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  • Our 5* rated mortgage brokers in Cardiff have guided 100s of homeowners to their dream home.
  • We demystify the small print from 50+ lenders and get you the right deal.
  • Get in touch today and let us simplify every stage of your home-buying / remortgage journey.

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What people are saying:

sam tapsellsam tapsell
17:17 11 Mar 24
Chris has been super helpful, always provided honest advice tailored to my situations. Highly recommend!
Ann-Marie JonesAnn-Marie Jones
17:47 18 Jan 24
Highly recommend Chris at Exley Financial Planning. He was really helpful and has walked through each stage carefully with patience and helped secure us a better rate on our mortgage.
Jasmine ScottJasmine Scott
20:21 18 Jul 23
I’ve had the pleasure of working with Chris now for over 6 years. He’s arranged my last three mortgages for me successfully. I’ve always found Chris to be highly efficient, and clear and open in all of his communications. He’s also taken the time to explain my options and be at the end of a phone. I trust him implicitly and would recommend him to anyone looking for sound financial advice and support regarding money matters.
Mike WilliamsMike Williams
16:37 18 May 23
Couldn't recommend a better financial planning advisor.Chris's help, advice and knowledge base was second to none.
Deborah NDeborah N
11:41 18 May 23
Chris was outstanding. His service was attentive, comprehensive and he displayed an impressive knowledge of his field. He was always easy to contact, friendly and returned calls and messages promptly. His help was invaluable. We are incredibly grateful for all his assistance and wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to others.
Jay ProbertJay Probert
12:02 07 Jul 22
Chris was referred to my wife an i by a neighbour. Despite conducting all communication online (emails/MS Teams calls) at all times Chris has remained personable and responsive. My wife and i are far from experts in this field but Chris' calming approach to the process has been most reassuring and would strongly recommend his services to others. Thanks Chris.
Alexia BowlerAlexia Bowler
08:27 25 Apr 22
We recently used Exley Financial Planning (Chris) for our mortgage and they were so professional, efficient and listened to our every need. We got some very good advice and felt confident that they had our interests at heart. I would use Exley Financial Planning again for anything finance related, and feel relieved we've now got someone who takes us through documents and processes (most of which are fairly confusing!), step-by-step. Thanks Chris!
bethan boddybethan boddy
11:55 08 Mar 22
Fantastic service from Chris.Chris helped me with the process of getting my mortgage from start to finish. As a first time buyer, I was clueless. Having Chris help me made the process a lot easier and he was able to explain information to me that I was unsure off.I highly recommend this company to anyone, especially first time buyers.
Ellen MorganEllen Morgan
08:26 31 Mar 21
I can’t thank Chris enough for all his help throughout my purchase. It hasn’t been an easy process buying my first home during a pandemic, but Chris made securing a mortgage a breeze! Chris is very knowledgable and was honest with me from the outset about what was affordable for me and the mortgages available. It has been a long process for me, but Chris is always available on the other end of the phone to answer any questions I had and kept me updated every step of the way. Brilliant service, I would highly recommend! Thank you Chris!
Rod DCRod DC
19:42 19 Aug 19
Chris has been absolutely fantastic in helping us secure our mortgage offer.Our own situation was a bit more complex due to work and contracts but Chris has worked extremely hard to find us a mortgage that suits us.The quality of service has been top notch from the first meeting. Communication has been excellent and we have been constantly updated on the situation and progress of all processes.It has been so worth employing the services of Exley and I cannot recommenced the service more.

What we’re talking about:

How we can help

Moving home or remortgaging can be overwhelming and time consuming.

Aside from juggling lawyers, valuers and estate agents, you’ve got to worry about finding the right mortgage deal in a market that’s more volatile than ever. 

Making the wrong choice could cost you thousands, or worse restrict your financial options in the future.

At Exley Financial Planning, we’ll work tirelessly to get you the right mortgage. But it doesn’t stop there.

Throughout your journey we’ll offer personalised tips on ways you can improve your financial reliance and plan for the future. 

Our Wales based experts are here to give you the professional, personable advice you’re looking for, whenever you need it. 

We’ll be in your corner as you encounter agents, solicitors and valuers, and where you need help outside of our expertise, we’ll put you in touch with the right people. 

Get started online today and find out how we can help you make the right financial decisions and take the next step in your home ownership journey with confidence. 

Who Can We Help?

  • Home Movers
  • First Time Buyers
  • Buy To Let
  • Holiday Let / Second Home in Cardiff, West Wales or further afield

Our mortgage brokers in Cardiff have over 25 year of combined experience. We’ve seen all sorts of complex cases before.

But there are some areas where we’re particularly specialist: 


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Why choose us?

Your Initial Discovery Call is completely fee free.




We love a complex case. With over 25 years experience, we've seen it all.

Our mortgage brokers in Cardiff know the local market inside out, and the opportunities available for Welsh homebuyers.

What happens next?

1. Initial Fee Free Call.

We like to keep this relaxed. We’ll be able to give you a good idea of the options available to you. This is your chance to pick the brain of your mortgage brokers in Cardiff.

If  you want to get things moving, we’ll let you know what we need from you next to get the ball rolling.


2. Sit back and let us guide you through our process.

We’ll work through all of your documents. We’ll let you know what deal works best for you and get your mortgage approved.

We’ll keep in touch with you all the way through, on the end of the phone, or via video call.

3. We'll help you become financially resilient

We put your financial resilience to the test. If you become ill in the future – could that damage your financial plans or risk you losing your home?

If the answer is yes, we’ll help you build a plan that protects your home and income against the risk of serious illness or death.


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Once you’re all set up and the process is complete, we’ll be in sure to get in touch when it’s time to remortgage!

Questions we’re asked. 

What is a mortgage (and why is it called a mortgage)?

The word mortgage actually comes from the old French mort gage which means “death pledge” – cheery! This language described a liability that dissipated either when payment was made, or when the borrower died. Not miles away from what a mortgage is today.

Today, a mortgage is a long term loan that is ‘secured’ against your home. The security element of the mortgage is important, because it enables lenders to risk lending you more money over a longer period, knowing that if you fail to keep up payments, they can take ownership of and sell your home to get back the money they’re owed. 

Who can get a mortgage in Cardiff?

We’re pretty confident that if you’re at least 20 years of age, have a sustainable income that can support mortgage payments, a reasonable deposit, and have found a property in Wale or further afield that would make good “security” (see above), then a mortgage can be found for you.

The rate you get, and the type of mortgage you qualify for will depend on how safe a bet you are to a lender. That is, the better your income, the bigger your deposit, the more saleable your property, the more likely you are to get approved on the best rates. 

How do you get a mortgage in Cardiff?

When you think you need a mortgage, the first step is often looking online or arranging in person or online appointments with mortgage lenders such as banks or building societies.

It can take a while to get an appointment to speak to someone, and the process can be complex and time consuming. Provided you’ve got a deposit, a Cardiff based mortgage broker might be able to help you get a mortgage approved more quickly, and unlock more options.

How does a mortgage application work?

Before sending off your mortgage application, your mortgage broker in Cardiff will have checked over your case in detail. Most of the time, they’ll be pretty confident that your mortgage application will be approved, and if they’re not 100% confident, they should let you know before it gets submitted.

Once the mortgage application is sent off, the lender will review the information that’s been provided in addition to evidence such as your bank statements and pay slips. Once they’re satisfied that you can keep up monthly mortgage payments, they’ll make sure the property is suitable and produce your mortgage offer. 

Is it worth talking to a mortgage broker?

Our initial consultation is always fee free, so there’s nothing to lose. 

When you talk to mortgage brokers in Cardiff, like us, you’ll have an opportunity to determine any issues that might come between you and the home of your dreams at the earliest possible opportunity. This gives you a chance to fix them before it’s too late. 


Why use a Mortgage Broker in Cardiff?

Like with any service you receive, there is an advantage to working with an expert who is familiar with your local area. For example, our Wales based brokers know about new homes and developments in Cardiff – from Plasdwr to Penarth.

You might find we’ve already arranged mortgages for clients on the development you’re looking to buy. This avoids wasting time because we can avoid lenders that don’t like certain sites – paricularly if they’re overexposed (have lent too much against property in that area).

A Wales based mortgage broker can also have special relationships with local lenders and building societies. These Wales based lenders often have special criteria, or can be a bit more understanding for those who are purchasing in Wales and the surrounding areas. In Cardiff and South Wales, our biggest local lenders are The Principality Building Society, Monmouthshire Building Society and Swansea Building Society. 

I live outside of Cardiff. I know you're mortgage brokers in Cardiff, but can you still help me?

Our systems are designed to work most efficiently when we give advice remotely. So yes, we can help you wherever you are in the UK. Naturally, being mortgage brokers in Cardiff , a lot of our business does come from the Cardiff area, and we feel we can add most value to our Wales based clients. 

Why is Cardiff a popular location to live in and buy property?

We’ve definitely noticed over the past 5 years or so, that more and more people are moving to Newport, Cardiff and South Wales in general from Bristol or beyond. Cheaper property, easy access to the M4 and main train lines make Cardiff and Newport in particular convenient for commuters.

We’re mortgage brokers in Cardiff and Usk, both only about 15 minutes from the M4, but we think the key draw to South Wales are the beautiful beaches as near as Barry Island, and the stunning Brecon Beacons, a place of outstanding natural beauty. 

How do I prepare for a mortgage adviser meeting?

The first thing to prepare is a list of questions you’d like to ask your mortgage brokers in Cardiff. For example, ‘what lenders can you access’, ‘what are your fees’ or ‘are you regulated’.

You’ll also have some questions to ask yourself, like ‘how much can I borrow?’ or ‘how much deposit will I need?’.

At Exley Financial Planning, we’ll tell you exactly what you’ll need to do to prepare for your meeting with us. Our online fact find portal is where you’ll tell us about you and your circumstances, and we’ll send you a ‘shopping list’ of documentary requirements. This would often include bank statements, payslips and photo ID. 

About our Cardiff Team:

Chris Exley (DipFA, CeMAP)

Chris, a Cardiff local, provides his clients with friendly mortgage and investment advice. He brings his experience in the legal and financial industries to the mix to help you get your mortgage and sort out your finances without worry or stress.

Peter Exley (DipPFS, CeMAP)

Peter has worked in financial services for decades, including with some big names such as Zurich Advice Network. Peter is the resident expert in complex investments, but is also qualified to give mortgage advice. 

Louise Hartree

Louise is our friendly and experienced client relationship manager. She works hard to keep our systems running smoothly and stays in touch with our investment clients regularly with updates and reports.

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