The UK’s first online mortgage broker Trussle has secured GBP4.5 million in a fundraising round led by Orange Growth Capital, a European and Asian fintech VC and the backer of peer-to-peer lending platform Zopa and online insurance broker Knip.
The funding round comes as Trussle reaches the milestone of now managing GBP1 billion worth of mortgages on behalf of homeowners across the UK.
Trussle was first to introduce online mortgage broking to the UK in 2015, seeking to disrupt the existing mortgage market, and has paved the way for a new generation of tech-enabled mortgage start-ups. 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.
Existing investors LocalGlobe, Zoopla, and Seedcamp, who together supported a GBP1.1million 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.
The GBP4.5 million investment will be used to further develop the product and continue growing the brand of the industry-first service.
Ishaan Malhi, CEO and founder of Trussle, says: “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 per cent of the home-owning population, and now manage GBP1 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 GBP5 million worth of mortgage enquiries via the Zoopla website each day.
Further partnerships with comparison site uSwitch, online estate agent HouseSimple, and credit bureau Noddle, are also maximising the reach of the positive impact on borrowers embarking on what is usually the biggest financial decision of their life.
Malhi says: “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 GBP3,500 per year across the UK, due to being on the wrong mortgage. We’ll be helping put this issue firmly on the public agenda in 2017.
“So far we’ve helped thousands of homeowners reduce their mortgage payments by switching to the right deal. With the help of this further funding round, we’ll be able to help thousands more dust off their mortgage statements, get online, and discover what they could be saving.”
Radboud Vlaar, partner and founder of Orange Growth Capital, who is joining the Trussle board, says: “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, says: “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. Ishaan has emerged as a thought leader for the industry as a whole, and as the consumer champion in the mortgage space.”