Banks leaving brokers high and dry

Banks leaving brokers high and dry

Banks leaving brokers high and dry Brokers on both sides of the country are reporting fewer options for mobile home mortgages – and missing out on potential business as a result.

“In our area, one of the frustrating things is trying to fund mortgages for mobile homes; there are only a couple lenders who will do them,” Derek Sherbinin, a B.C.-based broker/owner of Centum Mortgage Store told “Most just aren’t interested and I don’t know what it is; lenders have really shied away from them in the last year-and-a-half.

According to Sherbinin, there are fewer options for mobile homes, as several lenders have pulled out of the segment.

For his part, Jonah Wright, a mortgage consultant with Mortgage Intelligence in Nova Scotia, once relied on these deals as a major part of his business. That’s no longer the case. Especially considering the banks seem to have more options for these clients.

“Banks have an advantage over brokers for this market,” Wright said, noting that several of the big banks offer mobile home mortgages through the respective branches but not through the broker channel.

Wright says he has shied away from these deals and has had to turn clients away or, in some cases, send them directly to the banks.

And those deals he is able to fund often come at a higher cost to the client.

“I got a deal done a few weeks ago and my only option was to go through a credit union,” Wright said. “And they couldn’t offer the most competitive rate.”
  • Joe 2015-10-29 9:41:56 AM
    Would you lend your own money to a mible home? I wouldn't...
    Post a reply
  • John Martin 2015-10-29 9:56:12 AM
    Joe is a typical person with what's known as tunnel vision. There is absolutely nothing wrong with funding these mobile homes for the good people who live in them. Like every thing else it depends on all the details that come with it. Fund these homes I say. No reason not to.
    Post a reply
  • Ron Butler 2015-10-29 10:36:52 AM
    Honestly, let them have mobile homes, which is a sliver of a market, they don't let us sell SLOCs in second position and that is a jillion dollar market. We should focus on access to SLOCs
    Post a reply