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Leader: Hope at Home of Choice

The news that eleventh hour talks are taking place between the top brass at Home of Choice and an as-yet unidentified plc is obviously welcome, and panicked appointed representatives at the network can only keep their fingers crossed that it all results in a deal.

If it doesn’t it will be a disaster for all the firms involved – and not just for their staff but their families too. They were relying on getting paid last Friday and it didn’t happen.

In the wake of the news that the network was going into administration on Thursday many ARs were frantic about what would happen to their pipeline commission and businesses.

One Home of Choice AR contacted Mortgage Strategy to say they were owed a whopping £70,000 in unpaid commission.

Many were fearful that with Home of Choice on track to go into administration, they were facing financial ruin. There have been countless examples of networks going under in the past year – Network Data, The Mortgage Times Group and Prestbury to name but three. A bitter irony is that many ARs at Home of Choice had sought shelter from these defunct networks and were hopeful that it would be a safe port to weather the storm. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that a deal goes through.

Many ARs have spoken of how impressed they were by the passion and spirit of deputy chairman Richard Coulson when they joined the network. Sources say it’s this same grit and determination that has impressed the unnamed investor.

The mortgage industry has had more than its fair share of bad news stories in the past year as a result of the credit crunch. Let’s hope Home of Choice is not the next company to be laid to rest in the graveyard of broken dreams.

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  • HoC AR 4th May 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Mr Bell, Openwork???? There financial position is a lot worse than HoC, get real!! HoC is a Network for true professionals from the top to all it’s loyal Brokers. Good Luck on HMS Openwork you’ll need it the holes in there hull are only months away. HoC is all about the Broker, hence why the true professionals that Richard and Gerry are have seen the acquisition through to a conclusion on Wednesday. Byeeee Mr Bell.

  • HoC AR 4th May 2010 at 6:16 pm

    Mr Bell, Openwork???? There financial position is a lot worse than HoC, get real!! HoC is a Network for true professionals from the top to all it’s loyal Brokers. Good Luck on HMS Openwork you’ll need it the holes in there hull are only months away. HoC is all about the Broker, hence why the true professionals that Richard and Gerry are have seen the acquisition through to a conclusion on Wednesday. Byeeee Mr Bell.

  • HoC AR 4th May 2010 at 6:04 pm

    Openwork??? Mr Bell they are in a worse position than HoC i.e. huge debts, get real they are the network that is in the biggest trouble of all! HoC has been salvaged by true professionals! Good Luck you will need it HoC doesn’t need Negative individuals like you! Byeeeeeeee

  • steve bell 4th May 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Well once again the stories flood out and yet still nothing legal and binding. The BDD’s hold all their own meetings trying to set up frims of their own with HOC AR’s then they are on the phone today saying evrything is fine you will get double bubble this Friday….its like Fred Carnos circus on a bad day. lets just get what we can and get out of here i for one have had enough !!!!
    Openwork have offered me a great deal and i intend to take it…make your move but the option to stay here is no one of them

  • steve bell 4th May 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Well once again the stories flood out and yet still nothing legal and binding. The BDD’s hold all their own meetings trying to set up frims of their own with HOC AR’s then they are on the phone today saying evrything is fine you will get double bubble this Friday….its like Fred Carnos circus on a bad day. lets just get what we can and get out of here i for one have had enough !!!!
    Openwork have offered me a great deal and i intend to take it…make your move but the option to stay here is no one of them