Managing Director, Otto Dargan
In December 2006 Dargan Financial was born, and has since expanded rapidly. In 2009 the company name was changed to the Home Loan Experts as this new name better suited our growing online presence.
Otto’s passion for real estate, investing and financial services has compelled him to create a business with a strong service focus that is often lacking from the services offered by other brokers and the major banks.
Currently Otto works as the General Manager and Sales Manager of the company. He handles the training and development of our team of mortgage brokers as well as the management and strategy development of the company.
Australia’s Brightest Broker 2011 & 2012
In 2011 and 2012 Otto won the Broker IQ competition run by St George Bank and The Adviser (a mortgage industry publication).
The quiz is designed to test mortgage brokers on a range of topics including general finance, product, and industry knowledge.
Over 1,000 of Australia’s best brokers entered the competition and were put through a series of difficult tests to find just six finalists.
In both 2011 and 2012 the final was hosted by Australian TV game show legend Larry Emdur at The Adviser’s Australian Broking Awards. In 2011, Otto not only came first in the quiz, he actually doubled the next closest contestant’s score! In 2012, he returned to defend his title and once again was named Australia’s Brightest Broker.
Steven Heavey, the General Manager of St George Intermediary Distribution, presented Otto with a cheque for $10,000 for winning the competition. Read more in The Adviser‘s report on the competition.
Otto in the news
Otto has been quoted in several publications including:
- The Australian Broker,
- The Australian Newspaper,
- Mortgage Professional Australia (page 2),
- Mortgage Professional Australia – Lending to Foreigners,
- Mortgage Professional Australia – Guarantor Loans,
- Mortgage Professional Australia – Positive Credit Reporting,
- The Adviser – Mortgage Broker Efficiency,
- Sydney Morning Herald (bottom),
- The Finance Professional,
- NineMSN Money,
- Your Investment Property Magazine (page 3),
- Your Mortgage Magazine – Discounts For Professionals,
- Gold Coast – How do lenders view the Gold Coast?,
- The Adviser – Smart Business,
- The Adviser – The Word, and
- Mortgage Professional Australia – My toughest test with Otto Dargan.
Having not been through the mortgage process before I wasn’t sure what to expect but Otto explained each step along the way and made dealing with the bank and getting our first home a stress-free and very positive experience. I highly recommend his services and would use him again without hesitation.
Gemma, Paddington NSW
Thanks home loan experts, for a job well done. Our mortgage broker was not only professional but friendly, patient and made the cumbersome process of going through all the paperwork look easy.
We were looking for our first investment property and he was with us right throughout the process of giving us confidence, guidance and help. He made sure we got what we wanted and went beyond his means to make our lives easier. Of course there are very few professionals who would do so and we are glad we found some one we could work with for time to come.
Himashini and Milinda, Ashfield NSW
Being self employed in a relatively new business I was finding it very difficult to get help from any of the major banks. My mortgage broker was recommended to me through a friend and he made life very easy for me. He was able to come up with the right loan for me without me having to do a thing.
He was always so prompt in answering any questions I had, which really means a lot when you are in business with not much time. I’ve never met him personally, we communicated over the phone and via email, which also added to the ease of things. From the word go I felt like I could 100% trust my mortgage broker with getting me the best possible deal available.
Adrienne, Hunter Valley NSW