Lifetime Mortgages

A lifetime mortgage is a form of equity release scheme whereby a loan is secured against your property, providing you with a tax-...

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Mortgages are loans which are intended to help buyers purchase residential property. When you take out a loan, the lender charges...

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There are events we can all face that have the potential to wreck lives and families. It’s a difficult issue to think about, but...

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Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.
A mortgage or lifetime mortgage will be secured against your home.
The Financial Conduct Authority does not regulate Buy to Let Mortgages.


Welcome to Asquith Financial Services, lifetime mortgages, mortgage, protection and business insurance advisers in Colchester, Essex

Asquith Financial Services offers high-quality mortgage advice and mortgage broking services in Colchester, Essex. We provide financial advice across mortgages, life assurance, home insurance, income protection and lifetime mortgages. We will meet you twice in the advisory process; this allows us to understand your financial needs and provide the correct financial advice for your situation.

Call us now and see how our friendly service and know-how can help ensure you get the right mortgage so you can buy a new home, buy a property to let or simply re-mortgage your existing property. We can also provide protection for your home, business and family.

If you are a first-time buyer, the prospect of buying your first home can be both daunting and confusing. Our aim is to guide you through the transaction from start to finish so that you understand exactly what the purchase entails, and how much it will cost. Your mortgage is probably the largest financial transaction you are ever likely to make and we are here to make sure you get it right and help you to ensure the process runs smoothly and efficiently. 

As mortgage brokers we have access to a full range of UK mortgages and re-mortgage products including fixed rate, interest only, capped, discount and variable interest rates and buy to let mortgages, from many different lenders across the market. Once we understand your individual circumstances and needs, we will be able to research the mortgage market and recommend the most suitable mortgage deal for you. As part of our service, we will deal with the lender on your behalf, taking the stress out of the process for you. 

We help our customers protect their loved ones and businesses through a range of life assurance and protection products. We also make your property work for you throughout the different stages of your life. From first time buyer, to re-mortgage, to looking at releasing equity from your property in the later years to provide peace of mind, fulfil your aspirations at or after retirement to help make your goals and desired lifestyle a reality or to provide peace of mind to be mortgage free or to help with adaptions to your home or even provide money to help your children/ grandchildren.

If you’re looking for mortgage advice for your current financial situation, we will be ready to help your enquiries and happy to meet you in the Essex or Suffolk area.

Call us today on 01206 413 675 or complete our short enquiry form by clicking here and we'll be pleased to help you.


VouchedFor Top Rated Adviser 2021, 2022 and 2023


Reviews and Ratings for Financial adviser Neil Barsby, Colchester

"Its great to see how much people have valued having an expert adviser by their side during these uncertain times. After receiving outstanding client reviews, this adviser has recently qualified for the 2021 and 2022 Guide To Top Rated Financial Advisers, distributed in The Times! Well done!" - VouchedFor comments


Awards 2021, 2022 and 2023


  • Excellent Advice and Service from Neil on my Life Insurance needs and explaining the cover and advising me of the cover that would suit me the best, I would recommend Neil in a heart beat, thank you for all the help and advice

    O. R.

  • In 2021,Neil Barsby worked swiftly, and was super efficient in dealing with my Equity Release. He explained everything clearly, making sure I understood every step. I have no hesitation in recommending him. Yet again in 2023, Neil Barsby helped me with my financial situation. Always giving good advice, givibg of his time, working efficiently as before. Would absolutely recommend him. Thank you.

    A. K.

  • Neil is great, he came to see ourselves talked through our options and went away and came back to us very quickly. Excellent communication and service through the process.

    S. B.

  • Neil is brilliant. The advice he gave me has helped improve on my current situation. Easy to get hold of and keeps me up-to-date at every stage. I would highly Recommend him to anyone looking for financial services.

    D. H.

  • Neil was brilliant, he helped with a complicated later life mortgage. He was on top of everything and able to help us understand the product quickly and concisely. He was really understanding and made the process really very simple.

    K. H.

  • Having not done anything with our mortgage for 14 years, it was reassuring to have Neil's help as we changed to a buy-to-let mortgage. Neil's advice was great, and he was very quick to respond to all of our questions - making the whole thing far more relaxed than I thought would be possible.

    C. S.

  • I would like to thank Neil Barsby for the excellent service he provided us this year by assisting us to re-mortgage our property. Neil and his team members were very helpful as we had a family bereavement and it seemed quite a stretch to hand the documents in on time. Neil is a highly competent and professional financial advisor and I am truly grateful for the day I met him through networking. Thank you Neil!

    K. C.

  • Neil is brilliant no hard sell and his suggestions where really helpful. i recommend Neil as his on top of his game and was recommended by our solicitor.

    R. B.

  • Neil Was very informative and helped me find the mortgage product I required in a short period of time ...I would have no issues in recommending to anyone

    P. B.

  • Neil Barsby worked swiftly, and was super efficient in dealing with my Equity Release. He explained everything clearly, making sure I understood every step. I have no hesitation in recommending him. Angie K.

    A. K.

  • Neil has been invaluable in helping me find and setup my life insurance and income protection. He made the whole process extremely easy and I would highly recommend Neil and the services he provides. Matt D.

    M. D.

  • Fantastic, thorough service. I met with Neil and he went through all the various insurance options with the most comprehensive cover to suit my budget. He also looked into my other active policies to make sure I was covered correctly and not doubling up or paying out unnecessarily. He too the time to make sure I could access the best cover and truly believe this is one of the most important things. I have ever taken out to protect me and my family. I looked at Life Cover, Critical Illness cover and Income Protection. The meeting took me through all the questionnaires one on one with each section explained clearly.

    K. D.

  • I recently posted about the help I received from Neil Barsby setting up my income protection insurance. If there is anyone out there in similar circumstances to me being self employed and debating income protection insurance I urge you to give the man a call and set it up. I broke my metartarsal in January and ended up out of work for 6 weeks. That's when I posted on here for advice and he was recommended to me. I debated not bothering to set up a policy but he chased me up and set it all up for me with ease.

    J. M.

  • I wanted to deal with a local financial advisor in Colchester and I identified Asquith Financial Services via a Google search. After reviewing Neil's Linkedin profile, career history and qualifications and looking at his website I contacted him.
    Neil promptly responded to my enquiry and he was very meticulous in understanding my needs, gathering information and obtaining offers from the equity release providers.
    Neil explained everything in an easy to understand way and at all times demonstrated his excellent knowledge, expertise and professionalism.

    C. A.

  • Fantastic service, answered all of my questions. I was given plenty of information and advise. Overall very pleased and surprised with the value for money. I will definatley be using your advise in the future, many thanks.


  • A great service by Neil who has managed against the odds to get me life cover!

    As a type 1 diabetic in my 50’s and as a company director I really wanted to provide cover for my wife and business partner and having failed previously I thought it was highly unlikely that Neil would succeed but through the whole process he has shown great tenacity and presence of mind to battle through the red tape, unhelpful doctors and cynical underwriters to get us a deal, thank you Neil.

    D. L.

  • Neil explained everything clearly without any hard sell tactics. I really appreciated this and the fact that he was confident in the products he was offering.  I will be recommending Asquith to friends. Thank you Neil


  • Neil has provided a thorough and efficient service in providing our critical illness and life insurance. We felt our requirements were listened to completely and we felt confident in the services provided.

    A. G.

  • Just want to say a long overdue thank you to Neil Barsby at asquith financial services, one of the members on here. I'm due to have my first football match back tomorrow evening after months out after breaking my foot. I ended up having 5 weeks off work and being self employed it cost me a small fortune. I decided to take out income protection to cushion some of the blow financially if anything similar happened again. To say I'm lethargic in terms of getting things like this done is an understatement but this man went above and beyond in terms of organising me and my policy and getting things where they needed to be.

    J. M.

  • Neil has been helping us set up a remortgage of our property and life insurance, he has been very helpful and transparent throughout the process and has kept us up to date the whole way through.

    A. and M. L.

  • Neil was able to provide a high quality, thorough advisory service when looking at my Critical Illness and Life Insurance cover - having set up my own business recently and lost all of these employee benefits it was important to me to know I was covered and getting the best fit/value for money deal on the market suitable for my needs. Neil was extremely professional and was able to present a number of options that suited my needs. I highly recommend his services.

    S. M.

  • Neil was fantastic from start to finish. He set up life insurance and buildings and contents insurance for us. We were 1st time buyers and didn't have a clue. I would 100% recommend Neil to anyone. I will deal with him again in the future.

    Mr M. H.

  • Neil's advice, knowledge and professionalism is second to none. He has advised me on personal and company finance and assets for many years. Asquith Financial Services are commercially minded but with a personal approach.

    Mr N. S.

  • Absolutely brilliant: fantastic customer service, very knowledgeable and made the whole process swift and easy. Thank you!

    G. A.

  • Fantastic speedy service and at a great price for my life insurance.

    Mr W. B.

  • Very patient and helpful! Great service!

    S. B.

  • We recently reviewed our life assurance cover and Neil provided excellent, easy to understand information on the options available to us to provide the level of protection we need to ensure that our family will have less to worry about if something unforeseen and tragic happened. Absolutely recommend that you speak to Asquith Financial Services if you would like an honest and professional advisor who will go through your needs to provide the right policies.

    Mr D E, Cambridgeshire

  • Neil is very knowledgeable when it comes to protection. I found him easy to understand, friendly and a good listener. I'm confident that the policy Neil has recommended is the right one for me and I would certainly recommend Neil.

    Mr D G