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Brightstar has just appointed a new business development manager to look after mortgage brokers in the London area due to a rapid growth of demand in the region.

Christina Smith brings with her a wealth of knowledge of the mortgage market and looks forward to building long term business relationships with intermediaries at Brightstar.

Christina Smith has over 13 years of experience in the financial services industry. Starting as a sales assistant with John Charcol, she quickly progressed into a career as a mortgage broker after taking her CeMAP certification. After a stint as a broker at Hamptons International, Christina worked at Barclays Bank for six years as business manager looking after the full banking needs of local businesses.

Christina wanted to get back to her roots of working with mortgage brokers so she now joins Brightstar to help mortgage brokers to really understand that specialist mortgage market and what it can do for their clients.

Clive Willson, business development director at Brightstar says, “Brightstar is seeing rapid growth, not only in the quality of the individuals employed, but also in the choice of the diverse mortgage products it can provide for mortgage intermediaries in the specialist lending market.

“Christina will be a great addition to the team as she is well experienced in the mortgage market as both a mortgage broker and a banker. She really understands the needs of the mortgage broker having been one herself for many years and I’m sure her vast experience will add value to all those that she deals with.”

Christina Smith says, “I understand that while most mortgage brokers are excellent at their day to day job, they sometimes find it more challenging when faced with non-standard lending, be it an unusual property, a second charge mortgage background: rgb(255,255,255); /* Old browsers */ background: -moz-linear-gradient(left, rgba(255,255,255,1) 0%, rgba(255,255,255,1) 12%, rgba(255,255,255,1) 15%, rgba(109,0,25,1) 74%, rgba(109,0,25,1) 86%, rgba(109,0,25,1) 96%); /* FF3.6-15 */ background: -webkit-linear-gradient(left, rgba(255,255,255,1) 0%,rgba(255,255,255,1) 12%,rgba(255,255,255,1) 15%,rgba(109,0,25,1) 74%,rgba(109,0,25,1) 86%,rgba(109,0,25,1) 96%); /* Chrome10-25,Safari5.1-6 */ background: linear-gradient(to right, rgba(255,255,255,1) 0%,rgba(255,255,255,1) 12%,rgba(255,255,255,1) 15%,rgba(109,0,2slide, credit problems, the need for a bridging loan or even commercial finance. These are the times when it can be really useful to have someone to call on for some help and support. My job at Brightstar will be to build relationships with advisers, so that they have always got someone to contact to keep them informed about alternative options that may best help their clients.”