Brokers re-thinking Internet lead-generation strategy
Brokers looking to generate leads from the Internet may ultimately find it easier and, indeed, cheaper to hand the job to one of a growing number of online referral agents, suggest brokers now winning as much as a 50-percent conversion rate. Still, even then, success largely depends on one thing: rate.
Ontario broker lobbies for tighter 'mortgage suitability' regs
The head of a large Ontario brokerage – and VP of the province’s mortgage broker association, IMBA – is lobbying for “better-defined” guidelines around “mortgage suitability” in the governing act, arguing it would help fend off competition from the banks.
Broker: 'Flying solo' agents eroding industry reputation
A Northern Ontario broker is sounding the alarm about what he calls the large number of mortgage agents flying solo in smaller markets, without the benefit of in-house broker guidance. It’s a trend that may chip away at the industry’s bragging rights.
Broker: Don't rule out more mortgage rule changes
A leading B.C. broker is suggesting it would fall to the government to again tighten mortgage rules in order to limit the number of at-risk Canadians taking on new housing debt, arguing the Central Bank’s hands are effectively tied.
Super Brokers angered by DLC defections
A rapidly-expanding Dominion Lending Centres is fending off criticism that too much of its growth is the result of brokerages migrating from competing networks.
Winners announced at 2011 Canadian Mortgage Awards
Winners at the 2011 Canadian Mortgage Awards cut a wide swath across the industry, with Albertans leading the charge against Ontario dominance at the ICICI Bank-sponsored event.
Canadian Mortgage Awards winners set to be announced
The votes are in and now it’s only two days until the winners of the 2011 Canadian Mortgage Awards, sponsored by ICICI Bank, are announced.
FirstLine raises the floor on discounts for variable mortgages
With or without a Central Bank move, brokers are bracing for an increase in adjustable rates offered through the broker channel after FirstLine Mortgages raised its floor by 25 basis points.
Gord Dahlen joins DLC
Dominion Lending Centres announced that Gord Dahlen is joining the company as executive vice president.
Brokers disagree with poll suggesting young homebuyers deferring purchase
More than half of young potential homebuyers in Canada think they are better off waiting until next year, according to a new survey, effectively contradicting broker observations.