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Auckland Region Welcomes New Mike Pero Mortgages Franchisee

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Auckland Region Welcomes New Mike Pero Mortgages Franchisee

11 December 2008 - Jason Barba is the latest Mike Pero Mortgages franchise owner, taking over the established business from Darren Lawson, which services the greater Auckland area. Darren's successful franchise recently won the 2007 company awards for "Top Broker By Value ($)" and "Best Quality."

Jason officially took over the franchise at the end of October but he had been working with Darren for over a year. "I started out as Darren's loan writer in September of 2007 and in February of 2008 I bought 50 percent of the franchise.

I had the perfect introduction to the business, working alongside someone as successful as Darren." Jason is originally from California but made the move to New Zealand three years ago. "My wife and I have a four-year-old son and a one-year-old daughter and we heard New Zealand is a terrific place to raise children.

We certainly have no regrets - where we come from, 'parents with pram spaces in the mall car park and toys in cafes, are pretty much unheard of."

Before coming to New Zealand, Jason worked for World Savings & Loan in San Francisco. His first job in Auckland was with Barfoot & Thompson in St Heliers, where he gained insider knowledge of the New Zealand real estate industry.

But it wasn't long before Jason knew he wanted to buy a franchise business. "I'm a businessman first and I knew I wanted to buy into a franchise model but wasn't sure which one.

After some research, I discovered that Mike Pero Mortgages has a huge competitive advantage in the mortgage market. Recent surveys show Mike Pero Mortgages is the most trusted source of independent advice - even above banks. And whenever I would ask someone on the street if they've ever heard of Mike Pero Mortgages, 99% of the time they said, "Yes, of course." This was important to me.

The huge success of the firm makes it very difficult for competitors to grab any of its market share. This provides us with security during tougher times - like the one we're in right now. But more importantly, it allows us to stick around and continue helping people when they need it the most." Jason says his business philosophy is a simple one. "I always put my clients first. I want them to know and feel I'm there to help in any way I can. I want to be remembered for delivering them outstanding results. So, I focus on my input and what I can control, and let the outcome take care of itself," he says.

Even though it's early days as a franchise owner, Jason says he has very clear goals about where he wants to end up. "I'd like to build the business to a level where I'm not working in the business, but working on the business. Ultimately, I'd like to employ my own loan writers and insurance writers so I can help even more people."

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