The avid Tweeters came up with the idea after noticing that a conversation they were having on the social media network began to involve more and more people in the industry. The purpose of Mortgage TweetMeet is to unify brokers, lenders, solicitors, surveyors and agents from Twitter, under one roof.
All attendees need is to register their interest via Twitter to either @montysblog or @mortgage_mind and turn up at The Alchemist, 133 Houndsditch in London from 7pm. The evening is planned to be an informal networking event, under Chatham House rules, which means nothing can be reported unless the source agrees.
Andrew Montlake, communications director, Coreco said: “It just occurred to us that we should all meet up over a few drinks to carry on our discussions and once the phrase “Mortgage TweetMeet” was coined it took off from there. After the pressures that our industry has faced over the past few years, and continues to face, it is important that everyone connected to the industry, from those at the coal face to those running businesses, come together to discuss these issues openly and honestly. We have been amazed by the initial response and it really shows what can happen when you harness the power of social media.”
Lea Karasavvas, of MortgageForce, said: “In the current economic climate, we are faced with pessimism, rejection and decline all too frequently. This gives us an opportunity to remind each other we are all striving for economic recovery and that by working together, and not against each other, we can ensure it happens. It’s a chance for an industry brainstorm, done in a social environment, between influential business categories within the mortgage industry.
“Twitter has proved a popular tool for all of the above categories to voice some opinions, and by arranging the first Mortgage TweetMeet, we hope these businesses will listen to each other and encourage extremely positive working relationships that will benefit us all.”
Gareth Lewis at Tiuta PLC said: “As a specialist lender we loved the idea from the start and were happy to provide some sponsorship for such a creative idea. Industry forums such as this are vital for us to listen and understand the issues that brokers face at the sharp end and to then help provide the solutions”.
Montlake added: “The idea is for these to become a regular occurrence. Lea and I would urge those that cannot come to London to perhaps organise their own local mortgagetweetmeet that same evening – it should be a very useful event as well as a lot of fun.”