Revealed: The winners of the 2021 Australian Mortgage Awards

by Antony Field18 Oct 2021

The mortgage finance industry has come together to celebrate the year’s top performers at the Australian Mortgage Awards.

While it didn’t have the same glitz and glamour of the usual awards venue The Star, hundreds of people went online on Friday night to discover the winners of the 2021 AMAs.

Hosted by TV and radio presenter Erin Molan, and supported by event partner Westpac, awards were presented to brokers, brokerages, major and non-major banks, non-banks, BDMs and aggregators in 30 categories.

Westpac Group CEO Peter King said he was proud that 2021 marked the 12th year of Westpac’s support for the Australian Mortgage Awards.

“It’s a great opportunity to celebrate our achievements over the past 12 months,” King said.

The most highly anticipated awards of the night were the Westpac Australian Broker of the Year and the Liberty Australian Brokerage of the Year.

Westpac Australian Broker of the Year was won by highly experienced and multi-award winning broker Louisa Sanghera (pictured), who runs North Sydney brokerage Zippy Financial. Sanghera also received the FBAA Broker of the Year – Independent Award and her brokerage Zippy Financial won Most Effective Digital Strategy.

The Liberty Australian Brokerage of the Year Award went to Home Loan Experts, led by Prakash Rai.

Among the other broker winners were Kevin Wheatley of Bayside Commercial Mortgages (La Trobe Broker of the Year – Commercial); John Contarino of Mobile Finance Broker (Broker of the Year – Regional) and Luke Whitbread, Mortgage Choice Erina, who won MFAA Young Gun of the Year – Franchise.

In the brokerage awards, winners included Everlend (NextGen.Net New Brokerage of the Year) and Empower Wealth (Resimac Brokerage of the Year – Diversification). Home Loan Experts won CBA Brokerage of the Year (Over 20 Staff); Brokerage of the Year (6 to 20 Staff) went to XIN Mortgage, while PFS Financial Services was crowned winner of Brokerage of the Year (1 to 5 Staff).

Bankwest won MSA National Bank of the Year, while Pepper Money was awarded Non-Bank of the Year and 86 400 was crowned Fintech Lender of the Year. Better Choice Home Loans won Loan Services Team of the Year.

Finsure won OnDeck Aggregator of the Year (Over 500 brokers), while the Prime Capital Aggregator of the Year (Up to 500 brokers) Award went to MoneyQuest.

Pepper Money won the Best Industry Marketing Campaign and Best Industry Service went to NextGen.Net.

The awards were proudly supported by Adelaide Bank, Bankwest, BOQ Broker, Commonwealth Bank, Equity-One, FBAA, La Trobe Financial, Liberty, MFAA, Mortgage Choice, MSA National, NextGen.Net, OnDeck, Pepper Money, Prime Capital and Resimac.

See here for the full list of 2021 Australian Mortgage Award winners:

National Awards

Westpac Australian Broker of the Year

  • Louisa Sanghera, Zippy Financial 

Liberty Australian Brokerage of the Year 

  • Home Loan Experts

Broker Awards

La Trobe Financial Broker of the Year — Commercial

  • Kevin Wheatley, Bayside Commercial Mortgages

FBAA Broker of the Year — Independent

  • Louisa Sanghera, Zippy Financial 

Pepper Money Broker of the Year — Specialist Lending

  • Mark Davis, The Australian Lending & Investment Centre

Equity-One Broker of the Year — Productivity

Broker of the Year — Regional

  • John Contarino, Mobile Finance Broker

MFAA Young Gun of the Year (Franchise)

  • Luke Whitbread, Mortgage Choice Erina NSW

Adelaide Bank Young Gun of the Year — Independent

  • Andrew Hadjidemetri, Australian Financial & Mortgage Solutions

Brokerage Awards

Resimac Brokerage of the Year — Diversification

  • Empower Wealth

Brokerage of the Year (1—5 staff)

  • PFS Financial Services

Brokerage of the Year (6—20 staff)

  • XIN Mortgage

CBA Brokerage of the Year (>20 staff)

  • Home Loan Experts

Brokerage of the Year — Regional

  • Loan Market Geelong

NextGen.Net New Brokerage of the Year

  • Everlend

BOQ Broker Best Customer Service from an Individual Office

  • Entourage

Most Effective Digital Strategy — Brokerage

  • Zippy Financial

Industry Awards

Best Industry Marketing Campaign

  • Pepper Money

Best Industry Service

  • NextGen.Net

Aggregator Awards

Prime Capital Aggregator of the Year (Up to 500 brokers)

  • MoneyQuest

OnDeck Aggregator of the Year (Over 500 brokers)

BDM Awards

Bankwest Best Aggregator BDM

  • Tracey Najjar, Centrepoint Alliance Lending

Best Major Bank BDM

  • Lesley Klaege, ANZ

Best Non-Major Bank BDM

  • Milenko Novakovic, ING

Mortgage Choice Best Non-Bank BDM

  • Michelle Rose, La Trobe Financial

Lender Awards

MSA National Bank of the Year

  • Bankwest

Non-Bank of the Year

  • Pepper Money

Loan Services Team of the Year

Most Effective Digital Strategy — Lender

  • Bankwest

Fintech Lender of the Year

  • 86 400