Are You Running Your Business Like an Ostrich?

Last week, a lender reached out to me regarding consulting services because the company’s production was down 20% from the previous year. This is a familiar scenario in mortgage banking where companies that once had high volumes are experiencing lower production and higher costs. The big question is what can lenders do to turn around their […]

If Nothing Changes, then Nothing Changes

  In today’s volatile financial marketplace, lenders and their originators must position themselves as different from their competitors if they want to be successful. This reality is challenging everyone to abolish a “being average mindset” in delivering their services from prospecting to closing. Not doing so is a ticket to becoming irrelevant. Obviously, differentiating yourself […]

Messier 87 and Mortgage Banking

Last week, scientists announced the discovery of an extraordinary, “supermassive” black hole at the center of Messier 87, a gigantic galaxy about 55 million light years away in the constellation Virgo. The image was produced by the Event Horizon Telescope, a network of 10 radio telescopes spread across the planet that functioned as if it […]

The Starship Has Landed

A recent Washington Post article highlighted George Mason University’s new program where Starship Technologies installed robots on the campus to deliver food to students. The article mentioned how successful the robots were in driving students to eat breakfast, a meal that is usually skipped 88% of the time by undergraduates. In my view, the most […]

A Legacy of Bad Decisions and Mortgage Banking

Last week, Macy’s and J.C. Penney announced plans to turn around poor performance for their respective businesses. This is not a new issue for either firm. Both former retail giants have been in a downward spiral for many years. Executive management changes and different strategic directions — from everyday low prices to mobile checkout stations […]