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Live from the third CMP Mortgage Summit
Live from the third-annual CMP Mortgage Summit in Toronto -- an event focused on upping the game of hundreds of Canadian brokers.
Video transcript below:
Reporter: Hi, I’m Justin Da Rosa. We are live at the Mortgage Summit in Toronto. This is the Big Story.
The Mortgage Summit brings together hundreds of brokers from across the country to discuss a wide array of topics. Some of those topics centre on the news that have made the day in the past month. We speak to some brokers about the issue of banks barring brokers from getting funding for clients who already have a profile within the branch.
Ranjit Dhillon, Principal Broker, Centum Mortgage Smart Inc.
Ranjit Dhillon: I have noticed the clients who have been rejected by the banks or they have opened up the file with the banks, specially one of the prime lenders we are dealing with and I had this experience with TD Bank. I would say the client should have an option to go to a broker and choose the product and as a broker we should have the right, to send the same deal to the same bank and they should look into it. The biggest reason is that now we are working fairly for the client and we need to make sure that he gets the right product. If the same bank has it and we have packaged it well, they should look into the deal.
Reporter: The CMHC recently cut two of its programs which has led many to wonder if this is one step toward eventually privatising the crown corporation. We spoke to a broker to see if this is a possibility and if it is, if it would have a negative or positive impact on the industry.
Shawn Allen, Principal Broker, Matrix Mortgage Global
Shawn Allen: I think the less government we have in our business the better. You know anytime there is a change in the industry, the gov CMHC is the first ones doing it, they are reducing amortisations and everyone is following suit. They are increasing rates and everyone is following suit. I think we need to get the government out of the industry and let the free market reign. And that way, we will have more competition and potentially fees and rates will come down. I think it’s very good.
Reporter: Jim Murphy recently wrote an article for the Globe and Mail describing the benefits of working with mortgage brokers and specifically those mortgage brokers who have the amp designation. Well some believe that he is doing a service to all mortgage brokers by drawing attention to the industry. Others believe it causes a division between those mortgage brokers who are amp designated and those who are not. Gord what are your thoughts?
Gord McCallum, President, First Foundation
Gord McCallum: Oh I actually think that’s Jim’s job. He heads the CAAMP, it is the Canadian Association of Accredited Mortgage Professionals. Their job is to promote the designation of the, promote professionalism in the industry. So if they feel like the amp designation is the best way to do that then I don’t see any issue with Jim promoting it and encouraging consumers to seek out an AMP and then also encouraging brokers to become an AMP.
Reporter: So there you have it, brokers giving their opinion on three news stories that made headlines this month, live at the Mortgage Summit in Toronto. I’m Justin Da Rosa, thanks for watching.
The Big Story: Attracting new agents
Brokers have been hiring new agents from time immemorial, but new pressures around commission splits and training are adding to the challenge. At the CMP Mortgage Summit, The Big Story spoke to industry veterans Gord Dahlen, of Dominion Lending Centres, and Ron De Silva, from RMAI Financial Group for their take on the issue.
VIDEO: The 2012 Canadian Mortgage Awards
More than 500 of the industry's best were on hand in Toronto to honour their peers at the sixth annual Canadian Mortgage Awards at The Carlu. A Roarin' 20s theme was the backdrop as mortgage industry leaders were recognized for their achievements.
The Big Story: At The Mortgage Summit
More than 500 of the industry's best attended the two-day Mortgage Summit in Toronto, which was focused on giving brokers the tools, the insights and the knowledge they need in this dynamic market. That was the collective message of more than 40 speakers on two stages. Find out on today’s The Big Story, on MortgageBrokerNews.ca TV, your home for industry news, opinion and analysis.
Building a better broker-underwriter relationship
Clear communication between brokers and lender underwriters is the key to ensuring a strong mutually beneficial relationship says Equity Financial Trust CEO and Mortgage Summit panelist Nick Kyprianou.
The increasing amount of B business available is one way for brokers to improve their bottom line, says Home Trust executive and Mortgage Summit panelist Agostino Tuzi.
Being more competitive
The mortgage origination market is only going to become more competitive, says Top 50 Broker and Mortgage Summit panelist Calum Ross, and brokers who don't invest in themselves in order to differentiate their business might not be around for long.
Getting SYNCED at The Summit
One of the benefits for brokers of attending conferences is the opportunity to meet with others in the industry. With this in mind, Chris Davis, events and conference manager for KMI Publishing, talks about SYNCED a new meeting software being used at The Mortgage Summit to help brokers get the most out their time at Canada’s only independent business event for the Canadian mortgage brokering industry.
The future of private lending
According to New Haven Mortgage president and CEO and Mortgage Summit panelist David Vyner, the outlook for private lending may depend on proposed refinancing rules and their potential effect on home prices.
Will OSFI changes go too far?
Many in the mortgage industry, both brokers and lenders, are now awaiting to hear if OSFI will implement some or all of the B-20 guidelines announced earlier this year and whether there will be any changes to these rules that could have a major impact on the lending landscape. Pacific Mortgage CEO and Mortgage Summit panelist Ron Swift says many of the proposals go too far and may do more harm than good to the market.