The start of each year is a time when many people attempt to change elements of their lives for the better. Mortgage Strategy is no different.
But it is important to me that we keep our readers informed of our plans, which is why I have decided to write this piece.
Our readers are the single most important thing to us and that is why we are always keen to hear your views on how we can improve our coverage.
The only way we can maintain our position as the industry leading mortgage magazine is with your support, therefore I want all of our readers to feel they can contact us with their ideas. Sometimes we may not be able to put your ideas into action, of course, but we will always listen and look for a way.
And we have already started.
Over the past few months, we have faced calls to introduce more coverage of the commercial mortgage sector. In response we launched a commercial mortgage supplement and will introduce a new monthly “Commercial Watch” column written by the extremely knowledgeable duo of Andy Young and Doug Hall, of TBMC and 3mc, respectively.
Secondly, from 14 January we will run a new column called The Data Vault. This monthly feature, written by MCI Club chief executive Rick Watkin, will attempt to unpick the trends emerging in the market by careful analysis of the mortgage submissions of around 2,000 directly authorised brokers.
From this data, we will receive a monthly snapshot of the market which should tell us which lenders are taking their foot off the gas, which lenders have service issues and will allow us to spot changing customer preferences.
We will also introduce a new monthly column which will pit the Association of Mortgage Intermediaries and the Building Societies Association against each other on the industry’s most important issues.
The idea behind ’Head 2 Head’ is to provide the lender’s and broker’s perspective on a variety of topics. The first column will run very soon, so keep an eye out for it.
Of course, we are not finished there. Throughout the year we will be introducing more columns and supplements and you will see some different faces in the magazine and online. I will also keep you informed of our plans throughout the year, much like I have today.
Finally, I would like to thank you all for making my first seven months as editor a fantastic experience and I look forward to working with you in the future.