Mortgage Ezy founder and executive director Peter James (pictured immediately below right with Antony Field, editor of MPA), said he was “absolutely thrilled” that Mortgage Ezy was recognised at this year’s awards.
“It’s a great recognition – especially for all of our hardworking staff,” James said.
Mortgage Ezy was previously a finalist for Non-Bank of the Year in the years 2018 to 2020, before winning the Mortgage Manager of the Year award in 2022.
“For me, it’s a testament to the great support that we’ve received from brokers generally … those staff members and brokers that have been tirelessly supporting us not just this year but for many years,” James said.
“Mortgage Ezy is a protest vote for many brokers, and it’s those brokers especially that have chosen to register that protest vote for the clients that this award means even more for.”
Having been a “fierce supporter” of non-banks for over 20 years, James said what made him most proud to operate in the non-bank space was to see “a revival” of mortgage managers.
“We’ve spent a lot of time being on the MFAA committee, making representations to our politicians around best interests duty (and other things), generally raising awareness of mortgage managers,” James said.
Mortgage Ezy operates with both non-banks, and banks that don’t have an extensive branch structure, he said.
“I’m proud to be a part of this sector, because these are the last remaining independent businesses, to take our competition against the incumbents … it’s wonderful to see a healthy and robust mortgage management industry flourishing.”
Looking ahead, James said Mortgage Ezy would continue to focus on its service offering. Mortgage Ezy recently released a service called DEB (Decision Engine Box), which James said had already started to improve turnaround times.
“It combines AI to do many of the checks that a loans processing officer would have done previously, slashing turnaround times on loans,” James said.
Eventually, the system would enable conditional and formal approvals within minutes on a smartphone, to brokers and their clients. This would allow brokers to spend their time on borderline deals that are individually assessed, he said.