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Some Ink On Being Inc.

Heading into tax season there is a common question on many a Mortgage Broker’s (and agent’s) mind: To be (inc.) or not to be (inc.)? 2017 was the year that the federal government basically laid the smackdown on everyone who has ever suggested being INC. ‘isn’t worth the hassle’. When the Fed tinkers, and tens […]

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People Under Pressure Produce…

Each of us ultimately is just a pile of carbon. In grade 8 science class Mr. Lenton taught us that all living things are carbon based. He did so with a very memorable (albeit disturbing) story involving his neighbour’s annoying cat and a ‘stakeout’ with his pellet gun, ending with disposal of the remains at […]

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Never. Give. Up.

The changes are coming at us Fast & Furious style.   Which is to say weakly written, gaping holes in the plot line, without a plausible or viable conclusion, and loaded with actors having limited experience with the subject matter.   The Canadian Mortgage Market is resembling a big budget B movie franchise that just […]

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Six Rules For (self) Leadership

Six rules for (self)leadership from Jack Welch worth pondering. Ask yourself how each might apply to your own life and business. 1. Control your destiny, or someone else will. 2. Face reality as it is, not as it was or as you wish it were. 3. Be candid with everyone. 4. Don’t manage, lead. 5. […]

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Want Referrals?

The #1 path to consistent referrals from the same source(s) is to answer the phone the first time it rings, be in front of your computer to intake the application on that first call, and respond to every subsequent call or email instantly. Losing two hours to a morning coffee meeting? Losing two hours to […]

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A Brand New Broker

This piece was originally published on the most excellent mortgage news site Canadian Mortgage Trends. Day One. New business cards in hand, you sit down at your new desk in the brokerage office, what now? Your first three years are going to be hard work. Difficult beyond belief. The three after that aren’t too bad. You start […]

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There’s A NAP For That!

Here is my own take on the serious business of napping. During any peak period of activity in our industry a Broker can experience intense 12-, 14-, and even 16-hour days back-to-back-to-back. A key survival skill is mastery of the power nap. Make no mistake, it is a skill. You have to learn how to […]

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Conversation (self) Control

This piece was originally published @ For Brokers By Brokers.   Early in my working life I found myself in a mail-order sales role, working telephones as if my life depended upon it. Which in a way it did. Money is oxygen for a small business, and the ringing phones were the sound of money. One […]

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Ability To Communicate

This piece was originally posted with several other Brokers excellent content @ For Brokers By Brokers. In 2017 success will be determined for many Mortgage Brokers by one single ability: The ability to communicate clearly and effectively. This was always the cornerstone of any significant success, but this year it will be the cornerstone of […]

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It Sucks To Suck!

In a situation where a lawyer slides a mortgage insurance document across the table to a client and legally cannot say a single word about it – the sign-up rate is ~13%. 13%! No speaking. Silence. 13%. The irony is that thousands of mortgage agents across the country have a sign-up rate of 0%. Zero! In other […]

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