And the survey says...
Rising home prices in the third quarter likely disguised a slowing market for real estate agents and mortgage brokers, alike, suggests a new survey from Royal LePage.
Brokers: Time for Mono-line consumer advertising
Mono-lines are facing renewed calls to increase consumer advertising, a way of helping mortgage brokers sell to often skeptical clients – inclined to dismiss all non-banks as B lenders.
Agent: Re-licensing could cull broker numbers by 10%
Re-licensing requirements for Ontario could instantly decrease the number of mortgage professionals by as much as 10 per cent said a new agent, although the loss of young entrants discouraged by the slow economy and tight market may be a good thing.
Top Broker: BDMs must evolve into 'educators'
The head of CMP’s “Mortgage Brokerage of the Year” is urging BDMs to embrace an expanded role as educators, a way of increasing their utility to mortgage professionals, looking to grow their own usefulness to clients.
Vancouver brokers eyeing Alberta opportunites
It may be a case of thinking the grass is greener on the other side, but a growing number of B.C. brokers are moving to get licensed across the border in Alberta, as originations in their own large markets slow.
Broker: Gov't has left the refi building
New quarterly financials from CMHC are confirming the fears of many brokers, worried the government’s latest mortgage rule changes effectively signalled its exit from the refinance business, now down 40 per cent and expected to stay there.
Top originator urges niche brokering, focus on property investors
With an originations slowdown sending brokers scrambling to diversify their portfolios, a top Ontario player is arguing “niche” brokering may actually be the best way forward.
Broker worried rent-to-own gains may cost industry
A 400-per-cent increase in business for a rent-to-own lender is raising concerns among brokers, worried the industry is opening itself to future litigation by placing clients in those deals.
Brokers beware: Home sales will get even slower this year, says forecast
Year-over-year price increases in key Canadian markets are concealing a significant slowdown in actual sales, according to a national price survey released Thursday. Unfortunately, for brokers, that trend, already identified by CMHC, is expected to continue in the second half of the year.
Realtors: Despite it all, brokers still key referral partners
Good news, brokers: You remain a primary referral partner for real estate agents even as the number of home sales slows across key Canadian markets. Bad news, brokers: More and more, the banks are determined to change that.