Managing Director

Otto Dargan works as the Managing Director and Sales Manager of the Home Loan Experts. He handles the training and development of our team of mortgage brokers as well as the management and strategy development of the company.

Otto’s passion for real estate, investing and financial services has compelled him to create a business with a strong service focus that’s often lacking from the services offered by other brokers and the major banks.

Most mortgage brokers are salesman, not experts. Otto holds our mortgage brokers to a higher standard, which is why our systems, people and training are considered to be some of the best in the industry.

Otto’s experience

Otto began his career in finance at Mortgage House in 2003 after leaving university. He started right away as a mortgage broker in one of the branches and found that he enjoyed working on the tougher loans that other brokers didn’t want to deal with.

After four years working as a mortgage broker, he decided to start his own company that would allow him to help people with loans in a more flexible environment, with a broader choice of lenders.

In December 2006, Dargan Financial was founded 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 has created his own training program for our brokers based on his own experience and a variety of other sources. He has a focus on continuous improvement which has driven him to complete a management course, learn public speaking and to continue to learn more about different areas of finance.

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:

He also writes a blog and a monthly column for Smart Property Investor Magazine.


Gemma B.

Paddington, NSW

Having not been through the mortgage process before, I wasn't sure what to expect.

Our mortgage broker 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.

Greer C.

Clovelly, NSW

I would recommend Otto to anyone without hesitation. He was always prompt and helpful whenever I had questions and made the entire process stress free. Thanks for all your help and advice, Otto!

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