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November 2017

HOW TO BECOME A BILLION DOLLAR BROKER AND STRATEGIC WAYS TO WIN WITH JEREMY FISHER

In this podcast, 1st Street’s Jeremy Fisher talks to FBAA Top Broker about his broking strategies. Click here to listen to the podcast.

October 2017

MORTGAGE INDUSTRY CELEBRATES NIGHT OF NIGHTS

650 of the mortgage and finance industry elite filled The Star Sydney last Friday for the 2017 Australian Mortgage Awards. A total of 31 trophies were presented to the most outstanding brokers, brokerages, aggregators and lenders. 1st Street was named NAB Australian Brokerage of the Year! Click here to watch the event highlights video.

AUSTRALIA’S BROKERAGE OF THE YEAR REVEALED AT AMAS

The 16th annual Australian Mortgage Awards were held at The Star Sydney on Friday night with Australia’s best in the broking industry revealed. The winner of the NAB Australian Brokerage of the Year award was 1st Street Financial. Click here to read full article.

LENDERS MORTGAGE INSURANCE FOR FIRST HOMEOWNERS

With Sydney house prices continuing to stay at all-time highs, getting into the property market is tough enough for first home buyers. However, there are numerous additional costs that must be considered, including lenders mortgage insurance (LMI). Speaking to a mortgage broker about your options surrounding LMI can be incredibly useful before committing to the purchase of a property. 1st Street’s David Ryman tells Australian Property Investor all about Lenders Mortgage Insurance. Click here to read full article.

September 2017

GETTING THE BEST INVESTMENT LOAN

This month’s Your Investment Property magazine deals with a subject that is very much ‘front of mind’ with property investors at the moment – banks and interest rates. In this podcast, Kevin and Sarah catch up with Mardee Blackwood to talk more about the points she made in the issue about getting the best investment loan. Click here to listen to the podcast.

FINALISTS REVEALED FOR AUSTRALIAN MORTGAGE AWARDS

The finalists for the 2017 Australian Mortgage Awards have been announced. The event defines excellence in the mortgage and finance industry, recognising the achievements of outstanding brokers, brokerages and industry leaders across a range of categories. 1st Street Financial is up for three awards in the categories Brokerage of the Year- Diversification, Brokerage of the Year (6-20 staff) and Best Customer Service from an Individual Office. Click here to view full list of finalists.

FIVE QUALITIES TO LOOK FOR WHEN HIRING

Ofer Greenberg, COO of multi-award winning 1st Street Financial, explains how he assesses potential employees. Click here to read full article.

August 2017

MARDEE BLACKWOOD: PROTECTING YOUR BROKERAGE FROM RISING INTEREST RATES

AMA-winning broker on how 1st Street Financial is gearing up for rising interest rates, protecting clients and the brokerage’s reputation. Click here to read full article.

7 ESSENTIALS FOR GROWING YOUR BRAND ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Social media has the power to generate substantial growth for your business’ brand if utilised effectively. Don’t know where to start? Jeremy Fisher tells The Advisor to give these seven simple strategies a try. Click here to read full article.

WOMEN IN FINANCE FINALISTS REVEALED

The finalists for the inaugural Women in Finance Awards have been announced, including many representatives and brokers from the mortgage industry. 1st Street’s own Mardee Blackwood was named among the finalists for the Mortgage and Finance Broker of the Year accolade. Click here to read full article. Click here to view the full list of finalists.

July 2017

TOP 25 BROKERAGES IN AUSTRALIA REVEALED

This year, more than 70 brokerages from across the country entered their statistics for the 2016 financial year, including volumes, number of loans written, years in business, overall book size, staff numbers, prime lender and more. 1st Street Financial was ranked 4th, up one place from last year. Click here to view the full list.

FIVE WAYS FOR BROKERS TO BETTER ENGAGE WITH CUSTOMERS

Five ways for brokers to engage better with customers: For small business brokerages, engaging and connecting with their customers is invaluable for repeat business, brand trust and reputation. 1st Street’s Jeremy Fisher tells The Advisor about five simple strategies that’ll offer brokers clients something of value and set them apart from the competition. Click here to read full article.

June 2017

1ST STREET WIN AT THE 2017 AUSTRALIAN BROKING AWARDS

1st Street Financial has won The Advisor 2017 Australian Broking Award for Social and Community Service Program of the Year. The winners were announced at a luncheon at The Star in Pyrmont on Friday 20th June. Click here to see the full list of winners.

JEREMY FISHER: WHAT I’VE LEARNED DURING MY TIME AS A BROKER

1st Street Financial’s own Managing Director, Jeremy Fisher, talks to Mortgage Professional Australia about what works and what doesn’t when it comes to achieving success in a highly dynamic and competitive industry. Click here to read full article.

1ST STREET FINANCIAL RANKED 2ND IN MPA TOP 10 INDEPENDENT BROKERAGES 2017

1st Street Financial have once again made Mortgage Professional Australia’s annual list of Top 10 Independent Brokerages. Click here to reveal the top half of the table.

May 2017

1ST STREET FINANCIAL NAMED FINALISTS IN THE ADVISER AUSTRALIAN BROKING AWARDS 2017

1st Street Financial are finalists in four categories of The Adviser’s prestigious Australian Broking Awards 2017! The national event will recognise outstanding performance by leading brokers, brokerages and aggregation groups in the Australian Mortgage Industry. Click here to view the full list of finalists.

ELITE BROKER TIPS MARKET TO GROW AMID REGULATORY FLUX

1st Street’s Jeremy Fisher tells The Adviser that the increasingly complex lending environment will illuminate the value of brokers. Click here to read full article.

April 2017

ELITE BROKER THRIVING AFTER STRIKING WORK/LIFE BALANCE

Jeremy Fisher has revealed to The Adviser how trusting his colleagues and learning how to delegate effectively has enhanced both his wellbeing and business. Click here to read full article.

BIGGEST MONEY MISTAKES: SHORT-TERM VISION

1st Street’s Greg Bloom tells ANZ’s Alan Hartstein that the biggest mistake people consistently make is what he describes as short-term vision. “I often have to remind my clients that the decisions they make today will have a huge impact on their standard of living in 10, 20 and 30 years’ time.” Click here to read full article or watch the interview.

JEREMY FISHER CHARTS HIS JOURNEY FROM NOVICE TO NUMBER ONE

The Adviser talks to 1st Street Home Loans founder Jeremy Fisher about his start in broking, from labouring over his first loan to growing a national award-winning brokerage. He explains how he learned to delegate, what drives him to succeed and offers top tips for ambitious brokers. Click here to read full article or listen to the podcast.

March 2017

NATIONAL BROKERAGE NABS EX-ANZ HEAD

1st Street Financial has announced the appointment of Ofer Greenberg, former sales head of ANZ, as its chief operating officer. Click here to read full article.

THE IMPORTANCE OF ADVISING LIFE INSURANCE TO CLIENTS APPLYING FOR A MORTGAGE

There are many things an average household can live without, but for those considering purchasing property, life insurance is certainly not one of them. 1st Street’s David Ryman tells The Advisor how mortgage brokers have a duty of care to ensure those getting into the property market have fully considered their financial repayment responsibilities into the future. Click here to read full article.

February 2017

THE BEST BROKERS IN NSW REVEALED

The industry’s top brokers, brokerages, lender BDMs and loan administrators in NSW have been revealed at The Adviser’s Better Business Awards in Sydney. 1st Street Financial took home two awards, one for Best Independent Office (5 or more brokers) and another which recognised Cliff Ferrer as the broker with the Best Customer Service (Individual). Click here to read full article.

January 2017

FIXED RATES ON THE RISE

Interest rates have been at record lows for the last few years and during this time there has been much discussion about when next they will rise. Jeremy Fisher tells The Advisor that in recent weeks, both major lenders and non-major lenders have increased their fixed rates across the board for one-, three- and five-year terms. Click here to read full article.

December 2016

TOP 10 INDEPENDENT BROKERAGES 2016

When choosing a broker some customers look for the well-known franchise brands while others seek out the independent businesses that can provide a unique and personalised level of service. MPA magazine surveyed thousands of mortgage brokerages nationwide to find the most exceptional and innovative businesses in the industry. 1st Street took out the number 2 placing. Click here to read the full article.

BETTER BUSINESS FINALISTS DRIVE INDUSTRY EXCELLENCE

1st Street Financial has been named as a finalist in New South Wales for the 2017 Better Business Awards. Click here to read full press release and click here to view full list of finalists.

November 2016

SOCIAL MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES FOR BROKERS 

Jeremy Fishers tells The Advisor that by using social media platforms, brokers can enhance their business in terms of brand perception, client interaction and the overall exposure of their service. Click here to read full article.

October 2016

1ST STREET WINS AT AMA’S

Yuval Bloomfield has won the 2016 Australian Mortgage Award, ‘Quality Young Gun of the Year’ in the Independant brokerage category. He then went on to be named as the overall National winner (Independent and Franchised brokerages). He was up against 17 other finalists of an extremely high calibre. The 1st Street team are very proud of Yuval for his efforts and his well deserved awards.

Furthermore, 1st Street were announced as winners in the category of ‘Best Community Engagement’. Click here to view the full list of winners.

VENTURING BACK OUTSIDE THE BIG 4

Many brokers work a lot with the Big 4 banks and most consumers are happy to go with the popular option, but Jeremy Fisher tells The Advisor of the benefits to choosing a smaller bank or non-bank lender. Click here to read full article.

September 2016

WORKING IN THE BROKERAGE AND ON THE BROKERAGE

Jeremy Fisher tell The Advisor how mortgage brokers, as business owners, need to juggle the tasks of working in the business and on the business. Click here to read full article.

HOW TO GAIN GREATER BROKERAGE EXPOSURE

The Adviser, together with 1st Street Home Loans director and founder Jeremy Fisher, shares how various communication channels can help a business stand out. Click here to read full article.

TOP 100 BROKERS – THE MAN TO BEAT

Mortgage Professional Australia looks back at last year’s no.1 MPA Australian broker and how he reached the top. 1st Street’s very own Jeremy Fisher claims there’s no secret at all: “If you’re doing something well, remain focused, remain consistent, and the results – at whatever level anyone wants to achieve – will get there.” Click here to read full article.

August 2016

WHY ARE LENDERS CONTINUING TO TIGHTEN UP POLICIES

1st Street’s Jeremy Fisher talks to Mortgage Business about the latest changes to lender policies including amendments to servicing rates which may affect some borrowers and investors. Click here to read full article.

July 2016

1ST STREET NAMED IN MPA TOP 10 INDEPENDENT BROKERAGES 2016

The 1st Street team has taken out 2nd place in the MPA Top 10 Independent Brokerages list for 2016. Click here to read full article.

FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN OFFICE HUNTING

Jeremy Fisher tells The Advisor about the different office options available to mortgage brokers and how important it is for the space to suit their requirements as well as those of their clients. Click here to read full article.

June 2016

1ST STREET NAMED IN THE ADVISOR’S TOP 25 BROKERAGES 2016

Each year, The Adviser presents Australia’s Top 25 Brokerages based on five core categories – broker productivity, volumes, number of deals, business growth and loan book size. 1st Street has taken out the 10th spot overall, up five places from 2015. Click here to read full article.

AWARD WINNING BROKERAGE CONTINUES TO SHOW ITS CHARITABLE SIDE 

The director of 1st Street, Jeremy Fisher, has pledged to give more money to charity this year, and told Huntley Mitchell from The Advisor how brokers can enhance their community engagement. Click here to read full article.

May 2016

1ST STREET WINS STATE MFAA EXCELLENCE AWARD

1st Street was announced as the winner of the ‘Finance Broker Business’ category at the annual Mortgage and Finance Association of Australia (MFAA) Excellence Awards. Click here to read full article.

LENDER SOFTWARE ON THE HORIZON FOR APPLE

There has been a global shift from PC to Apple’s operating system, but the banking industry – like much of the business world – has remained mostly on PC. Jeremy Fisher tells The Advisor how this is beginning to change. Click here to read full article.

April 2016

HIGHLY ANTICIPATED EVENT TO REVEAL INDUSTRY’S GREATEST

The Adviser’s Australian Broking Awards will return for the sixth consecutive year, awarding accolades to the nation’s leading brokers, brokerages and aggregation groups. Last year saw 1st Street Home Loans take out the Social Community Service Program of the Year for its Charity of the Month initiative. Click here to read full article.

ARE YOU STILL SEEING MANY APPLICANTS FOR INTEREST-ONLY LOANS?

MPA asks three leading brokers, including 1st Street’s own Jeremy Fisher, whether they still have many clients applying for interest-only loans. Click here to read full article.

1ST STREET MAKES THEIR MFAA EXCELLENCE AWARDS MARK

The Mortgage and Finance Association of Australia (MFAA) has announced 1st Street among the finalists for the industry’s annual MFAA Excellence Awards.

1st Street was nominated in the highly competitive 2016 MFAA Excellence Award ‘Finance Broker Business’ category. Click here to read full press release.

March 2016

COMMERCIAL LENDING…IN THEIR OWN WORDS

Three of the industry’s elite commercial brokers, including 1st Street’s own Jeremy Fisher, explain to The Advisor why and how they make commercial lending a priority in their business. Click here to read full article.

February 2016

WHY ARE LENDERS INCREASING INTEREST RATES FOR EXISTING CUSTOMERS?

Jeremy Fisher talks to Eccho Me of the recent changes in the home loan industry over. Click here to listen to the podcast.

GETTING EXPOSURE FOR YOUR BROKERAGE

Jeremy Fisher tells The Advisor how brokers can utilise various mass communication channels to gain exposure for their brokerage. Click here to read full article.

January 2016

APRA TIGHTENS MORTGAGE LENDING RULES

1st Street’s Yuval Bloomfield talks in a live interview about the tightening of mortgage lending rules. Click here to watch full interview.

December 2015

DON’T OVERLOOK CONSTRUCTION FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

The Reserve Bank’s recent tightening of policies around investment lending has impacted commercial construction funding, with many lenders making changes to their internal policies. Jeremy Fisher tells The Advisor what this means for brokers. Click here to read full article.

November 2015

JEREMY FISHER NAMED AS AUSTRALIA’S NUMBER ONE MORTGAGE BROKER FOR 2015

MPA releases list of the top 100 brokers in Australia for 2015. 1st Street’s Jeremy Fisher comes in at number one. Click here to read full article.

HOW TO AVOID CLIENT RUN OFF

Growing a loan book is a goal for all mortgage brokers, but it’s not all about getting new clients – it’s about keeping existing clients too. 1st Street’s Jeremy Fisher tells The Advisor how to avoid client run-off. Click here to read full article.

October 2015

1ST STREET NAMED IN THE MPA TOP 5 INDEPENDANT BROKERAGES 2015

MPA has compiled a list of 10 of the nation’s best-performing independent brokerages. 1st Street makes Top 5. Click here to read full article.

AUSTRALIA’S ELITE BROKER NAMED

1st Street’s Jeremy Fisher has been named as one of the nation’s most successful mortgage brokers in this year’s Elite Business Writers ranking. Click here to read full article.

BLENDED RATES MEAN RETURN OF INVESTOR LOAN DISCOUNTS

Following the recent tightening of investment lending policies, Jeremy Fisher talk to The Advisor about how some lenders are now incorporating blended rates as a way of once again offering investors a more competitive interest rate. Click here to read full article.

September 2015

BROKERS EAGER TO EXPAND FINANCIAL PLANNING BUSINESS

While much has been made about CPA Australia’s potential move into the broking space, at least two brokers are seizing the opportunity to go the other way and expand their service offering outside of the broking space. Jeremy Fisher and Mardee Thomas talk to The Advisor about bringing Financial Planning into 1st Street. Click here to read full article.

BUILDING A BRAND

Mortgage brokers can easily become busy with the day-to-day operations of their business. Jeremy Fisher tells The Adviser that it is important to step back occasionally to see how your business sits as part of the bigger picture. Click here to read full article.

August 2015

THE PROS AND CONS OF BEING A BROKER-PLANNER

Jeremy Fisher tells The Advisor how at 1st Street Home Loans, we have grown to have specialist financial planners, dedicated insurance agents and expert commercial lenders, as we feel that this is the best approach to service our clients. Click here to read full article.

July 2015

CHECK YOUR PRE-APPROVALS

Australia’s strong property market, particularly in Sydney and Melbourne, is being contained somewhat with APRA’s recent changes aimed at tightening up investment lending, and it could make many pre-approvals void. 1st Street’s Jeremy Fisher tells The Advisor that brokers should be checking their clients pre-approvals to ensure that they are still valid after the changes are applied. Click here to read full article.

June 2015

TOP 25 BROKERAGES 2015- THE ADVISER

1st Street Home Loans makes it into the top 25 Brokerages 2015 ranked by The Adviser.

IT PAYS TO EDUCATE CLIENTS

The current property market has high demand and low supply, leaving many buyers ready and willing but unable to make a purchase.

To assist these buyers, 1st Street Home Loans collaborated with Andrew Cooley from Cooley Auctions and Simon Cohen from Cohen Handler Buyer’s Agents to put on an informative homebuyers seminar. Click here to read full article.

May 2015

THE IMPORTANCE OF SUCCESSION PLANNING AND VALUING YOUR BUSINESS

Jeremy Fisher, director of 1st Street Home Loans, tells The Advisor how brokers can benefit from knowing their options and having a plan in place. Click here to read full article.

April 2015

CRAZY SYDNEY MARKET GIVING BROKERS PRE-APPROVAL HEADACHES

Jeremy Fisher told The Adviser that one way 1st Street manages the problem is by introducing customers directly to real estate agencies and buyer’s agents.

“This way, our clients have priority access to properties for sale and they are also able to view properties that are not advertised or before they are advertised for sale,” he said.

“Market insight is also very important, and we regularly keep clients informed with suburb snapshots and property market updates and overviews.” Click here to read full article.

MEET A BROKER AT THE TOP OF HER GAME

Mardee Thomas, one of Australia’s most awarded female mortgage brokers, tells Maya Breen the accolades are wonderful but it’s the people she’s really passionate about. Click here to read full article.

March 2015

WORKING WITH BUYER’S AGENTS

Finding the right property to purchase takes time, effort and knowledge, and for brokers with clients who are pre-approved, a buyer’s agent may be the answer. 1st Street’s Jeremy Fisher tells The Advisor that brokers who are able to assist clients to purchase a property faster will have more satisfied clients and an increase in settled loans. Click here to read full article.

BROKERS DISH TIPS ON HOW TO AVOID CHANNEL CONFLICTS

Jeremy Fisher, director of 1st Street Home Loans, tells The Australian Broker Online that channel conflict happens a lot less today than it has in the past. Click here to read full article.

1ST STREET WINS BETTER BUSINESS AWARDS

1st Street Home Loans picked up two awards at the Better Business Awards 2015, winning the Best Social and Community Service category, as well as the firm’s Mardee Thomas taking out the Finance Broker of the Year category. Click here to read more.

February 2015

THE RISKS OF ADVISING ON FIXED RATES

During every home loan process, the question always arises: fixed or variable? 1st Street’s Jeremy Fisher tells The Advisor how important it is for brokers to assess the risks involved with recommending fixed rates to clients. Click here to read full article.

January 2015

LAYING THE PATH FOR A GOOD YEAR

New Year’s resolutions are a hot topic for many people around the world, but for brokers, this quieter time at the start of the year is ideal for making business resolutions and planning for the year ahead. 1st Street’s Jeremy Fisher gives The Advisor some tips on how to make the most of the early months of the year. Click here to read full article.

SYDNEY FIRM CONTINUES MAKING BIG-DOLLAR DONATIONS

Prominent brokerage 1st Street Home Loans has chosen 12 different charities to share in its profits this year.

Director Jeremy Fisher said the Sydney brokerage would donate $10 per settlement to the charity of the month. Click here to read full article.

PRESS RELEASE: 1ST STREET OFFERS SPECIALISED SERVICE

Award winning mortgage brokerage, 1st Street is predicting an extremely productive 2015. Having grown in numbers over the past year, 1st Street has expanded its portfolio of services. “Each of our brokers have chosen to specialise in a different area which allows 1st Street to present a very unique service”, Jeremy Fisher, Director 1st Street. Click here to read full press release.

CARDS WITH A CATCH

1st Street’s financial planner, Natalie Copeland, featured on Channel 10 News last week.

Banks are offering some surprisingly competitive post-Christmas deals but financial planners are warning there is a catch. Click here to watch the segment.

TOP BROKER ADVISES ON HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR TALENT

Jeremy Fisher spoke to The Australian Broker Online about how 1st Street utilises the unique skill-sets of their brokers to better service their clients and ensure good staff morale. Click here to read the full article.

December 2014

PARENTING LEAVE FOR MORTGAGE BROKERS

For most parents, when their child is born they want to take parenting leave, either maternity or paternity leave, to spend time with their partner and newborn, and there are several options for brokers.

1st Street’s Jeremy Fisher tells The Advisor how 1st Street manages parenting leave. Click here to read full article.

THE BENEFITS OF BUSINESS NETWORKING GROUPS

1st Street’s Jeremy Fisher talks to The Advisor about his experience with business networking groups. Click here to read full article.

November 2014

DON’T BE SCARED IF YOU’RE CREDIT IMPAIRED

1st Street’s Jeremy Fisher tells Your Mortgage that although a tarnished credit rating can make it more difficult for people to obtain a loan, there are still opportunities available. Click here to read full article.

ATTRACTING AND RETAINING YOUNG TALENT

1st Street’s Jeremy Fisher tells The Advisor of the importance of attracting new young talent in the mortgage broking industry to ensure the ageing sector continues to thrive. Click here to read full article.

October 2014

CHANNEL CONFLICT: BROKERS’ CHIEF GRIPE REVEALED

1st Street’s Mardee Thomas gave her opinion on channel conflict to The Advisor. Click here to read article.

PRESS RELEASE: PRODUCTIVITY MAKES MARDEE THOMAS THE BEST OF THE BEST

1st Streets’ Mardee Thomas is on a roll when it comes to taking home the big awards. Having recently been recognised by two major industry award bodies, Mardee was awarded the AMA Broker of the Year for Productivity and is listed in the op 50 Elite Business Writers. Click here to read full press release.

WINNING BROKER DISHES ADVICE FOR INCREASING PRODUCTIVITY AT WORK

An award winning broker has dished her advice on being productive at work, after she took home the AMA for Broker of the Year – Productivity.

Mardee Thomas from 1st Street Home Loans told Australian Broker that she went home with the trophy on the night because of her seamless processes when it comes to broking. Click here to read full article.

September 2014

CULTURE OF GENEROSITY

1st Street Home Loans has dedicated itself to regularly supporting charitable causes.

1st Street Home Loans director Jeremy Fisher and his team have introduced a new philanthropic mission at their brokerage, which allows them to fundraise and support several different local and national not-for-profit organisations. Click here to read full article.

August 2014

A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR CLIENTS – AND BROKERS TOO

Jeremy Fisher of 1st Street Home Loans speaks with The Advisor about how many property owners may be unaware that they are actually in a position to purchase an investment property. Click here to read full article.

EAGLE WAVES RADIO INTERVIEW ANOTHER 1ST STREET BROKER

On Tuesday 12th August, Eagle Finance’s Jarred Rubin talked with 1st Street’s Andrew Copeland about how difficult it is to buy a property in your SMSF and touched on some of the recommendations that came out of the Murray Interim Report. Click here to listen to the podcast.

PRESS RELEASE

1st Street Home Loans continues to give back. Commencing in May 2014, 1st Street have introduced a new initiative to support not for profit organisations on both a local and national scale. Click here to read the full press release.

July 2014

BUYING OFF THE PLAN

Jeremy Fisher of 1st Street Home Loans tells Your Mortgage of the benefits and drawbacks of buying off the plan. Click here to read the full article.

EAGLE WAVES RADIO INTERVIEW 1ST STREET BROKER

On Tuesday 15th July, Eagle Finance’s Jarred Rubin met with 1st Street’s very own Cliff Ferrer to discuss what’s happening in the mortgage market today. Click here to listen to the podcast.

June 2014

SLOWING WINTER PROPERTY MARKET

Jeremy Fisher of 1st Street Home Loans speaks with The Advisor about the property prices cooling over winter… but the heat may return. Click here to read full article.

TOP 25 BROKERAGES 2014- THE ADVISER

1st Street Home Loans makes it to the top 25 Brokerages 2014 ranked by The Adviser.

May 2014

HUGE INCREASE IN INVESTOR LOANS LIKELY TO CONTINUE

1st Street Home Loan director Jeremy Fisher tells Australian Broker he has seen a marked increase over the past three to six months where clients hold their current property and either upgrade to a new home or purchase an investment property, because interest rates have remained at record lows for an extended period of time. Click Here to read full article.

EOFY TIPS FOR INVESTORS

It is the end of financial year next month and investors can consider using an investment and taxation strategy known as ‘interest in advance’ in which they pay the next year’s interest on their investment loans in advance. Click Here to read full article.

April 2014

STRONG DEMAND AND LIMITED SUPPLY BOOSTING PROPERTY PRICES

A recent report on the Australian property market shows that demand for property is still strong and prices are still rising, but if interest rates reach 7 per cent growth would be likely to subside.

Price is determined by the interaction of demand and supply. According to the CBA Global Markets Research report, written by chief economist Michael Blythe, demand is high and supply is low, which causes prices to rise. Click Here to read full article.

ASIC REFERENCE CHECK MAY BE FLAWED

Industry figures have said that mandatory reference checking could raise professional standards – but it could also backfire on brokers.

ASIC warned in its submission to the Financial System Inquiry that poor reference checking by the financial services industry was allowing “bad apples” to find new jobs even after their unprofessional behaviour had been exposed. Click here to read full article.

March 2014

BROKERAGE DONATES HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS TO GOOD CAUSES

Sydney firm 1st Street Home Loans has forecast it will make up to $90,000 of charitable donations this financial year.

Director Jeremy Fisher said the firm would donate $80,000 to $90,000 in 2013/2014 after donating $75,000 in 2012/2013 and a total of $325,000 over the past decade. Click here to read full article.

February 2014

COMMENTS FROM JIM HALL THE ADVISER- BETTER BUSINESS AWARDS

BEST RESIDENTIAL BROKER/ BROKER OF THE YEAR- MARDEE THOMAS

“Ms Thomas highlights the essence of best practice broking and how a focus on the basics gets results,” Mr Hall said.

“Ms Thomas has achieved a stellar individual performance, whilst her skills and capabilities have positioned her brokerage among the state’s finest. The business of broking can be challenging but Mardee demonstrates that the rewards can also be significant for both the broker and the client,” Mr Hall said.

BEST MARKETING

“1st Street clearly understands the very important link between brand, service delivery, technology and social networks. From the initial client touch point to post-settlement, this group’s ability to connect, promote and engage has delivered strong business performance and referral revenues,” Mr Hall said.

AWARD-WINNING BROKER CASHES IN WITH ONLINE MARKETING

Director Jeremy Fisher said the Sydney-based firm had enjoyed 150 per cent year-on-year growth in volumes during 2013 and had also boosted its broker numbers from seven to 10. Click here to read full article.

January 2014

JEREMY FISHER: TOP 6TH BROKER OF 2013

MPA sat down with Jeremy Fisher the top 6th broker of 2013 to find out his secrets to success. Click here to read full article.

NEW YEAR HEATS UP ‘EARLIER THAN EVER BEFORE’ FOR BROKERS

Jeremy Fisher of 1st Street Home Loans speaks with Australian Broker Online about the New Year heating up earlier than ever before. Click here to read full article.

MERGE OR BUST: THE BEGINNING OF THE END FOR THE ONE-MAN BAND?

Jeremy Fisher of 1st Street Home Loans speaks with Australian Broker Online discussing one-man bands and segmentation. Click here to read full article.

December 2013

SHARING IS CARING AND ITS ALSO GOOD FOR BUSINESS

Jeremy Fisher of 1st Street Home Loans speaks with The Adviser about donating to charities. Click Here to read the full article.

LENDERS NOT DOING ENOUGH FOR NEW BROKERS

Jeremy Fisher speaks with The Adviser on lenders not doing enough for brokers. Click Here to read full article.

November 2013

JEREMY FISHER 6TH TOP BROKER OF 2013

Jeremy Fisher of 1st Street Home Loans  has made the MPA top 10 Brokers in Australia.

MORTGAGE BROKERS RISE TO THE TOP

Jeremy Fisher of 1st Street Home Loans writes about Mortgage Brokers Rising to the Top on Your Mortgage Blog.

MY TOUGHEST TEST… WITH JEREMY FISHER

Each week MPA brings you advice from the industry’s thought leaders on their biggest business challenge and how they tackled it. This week we speak with Jeremy Fisher, director of 1st Street Home Loans.

TOP 10 INDEPENDENT BROKERAGES- MPA

MPA has compiled a list of 10 of the nation’s best-performing independent brokerages. 1st Street makes Top 5. Pg 31.

October 2013

 A 1ST STREET GLANCE AT THE INDUSTRY OUTLOOK- AUSTRALIAN BROKER ONLINE

BrokerTV caught up with Mardee Thomas and Cliff Ferrer of 1st Street Home Loans for their outlook on the industry over the next twelve months.

September 2013

1ST STREET FINALIST FOR 6 AWARDS AT THE AMA’S- MPA

The AMA’s bring together the industry’s finest, recognising brokers and brokerages for their outstanding achievements. Winning an AMA continues to be the most prestigious and recognised accolade for a mortgage and finance professional in Australia. Pg 45.

THE BEST OF BROKER APPS- THE ADVISER

MPA Top 100 brokers reveal the apps they couldn’t live without. Pg 50.

August 2013

THE BEST OF THE BEST- THE ADVISER

1st Street Home Loans nominated as a finalist in the Australian Broking Awards 2013 for Best Ethical/Social Responsibility Program.

BROKERS PREPARE FOR RECORD-BREAKING CASH RATE– AUSTRALIAN BROKER

Director of 1st Street Home Loans, Jeremy Fisher, tells Australian Broker he, like many in the industry, expects a rate cut and is planning his business strategy accordingly.

July 2013

I HAD THE WORST WORK LIFE BALANCE– MPA

Director of 1st Street Home Loans, Jeremy Fisher, tells MPA how he has improved on his work life balance.

TOP 25 BROKERAGES 2013- THE ADVISER

1st Street Home Loans makes it to the top 25 Brokerages 2013 ranked by The Adviser.

May 2013

FOLLOW THE LINK – THE ADVISOR

Jeremy Fisher of 1st Street Home Loans shares his opinion on LinkedIn and Social Media.

April 2013

ASIC VERIFICATION REQUIREMENTS- AUSTRALIAN BROKER ONLINE

Cliff Ferrer of 1st Street Home Loans shares his opinion on ASIC verification requirements.

March 2013

BUYERS SHOP AROUND AS BANKS DISCOUNT HOME LOANS- SMH

1st Street Home Loans Director Jeremy Fisher tells us how the banks are now discounting their variable home loans.

Opportunity Knocks- MPA

MPA top 10 broker Jeremy Fisher from 1st Street explains why he thinks industry regulations are a positive step.

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Janurary 2013

LEARNING FROM THE ELITE- THE ADVISER

1st Street Home Loans Director Jeremy Fisher and his keys to success and predictions for the future

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November 2012

COMPLEX DEALS- MPA

1st Street Home Loans Director Jeremy Fisher speaks out about complex deals

AUSTRALIAN MORTGAGE AWARDS – MPA

1st Street home loans nominated in three categories.

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OCTOBER 2012

TOMORROW’S BROKER TODAY – THE ADVISER

Mardee Thomas of 1st Street Home Loans and her views on diversification.

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AUGUST 2012

The Word – The Adviser

Leading female mortgage broker Mardee Thomas speak about SMSF home loans…

JULY 2012

Top 25 Mortgage Brokers – The Adviser

1st Street Home Loans named Top 25 Brokerages in Australia

Finance Broker of the Year

Mardee Thomas named Finalist Finance Mortgage Broker of the Year 2012

JUNE 2012

Eye on the Ball – The Adviser

1st Street Home Loans Director Jeremy Fisher keeps his eye on the ball

APRIL 2012

Boutiques big, just not enough – Australian Broker

1st Street Home Loans drawn to boutique aggregator

Taking Control – The Adviser

Independence, intuition and insurance has helped make 1st Street Home Loans Mardee Thomas one of Sydney’s most successful brokers…

FEBRUARY 2012

Viewpoint – Australian Broker

Leading Mortgage broker Mardee Thomas’s views on brokers in the future…

Q&A – Australian Broker

Leading Mortgage Broker Clair George and her stellar career in mortgage broking…

JANUARY 2012

The View from the Broker – Australian Broker

1st Street Home Loans Jeremy Fisher and his view on the market in 2012

DECEMBER 2011

The Big Story – MPA

Leading Mortgage Broker Clair George and her stellar career in mortgage broking…

NCCP,Exit Fees and All That – The Adviser

1st Street’s Jeremy Fisher is named mortgage broker of the year

Challenges and Achievements – The Adviser

Mortgage Broker Jeremy Fisher is recognised as one of the top Elite Business Writers in the industry…

Compliance to dog brokers in 2012 – Australian Broker

Compliance to dog brokers in 2012…

OCTOBER 2011

MPA Top Brokers 2011 – MPA

1st Street Home Loans Jeremy Fisher ranked amongst the top mortgage brokers in Australia…

Brokers finding booms amid busts – Australian Broker

Upside in a down market for home loans…

The Big Story – Australian Broker

The Big Story – 1st Street’s Mardee Thomas

Viewpoint – Australian Broker

Mardee Thomas of 1st Street Home Loans and her view on franchises…

SEPTEMBER 2011

View from the Top – The Adviser

Trade secrets from leading mortgage broker Jeremy Fisher…

AUGUST 2011

Viewpoint – Australian Broker

Mardee Thomas discusses if fixed rates are competitive…

Brokers blast ING Direct service… – Australian Broker

Brokers blast ING Direct service

Finance Broker of the Year – The Adviser

Finance Broker of the Year Award winner is Jeremy Fisher…

Jeremy on top of his game – Wentworth Courier

Jeremy Fisher winner of Australian Broker Awards..

A Bonza Broker – AJN

Mortgage Broker Jeremy Fisher wins Australian Broker of the Year Award…

JULY 2011

Finance Broker of the Year Nomination – The Adviser

1st Street Home Loans Director Jeremy Fisher is a finalist in the Australian Broking Awards…

The Word – The Adviser

1st Street Home Loans Director Jeremy Fisher speaks to Broker News about home loan volume growth…

This Works for me – MPA

Mortgage Broker and Elite Business Writer Jeremy Fisher discusses referral opportunities…

First Home Buyers Confidence – MPA

1st Street’s Mardee Thomas discusses first home buyers confidence…

The Word – The Adviser

1st Street Director Jeremy Fisher discusses changes to the mortgage industry…

APRIL 2011

Viewpoint

1st Street Home Loans Mardee Thomas discusses the first home buyers market…

DECEMBER 2010

Taking it to the streets – The Adviser

Creating a solid geographic footprint has been the key to 1st Street Home Loans business success…

MAY 2010

Brokers grow without spending the big bucks – The Adviser

1st Street Home Loans Director Jeremy Fisher uses direct marketing strategies…

FEBRUARY 2010

The habits of success

Jeremy Fisher, director of 1st Street Home Loans and 2010 Mortgage Broker of the Year Award entrant…

JANUARY 2010

Pays to Plan Ahead – The Adviser

Mortgage broking is a competitive industry and success comes down to a lot of factors…

SEPTEMBER 2009

My Way

1st Street Home Loan’s Jeremy Fisher tells Australian Broker that success is about planning…

JULY 2009

Mortgage Expert Recognised – AJN

Mortgage broker Jeremy Fisher has been ranked number one…

Q&A – Australian Broker

Home Loans business grew 30% in a downturn…

Top-Seeded Broker – Australian Broker

1st Street Home Loans broker Jeremy Fisher smashed his way to third place on the MPA Top 100 list…

Jeremy Fisher – AJN

Mortgage Broker Jeremy Fisher announced as finalist for Australian Mortgage Awards…