with Kevin Iverson
PRESIDENT AND SECRETARY
UPFRONT MORTGAGE BROKERS ASSOCIATION
BY MACKENZIE OLSON
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Featured top originator
Brian Minkow, Prospect Mortgage
No. 22 Top Dollar Volume (2010)
BY MACKENZIE OLSON, EDITORIAL INTERN
there are still a few months left in 2011, yet Brian Minkow has almost done
more volume this year than he did in all of 2010. About 80 percent of that
volume consists of purchase loans.
“I knew that purchase volume was going to start being the main focus,” he says, “so I basically changed my model and changed the way I did business to capture more of the purchase
Last year was a successful one for Minkow: He closed 403 loans and his total volume totaled
more than $144 million.
Minkow says the help he receives from prospect Mortgage and his support staff there, as
well as that which he receives from his family, has contributed to his success. He adds that
being honest with customers and Realtors and following through with his promises has also
“Basically, just do what you say and say what you do.”
View Scotsman Guide’s Top Originators 2010 rankings at sctsm.in/TO2010.
By Richard Smith
JuST HOw EDuCATIONAL ARE THESE SCORES?
the impact of different credit-scoring models was the
subject of one of the hundreds of studies mandated by
the Dodd-Frank financial-reform act. the credit-scoring
study — titled “the Impact of Differences Between
Consumer- and Creditor-purchased Credit Scores” —
was released this past July 19 ( sctsm.in/CFpBcredit).
the report has some good summary information, but I
think it provides little real information and addresses the
wrong questions. the concern in the report is that consumers pay for a credit score that lenders will not use —
which is true. I often have clients call and tell me their
credit score upfront. I ask where they received their credit
score and try to explain the different scoring models.
the CFpB report calls the scores consumers purchase
“educational credit scores” and points out that lenders
do not use these scores. providing these educational
scores is now a multimillion-dollar business. their
impacts, as outlined in the CFpB report, are:
• they increase market confusion.
• with a higher educational score, consumers might
have a false sense of their creditworthiness and apply
for a loan that may be denied.
• with a lower educational score, consumers might
apply for loan terms that are worse than they could
I agree that they cause market confusion. When clients
have a higher educational score than the mortgage report, their question often is, “Why does the mortgage
credit report have my score wrong?”
But the impacts as described in the CFpB report seem
minor. the greater consumer impact from credit scores
is not the difference between lender and consumer
educational credit scores — although a disclaimer for
educational scores would be nice, such as, “this score
is provided for educational purposes only. this score is
likely not the score lenders will use.”
Rather, the greater impact is the prevalence of inaccurate information and the difficulty of improving credit
scores. I think the following suggestions for improving
credit scores could help regardless of the model:
• paying a collection should improve the score, not re-
age a bad reference.
• collections should only be reported once, and those
posting duplicates should be fined.
• collections and charged-off account references
should not be re-aged, but only reflect the date
• payment plans on collections and charged-off ac-
counts should be reported as new installment
• creditors should report corrections immediately and
face fines for failing to act in a timely fashion.
• creditors should respond to disputes within 48 hours.
the real problem with credit scores is not that consumers are duped into paying for a useless educational
score, but that they face a wall of resistance to improve
their scores or to correct inaccuracies.
Richard Smith is a loan originator with Stearns Lending. He has
originated residential mortgages in tennessee and Georgia
since 1994. Smith writes a monthly column on legislative and
regulatory issues for Scotsman Guide. Reach him at (423) 280-
0345or email@example.com. Visit www.
richardsmithhomeloans.com for more information.