Crabtree Consulting

Mortgage Broker (Whole of Market) Unit 1B, Mereworth Business Centre, Danns Lane, Wateringbury, Maidstone, Kent, ME18 5LW
First meeting at adviser's own cost
Response rating
7.8/10
FCA verified
13th August 2018
A team of highly experienced Advisers offering INDEPENDENT ADVICE and can arrange all types of property finance and mortgages.
We can advise you on
  • Bad credit
  • Buy to let
  • Equity release
  • First time buyers
  • Flexible
  • High loan to value
  • Home reversion
  • Remortgage
  • Residential
  • Self employed
Meet our advisers
Shirley Corbett
Adviser
Karen Walker
Adviser
Gavin Hughes
Adviser
Paul Leonard
Adviser
Emma Hodges
Administration Support
Mark Braidford
Adviser
Jane Cole
Adviser and Office Manager
John Crabtree
Principle
What our clients say
John and his team are very practical, hugely responsive and make us feel that they actually care about our outcome, not their commission. They are happy to look for solutions to more complex requests and have helped us on a number of occasions. John was recommended to me and I have subsequently recommended him to friends of mine.
Matt Oldham, Berkshire
John has - over a number of years now, provided us with great advice on both our main and BTL mortgages. The advice has encompassed a couple of moves and a re-mortgage to enable the significant re-development of a property. We've often had to do relatively complex deals - looking at mortgage debt across more than one property at the same time. John's a smart guy and a canny operator. He's great at providing lots of different options - is very honest about Pros and Cons and has given very balanced advice to enable us to push ourselves a little to get the properties we've wanted without letting us over-stretch. This is very important - particularly when buying in the London market.Nothing is too much trouble.He doesn't shy away from the inevitable problems that crop up. John always returns calls and very simply, if he commits to doing something he does it, within the time frames he has agreed. This ethos follows through to the rest of his team - who are great too.
Stephen Brown, London
John is thoroughly professional. He is patient and considered and has a great knowledge of the mortgage market. My situation was quite complex and John found a number of solutions. He is always calm and polite and extremely prompt with his responses. His charges are fair and I recommend him wholeheartedly
Brian Kalms, London
Crabtree are good listeners, taking into account my requirements and considering future options in recommending particular products. As a self employed individual I am not a straightforward proposition and I feel pretty sure that without their hand-holding of the application right through from initial data collection to release of the funds from the lender, I wouldn't have secured the mortgage at all.
Andreas Bonney, Suffolk
Access to off-market mortgage deals, ability to broker bespoke terms with mortgage providers, and advice tailored to our needs rather than driven by commission. Very responsive and user-friendly.
Nicholas Benson, Surrey
John is highly professional, knowledgeable, experienced and commercial He is also a very good listener, which helps him fully understand the nuances of a customers needs and apply the right advise and solutions. It also helps that he is personable and has a good sense of humour to lighten up what at times may not be the most exciting topics.
Jon Frederik Korallus, Hertfordshire
Very approachable and willing to participate in calls where I am just after some general advice or bouncing ideas around. Always very timely in responding.
John Connell-Smith, London
He is a good communicator that is knowledgable about what products are on offer
Garro Berberian, London
John and his team are highly efficient and responsive and the advise we have received in respect of mortgages has always been spot on and saved us a lot of money. Wouldn't go anywhere for mortgage advice
Emma Voss, London
I found John very clear. He understood what we needed and explained the different options to us in words we could understand (I really struggle with mortgages) Even after we'd agreed a mortgage he still found us a better deal. His staff were very friendly and helpful and completed everything very quickly.
Victoria Dellow, Essex
Attentive and considerate to his client's needs regardless of demands and difficulties of the situation. My circumstances were challenging and ongoing and John made sure that he and his team were on top of matters. In addition to the mortgage itself he and his team were knowledgeable on other products that I should consider (eg. Life Policy)First class service
Dafydd Evans, London
My experience of Crabtree Consulting has been nothing but positive. From the initial contact or query - whether made by me - or instigated by them they are proactive in seeking the best advise/products, keeping me advised of progress and totally transparent about any costs to me and how they are paid. They are patient when I am procrastinating or confused and quick to respond when I am ready to act. I would not hesitate to recommend their services.
James Birrell, London
John is quick to answer any queries and does so in considered detail, providing clear and concise information and opinion on the best solutions to any financial issues I might have.
Nick Robinson, London
John and his team helped me sort out a new mortgage while going through a tricky divorce. They took away all the headaches and sorted new mortgage's for me and my ex wife.
Tony Wilsher, Kent
John has been able to get mortgages and re-mortgages for me when all others I have tried have not been able to due to my particular set of circumstances.
Richard James, London
Excellent service from an excellent team. John studied my requirements carefully and came up with a really good package across mortgage and insurances. He and the team then managed the whole transition which has been seamless. Honest, trustworthy and friendly service and the start of a long term relationship. Highly recommended.
Andy Gregory, Kent
John is very thoughtful and pragmatic. He is focused on getting the right product for his customers and keeps their short term and long term goals in mind. He is focused on building long term relationships and hence, is not driven by a short term "transaction" mindset. He is very creative and will go the extra mile to figure out appropriate solutions for even complicated requirements.
Nadeem Shaikh, Surrey
John created a comfort rarely found when talking to someone about your finances for the first time. Both he and his assistant Jane exhausted many options before presenting us with our mortgage and life policies. Their communication throughout the whole process was first class, if only they covered all areas of a house purchase!
Ben Blackburn, Kent
Clear understandable advice. Very good deal and rate on mortgages saving me huge amounts of money. Friendly and responsive to questions or enquiries
Alex West, Kent
I explained my circumstances and asked for options. John provided clear options which enabled me to make an informed choice. John provided support during every step of the application for a re-mortgage on one property and a small mortgage on the property I was buying. He liaised with me regularly and, along with other members of his team, provided support when my application was looking "fragile". I was seen as a 'high risk' applicant for a re-mortgage because I was moving to a different geographical area and hadn't got a firm job offer until very late on in the process and my spousal maintenance could have been terminated at any time as my ex-husband was self employed. John assured me that he would "get me across the line" and he did.
Russ Beresford, London
I explained my circumstances and asked for options. John provided clear options which enabled me to make an informed choice. John provided support during every step of the application for a re-mortgage on one property and a small mortgage on the property I was buying. He liaised with me regularly and, along with other members of his team, provided support when my application was looking "fragile". I was seen as a 'high risk' applicant for a re-mortgage because I was moving to a different geographical area and hadn't got a firm job offer until very late on in the process and my spousal maintenance could have been terminated at any time as my ex-husband was self employed. John assured me that he would "get me across the line" and he did.
Ros Mallard, Isle of Wight
He is very approachable and friendly, explains things clearly, inspires trust and confidence. He handles all the arrangements efficiently and without fuss.
Gill Swain, Middlesex
Really great at looking at different options for us and explaining these in a very clear manner. Also impressed with the speed of response in getting back to us and working to progress with the applications as quickly as possible. Made our lives much easier
Natasha McCabe, Essex
John and his team have advised me on my main mortgage and several BTL mortgages over recent years. He and his team have given considered, accurate and useful advice, listening to my needs carefully and seeking out the best deals for me at the time. As a self employed person with income that varies wildly from year to year, obtaining mortgages isn't straightforward so I feel sure that in at least two cases I would not have been given the mortgage at all had I approached the same lender direct.
Andrew Bonney, Suffolk
John is proactive in sourcing the right structure for the financing requirements that we bring to him. Our requirements are not always straight forward but he has always found an affordable solution.John's team are very friendly and keep us advised of progress throughout the process.
Mark Partridge, East Sussex
Re-mortgage. All round advice, all very clear and concise!. John and his team have been a delight to deal with. Everything went perfectly.
John Wackett, Oxfordshire
We felt completely comfortable with all the advice we received. The service provided by all members of the team was professional, clear, uncomplicated and pleasant.
Tania Herman, Surrey
John and his team have been proactive in dealing with all situations required. Everything went perfectly.
Roger Tillotson, Greater London
Where to find us
About us

John Crabtree set up the company in 2007, having previously worked in Financial Services for over 25 years. He has specialised in mortgages for the last 10 years and has built up the team to 8 fully qualified and experienced Advisers. John specialises in LARGE LOANS, where the clients are often Self Employed or have complex income situations, such as ONE YEAR'S ACCOUNTS The team can arrange every type of finance , such as DEVELOPMENT FINANCE, BUY TO LET, SECURED LOANS. We are a major account for most lenders and have excellent relationships with Private Banks. Service and advice is paramount.
Most of our clients are based in the South, including London, Surrey, Kent, Sussex, Berkshire, Bucks, Herts. We do however advise anywhere in the UK.

Our services

We have no restrictions on the advice we can give or on which lenders we are able to recommend. We can therefore deal with all types of clients and situations, from First Time Buyers to multi million pound mortgages. Each Adviser has a specialist area, such as Equity Release or Bridging Finance. Much of our business is referred by professional introducers, such as IFA's and Accountants, as they trust our knowledge, experience and the service we provide to clients. We never give up on a client and will explore every possible angle to ensure they secure that dream property.

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