Welcome to Mortgage Vision

Can you believe that 2018 will be the 9th year of Mortgage Vision? We’re so proud, year after year, to be able to offer our annual intermediary roadshow to so many of you, enabling you to advance your knowledge and broaden your business horizons in this ever-changing industry.

Last year, we put on 10 free events encompassing 1,300 presentations, and travelled 2,973 miles to bring you a fantastic national roadshow – with 98.9% of you recommending them to your colleagues!

We’ve taken all your feedback on board to build an even better roadshow this year, and here’s a little about what you can expect…

What we have in store
Our annual events are put on to ensure that you gain essential knowledge about our marketplace as a whole, as well as to discover new business opportunities and network with the best and brightest in our industry.

Our roadshow will feature talks from leading companies and inspirational leaders, with Adrian Scoates from Nationwide, our CEO, Mark Lofthouse and Robert Sinclair of AMI  kick-starting each event with their platform presentations.

10 roundtable sessions will then follow, featuring: Nationwide & TMWSantander for Intermediaries, Coventry for Intermediaries, ConveyancingBrainTogetherRoyal LondonOneSavings Bank, Skipton Intermediaries, Principality Intermediaries, Fluent Money for Advisers and Mortgage Brain. Use this unique chance to talk, discuss and question your providers face to face – a great opportunity to gain valuable bits of information and keep updated.

You’ll get plenty of chance before, during and after to network with fellow Advisers, as well as enjoy a free lunch. Of course, all our delegates will be able to claim up to 3.5 hours* structured CPD towards their CII member CPD scheme. You can see the full agenda here and the one for Belfast here.

Topics being covered
The impending Brexit deal will be a hot topic covered this year, focusing on what it means for you as an Adviser and the UK economy. We’ll also be covering plenty more subjects, such as Lenders’ systemisation, the Competition Review, Adviser opportunities, and how technology can help you meet your customers’ growing expectations. Plus hear from 6 Lenders on their latest innovations and how business partner propositions can aid your income and your clients. All of that in just one morning! Read what the platform speakers and round table presenters will be talking about by clicking on each of the logos on this website page.

New locations
We’ve added two new locations to our UK tour, so we’ll be taking Mortgage Vision even further! All twelve dates are as follows:

Newcastle – Gateshead Marriott Hotel – Tuesday 25th September
Leeds – Village Leeds South – Wednesday 26th September
Southampton – Macdonald Botley Park Hotel – Thursday 4th October
Birmingham – The St Johns Hotel Solihull – Tuesday 9th October
Manchester – AJ Bell Stadium – Wednesday 10th October
NEW –  Maidstone – Tudor Park Marriott Hotel – Tuesday 16th October
Sunbury/Middx – Kempton Park Racecourse – Wednesday 17th October
London/Arsenal – Arsenal FC – Tuesday 30th October
Belfast – Hilton Belfast Templepatrick – Wednesday 7th November
Newport – Coldra Court Hotel – Thursday 15th November
NEW – Exeter – Exeter Racecourse – Thursday 22nd November
London/Elstree – Holiday Inn London-Elstree M25 – Thursday 28th November

You can now book your place for any of our twelve venues on our website – and even reserve a spot for your colleagues at the same time!

You can check out the events at www.mortgagevision.net and make sure you let us know you’re coming along by tweeting us @Mortgage_Brain and using the hashtag #MVision2018.

We look forward to welcoming you back to our 9th year of Mortgage Vision – and our best yet, we’re sure of it.

 

*Breaks not included. Belfast event is 2.75 CPD hours (also excluding breaks).

Mortgage Brain’s Christmas Wishes

With only days left to go before Christmas comes around, our CEO Mark Lofthouse outlines his industry-focused present wish list for this year.

Wish 1: Superfast broadband – especially in the UK
In the fast broadband league, the UK sit at a disappointing 19th place, according to an article published in ISP Review in June this year. South Korea lead the way, with broadband a whole 15bps faster than us here in the UK. Mark notes: “We are supposed to be one of the richest nations in the world, with one of the most advanced economies, and yet our broadband speeds are lacking. Governments keep talking about how poor the speeds are, it’s time something was done about it.”

Wish 2: Instant rule changes
Wouldn’t it be amazing that if, whenever a new set of rule was brought in, they were actually put in place instantly? Those of a certain age will remember Samantha Stevens in Bewitched, all she had to do was twitch her nose and voilà! A change would occur instantly. It would be a simpler world if rules were implemented immediately and effortlessly.

Wish 3: Honest and straightforward Advisers
A problem with the financial services industry as a whole for this third wish, following Ipsos Mori’s Veracity Index 2016, outlined the level of trust the public has in each profession and bankers finished sixth bottom. I know that mortgage advisers aren’t bankers, but the financial services industry as a whole still has an image problem. My wish is that in 2017 the FCA doesn’t have to fine a single company. A simple wish, but one which would help the industry massively.

Wish 4: Advisers taking advantage of new markets
Although the mortgage industry is buoyant at present, it won’t always be this way. At some point, the mainstream mortgage market could slow down again… it’s important to diversify now, deliver a broader service to your clients and keep competition at bay.

The protection, second charge, conveyancing and general insurance markets are a number of areas that advisers should be talking to their clients about. There are opportunities out there so don’t wait until your bread and butter work has dried up to go looking for them and deliver a more complete service now.

Wish 5: Everyone taking a step back and calming down
A straightforward request for this Christmas, whatever side of the debate you’re on, our post-Brexit world has been an uncertain one, and the imminent arrival of President Trump hasn’t done much to calm things either. That’s why my final wish is that 2017 be a calmer year, with no more major financial or political upheavals. Is that too much to ask?

A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone here at Mortgage Brain. Let’s hope 2017 will be able to grant Mark his wishes.