Trussle secures £4.5m investment

Online mortgage broker Trussle has received a £4.5m investment from fintech investors.

Orange Growth Capital, a European and Asian fintech VC and backers of peer-to-peer lending platform Zopa and online insurance broker Knip, have led the funding.

Existing investors LocalGlobe, Zoopla, and Seedcamp, who together supported a £1.1m seed round in February 2016, alongside angel investors Ed Wray, co-founder of Betfair, and Ian Hogarth, co-founder of Songkick, are also behind the deal.

Launched in December 2015, Trussle has now reached the milestone of managing £1bn worth of mortgages.

By using proprietary automation and a mortgage monitoring service to compare and track thousands of mortgage products from more than 90 lenders, Trussle harnesses technology to secure the most suitable mortgage deal for borrowers in a fraction of the time of traditional brokers.

Ishaan Malhi, CEO and founder of Trussle, said: “Since launching Trussle back in 2015, we’ve been overwhelmed by the scale of the movement we started.

“We’re helping thousands more customers every month, have signed several high-profile partnerships that allow us to reach over 90% of the home-owning population, and now manage £1 billion worth of mortgages on behalf of UK homeowners.

“All together it’s validation that we’ve uncovered a real consumer problem, and the technological innovation we’re starting to see from new entrants, as well as traditional brokers, suggests our innovative approach is having a real snowball effect.”

In September, Trussle launched an industry-first partnership with property portal Zoopla to allow buyers who start their property search online to find and finance their home in one seamless journey. The partnership is driving an average of £5m worth of mortgage enquiries via the Zoopla website each day.

Trussle also has partnerships with comparison site uSwitch, online estate agent HouseSimple, and credit bureau Noddle.

Malhi added: “Finding a mortgage has been a time-consuming, inconvenient, and frankly antiquated process for too long. Unfortunately this pain is also preventing people from remortgaging when the time is right.

“There are more than three million people losing an average of £3,500 per year across the UK, due to being on the wrong mortgage1. We’ll be helping put this issue firmly on the public agenda in 2017.”

Radboud Vlaar, partner and founder of Orange Growth Capital, who is joining the Trussle board said: “We’re very excited about our investment in Trussle, which is leading the transformation of how people think and interact with their mortgage. As a team, not only do they have great consumer financial experience, but like us, they’ve experienced the antiquated process of getting a mortgage first hand. This investment reaffirms the innovation taking place in the UK’s fintech market. We look forward to working with Ishaan and his team in taking the business to the next level.”

Robin Klein, partner and founder of LocalGlobe said: “We’re big believers in the benefits that well-conceived proptech services bring to consumers, and we’ve been extremely encouraged by the response to Trussle in the marketplace.”

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