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 […]

The Future Role of Originators is Micro-Influencing

In last week’s blog, I discussed the role of technology in mortgage banking and where the originator position is heading. I believe that in the not-too-distant future, artificial intelligence technology will be integral to the operational side of the business and will usurp functions that originators have traditionally performed. No longer will originators determine product […]

Is Self-Service the Future of Mortgage Banking?

One of the most talked about topics in mortgage banking is whether the industry will evolve into a self-service business. Many managers are speculating whether purchasing a home loan will become a fully automated, point-and-click business similar to booking an airline flight or obtaining concert tickets. A number of high-level executives believe that digital is […]

The Fallacy of Doing More in Origination

It seems that every time production gets more difficult, originators and their managers request training on how to increase their sales results. While it is reasonable to think that originators simply need to work harder to generate better results, this often isn’t enough to correct a sales slump. In my experience, the real solution is […]