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Way to go

Last week the mortgage industry came together to celebrate at the Mortgage Strategy Awards, and despite the economic meltdown, a good time was had by all. But two industry stalwarts almost didn’t make it to the party.

Brentchase Financial’s Mike Fitzgerald and Goldsmith Williams’ David Shortt headed for the hotel, enjoyed a glass of bubbly and mingled with guests for almost an hour – all well and good except the awards were at the Grosvenor House Hotel and Fitzgerald and Shortt were, er, not.

The pair had stumbled into another Park Lane venue.

“We were introduced to various dignitaries as Mr Michael John Fitzgerald and Mr David Shortt,” an embarrassed Fitzgerald told Mole. “We were then asked all sorts of questions by some minister. I told him he was doing a great job and after finishing our second glass of champers we sneaked out to find the mortgage event.”


Movers and shakers

Simon Conn says goodbye to Conti Financial Services

Simon Conn, sales and marketing director at Conti Financial Services (pictured), has decided to leave the overseas mortgage company after 15 years it, but he will continue to work for it as a consultant. Conn started out in the financial services industry with Legal & General in 1980 and founded Conti in 1994.

Goldsmith Williams offers HIP incentive

Goldsmith Williams, the direct conveyancing firm is launching a special scheme which will enable homeowners to cut the cost of a Home Information Packs by up to £100, driving down the price to £99.

Securitisation market for prime loans back by 2011, says IMLA

Some 75% of intermediary lenders think the securitisation and whole loan sale markets for prime mortgages will be back in action by 2011, shows the Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association’s latest survey of its members.


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