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  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • Brokers overlooking small private lending deals, says industry veteran

    They’re the kind of subprime deals many Ontario brokers have overlooked, said a 35-year veteran of the industry, but brokers willing to connect individual borrowers with individual private investors are positioning themselves for long-term revenue growth.

  • 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.

  • Laurentian HELOC expands broker business

    Laurentian Bank’s broker arm is reporting a significant uptick in demand for its home equity lines of credit, most likely new business for brokers and not merely the re-routing of clients normally bound for the refi market.

  • CAAMP addresses educational concerns

    CAAMP is reiterating its pledge to work with provincial governments to ensure minimal education standards for mortgage professionals in response to concerns about inexperienced agents “flying solo” in Ontario markets.

  • Lender: Commission cut won’t protect broker channel

    A lender is now weighing in on the debate about brokers lowering upfront commissions in order to protect lenders squeezed by tight margins, suggesting it would do little to protect the broker channel and keep other lenders from following Macquarie and Concentra.

  • TransUnion set to challenge Equifax on D+H Expert

    TransUnion has finally made its push onto the D+H Expert platform and alongside rival Equifax, although brokers won’t be able to shoot off its credit reports to lenders until early next month.