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Congrats to Wendy Higgins of Mortgage Choice 0

Posted on September 22, 2010 by Liz Rowell

We’re delighted for you!

Wendy Higgins from Mortgage Choice has come out on top of MPA’s Top 100 Brokers list for the second year running, with Intelligent Finance’s Justin Doobov and Mortgage Solutions Australia’s Colin Lamb rounding out the top three.

Based in South Australia, Higgins settled $141,344,304 in home loans to earn this year’s top broker crown, compared with the $123,601,864 she managed to settle to top the list last year.

Higgins believes her success comes from “being able to get the appropriate finance approved for all clients.” She said getting the right finance is an integral part of buying a home or investment property, as is looking at clients’ long-term needs, something she always builds into recommendations.

Huw Bough, Westpac mortgage broker distribution general manager, said “a continually changing economy and market environment had its impact” on business during the last financial year.

Higgins agrees. “Turning around declined applications so they are approved and keeping staff motivated and positive during the tougher months were a challenge.”

But Bough believes “top brokers have the ability to perform through the most difficult times,” and the brokers at the top end of this year’s list can attest to that.


Pickles picks Red Ark 0

Posted on September 16, 2010 by Liz Rowell

We’ve been appointed as the advertising and marketing agency to re-launch Pickles Auctions, Australia’s only national auction group and the largest.

We are creating a new brand positioning for Pickles, which was established in 1964, re-launching the brand across media, online and BTL to create a national household brand. Through the new brand positioning Red Ark will also be educating consumers about the benefits of buying from Pickles, as well as reinforcing their number one position in the real world auction space. Red Ark has been appointed in conjunction with Impetus Media, who will handle media planning and buying across the national campaign.

Bev Cameron, National Manager – Marketing & Culture for Pickles commented, “We are very excited to be partnering with Red Ark and Impetus Media. If their energy and commitment to date is anything to go by – big things are in store for the Pickles Auctions brand. ”

What a nice comment! Welcome aboard Pickles!

Mortgage Choice on Forbes’s ‘Best Under a Billion” list for the Asia Pacific region. 0

Posted on September 06, 2010 by Liz Rowell

from Broker News

Mortgage Choice makes Forbes top pick list

By BN | 06 Sep 2010

Mortgage Choice has been named as one of the companies on Forbes’s ‘Best Under a Billion” list for the Asia Pacific region.

The company was the seventh highest-ranked Australian firm on the list, out of a total of 13 Australian businesses.

“We are really chuffed to have made the illustrious Forbes Asia Pacific ‘Best Under a Billion’ list,” said Kristy Sheppard, senior corporate affairs manager at Mortgage Choice. “It is further recognition of the tremendous efforts our franchise network and staff have made over the past year especially.

“Releasing our healthy financial results on 25 August to a positive response pleased us and this unexpected accolade is the cherry on top.”

The list, which picks the top-performing 200 firms from almost 13,000 public listed Asia-Pacific companies with actively traded shares and sales between $5.5 and $1.1 billion,
Selection of the final 200 was based on earnings growth, sales growth, and shareholders return on
equity in the past 12 months and over three years.

You can find out more about Mortgage Choice here, on the website we developed for them.

Hooray consumer confidence is up and spring is sprung 0

Posted on September 03, 2010 by Liz Rowell

Just this week, second quarter gross domestic product accelerated to 1.2 per cent from 0.7 per cent in the first quarter. July retail sales, also released this week, rose 0.7 per cent, seasonally adjusted, notching up the fifth consecutive month of admittedly modest growth.

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