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Learning The Lenders

An excerpt from Chapter 77 of Be the Better Broker, Volume 3. Lenders vary. You don’t need to know every single lender’s products and guidelines to be successful. You need somewhere between three and seven lenders or lender connections. Ninety percent of your business will likely be placed with three or four lenders consistently. Although […]

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Industry Relationships

An excerpt from Volume 2 of Be the Better Broker. Every interaction you have with an underwriter, a BDM, a team lead, a lender VP and so on during the processing of a file—even just in a casual conversation at a trade show—is you either building or burning bridges. Your primary goal is to recognize […]

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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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