Bill Macklem of Dominion Macklem Mortgages has been inducted into the Canadian Mortgage Brokers Association-British Columbia’s MB Funding Roll of Honour for breaking the $1bln transaction mark.
“It’s kind of unreal to think you’ve done that many mortgages,” said Macklem, whose brokerage is located in Delta.
As happy as Macklem is to win the award, he says it highlights how many dreams of homeownership he’s helped come to fruition—and that, above all else, brings him the most gratification.
“If you talk to a client, they don’t really care how many mortgages you’ve done as long as you know what you’re talking about you’re going to look after them,” he said. “That’s probably the most salient thing about doing the $1bln. It’s great to be recognized by my peers, particularly by the Mortgage Brokers Association of Canada and B.C., but in reality it just gives me a bigger stick to help my clients get the dreams they want to get.”
Macklem’s career as a broker began 31 years ago in Edmonton, where he joined FirstLine, a division of CIBC, as a broker. He eventually moved to Lear Mortgages, which fell under the REMAX banner.
Having taught money management at the University of Alberta for six years, imparting financial literacy to his clientele is one of the reasons Macklem has been a broker in demand for over three decades.
In 2004, REMAX folded its Lear banner and Macklem went independent. Not long after, his brokerage joined the Dominion Lending Centres network where it remains today.
As successful as Macklem has been as a broker, he credits REMAX Lear Mortgage with equipping him with what it takes to be a top-producing mortgage broker.
“REMAX Lear mortgage gave me the foundation in B.C. to become the broker I am today. I’m here today because of them and Jake Molvowan, who didn’t charge me a fee until I started making some income.”
The MB Funding Roll of Honour was launched last year and recognizes exceptional brokers. Macklem becomes only the fifth broker to be inducted for breaking the $1bln threshold.