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Broker Mastermind Group

In November of last year I created what we have dubbed a Mortgage Broker Mastermind group.  I thought I would share with you the objectives in the event that it might inspire some of you to do the same. Below is the email that I first sent out to a select group of Mortgage Brokers …

Election 2012

I’m in!! Now what?

Well, first off let me say thank you all for choosing me as your CAAMP representative for Alberta. I sincerely appreciate that and will do my best to represent you well. An important thought that should be said up front; is that I’m very aware that this position isn’t about ME imposing MY opinions on …

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Licensing Education Standards

Gary Siegle asked me on my last post what my thoughts were on the state of licensing education standards across Canada. I responded in the comments section but felt that the topic warranted a post of its own. For years I have lamented the fact that our industry standards of education have been set far to …

Why am I running for CAAMP?

So as I start asking people to support my bid for CAAMP director the obvious question comes to mind is “Why are you running?” so I thought I would address that here. I have long been an advocate of our industry and specifically the mortgage broker channel. I believe strongly in promoting the professionalism of …

Time to make some changes!

So any of you that know me, know that I am passionate about this business and the role we serve to the consumer. For many years I have expressed concerns about where we are going as an industry and the fact that we collectively need to “Raise the Bar” and get better at what we …

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It all starts with a single step…

Last week I helped host two events. The first in Calgary and the second in Edmonton. The events were held in conjunction with The Alberta Mortgage Brokers Association in an effort to help launch AMBA’s new ongoing professional development workshops. I wanted to spend some time discussing some of the challenges that we face as …

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AMBA embraces the Revolution!!

For the past 18 months The Mortgage Revolution have been working to call attention to the need for us to raise the bar as an industry. Since 1975 The Alberta Mortgage Brokers Association has worked with it’s members to achieve the same goal. Now The Mortgage Revolution and AMBA have joined forces to raise awareness …

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What does it mean to ‘be the best’?

My friend Gord McCallum recently shared an article from the Harvard Business Revue that I found quite thought provoking. It suggests that we stop competing to ‘be the best’ and that in business the pursuit of ‘being the best’ will ultimately lead to mediocrity. You can read the full article here. My initial reaction to this …

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Wake up call #72

So we have been hearing a lot of chatter recently on a couple of different fronts. Rate buy-downs have been a big topic as well as the potential sale of Firstline Mortgages leading to the possibility of CIBC cutting ties with the broker channel. I have written about my thoughts on fighting the rate war …

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Moneyball Mortgage Brokering

Have you seen this movie yet? I watched it on the weekend and really enjoyed it. I am not a huge baseball fan but the parallels in the movie with what Brad Pitt did with his ball team and our business was quite interesting. The central premise of Moneyball is that the collected wisdom of baseball insiders …