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Chapter 99: Appraisals — Know When to Hold ‘Em

An excerpt from the book Be The Better Broker’ Volume 3 Appraisals: Know When to Hold ’Em “You’ve got to know when to hold ’em.” –Kenny Rogers What happens when your client asks for a copy of the appraisal? Short Version Do not release an appraisal report to a client — ever. Long Version Think twice about […]

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What If Interest Rates Quintuple?

We shall go no further than this final post on this theme. The point is made. Over the past three posts we’ve looked at (increasingly) extreme rising interest rate scenarios through the lens of household mortgage payment. Specifically, what happens to the average homeowner’s mortgage payment as rates double, tripe, quadruple… and today you guessed […]

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Winter Is Coming!

Winter Is Coming! Meh, really? Seriously, why is this a constant refrain in one form or another? I attended a five day event in January 2017, and the host (who is ‘not my guru’) repeated this like a chant, over and over and over each and every day. I’d also noticed a previously optimistic, very […]

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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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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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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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Three Simple Rules: Part III

Maintain Control Focus first and foremost on maintaining control over the one and only thing that is in fact within your control: your reactions. Learning to control your reactions is vital, and no matter our age, all of us generally need continuous work in this area. I am working harder than ever on this, actually […]

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