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You’ve got to laugh at the idea of brokers having fun

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Peter Mounty, you are a star. Your exhortation for 2006 (Mortgage Strategy January 16) should be framed above the desk of every person in the mortgage business. Your plea is that all in the industry lighten up and have more fun.

Only Shakespeare could have put it better. (For those of you who have not read his work recently, Shakespeare is still as incisive and fresh as ever.)

No doubt many thousands of small brokers – more than 80% in the mortgage business – will remember these words when trying to hone down their time on the award-winning IT system’s ‘minute mortgage’ site to a world- beating 40 minutes.

It can be done, I am reliably informed, as you act as the lender’s unpaid data entry clerk with none of the privileges of employment.

Brokers should also try to lighten up as they cast aside another 50 pages of ‘bureaucrapic’ waffle when a single sheet of paper would suffice.

And then we have to listen to the distracting telephone messages from lenders who value our business enormously but who can’t be bothered to actually staff phones to be answered with urgent queries.

So in future, just chill. Take some gentle, harmless exercise – perhaps by throwing darts at their photographs in the press or doing stretching movements on the hurdles some lenders put in the way of submitting business. But above all, have a laugh.

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