Feds: Brokerage name breaches Bank Act
The owner of a successful brokerage known for fighting the Big Five will now change the firm’s name rather than face the possibility of a hefty fine or jail time over what the law suggests is a misappropriation of the word “bank.”
Brokerage head defends volume pooling as necessary retention tool
A veteran brokerage head is defending the controversial practice of pooling mortgage volumes as a key weapon for an industry fighting to retain promising but unseasoned talent.
Broker: Channel needs more one-year rate holds
A boom in construction permits for Ontario and Quebec is highlighting the need for greater access to one-year rate holds, says the head of a leading Montreal brokerage, arguing mortgage professionals are hamstrung in their efforts to capture a bigger share of condo sales during construction.
Rate wars sending brokers to the B-Side
Getting while the gettin’s good. An increasing number of brokers are deserting the rate wars, deciding to move over to the B side as a way of building a book less susceptible to the bullets of the banks and, indeed, other brokers.
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.