MS Leader: Bubble and bubbly

Despite talk of a housing bubble forming in London last week, that did little to dampen the general mood at the Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association’s annual bash in London last week.

This year’s event was back at the Sheraton Park Lane Hotel, the same venue for the event a couple of years ago when the market was in the grip of the downturn and many were struggling to stop their businesses from going under.

What a difference a couple of years make. Talk this year was primarily on their successes – networks already having exceeded the total amount of mortgage business done last year with three months to go, acquisitions and new product lines. Clearly, this was a market back on track and the night’s host, former host Gyles Brandreth, commented on how well lenders, brokers, competitors and allies all seemed to get on. Again, what a difference a couple of years make.  

Meanwhile make sure you sign in to Mortgage Strategy’s new website. We went live with the new site last week and there are a number of features to make it easier to debate with your peers about the latest issues in the market.

As well as the ability to create your own unique profile the new site also allows you to upload your own picture and also has a function to allow you to be emailed as and when another post is added to the story.

Plus all of the posts that go up are considered for entry in Mortgage Strategy’s letter’s page, and the best one picked to be Star Letter wins a bottle of champagne courtesy of our sponsor The Source. Get typing!