The final and most gruelling component of the Australian Lending Awards' assessment process kicked off yesterday, with day one of finalist interviews taking place at the RFi offices in the Sydney CBD.
In addition to providing written initial submissions, finalists in several categories are required to present and argue their submissions before the Australian Lending Awards 2013 judging panel.
Among the lenders present at yesterday’s interviews were Pepper, Commonwealth Bank, Citibank and NAB Broker, all out in force to fight for recognition as Australia’s best.
With more entries for the 2013 event than ever before, and with finalists delivering presentations that were clearly impassioned, it was evident the Australian mortgage market is as innovative and competitive as ever.
Judge Jack Crumlin, director of Norton Crumlin & Associates, said the day’s interviews revealed a positive, dedicated mortgage industry.
“The thing that always impresses me is how passionate these people are about the industry they operate in,” Mr Crumlin said.
“These people obviously love what they do and feel that they’re making a real impact in this industry – so it’s great.
“There are obviously some rumblings in terms of the global picture, and there’s no denying the fact that we’re not immune from that, but I’m getting the sense that the credit markets are beginning to free up a bit and that’s providing a bit more opportunity.
“Certainly the people we’ve spoken to this morning, they’re very buoyant and upbeat about it,” he said.
The second day of finalist interviews will take place next week at The Adviser’s offices in North Sydney.
Winners of the Australian Lending Awards 2013 will be revealed at a prestigious dinner at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth on Friday 15 February 2013.
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