Former ANZ banker takes lead role at brokerage

by Ksenia Stepanova14 Nov 2019

Century 21 Financial has announced former general manager Julius Capilitan as its new owner and managing director.

Capilitan oversaw the firm’s home loans and financial services business for two years, before buying the business from Century 21 First Choice Realty owner Joseph Lupi. He has previously held specialist and fund management roles at ANZ, KiwiBank, AXA and NZX.

Capilitan says that a lot of bankers leave homebuyers feeling as though they’ve reached “the end of the road”, and he is hoping to help make “short work” of what is a difficult and daunting process for many people.

“Often first-home buyers get rejected by others because they don’t quite meet the servicing requirements, they might not have the required deposit, or a lender does not want to approve the security on a particular property,” Capilitan explained.

“However, we pride ourselves on being can-do, and clients really appreciate what we can achieve for them.

“A lot of bankers become brokers, but I’m now fortunate to take it another step and become the New Zealand master franchise owner for C21 Financial. Our value is in helping people to navigate and secure a life-changing outcome.”

Century 21 Financial provides the full range of mortgage broking services, with its nationwide network of Century 21 real estate offices regularly referring clients for lending advice.

C21F works with mainstream and small banks, credit banks and non-bank lenders, and Capilitan says he is expecting the brokerage to see a strong boost in business.

“C21 Financial is anticipating significant growth,” he stated. “The whole landscape for mortgage brokers and financial advisers is going to change within the next 12 months. Advisers will have to deal with a higher level of requirements and challenges under the new FMA regime.

“We are now advertising for a number of brokers to join us throughout the country, who we will heavily support. We’re feeling very excited about what the future holds.

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