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by Michael Hammond Many mortgage executives see the iPad as a slick new toy for their personal use, but the iPad can actually help grow your business if used to the fullest. Don’t you just love your iPad? Most executives that I interact with are using their...

by Michael Hammond The mortgage market can be scary, but there are new technologies out there that can help if you’re up for change Change is scary, but by now shouldn’t we be used to it? We faced MDIA, RESPA, LO Comp, Dodd-Frank, etc. At some point...

All the talk these days seems to center around UAD. However, when you talk about UAD you need to talk about UMDP and MISMO and XML data standardization, etc. What’s my point? There are a lot of acronyms and terms in our industry that you have to keep up with. It can be tiring, quite frankly. So, when I stumbled upon an article that detailed must-know words, I knew that I had to share it with you. In the article entitled “10 New Words Every Business Owner Should Know” by Jason Fell, he selects what he considers the 10 need-to-know new words for every business owner. Whether or not you start using them in your own business dialogues is, well, up to you, but here they are: 1. Light-bulb moment Definition: (noun) A moment of sudden realization, enlightenment, or inspiration. Example: “Sales at my company were plummeting, but then had a light-bulb moment and knew exactly how to turn things around.” 2. Cross-functional Definition: (adjective) Denoting or relating to a system whereby people from different areas of an organization work together as a team. Example: “If we’re ever going to boost productivity, everyone will need to improve their cross-functional capabilities.”

Last week I started to tell you about a recent article that I read called “Starting in Social Media? The 5 Ps of A Perfect Program” by Taryn Erickson. Why am I sharing this information? There’s a lot of talk about social media, but there’s...

Success requires courage. Success requires that you do new things and move with new market conditions. We all know that new regulations keep hitting our space and we have to react. I think it’s time that we move as an industry on new initiatives that...

Overwhelmed by social media? It’s a lot to keep up on. Guess what? Today I want to tell you a bit about another social tool with which you might not be as familiar with. Today I want to talk about Google+. What’s Google+? Why should...

by Michael Hammond As more chatter comes up as it pertains to social media, you tend to hear a lot about consumer brands. It’s not that B2B companies aren’t finding success in social media marketing, but those companies that go B2B aren’t as open in sharing...

Do you have an iPad? If you don’t, you need to get one. Gone are the days of the pen and paper. Also, isn’t it a pain to lug around a laptop? I’m finding that more and more executives are using their iPad when traveling...