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Investing For The Rest of Us

Three Key Points  1. I’m not a Certified financial advisor, but that’s OK – the person whose investment advice you actually follow likely isn’t either. Look at where you invested, which stocks you bought. Where did the intel come from… really? Besides, many (close to 50% as per a survey) of actual Certified Financial Planners […]

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Big Ideas – A Cautionary Tale

I can recall one Mortgage Broker saying to me upon exiting the business after less than four years, “I can only conclude that people do not like me.” This was a person paying not just an economic toll, but clearly an emotional one as well. On paper this Broker had every reason to have been […]

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Don’t Cold Call

Few among us look forward to making cold calls. We know what it’s like to be on the receiving end. When someone cold-calls me, he is intruding on my life without an invitation. He is interrupting whatever I may be doing. This can bring out a side of me that is abrupt, perhaps rude: the […]

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The Deadly Unasked Question

As a mortgage professional, you have the ability to both save, or potentially cost your clients thousands of dollars. Asking questions will help ensure the best rate, and outcome for your clients. […]

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#BreakTheMold

Last April I invested ten hours into an interactive workshop hosted by master storyteller Vinh Giang. And an often repeated message each day was to #breakthemold, to step outside our comfort zone, and this weeks post reflects an effort to do just that… #workinprogress. The focus of the workshop was ‘tuning our instrument’, said instrument […]

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How Will the New Qualifying Rate Impact Buyers?

Short Version Will the qualifying rate change the government is proposing fix runaway housing prices? No. Will it slow down the multiple offers and condition free craziness? No. Will it create a smokescreen of ‘doing something’? Perhaps. Long Version The proposed changes target only those purchasing with 20% down or more. Yes, that’s right – […]

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Paid In Full

It is time for a commission sales reality check. The first step in avoiding the alluring alternative reality of “gross commission” is being aware of its existence before you get sucked into it. Understanding the following four terms is going to be vital to your survival. Gross Production—the value of the item you are selling […]

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Death By Taxes

“A paradox of life. The problem with patienceand discipline is that developing each of themrequires both of them.” ~Thomas M Sterner One of the more insidious things to creep into a successful Broker’s life, into the life of just about any and all commission sales agents who are “lucky” enough to be paid in pre-tax […]

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6 Quick Email Tips That Will Save You Hours

I published this post nearly 5 years ago, and these points still hold up today, in a time where electronic communication in business is at an all time high. 1. Have just one email address Managing multiple email accounts adds an unnecessary layer of complexity to your life and presents a potential obstacle of confusion […]

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