The new Facebook algorithm update and what it means for your business

Earlier this month, Mark Zuckerburg, co-founder and CEO of Facebook, announced the latest update to Facebook’s algorithm, which will result in changes to the content that users are presented with on their news feed. Originally intended to be a social platform whereby users can interact and communicate with their friends and family, Facebook more recently […]

Training Update – December 2017: Curating Content for Social Media

A few months ago we sent you our first training module in a series of learning and development topics aimed to educate and help future proof your business. That module was based on commonly asked questions of our marketing team regarding social media. We hope you found the Introduction to Social Media training video of interest. What training we have coming up The […]

Dr Catriona Wallace, Flamingo – AFG National Broker Conference 2017

Speaking at our National Broker Conference earlier this year, Dr Catriona Wallace, Founder and CEO of FinTech company Flamingo, highlighted the key customer experience trends. Catriona provided our brokers with practical, useful actions related to navigating this new paradigm. Customer experience has moved beyond personalisation to individualisation – where customers not only want a personalised offer […]

Women in Broking: Amber Linzner, AKL Finance Group in Victoria

Last, but by no means least, in our Women in Broking series, we interview Amber Linzner, Founding Director and Senior Mortgage Advisor of AKL Finance Group, in Melbourne, VIC. What inspired you to pursue a career as a mortgage advisor? When I started as a mortgage advisor’s personal assistant 11 years ago my aim was […]

Cosi De Angelis, ANZ – AFG National Broker Conference 2017

Cosi De Angelis, General Manager Commercial Origination at ANZ spoke about cybercrime at our AFG National Broker Conference this year. With business and consumer interactions moving to digital formats, there is a world of opportunities before us. Unfortunately, this also brings increased risks and vulnerabilities for organisations regardless of their size. Digital development is making it […]

David Bailey, CEO of AFG – AFG National Broker Conference 2017

David Bailey joined AFG back in 2004, becoming our Chief Executive Officer in the inaugural year of our National Broker Conference 2017. It seems fitting his speech would, therefore, be titled The industry today, the industry tomorrow, and the importance of championing competition. The mortgage broking industry has much to be confident about and much to celebrate, […]

Women in Broking: Katrina Rowlands, Mortgage Success in New South Wales

Following in our Women in Broking series, we interview Katrina Rowlands, director of Mortgage Success, in Wollongong, NSW. What inspired you to pursue a career as a mortgage advisor? The fact that I could self-manage my time, as a broker, and self-manage my success really appealed to me. I had been told in my previous […]

AFG announces new referral arrangement with Lifebroker

Australian Finance Group (ASX:AFG) is pleased to announce the appointment of Lifebroker to AFG’s life insurance referral program. The new arrangement will make it easier for AFG’s 2850 brokers to offer life insurance referrals to clients, providing them with a wide choice of options for their needs from Lifebroker’s range of comprehensive life insurance products. […]

Women in Broking: Peta Siebert, Avenue Financial in Victoria

Following in our Women in Broking series, we interview Peta Siebert, General Manager of Avenue Financial, in Melbourne, VIC. What inspired you to pursue a career as a mortgage advisor? My role is a little different to a Mortgage Advisor I am now the General Manager and Partner for a sub-origination Mortgage Broking business partnered […]

Women in Broking: Marissa Schulze, Rise High Financial Solutions in South Australia

Following in our Women in Broking series, we interview Marissa Schulze, Director and Mortgage & Finance Adviser of Rise High Financial Solutions, in Adelaide, SA. What inspired you to pursue a career as a mortgage advisor? Before becoming a mum I was working in Commercial Banking. I loved my job but once I became a […]

Awarding our Victorian Brokers

Thank you to everyone who attended the AFG Victoria 2017 Awards Night on Wednesday 19th July at Showtime Events Centre. We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of our award finalists and ultimate winners in each category for the 2016/17 year. It has been an amazing year for us all, plenty of changes […]

Women in Broking: Bridget Headland, Vision Money in Queensland

In the first of our Women in Broking series, we interview Bridget Headland, founder and director of her own financial brokerage, Vision Money, operating in Darwin and Brisbane. What inspired you to pursue a career as a mortgage advisor? I worked within the finance industry, a different role to start with and then I was […]

Women in Broking

We’ve got some big numbers on our books with over 2,850 brokers around the country. And it’s no surprise we attract some of the best names in the business, brokers we’re so proud to see grow year after year. One particular number we’re super keen to see growing is the number of female brokers we […]

Compliance training

We pride ourselves on being at the cutting edge of industry and regulatory change and take even greater pride in protecting our brokers’ business and reputation by ensuring best practice in all we do. We are continuously working to integrate and automate compliance as much as possible via FLEX. These improvements are there to help […]

Broker Fact Find

Are you taking full advantage of Broker Fact Find to do the legwork to help you speed up a deal? Broker Fact Find is your online customer tool that lets your customer take care of the data entry basics at a time and place that suits them. It helps streamline the application and approval process […]

WA State Awards Event 2017

Last week celebrated the success of our WA AFG brokers at our 2017 State Awards event. These awards are a time to recognise and reward those WA members who are leading the way and who, despite tough conditions, have achieved success and great consumer outcomes this past financial year. We would also like to acknowledge […]

Mortgage brokers provide competition and choice for consumers

With mortgage brokers now responsible for more than 52% of home lending flows, Australian consumers are clearly indicating a high level of comfort with the service they receive. Today’s results are a testament to our focus on maintaining a strong core broking business, which continues to provide essential competition in the lending market and a […]

AFG asks ACCC to keep an eye on banks

AFG has today asked the regulator to keep a watchful eye on the big banks to ensure they do not use the Government’s recently announced major bank levy and their own Australian Bankers’ Association (ABA) Retail Banking Remuneration Review as a justification to implement changes designed to reduce the financial viability of providing broking services […]

2015/2016 VIC/TAS Member Award Winners

A year of excellent achievement was celebrated by all at the 2016 Vic/Tas Member Excellence Awards. Over 400 were in attendance at the Grand Ballroom, Sofitel on Collins, making it the biggest Vic/Tas Member Award Ceremony to date.   2015/2016 was a busy and eventful year for our brokers and the industry,  the achievements of […]

2015/2016 SA AFG Awards

Thank you to all those who attended the 2015/2016 SA AFG Awards. SA Champion Loan Writer Leon Spadavecchia – Afirm Financial SA Champion Business Assured Home Loans For a list of all the finalists and winners, please scroll to the end of this post. Next year all AFG members will be invited to the AFG National Broker […]

2015/2016 NSW/ACT AFG Awards

Thank you to all those who attended today’s 2015/2016 NSW AFG Awards.   For a list of all the finalists and winners, please scroll to the end of this post.     Next year all AFG members will be invited to the AFG National Broker Conference in Sydney. It is destined to be one of […]

WA Gala Award Winners 2016

Thank you to all those who attended last week’s 2016 WA Gala Awards. The night was a huge success with close to 450 in attendance at Crown Perth. The Gala Awards, is an occasion to recognise and reward our West Australian members, on the back of their success over the past financial year. In what […]

Events – your voice, your future.

We are inviting every Australian mortgage broker to attend an important bipartisan session on this subject; this is your invitation to take a seat at the table. We need you there. This year sees the mortgage broking industry face additional pressures and responsibilities as the conversations around regulatory recommendation and review really hot up. As […]

MFAA Excellence Awards – Finalists Announced

The Mortgage and Finance Association of Australia (MFAA) Excellence Awards are presented to members of the Association who display exceptional practice in mortgage and finance. We are very proud to announce the following AFG members present in the finalists: RESIDENTIAL FINANCE BROKER AWARD SA KD Singh – Money Merchants Financial Services Leon Spadavecchia – Afirm […]

ASIC broker remuneration review

AFG has provided ASIC with a written response to the scoping considerations and the questions posed in the scoping document for the current Broker Remuneration Review. You can view AFG’s submission here. The MFAA’s submission is here. AFG will be continuing to engage with ASIC as the review progresses, and I would welcome any feedback […]

Award success for AFG and members

Leading mortgage broker AFG congratulated their members taking home awards from The Adviser Australian Broking Awards in Sydney today and took the time to celebrate their own success in winning two award categories. AFG General Manager Sales and Operations Mark Hewitt was in Sydney for the awards, “I would like to congratulate AFG members who […]

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