Countrywide Surveying Services joins Equity Release Council

Countrywide Surveying Services (CSS) has become the latest associate member of the Equity Release Council (ERC).

This move demonstrates Countrywide Surveying Services’ commitment to later life lending and the provision of its valuation, survey and panel management services to lending partners specialising in this sector.

The Equity Release Council represents the equity release sector and exists to promote high standards of conduct and advice on equity release.

Matthew Cumber, managing director at Countrywide Surveying Services, said: “Given the shifting demographics of the UK population and changing consumer attitudes, the later life lending sector will play an increasingly prominent role within the wider mortgage market going forward and we, as a business, will continue to support our lending partners in this important sector. 

“The Equity Release Council is playing a key role to grow the sector and we are committed to ensuring that positive outcomes remain available for the end consumer.”

Jim Boyd, CEO of the Equity Release Council, added: “As an organisation, we are committed to ensuring that consumers receive good outcomes throughout the entire process of releasing equity from their homes – whether it is from the advisers, lenders or service providers. 

“We are therefore delighted to welcome Countrywide Surveying Services as associate members and look forward to supporting the team as they further develop their expertise in this growing market.”