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Joe DeSousa, Ben Franklin and Stephen Franklin with award

The owners of three Aussie Home Loans stores located in Western Australia have been named ‘Mortgage Credit Adviser Business of the Year – 6+ loan writers’ at the Mortgage & Finance Association of Australia’s (MFAA) 2015 National Excellence Awards.

Announced at a gala awards dinner in Melbourne on Friday night, the Aussie franchise group owned by Joe DeSousa, Ben Franklin and Stephen Franklin is made up of three stores; Aussie Mandurah, Aussie Rockingham and Aussie Bull Creek.

Ben Franklin said: “We were competing against large franchise businesses with six or more loan writers from all around the country, and were thrilled even to be listed as a finalist. Now to have won the national award is a massive honour. Our teams always strive to provide the best home loan service in Western Australia, so this accolade is a huge reward for us.

“I think one of our teams’ advantages is having access to a network of three ‘south of the river’ stores and being able to tap into the brand and business support of being an Aussie franchise. Joe, Steve and I bring the teams from Aussie Mandurah, Rockingham and Bull Creek together on a regular basis. We set goals, benchmark ourselves against each other, run fortnightly best practice sessions, ensure there’s ongoing training, coaching and mentoring, and leverage the knowledge and learnings from each store,” said Mr Franklin.

Mr Franklin also has some wise advice for people wishing to enter the competitive WA housing market.

“In January 2015 the median price for houses in Perth was $550,000, up from $530,000 in September 2014 with apartments steady at $440,000, representing pretty good value for buyers compared with other capital cities in Australia.  The Reserve Bank’s decision in February to drop the cash rate by 25 basis points has stirred up even greater competition and further falls in mortgage rates for borrowers, which is good news for people dreaming about getting their foot on the property ladder,” said Mr Franklin.

“Home buyers should get themselves prepared and arrange pre-approved finance before starting their property search. There are a few ways to do this. They can see an accredited mortgage broker who will show them their home loan options from their range of lenders, or, they can go to their bank. But we always recommend getting an expert second opinion from a mortgage broker to make sure that what you’ve been offered really is the best you can get,” he added.

MFAA Chief Executive Siobhan Hayden said, “We were delighted with the volume and quality of professional submissions provided by the 62 finalists, which is the highest number we’ve seen in our awards program in over 13 years.

“Aussie Mandurah, Rockingham and Bull Creek really stood out and are a leading example of best practise and excellence in a mortgage broking business,” she concluded.

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