Award-winning regional broker joins Loan Market

An award-winning regional broker has chosen Loan Market’s tech innovations to help him support an expanding marketplace.

Mark Collins has partnered with Loan Market in Port Macquarie, NSW, saying the brand’s ‘100% family-owned’ culture will resonate strongly with regional customers.

The former Mortgage Professional Australia Young Gun and Better Business Awards’ Best Regional Office (NSW) award-winner has joined Loan Market as the centre continues to grow.

Port Macquarie has proved a popular seachange for Sydney residents. The wider Port Macquarie-Hastings Council area’s population has risen to over 83,000, spurred by affordability - the median for a three-bedroom house is just over $500,000 - improved accessibility to Sydney and Newcastle, and employment-generating facilities such as as the expanding Charles Sturt University.

“When you’re servicing a regional centre, you can spend a lot of time on the road,” said Mr Collins.

“What really impressed me with Loan Market was their technology built into MyCRM. Innovations like Online Fact Find and Bank Connect really speed-up the process and increase the professionalism of client engagement. So while I’m out and about meeting clients, I have the peace of mind that in the background, Loan Market’s tech is keeping the process moving for existing clients.”

Mr Collins owned Aussie Home Loans in Port Macquarie between 2013-18 before selling his business and taking his young family on a well-earned year-long trip around Australia.

He considered reopening as an independent. However, with the industry subjected to added compliance, he realised the training, back-end support and business coaching offered by a brand was critical.

In addition to Loan Market’s technology offering enabling him to service a wider marketplace, he knew the aggregator’s culture would be well-received in his non-metro market.

“Being family-owned and not owned by a bank is something that really appealed to me,” said Mr Collins. “That culture and ownership will really resonate within Port Macquarie and surrounding towns where they really appreciate family-values.”

Mr Collins is joined by his wife, Fiona, in the new business.

Loan Market’s NSW Director Michael Karpathakis welcomed Mr Collins to the brand.

“Mark has a tremendous track record in servicing his marketplace,” said Mr Karpathakis. “Port Macquarie is an important marketplace. It’s been a popular destination for older residents for many decades, but its growth, new infrastructure and profile as a major NSW centre has brought an influx of younger residents in recent years.”