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 […]

Quicken and its 25% Market Share Goal

  Last week, Quicken shared its third quarter 2020 results with analysts, reporting record volume. While this is not surprising considering our recent historically low interest rates, Quicken’s numbers are truly extraordinary. The company is closing $1 billion in mortgage loans a day! This is impressive by any standard but there were a few revelations […]

How to Master Remote Selling Skills

  With recent interest rates at historic lows, originators haven’t had to worry about perfecting their selling skills because customers have come to them in droves. At the same time, Covid-19 restrictions have prompted consumers to shop remotely for food, cars, and everything in between. In response, businesses have quickly rolled out applications and delivery […]

Zillow’s Move to Salaried Real Estate Agents

  Recently, Zillow announced that it was hiring its own employees to be real estate agents. While Redfin pioneered this approach, other firms such as Opendoor and Offerpad are also hiring agents for their new brokerage services. Mike DelPrete, a well-known real estate tech strategist, observed, “All the largest real estate disruptors are moving in […]

Four Keys to Working Smarter

Last week, I spoke to a leading sales group in mortgage banking on what it will take for lenders and originators to succeed in 2025. I realize that it is hard to focus on the future when the present is so hectic in mortgage origination but, 2025 is only 1,500 days from now. It will […]