January 4, 2008, 7:00 am

Thrifty Mortgages Review

by: The Financial Blogger    Category: Reviews
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I guess that Thrifty Scot Loans liked my last review of their website as they officially agreed (read paid ;-)) for another two reviews of their other websites. I find that writing reviews bring another aspect to TheFinancialBlogger as it gives me the opportunity to analyze other websites. It is definitely a relevant activity for my other internet projects as I get deeper than simply surfing from pages to pages. It is also a great opportunity to discover Internet resources!


What is Thrifty Mortgages?

 

Well duh! It’s a website offering or referring to financial institutions offering mortgage products! Wrong! It is actually a mortgage news site created in a form of a blog. You can have access to their archive (the site started in September 2007) and articles are basically divided within 3 categories: bad credit, mortgage, remortgages.

There are absolutely no ads or traces of affiliate programs on any pages. As many other blogs, they offer the possibility to share their articles through del.icio.us, digg, reddit and so on.

They are offering posts on a regular basis (about 3 to 4 a week). Their posts are about 300 to 400 words and therefore pretty fast to read. You will find mostly news or informative articles about topics affecting the mortgage business (economy, house price, Bank of England politics).

What makes you want to visit this site?

I like the fact that articles are straight to the point and you get the news fast. On their main page, they show the first lines of their most recent posts. So you can get what you are looking for pretty easily. In addition to that, they also present the number of words for each article and the approximate time required to read it (I guess you can practice yourself beating their estimates!).

I really like this feature as it an original way of not wasting your time on this blog. As the blog does not have many categories, you easily go through your reading and you don’t get annoyed by to many ads (there are none!) or other icons.

Are the resources really helpful?

The site is mainly informative and get straight to the point. They provide up-to-date and relevant information on mortgages in England. In addition to their articles, they also include a definition of the newest mortgages available in England.

As they also define remortgages and bad credit mortgages I consider that they offer a pretty good picture of the mortgage industry. If you are looking for more information, they also provide important sites such as the Bank of England and the British Bankers Association.

Can improvements be done?

In my opinion, I found the website a bit too sober. I think it would need more colors or graphics. I understand that we are talking about a very serious subject but it doesn’t mean that it cannot fun for your eyes to look at your screen.

I think that two other things could be done also. As the blog is producing a fair amount of news, it would be great to qualify them under sub-categories such as “rate changes”, “housing price statistics” or “banking news”.

The last thing I would add would be a “search this blog” feature. When a reader is looking for specific information, it would be a great way for him to find it fast. As the rest of the site is pretty straight forward, this feature would fit nice on the top of the blog.

As I said before, I consider this blog being clear, easy and fast to read and offering relevant information on mortgages. If you are looking to buy a property in England, Thrifty Mortgages is definitely a site to go!

Disclaimer: This was an honest but paid review. We did it because we think it is a great financial resource on the Web and our opinion has not been biased. We are now offering to review your website for a highly competitive price. If you wish The Financial Blogger to review your website, please feel free to contact us at thefinancialblogger (at) gmail (dot) com or visit our advertise section.

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