How Quicken Is Stealing Your Accounts!

  One of the most common complaints that I hear from managers is how Quicken is soliciting borrowers before the lender’s sales staff is able to do so. By reaching out first, Quicken is able to get loans from bank customers before the bank that owns the account! Lenders are frustrated and upset that their […]

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 […]

Disruptors and the Importance of People Analytics

In today’s more difficult marketplace, the question I hear most frequently is some version of “What must my company do to succeed in a world where the consumer’s home-buying journey has changed so dramatically?” Consider that in just five years, more than 50% of homebuyers are finding their homes by searching the Internet. This monumental […]

New Selling Model: Deliver Value Daily

Not a day passes when I don’t hear from a manager about how difficult mortgage origination has become. Whether it is battling to recruit top producers or pricing wars regarding interest rates and closing fees, there is no question that competition is fierce. As one sales executive said to me recently, “it is hand-to-hand combat […]

Sales Methodology is Key to a Great Customer Experience

During a recent conversation, an experienced top producer lamented that companies don’t teach selling anymore. Early in her sales career, the originator learned sales techniques using Xerox Professional Selling Skills, a leading global sales training system. She observed that without a system in place, sales professionals must learn by trial and error which leaves results […]