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You voluntarily choose to provide personal details to us via this website. Personal information will be treated as confidential by us and held in accordance with GDPR May 2018 requirements.  You agree that such personal information may be used to provide you with details of services and products in writing, by email or by telephone.

By submitting this information you have given your agreement to receive verbal contact from us to discuss your mortgage requirements.

First Stop Mortgages & Protection NI are a family run business with family values at the heart of  everything we do!

We are part of the Primis Mortgage Network, one of the biggest mortgage & insurance networks in the UK.

First Stop Mortgages & Protection NI were a winner of the Primis ‘Recognising Excellence’ Award 2020, 2022 and 2023!

As Mortgage brokers, we will work to find the most suitable mortgage deal for you based on your affordability, deposit and credit history.

Your bank can only offer you the deals available to them, which may or may not suit your needs. But we have access to over 70 banks & building societies across the UK. We will assess your income, credit commitments, monthly expenses, and credit history to give you the greatest chance of a successful mortgage application.

We will help to determine how much you can borrow and what deposit you will need. We can even help recommend specialist solicitors to deal with the conveyancing side of a house purchase too.

As part of our commitment to treating our customers fairly, we are also able to arrange your home insurance as well as advise on the most suitable insurance products to protect your mortgage, family, and income.

Meet The Team

Jim Smyth

Mortgage & Insurance Broker, Firm Principal

Jim has been involved in financial services since 2007 and brings a simple, straight forward approach to everything he does.

In 2023 Jim was a VIP winner of Primis “Recognising Excellence,” for his work in arranging insurance policies for his clients across the UK.

Alongside his brother, Simon, he started First Stop Mortgages & Protection NI in 2016 with a mission to make buying a house and protecting your family stress-free and without the jargon.

Jim is married with 3 daughters and outside of work he enjoys CrossFit and Football.

Simon Smyth

Insurance adviser, Office Manager, Firm Principal

Like Jim, Simon has been in financial services since 2007, joining as a fresh faced 20-year-old.

Simon has played football in Northern Ireland at intermediate and reserve championship level and as a result, is a firm believer in Sports Cover and Wage Replacement Insurance.

Along with Leah, Simon ensures every mortgage and insurance policy written by the firm is quoted and applied for correctly and clients receive the level of service expected at First Stop.

Simon is married with a daughter and enjoys holidays and football

Leah Cox

Mortgage Administrator

Leah has over 10 years’ experience working as a mortgage broker in high street banks including Ulster Bank, Halifax & most recently Santander.

Leah joined our team in 2019 bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience with her. Her customer service is second to none and clients love her attention to detail and customer care.

Leah lives with her partner and teenage son. Enjoys a laugh and Tiktok!