Lenders: Are You Focused on What Matters Most?

  In mortgage origination, declining interest rates can result in overwhelming volume, as the industry experienced in 2020. While companies and producers alike racked up record profitability last year, a robust refinance market can distract lenders from focusing on critical long-term success strategies. When business is humming along, it is easy to become complacent and […]

Mortgage Originators: Don’t Be a Copycat!

  In mortgage banking, it is commonplace for originators to adopt the practices of successful producers. If one salesperson rises at 4:00 a.m., everyone else feels they must follow suit. If a top producer is active on LinkedIn, other originators will incorporate the platform in their own marketing strategies. Likewise, lenders are copycats too.  If […]

7 Lessons from the Year 2020

  Traditional selling as we know it has been dead for a long time but the global pandemic was the nail in the coffin for the order-taker sales model. This strategy is rooted in the days when salespeople went door to door fulfilling customer demand for products. In that era, products were limited and information […]

How Customer-Centric is Your Sales Organization?

Many mortgage managers consider their companies to be originator-centric. These senior executives believe that sales employees drive success and they feel that their lender’s originator support is a competitive advantage. I certainly understand this viewpoint, especially in such a difficult recruiting environment. However, I would argue that focusing entirely on the originator experience can lead […]