Mortgage Choice broker relishes early retirement

Many of us dream of hanging up our work boots at a young age and embracing early retirement. Mortgage Choice broker Stephanie Cook is doing just that.

Stephanie has been part of the Mortgage Choice community since 1997. After working with a Mortgage Choice broker to refinance her own home loan, she recognised a good business opportunity, and enquired about the possibility of becoming a franchisee herself. As Stephanie notes, “I haven't looked back since”.

Stephanie lives in Lane Cove on Sydney’s North Shore, so it made sense to set up her businesses in the local area. Through a combination of hard work and excellent customer service, Stephanie watched her business take off. “I was pleased to see the business grow so rapidly, mainly through referrals,” she recalls.

Growth through expansion

Three years later Stephanie opened a new premise in ‘The Village’ at Lane Cove. For increased accessibility, she operated from a shopfront, open six days a week with a full time office manager.

In 2008 it was time to expand. Stephanie invested in another franchise, this time on the Lower North Shore. She set up a shopfront premise in Cammeray, and ran both franchisees through her Lane Cove Office.

Fast forward to 2019, and Stephanie is now in a position to retire. She will officially bow out from the business on September 30. She explains, “I am looking forward

Living the dream

As a young retiree, Stephanie is tapping into her ‘can-do’ attitude to set new challenges for herself in retirement. She plans to qualify as a Financial Counsellor and work in this field in a volunteer role.  “In many ways it’s closely aligned to my current work but it will have its own set of challenges I’m sure!” says Stephanie.

As her retirement draws closer, Stephanie looks back on her career with Mortgage Choice, saying, “It’s been a terrific journey, and I’ve taken such joy in helping people get on the property ladder whether it’s the first time or the tenth.”

Stephanie is just one example of the many success stories among Mortgage Choice brokers. She has built a valuable, saleable asset through her franchise, and is now able to live the dream of early retirement.

We wish you all the best for the future Stephanie!