What Mortgage Bankers Can Learn from Tesla

A few short years ago, there was no hotter car company than Tesla who was touted as the next great thing in automobile manufacturing. Recently, the company has fallen on difficult times. In Barron’s last week, Bob Lutz, a former Vice Chairman of General Motors, commented on Tesla’s current situation: “It’s an automobile company that […]

The Oracle of Omaha has Spoken

The hottest question at the executive level is “When will lenders change their compensation packages for originators?” I’ve heard managers say that if someone will be the first to do it, they will follow but the reality is that no one wants to take the lead on this issue. If compensation metrics don’t change, more […]

What Lenders Need Now Are Great Managers!

It seems like every day I receive emails from lenders that want to hire producing branch managers. The job descriptions are usually similar and require the branch manager to be responsible for P&L, lead management and on-time closings; working with processing and underwriting; recruiting and retaining branch sales and support staff; and generating their own […]

The Mortgage Industry’s Madness Strategy 

    In my consulting practice, many mortgage executives who I speak with are very concerned about the rising cost to originate a loan in today’s marketplace. According to the MBA, the cost to originate has mushroomed to $8,500 per loan. Making a profit is difficult when originators are being paid large sign-up bonuses and […]

The Invisible Killer of Mortgage Sales Groups

During a recent conversation, a manager discussed how his company was handling an underperforming originator. The lender’s solution was to take away the individual’s draw and benefits but compensate the salesperson for any loans brought in. The manager felt that this approach was a great way to reduce the lender’s costs and address the problem […]