What is the Best Way to Expand your Mortgage Company?

If you own your own mortgage company, you should always be looking at ways to expand your business. This does not necessarily mean that you want to hire more staff or make your company larger. Continually looking for ways to expand your business is required just to keep your income stable and to maintain the volume of business that is needed to stay in business.

So what are some of the best ways to expand your business?

Expand your coverage area (State Licensing)
Expand your available products (FHA Approval and Lender Approvals)
Expand your relationships (Realtors, CPAs, and Attorneys)
Expand your marketing (Online, Networking, and Lead Sources)

Expand Your Coverage Area (State Licensing)
One of the best ways to expand your business is to expand your coverage area. Most mortgage companies just rely on business in their home state. But when the market is slow in their state, they have no where else to turn. Also, when the type of marketing they are attempting to use does not produce a good response, they are forced to take the loss and look for other marketing routes. Any lead generation company will tell you that if you have multiple states to do business in, you will be better suited to meet these challenges.

State Licensing can be very complex, however, if you do your homework and choose a few good states, it will definitely be worth your while. Your mortgage company will be able to try different marketing in different areas of the country and be able to keep the volume high when the market in some states is slow.

Expand Your Available Products (FHA Approval and Lender Approvals)
Another great way to expand your business is to open up different loan products to your borrowers. Many borrowers shop around for a mortgage broker that can provide them with the best product to meet their needs. If you don’t have access to most loan products in the market, you will lose the deal almost every time.

FHA is one of the most important loan products right now. It allows you to provide loans to low income, low credit score, high debt, and low asset borrowers, which is a majority of borrowers these days. In order to originate FHA loans, you need to be approved with HUD (Department of Housing and Urban Development).

Getting approved with other lenders is also a great way to expand your business. Not only should you be approved with 10 or more lenders, but you should know their guidelines like the back of your hand. Also, with so many lenders closing every day, you don’t want to have all of your loans placed with one lender. That could be the end of your business very quickly.

Expand Your Relationships (Realtors, CPAs, and Attorneys)
Take the time to meet different people in other parts of the industry such as realtors, CPAs, escrow agents, title officers, and tax preparers. Often you can refer each other business. A common mistake is to think that people in these different areas of the business already refer business to other mortgage companies and don’t need you. However, you would be surprised at how often I speak to a realtor that is having trouble with the mortgage company they refer their buyers to. They often can tell that I know the business and will ask me if I can do a loan for one of their buyers. Jump on these opportunities and actively seek other relationships. Knowing other people in the business is one of the best ways to create long lasting and profitable relationships.

Expand Your Marketing (Online, Networking, and Lead Sources)
A huge mistake that a lot of mortgage companies make is to only get leads from one source. If you market in only one way, that way is bound to dry up eventually. Make sure to have multiple lead sources in your business plan. Try marketing online or through another companies online system. Try networking through a website such as FaceBook or ActiveRain. Try getting leads from lead companies that actually do the marketing for you and send you the leads. As you try new ways of marketing, you will find what works best, but still continue to try new ways and keep a few lead sources in place.

Bottom Line
If you are not working at expanding your business, your business will shrink. And in todays market place, it will shrink fast.

04.14.2009. 12:07