Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Who Says You Don't Need A Website?

Sort of strange to walk into a closing and see a picture and bio of yourself on the borrower's kitchen table (That's me on the left. Good looking guy, I know). But that's what happened today. The borrower wanted to know about the person coming to their house so they found my website and printed everything out. I've heard plenty of signing agents say that if a borrower asked to see their I.D. or other information about them, they would refuse. Sorry, I just don't understand that. A borrower has every right to know who I am and ask for verification before letting me through their front door. If having a website that offers some information about me and my services helps a borrower feel more comfortable, then it's worth it.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Opie Returns

For years, David Hall was the face of Rock Financial & Quicken Loans. He was everywhere. TV, radio (as co-host of the nationally syndicated radio program, "The Real Estate Insiders."), and Pistons games. His regular guy charm resonated with consumers. He was so good at representing Rock that many people mistakenly believed he was the President of Rock Financial (in fact, he was a mortgage banker and team leader when the spots originally started before rising to Senior Vice President). In 2007, Hall suddenly and dramatically left Rock Financial. He's been relatively unseen since then. Until now. David Hall has just launched Hall Financial, a new mortgage company based in Birmingham, Michigan.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

LSI's Amazing Offer!

OK, I'm always skeptical when I receive an email telling me about an AMAZING offer. My first reaction is "yeah, right." And my second reaction is "what's the sales pitch?" Yesterday I received an email from LSI Fidelity about an amazing offer to their vendors. As a service provider for LSI, they are offering to provide us with discounts on products that many of us use as signing agents. This includes:

  • Up to 70% discount on shipping (Fed Ex, UPS)
  • Up to 25% discount on computer equipment (Dell, HP)
  • Up to 60% discount below retail price when ordering office supplies (Office Depot, Staples, Office Max, and Corporate Express)
  • Up to 20% discount on wireless services and equipment (Verizon, Sprint, Nextel, AT&T, and T-Mobile)
  • Up to 60% savings on copiers and fax machines from Canon, Xerox, Ikon, and Toshiba, to name a few.
The cost for signing up? Zero. Amazing? Well, maybe not quite. But pretty darn good.

LSI vendors and service providers can sign up at www.ecpurchasing.com . If you're a signing agent not currently on LSI's vendor list, I'd say it's worth it to sign up.