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Vacation Homes Sizzle as Investment Homes Fizzle


If the National Association of Realtors (NAR) 2014 Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey is any indication, the expression “Selling like hotcakes” could easily be replaced with “Selling like vacation homes.” According to NAR, vacation home sales jumped 29.7 percent to an estimated 717,000 last year, up from 553,000 in 2012.Click to continue

The Elite Performer: Interpret and Invest in Your Ideas

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Like they say, everything in life starts with an idea. Ideas are defined and construed as mental representational images of some object. They can also be abstract concepts that do not present as mental images. The capacity to create and understand the meaning of ideas is considered to be an essential and defining feature of human beings. That brings up a good point.Click to continue

The Elite Performer: Is Your Brand Broken?

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First impressions are crucial in business and you only have about seven seconds to make your impact on potential customers. Impact is not only made by face-to-face meetings, but in all outlets available that will reflect who you are and what you do. We’re in a new generation of consumer research and expectations. Good or bad, your brand is out there and your audience is watching. In order to make a positive first impression, you must have a strong offline and online presence with a clear position of what you do different from others.Click to continue

Tracing Stagnant Mortgage Apps to Less Affordable Housing


The relative inertia in mortgage applications continued for another week. But in view of new data warning about the evaporation of affordability in the residential property market, one could easily connect the stagnation with mortgage applications and the disappearance of housing inventory that is within financial reach of many middle- and working-class Americans.Click to continue

The Elite Performer: Spring Forward


It’s that special time of year again when flowers are blooming, eyes are itching and spring is in the air. The 2014 housing market can certainly use a little sun to get buyers more active and sellers motivated to list and grow inventory after a slow start to the year. From talking with many colleagues in the industry, February was one of the slowest months many have experienced in recent history. Big regulatory changes in the mortgage sector are now a reality, and we’re in a new era of residential mortgage financing.Click to continue

The Elite Performer: The Mentor and the Protégé


Every Monday night, I attend a men’s group where we discuss life, family and faith. Each week brings a new discussion, and everyone’s background creates a unique perspective. We recently spoke about others who have influenced our personal and professional lives and how we can also individually impact the lives of others. We addressed, in detail, the benefits of having both a mentor and a protégé in our lives. It got me thinking about who in my life I have had as a mentor over the years, and who I might have considered to be my protégé.Click to continue

Banker to Broker (Part II)

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Last month (see page 60 of the December 2013 issue of National Mortgage Professional Magazine), I discussed the topic of an originator going from a “Banker” to a “Broker” in 2014. I know, many are shocked by this title and topic, but I have been absolutely shocked that this topic has not discussed more over the last several years. I truly believe it has something to do with the motive and intention behind the author and invalid fear about wholesale lending overall in our industry.Click to continue

Dave the Mortgage Broker

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Meet Dave. Dave is an old school mortgage broker I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know over the years. When I say “old school,” I mean that he’s been around so long his state license number is a negative number. Dave is a hard-working small business owner and has been through every kind of change you could imagine in the mortgage industry. Needless to say, he’s witty and stubborn (in a good way) and isn’t shy to tell you what he thinks.Click to continue