Chris Brown and Ian Cook have become the first two brokers to join the RE/MAX finance network following Vow Financial’s alignment with RE/MAX Australia earlier this year. The two groups paired up with the aim of introducing finance brokers trading as Australian Property Finance (AFP) - who work with RE/MAX agents - to write a range of financial services for home buyers and property owners.
Brown (pictured) and his son Arthur, who joined him in business 12 months ago, are based with the bayside real estate teams at RE/MAX Bayside Properties and the Shailer Park team at RE/MAX Territory.
“I wished to be part of the RE/MAX real estate experience and was really drawn to the APF model where people can avail themselves of our finance broker team regardless of which real estate brand they are dealing with,” says Brown senior.
Ian Cook joins the RE/MAX Integrity teams and will concentrate his services through the Clayfield, New Farm and Fortitude Valley markets.
“I enjoy the mortgage broking model because there is a great deal of one-on-one helping people involved,” says Cook.
“I love the mentoring of first home buyers in particular, though getting it right is just as important with a first time investor or one with a large existing portfolio and my aim is to make the experience stress free and to make sure they have the package that is the right structure for them moving forward, which means not just basing things on the cheapest loan.”
Nathan Swain, CEO of Australian Property Finance, says joining APF means a broker is backed by Vow, rather than acting independently and are part of a global real estate company through the joint venture.
“These two factors are valued by finance brokers seeking security and longevity and, in addition, the joint venture will provide brokers with a new source of business leads,” he says.