything.

I needed to get some stamped copies of my transaction list and they were very happy to help! I'd give five stars if they could provide me with more than the past three months, but, that's no fault of the branch, just Halifax policy.

Lloyds Bank

24 Broad St, Reading RG1 2BT, UK – 0345 300 0000

Good customer service and caring employees. Only bad thing is they "forgot" to send a replacement card when my old one expired. Stuck with no card for about a week which is a bit annoying but c'est la vie.

Building Societies

Nationwide

51 Broad St, Reading RG1 2AY, UK – 0800 554 0353

New design is really nice, even a free drink of water ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Amazing stuff all of them are friendly and they all keep smiling and deal with us in really good way,

Mortgage Brokers

1st Call 4 Mortgages (UK) Ltd

78 Hilmanton, Lower Earley, Earley, Reading RG6 4HN, UK – 0330 606 1455

I consider Des an essential partner to my ambitions for building a property portfolio. My situation is complex, I am both the Director of a limited company and own an existing property with an outstanding mortgage. After consulting numerous mortgage brokers, all of whom said it wouldnโ€™t be possible to purchase another property, Des was able to find a way. Cheesy comments aside, if property is your chosen investment then Des can help turn the impossible into a reality.

Des provided a professional and friendly service. Everything was handled in a timely and efficient manner. I will definitely use their services again.

Options Independent Mortgage Advisers

6-8 Wokingham Rd, Reading RG6 1JG, UK – 0118 954 1000

I have used Options for several years now and I always find them to be very knowledgeable and understanding of the best services that are available to my needs.

Great staff attitude and opening times were very appropriate and suitable to me and others.

Mortgage Brokers Reading

10 Henry St, Reading RG1 2NN, UK – 0118 984 4445

Mortgages

Whiteknights Estate Agents - Earley

Unit 5, Chalfont Court, Chalfont Way, Earley, Reading RG6 5SY, UK – 0118 931 0011

Found a buyer immediately, good communication and friendly, knowledgeable service throughout the sales process

I let a property from Whiteknights Lower Earley a year ago and Rob and Lynne were fantastic during the initial setting up and ongoing letting. I was well supported and the communication was first rate - a real credit to the business.

ATM

76 Christchurch Rd, Reading RG2 7AZ, UK – 0345 788 8444

Always got .warning about this that .fix it NatWest

Dolphin Independent Mortgage Advice Ltd

462 Wokingham Rd, Earley, Reading RG6 7HY, UK – 0118 935 3255