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Mr. Freeze: Lost Jobs Almost Back To 2008 Levels, But Not Income, Participation and Money Velocity

June 5, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Retail Mortgage Banking- Future Disruption

From 1992 till 2006, Mortgage Lending experience a consolidation that was un-presentenced as the top 5 lenders’ market share increased to 60%. Since 2010 we have seen a de-consolidation to the point that only 5 of the top 20 single-family mortgage originators in 2006 have remained active in the market today. There has been this rush to fill that vacuum by the independent mortgage originator that are back by Venture Capitalist, REIT’s and private money and now the top 5 only controlled 40% of the originations. Now that is a seismic shift in 8 years, but is that model going to be able sustain itself? The answer is playing itself out in 2014, as we move forward into a totally purchase dominated market, that with the latest estimates of being a 1.0 Trillion Market.

The larger lenders enjoy a cost of funds advantage and then they are able to spread their future costs (e.g., new technology, customer acquisition, market share acquisition etc.) and spread those cost across a higher volume of mortgage transactions, therefore reducing their average operational costs relative to smaller competitors. On the servicing side, direct servicing expenses for servicers of fewer than 2,500 mortgage loans have been 13 percent higher per loan than direct servicing expenses for servicers of more than 50,000 loans. Servicing is the one asset that has a tangible value and companies have historically sold the servicing to offset originations expense in a downward trending market. And yes a few of these independent mortgage companies have ventured to build their servicing portfolios since the financial crash of 2008, but now they face the daunting task of selling off those assets to fund their origination operations. According to the latest data available for these independent mortgage companies, is that their operating expense for cost to produce a loan are at best at the breakeven point or even worse that they losing money on their  loan originations business. The MBA latest data reflected that the independent mortgage banker cost to manufacture a loan in the 4th quarter 2013 was above $5,100.00 per loan, and with a shrinking mortgage market, companies that have that high of cost to produce a loan  will no longer be able to compete moving forward. Look at this way, if it cost  $5,100.00 to manufacture a loan and they have relied on compensation models that requires 100 to 125 basis points to attract their loan originators, how does the accounting in that model work? There are only so many basis points in each loan It does not, is the simplest answer.

What is the newest trend; it is mergers and acquisitions talks among these players. The consolidations of these companies will accelerate over the balance of 2014 into 2015. There will be a divide among those that are financially strong and those that are financially weak and over the next 12 months it will change the landscape for these independent mortgage companies in the mortgage industry.

Also concerning to the mortgage industry is the aging of its own workforce nationally.  The continued aging of the mortgage sales professional will not be well suited to attract the newest consumer power group with the largest buying capacity, the X’s, Y’s and millenniums. The X’s, Y’s and Millenniums are more comfortable with technology and are more willing than any group ever before, to independently conduct their own research of financial services products than we have seen in the last 40 years. With the average age of 53 years old for the Loan Officer and 57 years of age for the Real Estate Agent there is huge disconnect with the future customer. Sadly, I am not seeing a lot of training nor mentoring programs to attract this age group into the industry.

Quicken Loans has established its place as the lender that can technologically manufacture your loan and provide a positive customer experience and Wells Fargo has built a distributed retail customer base, have trusted national brand and have established a cross sell model that is centered around the mortgage to last through this disruption, but who else is in that category? The large depositories like B of A, Chase and Citi, are only here to serve their bank customer base and have demonstrated distaste for the mortgage industry. There are also hybrid sales models that have been coming to market over the last couple of years utilizing the efficiencies and lower cost of a call center model combined with a distributed sales force model. These models are hybrid between a consumer direct and a retail model. The consumer direct channel has demonstrated to be very cost efficient model but has been historically reliant on re-financing mortgages not pursuing purchase mortgages. Will there be a dominate player that takes these channels and successfully combined them into a future sales model that works? I would have to say that is still to be determined. 

Therefore the independent financial service company must re-think their sales process and their service model or they face a huge threat to be replaced by technologist that will figure out a better customer experience and loan delivery process that will work for the consumer of the future. If the big data that companies like Zillow, Trulia and others are gathering today does not alarm you that they can build a first to the consumer model and influence the sale process and you do not think that they are looking at ways to further disrupt the home buying and financing process, then you do not understand their original intend. Just ask Realtor.Com and the National MLS’s. That is why they were created, funded and have experienced the growth they have had in such a short time.

The Trusted Advisor has a role in the future mortgage and financial services models but not at the compensation levels that have historically been in place. The Mortgage Banker, the Real Estate Agent, the Insurance Broker and the Personal Banker have seen their best paydays and the acceptance of that needs to happen or they risk further role reduction moving forward.

As for Community Banks, there has not been in recent memory the opportunity they have had to further their penetration into mortgage than they have enjoyed since the crash of 2008. But with the regulatory outlook moving forward and the compression of earning they too will be undergoing a sea of mergers. If the banking crisis of the 1980s and early 1990s is our guide, the industry should expect merger activity to spike to 20-year highs between 2014 and 2018 — further diminishing the number of community banks left standing to compete in the mortgage lending model.

Among numerous problems the industry faces, that one that lies at the forefront is the fact the financial services industries lost the trust of the American public with the onset of the Financial Crisis in 2008 and even today have not regained that trust. Companies’ that are creating different customer experience and a simpler loan delivery process that builds trust in the process with clear disclosure will be the model that works in the future.

In 29 years of my working in the mortgage banking industry, there have never been so many different pressure points on this industry to change as there are today and how companies choose to respond in 2014 and moving forward will define those that are left standing to provide their valuable service to their customer.

 

 

May 15, 2014 Posted by | Branch Manager, CFPB, Coaching, Employment Trends, Housing, Loan Officer Recruiting, Management, Management Developement, Management Training, Mortgage, Mortgage Banking, Mortgage Banking Recruitment, Mortgage Branch Manager, Mortgage Company, Mortgage Loan Officer, Mortgage News, Mortgage Outlook, Mortgage Regulation, Mortgage Sales Recruiting, Real Estate, Recruitment Training, Sales Growth, Sales Leadership, Sales Management, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Six Differences Between Customer-Focused Companies and Operations-Focused Companies

Six Differences Between Customer-Focused Companies and Operations-Focused Companies.

May 2, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Loan Officer Recruiting now demands More of the Art than the Science

This market demands companies to adapt their recruiting efforts to the present environment. Hiring is now becoming more of the Art than a Science. Historically this has shifted between which side of the Ying and the Yang the hiring needs of Mortgage Lenders are at any time. This is largely influenced by factors such as the market and the talent pool and more so today than ever in the history of mortgage lending by government regulations among other influences. This is not a normal shift of going from refinance market to purchase market; it is a whole lot bigger than that. We are looking at a different set of models that are developing. Yes Branch Managers need to have a strategy, a process and maintain accountability and consistency (the science), but now more than ever in the last 15 years they need to know exactly how to Identify, underwrite, qualify and close (the art) the best candidates that they engage with. Even the most experienced Branch Managers have developed ineffective recruiting and hiring practices over the last 15 years for this new market and need guidance back to the art of recruiting and how to position themselves as the buyer throughout the recruitment cycle. With all the newly placed regulations and the disruption of the mortgage lending landscape there will be a lot of under or unqualified candidates seeking new positions within the Mortgage Banker Driven Model as suppose to the Mortgage Broker Driven Model. Just as there will be High Volume Producers that may be such a disruptive hire that it will be the undoing of that Branch. Understanding what Recruiter’s Fool’s Gold looks like, will just as important as disseminating who they need to let go of with their current loan officer staff. Retention starts at recruiting and the art of recruiting will end at future retention. Over 65% of Branch Manager’s have never had formal recruitment training with a Qualified Recruiting Coach and therefore lack the advance recruiting skills to be more than an average recruiter no matter how many goals and systems you put in front of them. And yes technology has its advantages, but the art of Recruiting Loan Officers is a voice to voice interaction transitioning to a face to face experience and finalizing in a person to person process. People work for people and that adage has not changed and until Artificial Intelligence is fully developed, that will not change. How to fully engage your candidate and truly underwrite their ability to fit within your company’s culture and to succeed with the products, pricing model, operational support, technology, the  tools provide and local leadership will be crucial to any individual branch’s long-term growth and success. If you want to learn more please contact me @ chuckcowan@ccowan.com or 321-363-4384.

April 23, 2014 Posted by | Coaching, Employment, Employment Trends, Housing, Loan Officer Recruiting, Mortgage, Mortgage Banking, Mortgage Banking Recruitment, Mortgage Company, Mortgage Loan Officer, Mortgage Outlook, Mortgage Regulation, Recruiter, Recruiting, Recruiting Trends, Recruitment Coaching, Recruitment Training, Sales Growth, Sales Leadership, Sales Management, Sales Management Training, Sales Manager Training | Leave a comment

Strategic Talent Aquisition Recruiting Training – Why a “START” Mortgage Recruiting Coach?

Why a “START” Mortgage Recruiting Coach?

The value within the START Coaching Model is the positioning the manager into deep understanding of their present state or condition of their sales team recruiting, help them to develop targeted “live” recruiting strategies that will be providing them measurable progress in obtaining the desired results by have a positive impact on their consistent recruiting efforts. I will  break it down as follows:

Recruiting at the most basic level is a six step process:

  1. Research and Source Suspects
  2. Prospects Phone Screening
  3. Candidate Selection via Underwriting and Qualifying
  4. Business Modeling with Candidates
  5. Offer and Closing
  6. On-boarding

Now breaking that down into a strategic process;

Recruiting Requires the following Processes and Techniques:

  1. Well defined Job Analysis
  2. Strategic Recruiting Plan
  3. Consistent Recruiting Process
  4. Primary and Secondary Sourcing Techniques
  5. Scripted Screening and Qualifying Techniques
  6. Systematic Interview and Underwriting Process
  7. Business Plan Mapping Process and Compensation Analysis
  8. Pre-closing plan and Closing Techniques
  9. On-boarding Plan

If having consistent, accountable impact on your recruiting is what you desire, then you need to develop and use the above processes and techniques to be the positive recruiting change for your team and your company.

Not only are most managers not properly or professionally trained in the “Art of Recruiting” (“art” being defined as an enhanced skill at doing a specified thing very well, typically one acquired through practice), they also do not have a proven strategic process to follow, and these are just two of the areas of concern that I see in the recruiting models Mortgage Companies are using in the industry today. Creating a solid foundation by having a Strategic Recruiting Process that the individual manager will use day in and day out is essential to providing the framework of continued recruiting success over the long term. Developing a Recruiting Pipeline with well defined stages of the recruiting cycle that is maintained daily and consistently measured will create the fundamental change needed to impact recruiting results. And that is where a Strategic Talent Acquisition Recruiting Training Coach can provide the differentiation to land the most talented competitors to your team. Lateral Loan Officer recruiting is one of the more difficult aspects of recruiting in the Mortgage Industry and having a coach that can provide you with strategies, processes and techniques, just might help you to get the right candidates to cross the finish line with you.

SO “START” RECRUITING!

April 23, 2014 Posted by | Branch Manager, Coaching, Executive Recruiting, Interviewing, Interviews, Loan Officer Recruiting, Management Training, Mortgage, Mortgage Banking, Mortgage Banking Recruitment, Mortgage Branch Manager, Mortgage Company, Mortgage Loan Officer, Mortgage Outlook, Mortgage Sales Recruiting, Real Estate, Recruiter, Recruiting, Recruiting Trends, Recruitment Coaching, Recruitment Training, Sales Growth, Sales Leadership, Sales Management, Sales Management Training, Sales Manager Training, Training | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Will Retail Mortgage Platforms Weather the Perfect Storm in 2014?

With the compression of originations and closing in the mortgage industry as demonstrated by February 2014 being the slowest month of closing in the industry in 14 years, it begs the questions how are all the privately held independent mortgage companies prepared to survive the upcoming 6-9 months of brutal business conditions? According to the MBA, the average cost to manufacture a loan for this group in the 4th quarter of 2013 was over $5100.00 not including employee expense, the average profit was $150.00 per loan and those numbers are due to significantly change in the 1rst quarter of 2014 and not to the positive side. With that being said, can companies continue to lead their recruiting efforts by paying 80 to 125 basis points to their loan officers? CFPB has just start the in-depth regulating these non-depositories and small community depositories and their business practices.  And if the last year has proven anything, is that these companies could be looking at an additional 30 to 40 basis points cost per loan in compliance expense on top of their present cost to produce. So let us look at what could be a very realistic scenario in the 2nd and 3rd quarters of this year, if company spends say over $5600.00 or higher to produce a loan and you lose money on a per loan basis, how do you continue to pay 80 to 125 basis points in commission? I do hear a lot of companies have been to market and have started selling off their loan portfolios to generate revenue to offset these expenses, but how long can that last? Makes no sense, to sale off your portfolio assets to run your sales business and operate at a loss. This 1.1 billion dollar market is not going to grow by any sizable amount according to every report that I have seen over the last 45 to 60 days. What about those organizations that are owned by a hedge fund or REIT, I wonder how secure they really feel? Hedge Funds and REITs are not keen on not making a return. The business is due some major disruption and as LOs how do you feel about that? What are your risks? As recruiters and Managers recruiting LOs how do you feel about that? Can you really tell a candidate that there is a long term future with the company you represent? All I know, after 30 years of recruiting in this business the numbers that I see and hear just will not work moving forward and something will change in these business models. I am trying to create an argument for one player verse another, as I do not know who will and who will not be the fittest and strongest to survive, but I am more interested in future thought moving forward.

April 23, 2014 Posted by | CFPB, Coaching, Employment Trends, Housing, Marketshare, Mortgage Banking, Mortgage Branch Manager, Mortgage Company, Mortgage Loan Officer, Mortgage Outlook, Mortgage Sales Recruiting, Real Estate, Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Loan Officer Recruiting now demands More of the Art than the Science

This market demands companies to adapt their recruiting efforts to the present environment. Hiring is now becoming more of the Art than a Science. Historically this has shifted between which side of the Ying and the Yang the hiring needs of Mortgage Lenders are at any time. This is largely influenced by factors such as the market and the talent pool and more so today than ever in the history of mortgage lending by government regulations among other influences. This is not a normal shift of going from refinance market to purchase market; it is a whole lot bigger than that. We are looking at a different set of models that are developing. Yes Branch Managers need to have a strategy, a process and maintain accountability and consistency (the science), but now more than ever in the last 15 years they need to know exactly how to Identify, underwrite, qualify and close (the art) the best candidates that they engage with. Even the most experienced Branch Managers have developed ineffective recruiting and hiring practices over the last 15 years for this new market and need guidance back to the art of recruiting and how to position themselves as the buyer throughout the recruitment cycle. With all the newly placed regulations and the disruption of the mortgage lending landscape there will be a lot of under or unqualified candidates seeking new positions within the Mortgage Banker Driven Model as suppose to the Mortgage Broker Driven Model. Just as there will be High Volume Producers that may be such a disruptive hire that it will be the undoing of that Branch. Understanding what Recruiter’s Fool’s Gold looks like, will just as important as disseminating who they need to let go of with their current loan officer staff. Retention starts at recruiting and the art of recruiting will end at future retention. Over 65% of Branch Manager’s have never had formal recruitment training with a Qualified Recruiting Coach and therefore lack the advance recruiting skills to be more than an average recruiter no matter how many goals and systems you put in front of them. And yes technology has its advantages, but the art of Recruiting Loan Officers is a voice to voice interaction transitioning to a face to face experience and finalizing in a person to person process. People work for people and that adage has not changed and until Artificial Intelligence is fully developed, that will not change. How to fully engage your candidate and truly underwrite their ability to fit within your company’s culture and to succeed with the products, pricing model, operational support, technology, the  tools provide and local leadership will be crucial to any individual branch’s long-term growth and success. If you want to learn more please contact me @ chuckcowan@ccowan.com or 321-363-4384.

April 23, 2014 Posted by | Coaching, Employment, Employment Trends, Housing, Loan Officer Recruiting, Mortgage, Mortgage Banking, Mortgage Banking Recruitment, Mortgage Company, Mortgage Loan Officer, Mortgage Outlook, Mortgage Regulation, Recruiter, Recruiting, Recruiting Trends, Recruitment Coaching, Recruitment Training, Sales Growth, Sales Leadership, Sales Management, Sales Management Training, Sales Manager Training | Leave a comment

Buyer’s Relationship Skills and Recruiting the Trusted Advisor of the Future

Buyer’s Relationship Skills and Recruiting the Trusted Advisor of the Future
I have been recruiting in Distributed Retail Sales in the Financial Services Sector for 29 years and I have seen it undergo many significant changes in the last 10 years. I have seen more companies’ employ Internal Recruiting Teams today, that has certainly met all or some of their needs and will continue to do so. And the advancement of Sourcing Technologies has had one the largest impacts on how companies recruit in the Distributed Retail Sales Model. The rise and the slow decline of job boards have served their purpose in this advancement of technology in recruiting. CRMs that have become fully engaged across the company’s whole enterprise have had as much impact on recruiting as any other piece of technology in recruiting. The largest asset in any Distributed Retail Sales Model is the role of the Trusted Relationship Advisor otherwise known as a Banker, Loan Officer, Financial Advisor, Insurance Agent, or Real Estate Agent. Realizing, whether you agree with my last statement or not, the Talent Pool in these particular professions has been under siege for years. Just look at the average age of a few of these: Banker- 45, Financial Advisor- 50, Loan Officer- 53, RE Agent- 57, Insurance Agent- 56. That is an age range of 45 to 57 years of age and that age bracket is coming to the end of its dominance of consumer buying power. As the new consumer moves into the leading role of buying power in there industries, do we really think they will interact and buy from this age of advisors at the point of sale? I am not saying that a lot of these Trusted Relationship Advisors today have not or will not make the transition to being the perfect Relationship Manager, as they will.
But looking to the future of these critical roles that companies will need to hire, they need to re-think what these roles will be and what are the appropriate skills, talents, work history, relational competencies and emotional intelligence that will be needed to fill these roles moving forward. One concern that I see, do the companies and their recruiting strategies really understand the role of these future individual advisors? They should, as the role absolutely mirrors exactly what the recruiter of these professionals should possesses themselves to be successful, being a trusted relationship recruiting advisor to any of these trusted advisor candidates will be crucial to alignment of the talent with the right opportunity. Contrary to popular believe, just because you can master sourcing the Identities and profiles of these candidates via Social Media, LinkedIn or any other technically savvy way does not mean you can build long-term relationships. Talking with thousands of these trusted advisors across many disciplines over the last 29 years, the one thing that is most apparent to me is that the top trusted advisors will take their time to build a relationship with a recruiter and both recruiter and candidate understand that being in that relationship has mutual value and at the critical moment that individual advisor candidate decides it is time to explore opportunities is the sweet spot for both parties. Not any sooner or later than that time the trusted advisor decides that it is that time. Becoming the buyer of talent instead of the seller of opportunity will be crucial in that dynamic. Technology will never develop the emotional intelligence that will be required to build that intimate relationship with these trusted advisors and if your recruiting staff is not well coached in relationship skills, both building and maintaining those relationships, then you are missing a significant part of the talent pool in these industries going forward.

April 23, 2014 Posted by | Branch Manager, Coaching, Executive Recruiting, Loan Officer Recruiting, Management Developement, Mortgage Banking Recruitment, Mortgage Loan Officer, Mortgage Sales Recruiting, Real Estate, Recruiter, Recruiting, Recruiting Trends, Recruitment Training, Sales Leadership, Sales Management, Sales Management Training, Sales Manager Training, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Talent Referral Programs – The road to your Hiring Nirvana!

Looking to the Future…

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Remember: Great Employer Branding and Candidate Experiences bring higher productivity from innovative Candidate and Job Referral Strategies!

Referral_Nirvana 135% Higher Productivity than non referred hires, if they come from a top performing internal employee!

There is much being said and rightly so, about the high value that should be placed in developing tools and techniques around the promotion of job opportunities and the receiving of candidate recommendations from a referral.

You should also be aware that there are many opportunities throughout the delivery of your Talent Acquisition process to implement them; as I have mentioned before, each of your Talent Communities contain multiple Talent Consumers, all moving from one status type to another throughout their working careers.

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The Secret iOS Feature That Could Change the Internet

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