Leading mortgage brokerage firm The Mortgage Professionals (TMP) has claimed its stake in the mortgage world as one of the only three finalists chosen for the Retail and Wholesale Aggregator of the Year award at the fourth Mortgage and Finance Association of Australia (MFAA) Excellence Awards. The latest recognition has added to TMP's growing stable of awards garnered over the last five years. Last year, TMP came out on top in the Australian Mortgage Awards (organised by Key Media, publisher of Your Mortgage) winning Brokerage of the Year (over 10 staff). The company has been in the running for the award since 2003. Michael Nicholson, chief executive officer at The Mortgage Professionals, said he and his company are elated with the industry praise they have been given over the past five years. "It is fantastic to see our company being recognised for raising the standards and professionalism of mortgage broking in Australia," he said. "Being both a finalist and winner of mortgage industry awards is a reflection of the hard work, dedication and commitment that the members of the TMP family show each day in securing the best possible outcome for our borrowers, our mortgage brokers and our valued lender partners," said Nicholson. Phil Naylor, CEO of MFAA, said the awards are vital in the progress of the mortgage industry and all its successes. "These awards play an important role in lifting standards of service and professionalism for our expanding industry, which has seen MFAA-accredited loan writers almost double since the awards began in 2004, from 5,428 to over 10,000," he said.