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The Big Story: Colin Dreyer on lenders
Colin Dreyer tackles the question of shrinking lender options for brokers. But are the brokers behind that trend?
Video transcript below:
Reporter: Brokers seem to be sending more deals to fewer lenders. Could it be due to minimum buyer requirements or a bid to protect status with choice lenders?
Colin Dreyer, President, Verico Financial Group
Colin Dreyer: I think brokers are choosing their lender partners carefully. I think they are submitting to fewer brokers. I think the part of the reason is simply one, if you take into account the number of lenders we have lost over the last few years, there are fewer lenders around. I think the existing lenders do a very good job in serving the broker community and they are asking for a better partnership with individual brokers, they are asking for more loyalty, their compensation programs are geared to that and of course if you work significantly with a smaller group of lenders you will be able to get better service and drive better customers as a consumer which is ultimately the goal, good customer service, good product and good rate acquisition for the consumer. So I think all these are factors that have a bearing on brokers dealing with fewer lenders.
Reporter: Does a shrinking pool of lenders create a shrinking pool of products and in turn create disadvantage for clients?
Colin Dreyer: I don’t think so I think the reason being there is still a healthy stable of lenders that are supplying products to the brokerage community, so in turn it gives consumers the adequate choice that they need in terms of choosing the product and I think it gives the broker adequate responsibility to provide those choices to the consumers. So I think that we are good stead, there is a good stable of lenders out there, that brokers can utilise and give good choice to consumers.
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.
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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
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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.