Financial Coach Who Empowers Women Is Named Queensland Broker of the Year

Financial coach and mortgage broker Dionne Lee has won a prestigious Queensland award for her work helping people own their own homes and build investment property portfolios.

Dionne Lee, CEO and founder of Xcellerate Finance, has been named Bankwest’s Broker of the Year for Queensland. Bankwest’s Broker of the Year awards are all about recognising and celebrating the very best professionals working in the mortgage broking industry.

Dionne has been working in finance and lending from the age of 17 and bought her first property at the age of 20 so she could start building a passive income. She is passionate about helping people understand their finances better and is an expert in mortgage lending, real estate and wealth creation.

The 47-year-old, who also runs A Woman Inspired to empower women and teach them how to achieve financial freedom, says: “There are around 3,500 brokers in the state of Queensland so I feel very honoured to win this award. I’m really proud to have been named Broker of the Year but it isn’t just my win – the whole team works so well together, and this is a win for all of us.

Dionne prides herself on helping people find the best solution for their individual needs and circumstances. This includes looking at why people want to buy a property and what they want their real estate investment to do for them.

She says: “Everybody wants more income so why not create a passive income through building a property portfolio? However, many people buy the wrong property, so they need to know what to look for in an investment property and what the most appropriate options are for them.”

This is not the first time Dionne’s efforts have resulted in an awards win. In November 2023, she was the Empowerment Award winner for Queensland at the 2023 Connective Excellence Awards.

The Empowerment Award is given each year to female brokers who display excellence not only in loan settlements but also customer service, community engagement and professional development. Dionne is passionate about helping women to better understand money and create their own wealth and financial independence.

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