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Mortgage Marketing Tips

Partnering with a direct source for lead generation that can provide you with quality mortgage leads daily is imperative to compete in today’s challenging mortgage industry. As a mortgage lead generation company with headquarters in San Diego, we are in the mortgage marketing trenches of this California housing crisis.  In addition to selling exclusive mortgage leads in all 50 states, the Lead Planet provides custom web-design and SEO marketing services to promote your website online.

California mortgage lenders and brokers have been on the up and up over the last year as down-sizing and streamlining have been a few keys to mortgage companies staying in business.  Record low California mortgage rates have helped revive the mortgage industry a bit, but mortgage guidelines have tightened to a point of pain.

A recent mortgage marketing study indicated that less than 2 out of 10 loan applicants is getting approved for a home mortgage today.  Subprime and stated income loan programs have vanished.   That means that good credit borrowers who have a mortgage that is greater than their home value will likely have no refinance options. Borrowers who have late payments and bad credit scores should focus on a loan modification, because refinancing is out of the question.  It also means that 90% of self-employed borrowers are scrambling to qualify to meet today’s underwriting requirements.

The Lead Planet understands the challenges of mortgage marketing and we know it is difficult to get good mortgage leads from borrowers who are not only interested but who also have the qualifications to get approved with the current lending standards.  The Lead Planet recommends the following initiatives to maximize mortgage marketing strategies in today’s economic climate.

  1. Partner with a mortgage lead company that generates their own leads.  Avoid buying leads from a lead broker, because you will never know how many times they have been sold and when you actually get an applicant on the phone they will likely been angry because they have bombarded by a 20 mortgage brokers hounding them for their loan business
  2. Try and extend your licensing to multiple states.  Being licensed only in your home state will limit your ability to buy a quantity of good leads.  Mortgage companies that are licensed in 10 or more states have a much greater chance of succeeding because they have a bigger pool of leads to call on.
  3. Expand your loan origination niches.  Even though you love refinances, you need to start selling purchase loans now too because we are in a purchase market.  Refinancing has tight guidelines and 40% of the country has their mortgage underwater.
  4. Add government mortgages to your bag of tricks.  FHA and VA loan programs will provide your loan team more opportunities to fund more loans.

To get a free mortgage marketing consultation, call 888-271-9581.

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Qualifying Mortgage Leads

Mortgage lead generation is a challenging trade because so many interested prospects don’t qualify for home financing.  The recent credit crunch and subprime mortgage meltdown devastated the mortgage industry.  Thousands of lenders, banks and brokers went out of business.  The few lending companies left tightened their guidelines so significantly that caused very few applicants to qualify for mortgage financing.  This lending shift created many obstacles for mortgage lead generation because so many people online were unable to get approved for refinancing or home buying.  Internet mortgage lead quality will vary significantly between lead companies.

When buying mortgage leads, there are a few important things to consider.  First, you need to know how many other people are calling your prospect.  Even if you are buying exclusive mortgage leads, there is a good chance that your lead may be shopping around online with other mortgage companies.  We recommend asking the prospect about the other offers they are receiving from other lenders.  Is your competition sending the prospect disclosures or are they just quoting them mortgage rates arbitrarily without even considering their credit scores or calculating their debt to income ratio.  Anyone can quote low rates, so it is important to make sure that your prospect is comparing apples to apples.  After you run the borrower’s credit, check the inquiry section of the credit report and you will see who else has run their credit recently.

Lead Planet has an experienced staff that can help you launch a successful mortgage lead campaign.  Call 619-600-5720 for a Free Mortgage Lead Analysis.

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Evaluating Mortgage Lead Quality

One of the most important tracking measures for mortgage leads is to evaluate the lead quality.  It is imperative that every month you reflect on the lead quality for the mortgage leads you purchased.  Ask yourself these questions when tracking lead quality:

1.  What was the contact rate for these purchased leads?

2.  What was the qualification rate for these mortgage leads?

3.  How many leads turned into loans in process?

4.  Did I fund loans from these leads?

Not all leads will work.  Good looking mortgage leads can be bunk and poor looking leads can turn into a closed loan.  According to mortgage broker, Matt Henry, “Lead Planet more than any other lead company addresses small lenders’ primary need of funding more loans.”

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Live Transfer Mortgage Leads Convert Better

Good mortgage leads are more of a commodity than ever.  The mortgage lending guidelines have tightened significantly and property values have diminished, so qualifying leads is more challenging than ever.  Stated income loans and bad credit mortgages have become a thing of the past.  Live transfer mortgage leads which are also referred to as, hot transfer leads occur when a lead generation firm transfers a phone call with a potential borrower to a mortgage professional. In most cases, loan officers spend too much of their time dialing out on unqualified mortgage leads, or calls that result in messages on answering machines. 

Since live prospects are qualified by the lead generation company, conversion rates are higher. The cost for live transfer leads vary by state and vary by how the live mortgage lead was generated.  For example a live transfer that came from a telemarketing lead will cost significantly less than a live transfer from a radio or television advertisement.  Call 619-600-5720 to learn more how the Lead Planet can make your phone ring.

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Comparing Non-Exclusive and Exclusive Mortgage Leads

By · November 16, 2009 · Filed in Lead Generation News, Lead Generation Technology, Mortgage Lead Buying Tips · Comments Off

Be prepared to pay more for exclusive mortgage leads, but verify with your account manager that you are getting an exclusive lead that their company actually generated the lead. (rather than buying a brokered lead that could have been sold ten times.)  In some cases non-exclusive mortgage leads can be cost effective as well as long as the lead is not sold more than four times.

Consider the cost per funding rather than the cost per lead. Companies offering cheap leads but have a high cost to funding ratio will not help you as much as the company that charges more up front per lead, but offers a lower cost to funding ratio.  Lead Planet President, Bryan Dornan continues to recommend having multiple marketing sources and visiting the Lead Planet for exclusive and non-exclusive mortgage leads.

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3 Effective Ways to Buy Internet Mortgage Leads

Buying mortgage leads online can be a daunting task for marketing managers, loan officers and mortgage company owners.  When shopping for internet mortgage leads, there are a few important factors to consider.  Don’t get fixated on cheap leads and the cost of mortgage leads.  At the end of the day, the cost to fund a loan is the only thing that matters.  Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.  Consider several mortgage marketing companies.  Whether choosing between FHA mortgage leads or refinance leads, make sure you set up filers for State and loan type. 

  1. Buy Mortgage Leads from a Direct Lead Provider
  2. Compare the Cost of Funding Ratio rather than Cost of Mortgage Leads.
  3. Buy Mortgage Leads from Multiple Sources online.
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