What I Learned from This Year’s MBA Conference

At the MBA conference last week, I spoke with many senior executives at a variety of different-sized lenders about the state of mortgage banking and their concerns for the immediate future. Out of those conversations, two primary topics emerged: Many senior managers acknowledge that the refinance boom-let has made them profitable, but they also recognize […]

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 […]

Be Obsessed or Be Average!

After working with sales organizations for the past 20+ years, I am always amazed how accurate the Pareto principle (80/20) is when analyzing loan officer production. In every sales group, there is always a smaller number of originators (the vital few) who are successful regardless of market conditions, volatile pricing and the highly regulated lending […]