- Mobile: 027 5858382
- Freephone: 0800 226 226
- Regions available: Wellington
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“It's not how much or how little you have that makes you great or small, but how much or how little you accomplish with what you have."
Aaron Cohen began his career in the financial services industry in 1997, working for Prudential and Progressive Brokers.
Since then, Aaron has worked as a qualified chef for the Regent Four Seasons Hotel, and has operated his own businesses, including a Dial-a-Driver business in Wellington.
Aaron returned to the financial services industry in 2020 when business took a downturn as a result of Covid-19.
As a property investor himself, Aaron has owned and operated several Airbnb rental properties, and has first-hand experience overseeing numerous renovation projects, complete rebuilds, as well as selling and buying properties and a completed subdivision.
“I believe these experiences will add value to my clients, who may be seeking recommendations to achieve their aspirations.”
Aaron’s commitment to excellent customer service has stood him in good stead over the years.
A resident of the Hutt Valley since 2006, Aaron lives with his wife of 24 years and two teenage sons. Holidays are spent at their bach in Waikawa Beach, and Aaron has a longstanding affinity with the Horowhenua, having enjoyed many family holidays here.
“I look forward to serving the Upper Hutt community and the Otaki/Levin regions where Jean and I hope to reside once our sons complete their college education.”
Aaron can be contacted for advice about first home loans, construction loans, refinancing, refixing or any other home loan and mortgage advice.
Important information about Knowhow Mortgages Ltd FSP 771634
Licence status and conditions
Astute Financial Management Limited FSP641829 (Astute) holds a licence issued by the Financial Markets Authority to provide financial advice service.
Knowhow Mortgages Ltd FSP 771634 is authorised by that licence to provide financial advice service.
Our contact details are:
Address: 3 John Street, Stokes Valley, Lower Hutt, 5019
Telephone: 0800 226 226
We provide financial advice on Mortgage Products and Consumer Credit Contracts.
We encourage you to read the important information given below. It may help you decide whether your financial needs may be met by engaging with us.
Nature and scope of financial advice service
We engage financial advisers to provide financial advice on the following financial products:
Residential and personal loan products
We, through our advisers, provide financial advice service about loan products only from the following providers (also known as lenders):
ANZ Bank New Zealand Limited
Oxford Finance Limited
AIA Services New Zealand Limited
FICO Finance Limited
Pepper New Zealand Limited
ASAP Finance Limited
First Mortgage Managers Limited
Pioneer Finance Limited
ASB Bank Limited
Funding Partners Limited
Plus Finance Limited
Avanti Finance Limited
General Finance Limited
Resimac Financial Securities Limited
Bank of China (New Zealand) Limited
Gold Band Finance Limited
Southern Cross Finance Limited
Bank of New Zealand
Heartland Bank Limited
Southland Building Society
Basecorp Finance Limited
Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (New Zealand) Limited
The Co-operative Bank Limited
Bluestone Mortgages NZ Limited
Liberty Financial Limited
TSB Bank Limited
China Construction Bank (New Zealand) Limited
Metro Finance Limited
Westpac New Zealand Limited
Credit Union Baywide
Midlands Fund Management Limited
Wroxton Finance Limited
Cressida Capital One Limited
We do not provide financial advice service related to:
- Investment products (e.g., shares, bonds, managed funds, etc.) and KiwiSaver products; and
- Estate planning (such as Wills, Enduring Powers of Attorney, and trusts of any description); and
- General Insurance products; and
- Personal Risk Insurance products.
You will need to consult appropriate specialists if you would like advice on the products above.
Fees, expenses, or other amounts payable
In the majority of cases we do not charge any fee, expense or other amount for the financial advice provided to you or for implementing that advice. Our remuneration is paid by the product providers by way of commission.
However, we may charge a fee for the financial advice service provided to a client where a client repays a residential home loan within a defined time up to 28 months from the date it is drawn down.
Whether a fee will be charged, the manner in which it will be charged and the date by which the fee will be payable will be advised when the financial advice service is provided to the client.
Conflicts of interest and commissions or other incentives
We and Astute will receive commission from the lenders who provide residential and personal loan products. If you decide to take out a residential or personal loan, then the lender will pay commission based on the amount of loan settled with that lender or lenders.
Our adviser takes drawings from Knowhow Mortgages Ltd.
From time to time, various product providers (described previously) may also reward us and/or Astute for the overall business provided to them. They may give tickets to sports events, hampers, or other incentives. To ensure that our financial advisers prioritise the client’s interests above their own, we follow an advice process that ensures our recommendations are made based on the client’s personal goals and circumstances. All our financial advisers undergo annual professional development refresher training about how to manage conflicts of interest. We maintain registers of conflicts of interests, and the gifts and incentives received.
Complaints handling and dispute resolution
We take all complaints seriously and work to resolve them as quickly as possible.
If you are unhappy with our financial advice service, and wish to make a complaint, please contact your financial adviser so he or she can try to put things right.
If you do not feel comfortable discussing your concerns with your adviser, you can:
- Call David Gopperth, General Manager, Mortgage Express on 027 3489248 between the hours of 8:30 am - 5 pm week days
- Email email@example.com
- Write to David Gopperth at Mortgage Express, PO Box 9268, Newmarket, Auckland 1023.
How your Complaint will be handled
We will deal with your complaint using our internal complaints handling process. Accordingly,
- We will investigate your complaint by analysing the information you provided us; and
- We may contact you to get additional information about your complaint.
We aim to resolve your complaint within 40 days of its receipt and advise you, in writing, our proposed resolution to your complaint.
If we cannot resolve your complaint within 40 days of receipt (or any additional time you have given us thereafter, at our request) you can contact the Financial Services Complaints Ltd (FSCL).
FSCL provides an independent external dispute resolution service to consumers with complaints about their financial service providers. This service will cost you nothing and will help us to investigate or resolve your complaint if it is not resolved to your satisfaction using our internal complaints process.
You can contact the FSCL Scheme at:
Telephone: 0800 347 257 or +64 4 4723725
Address: Level 4, 101 Lambton Quay, Wellington 6011
P O Box 5967, Wellington 6140
We, Astute and our financial advisers are bound by the following duties under the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013 to:
- meet the standards of competence, knowledge, and skill set out in the Code of Professional Conduct for Financial Advice Services (Code of Conduct), which form part of the wider regulatory regime for financial advice and ensure we have the expertise necessary to provide you with advice; and
- give priority to your interests by taking all reasonable steps to ensure that the advice given to you is not materially influenced by our own interests or the interests of any other person connected with the giving of advice; and
- exercise care, diligence, and skill that a prudent person engaged in the occupation of giving related financial advice would in the same circumstances; and
- meet the standards of ethical behaviour, conduct, and client care set out in the Code of Conduct, to treat you as we should and to provide you with suitable advice.