Meet The Team

Laurie O’Brien – Managing Director

Many people think the finance industry is simply a numbers game. But to me, it’s so much more than that. It’s about people first and foremost. My passion is using my four decades of banking and finance industry experience to help people achieve their personal and business goals in life.

Having worked in banking and finance my entire working life and as a finance broker since 1985, I have a level of experience and knowledge unmatched by most in this profession. In addition to my industry experience, I hold qualifications in financial management from Kuringai College of Advanced Education and a Diploma of Financial Services. My background in equipment and business finance has given me a unique insight into the under-writing procedures used by commercial lenders. This insight enables me to judge each application for finance from the lender’s perspective. As a result, I work closely with you to ensure the finance proposal I submit on your behalf will satisfy the requirements of the lender. In fact, I will only ever submit a finance proposal to lenders that I believe will approve the loan. Should there be any concern, I will work closely with you until your finance is approved.

With access to a large range of Australian lenders and loan products, I work hard to secure the best financial solution to suit your needs when you need it, no matter how large or small your business. My services cover the full range of business and commercial loans, leasing and equipment financing as well as specialised technology and equipment rental options for schools and colleges. I have sourced financial solutions for thousands of clients on the Central Coast and all over Australia.

Working with us at Bridgecoast Finance, you will notice that we do things very differently. Our philosophy is simple – to act as your partners in finance and support you every step of the way. As a result, I take the time to get to know you and your business or organisation well before recommending the best options. This can result in significantly improved cash flow and the potential to save you a fortune in unnecessary fees and interest. And because circumstances and needs change over time, I make it a point to personally stay in touch with you. You will find that many of my clients have been with me for years. Because I know them and their circumstances well, often a phone call is all that’s needed to get the ball rolling for a new finance application.

As passionate about my family and my local Central Coast community as I am about my work, I am an active Gosford City Rotarian and am on the Board of two local not-for-profit organisations - Coast Shelter and The Haven Education Centre. Outside of work I believe in helping and giving back to the community that made it all possible for me to build my business.

I look forward to getting to know you and your business.

Laurie O’Brien – Managing Director

Marie O'Brien - Director / Accredited Mortgage Consultant

Purchasing my first investment property at the age of just 23 sparked the beginning of a passion for helping others enter the property market, whether it be to purchase their first home or start an investment property portfolio.

I formally began my career in the finance industry in 2000 when I joined my husband’s business, Bridgecoast Finance, initially as the bookkeeper and business administrator. Successfully completing a Certificate IV in Financial Services (Finance/Mortgage Broking) and a Diploma in Financial Services (Finance/ Mortgage Broking Management) allowed me to begin fulfilling my true passion for helping others achieve their property goals as an accredited Credit Advisor. I have since also become a member of the Mortgage and Finance Association of Australia and a member of the Professional Lenders Association Network of Australia.

My accreditation with numerous banks, building societies and other financial institutions allows me to source the best possible home loan product on the market to suit your current financial situation. And given that switching home loans has never been easier, if you’re unhappy with your current home loan situation, I can help you refinance to a loan that better suits your needs and will allow you to own your home sooner.

Coming from a teaching background, I gain great satisfaction from educating my clients about the property market and how they can make the dream of home or investment property ownership a reality. To me there is nothing like empowering a young couple looking to buy their first home or a woman who suddenly finds herself on her own to feel confident about their financial situation and guide them towards the perfect home loan solution to suit their needs. As a strong believer in the notion that ‘knowledge is power’, I also like to educate my clients over the longer term to ensure they are always well placed to make informed decisions about their financial future. Always willing to go the extra mile, my ultimate aim with all clients is to exceed expectations each and every time.

Whether you are buying your first home, upsizing, downsizing or investing, buying residential property is the most significant financial investment most people will ever make in their lives. I am 100% committed to sourcing the best home loan product from the myriad of options available on the market to suit your needs and eliminating the stress and confusion commonly associated with buying property. After all, buying property should be an exciting and rewarding experience, not a daunting one. It’s all part of my service of supporting you every step of the way to creating wealth and the lifestyle you wish to achieve

Marie O'Brien - Director / Accredited Mortgage Consultant
Laurie O'Brien
Managing Director / Finance Broker
Ph: 0419 231 975
Marie O'Brien
Accredited Mortgage Consultant
Ph: 0418 493 288