Dustan Woodhouse news

  • Gooo, brokers! A pep talk for 2013

    Here’s a pep talk for 2013 guaranteed to banish any broker’s self-doubts and market fears

  • Who gets the bill for broker ad campaign?

    Merix head Boris Bozic has joined the growing number of mortgage professionals endorsing the idea of a national advertising campaign, specifically focused on hawking broker wares to the largely uninformed consumer. That’s even as others look to mono-lines themselves to foot the bill.

  • Fraud prevention back on broker agenda

    A fraud-prevention expert – also a mortgage agent – is asking his peers to double check their file protection measures against a list of six essentials. It’s a way of guarding themselves, their clients and their industry against the kind of recent broker lapse grabbing headlines in Alberta.

  • Brokers: Time for Mono-line consumer advertising

    Mono-lines are facing renewed calls to increase consumer advertising, a way of helping mortgage brokers sell to often skeptical clients – inclined to dismiss all non-banks as B lenders.

  • HST repeal offers 'short-term' pain, long-term gain

    The people of B.C. have spoken, and their plans to axe the HST are poised to grow originations for brokers when homebuyers snatch up new high-end condos now idling on the market. But there may be some “short-term pain” to get through before that payday.

  • Eroded housing affordability tests Vancouver broker

    Housing affordability concerns in the second quarter are helping explain a slower summer for brokers across much of the country, with an increasingly expensive Vancouver now at risk of a downturn, according to a new report.

  • Top originator urges niche brokering, focus on property investors

    With an originations slowdown sending brokers scrambling to diversify their portfolios, a top Ontario player is arguing “niche” brokering may actually be the best way forward.

  • Brokers: Channel lenders copying bank switch-out policies

    Broker channel lenders are increasingly taking a page out of the banks’ book, says brokers concerned about the growing difficulty in switching clients out of their mortgages as monolines ramp-up retention efforts.

  • CMP Top 50 Brokers list announced

    2010 was a good year for Canadian mortgage professionals. Just check the numbers.