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Best Technology Provider awarded to…

Mortgage Brain!

We are thrilled that we have won the Mortgage Strategy Award again, for the fifth time since 2010! It also delights us to have won the Mortgage Technology Provider of the Year at The Mortgage Awards 2020.

We strive to provide the best mortgage service to advisers and lenders alike with our end-to-end offering by delivering the best innovative technology, providing solutions that support and refine the mortgage process.

This year, we have further enhanced our offering with the launch of Affordability Hub, as well as integrating Criteria Hub with our MortgageBrain Classic and Anywhere systems enabling criteria and product data to be sourced in a single journey. This integration was applauded in our recent award win, which was a proud moment for our business. 

As a business, we are determined to provide the very best technology solutions to help support the mortgage industry and will continue to explore how we can simplify mortgage processes in ways that will benefit everyone!

On behalf of everyone at Mortgage Brain, we would like to say a massive thank you to everyone that voted or nominated, and here is an opportunity to watch our win from the Mortgage Strategy Awards virtual event!

Mortgage Strategy Awards 2020

Sincerely,

Mortgage Brain Team

Knowledge is power

With the housing market experiencing significant activity levels, it is a particularly busy time for mortgage advisers. That’s good news, but at the same time can make it difficult to keep up with industry news, trends and best practices, especially as the market continues to change in light of the pandemic. For those working towards meeting their requirement for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours, they have to address pressure to engage with many accredited activities as the end of the year draws closer.

As mortgage technology experts, Mortgage Brain creates solutions to provide advisers with an end-to-end mortgage process that is seamless, quick and efficient. But, it also takes pride in delivering insights, content, and training to support advisers with mortgage intelligence.

Take Mortgage Vision, its annual industry event, designed specifically for mortgage advisers to provide an opportunity to enhance professional development, network with peers, and share knowledge from a variety of industry experts. In 2020, it celebrated its 11th year and transitioned from its usual roadshow format to an immersive virtual event to ensure it could still deliver all the benefits that advisers have come to know and love, which we’ve summarised below!

Bolstering CPD hours with events

This year’s virtual Mortgage Vision event was accredited by the CII meaning attendees could earn up to 3.5 CPD hours from the comfort of their home or office by listening to experts cover topics such as the evolution of the regulatory landscape and the importance of an adviser’s role in the new normal; understanding the shape of a post-pandemic economy and intermediated mortgage market; and how recent FCA changes affect mortgage sourcing processes.

That goes a long way to meet your requirement for the year and you get to benefit from all the knowledge and insight along the way.

Networking

Do you ever wonder what your competitors are up to? Mortgage Vision is the perfect opportunity to meet your peers, exchange ideas, and discuss future opportunities in an environment where the statistics point to an increase in productivity. 99% agree that improved communication and collaboration of online meetings can improve productivity and 76% of individuals use video collaboration to work remotely, of which 75% experienced increased productivity[1].

Share best practice without borders

Our industry is tightly regulated, and businesses can find it hard to keep up with the latest changes in legislation. Industry events are an ideal opportunity to keep abreast of any new legislative introductions or amendments and will help you avoid costly errors. You may even discover better and more efficient ways for your business to operate with thoughts from insightful speakers.

Whilst physical events have their advantages, the online event environment removes any geographical boundaries that may have restricted the events you attend or the number of attendees you could meet. If you’re an adviser in Newcastle you can join an online event and very easily find yourself networking with advisers in the south-west of England without having to leave your home or office. And our Mortgage Vision poll this year showed that companies intend to adopt more technology to help them do that

  • 61% are using more technology since lockdown
  • 78% will incorporate more technology into their business to interact with customers

Spot the trends, identify opportunities

What is the next opportunity that could take your business to the next level? Are you missing out on a potential revenue stream? 37% of the attendees at this year’s on-demand event said they believe an increased need for help for self-employed buyers will have the biggest impact on their business, and 37%[2] thought the change to the Stamp Duty thresholds would impact their business most. Armed with this sort of knowledge, an adviser can plan for the coming months and try and increase their client base, something that was a priority for 42% of advisers2.

Find answers

Got a business problem that you just cannot fathom out? No doubt many people in the room have been in the same position. More than likely with this year’s online event attracting more than 800 attendees. If you can’t find the answer in a networking session with your peers, live Q&A sessions let you quiz experts who can identify issues may have overcome similar obstacles themselves and can help pinpoint resolutions.

On-demand

Some virtual events allow you to revisit the content. Our Virtual Mortgage Vision event proved to be very popular for this with 79% accessing the content on-demand[3]. In light of this, we’ve made the environment available, even if you didn’t attend the original event.

If you’re looking for ways to meet your CPD requirement for the year it’s not too late to earn up to 3.5 hours of CPD hours by accessing Virtual Mortgage Vision, which remains on-demand until February 2021. Gain access by simply registering here.

If you have any enquiries relating to Mortgage Brain’s CPD accredited activities, please contact events@mortgage-brain.co.uk


[1] https://www.lifesize.com/en/video-conferencing-blog/video-conferencing-statistics

[2] Virtual Mortgage Vision 2020 Poll

[3] https://www.mortgage-brain.co.uk/pdf/press-release/news-brokers-turn-focus-to-bringing-in-new-clients.pdf

Four reasons to attend industry events

You turn your computer on. You log onto social media and see the latest conference hashtag, or see an email drop into your inbox about the next industry event. Tempted to go? You should be.

Industry events offer incredible benefits, such as increasing your knowledge to service your customers better, understanding forthcoming regulatory changes and requirements, developing networking skills and meeting up with industry representatives from different services.  We’ve rounded up our top reasons as to why you should attend events below:

  1. Knowledge gains

In our latest social media poll, 67% of you said that the part you value most about events is expanding your knowledge. From key speakers to the latest industry news, events are vital for increasing your understanding outside of what you learn during working hours.

Our Mortgage Vision events this year cover topics such as creating a digital journey for your customers, the Senior Managers and Certification Regime, Buy to Let activity 12 months on, the Competition Review, GDPR – new data protection legislation, the return of the First Time Buyer and much more.

You can only learn so much from reading books and published articles – you can learn far more from actually going out and meeting Lenders and product providers first-hand. There are always opportunities to ask questions, discuss relevant topics including the current and future of your industry with other delegates too.

  1. Plenty of opportunities to network

Events offer a fantastic way for you to meet your peers, discuss the latest industry news with likeminded individuals and compare how you are finding ‘business’.

Comparing notes about forthcoming legislation, discussing the latest technology advancements and going over changes to mortgage products with those who are working in the same market as you, can often be very enlightening.

Not only that, but networking can help evolve your interpersonal skills. If you’re new to the networking scene, events can provide a great way of getting used to introducing yourself to others and gain confidence in potentially seeking out people to talk to.

  1. Everything you need, all in one place

It can often take time to locate all the resources you need to see the latest news, understand the next lot of legislation changes and discover new and existing technology advancements that can help you be the best broker possible. Luckily for you, events can provide a place where you learn all this and more – in one place, and often in just one day.

Events allow you to learn the topics that are influencing the market from the key-note speakers, as well as taking part in workshops or individual roundtable sessions that will offer you the change to interact more closely with your peers and ask the important, burning questions from the presenters.

  1. And they may be CPD accredited!

A really key pull for many brokers is that the majority of industry events will enable you to gain all-important CPD hours. Conferences and event may have been accredited to provide structured CPD to those that attend. This means that the events will provide directed ‘study,’ and will have clear and precise learning objectives in place for the delegates.

Mortgage Brokers need to complete a minimum of 35 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) each year, of which 21 hours should be structured. So in our industry, it is important to ensure that you are improving your knowledge and gain continuing professional development hours each year and events are the perfect place to do so.

Need a few more benefits?

  • Many events, like Mortgage Vision, are free to attend!
  • They’re informative and allow you to meet new people
  • You can motivate yourself simply by being in an educational environment
  • You will impress your customers by being up to the minute with the very latest news and views

The real trick to events is to go with clear objectives and plan your day to get the most of your time. Whatever your reason for going, we would love to hear it. Tweet us with the hashtag #MVision17 and let us know your top motive for attending events.