Why Hiring Based Solely on a Sales Candidate’s Interview is a Mistake

In a recent article from The MReport, mortgage managers discussed their strategies for selecting and retaining new hires. While many managers easily evaluated sales candidates based on production reports, they often had difficulty trying to assess an originator’s people skills. To help them finalize a hiring decision, managers said they frequently relied on how well […]

When Does a Training Investment Make Sense?

  I often hear from managers asking about training their underperforming originators. With the marketplace shift to purchase money, leadership teams have put underperformers on their radar as they try to address lower volume. When the market was hot last year, underperformers were there but overlooked because refi volume was off-the-charts. Now, with a less […]

Do Your Originators Have the Skills to Move Borrowers to a Decision?

Many managers believe that improving their originators’ product knowledge is one of the most important investments they can make. The reasoning makes sense given that mortgage loan products are the lynchpin of the mortgage selling process. Qualifying borrowers and slotting them into the appropriate loan is essential for an originator’s success. However, managers tend to […]

Overdependent on Top Producers to Hit Volume Goals?

In my recent conversations, mortgage executives have repeatedly lamented that their top producers are holding them hostage over resources, money and pricing. Especially troubling is that these high-performance sales professionals invariably tend to jump ship after the lender has conceded to their demands. In most cases, lenders have not even broken even before top producers […]

The Top 5 Hiring Mistakes in Mortgage Banking

  In the last 24 months, I have conducted more than 60 interviews with senior executives from all sectors of mortgage banking for my top-rated podcast, Mortgage Manager Playbook. With careers in TPO, Retail and Consumer Direct and an average 25 years in the industry, these individuals have done everything from launch phenomenally successful start-ups […]

Are You Hiring Radical Change Agents?

Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase Bank and respected banking industry guru recently said in an interview that bankers lack imagination when it comes to envisioning what their customers need. He noted that Fintech companies in particular, “are making great strides in building both digital and physical banking products and services. From loans […]