Optimism for the future of the specialist lending sector was the key message from the 15th Complete FS Expo, held at the Hilton Ageas Hotel near Southampton on the 21 September.
With a blockbuster film theme, guests were greeted by a red carpet and could pose with well-known film characters including Jaws and Darth Vader.
Across the 30 exhibitor stands, lenders and other product providers in the specialist lending sector were keen to express a positive specialist lending sector is on the horizon and the increasingly important role that brokers can play in the market.
Tony Salentino, director of Complete FS, said: “Since we launched our first event 15 years ago, our Expos have become progressively more influential and now represent probably the best value in the South of England for brokers, who want to better understand the specialist lending market.”
After a keynote speech from Hans Geberbauer from Foundation Homeloans, there were a series of presentations from a variety of different lenders and the event closed with a panel debate and Q&A debating the issues facing the buy-to-let market in light of the imminent PRA changes.
Salentino added: “We strongly believe that there has never been more of a need for clients to seek the experience and advice that intermediaries offer.
“We are delighted to see that specialist lenders and packagers playing an increasingly vital role in supporting the intermediary service proposition and adding real value and expertise to their clients’ borrowing journey.”