When it comes to trading mortgage leads, there are a lot of good companies out there for you to study, and many roads to travel down when considering which lead type will work best for you. Researching lead companies is an essential aspect when deciding to invest in one, but lets be straightforward with each other; we really dont know what kind of mortgage leads we are getting until we begin to buy them.
Starting out as a loan officer I bought my leads in bulk, fresh and with a live transfer. I would take $100 of my hard earned money and purchase about fifty leads at $2 each. I know that you get what you pay for, and my goal was to close two at the most, and at the very least one. Sometimes it worked and sometimes not. The problem was that I had the feeling of working harder instead of smarter.
Then I tried to buy real time leads, or fresh leads. I would take that same $100 and get roughly three to five fresh leads consisting of purchase leads and refinance leads. I would set up a filter before hand: specific to state, type of loan, credit, ltv, loan amount and so on. Automatically when a lead came in, matching my filter, it would be stream lined straight to my email account, only about ten minutes old. I had success with this approach.
The other kind of lead I decided to try out was the live transfer lead. I believed this to be an amazing concept to increase my applications. Mostly I just sat at my desk, waiting for the lead company to transmit customers to me by phone. The problem was that there was no guarantee that I was there to pick up the phone. If I stepped away from my desk the call would end up in my voice mailbox, or the possible customer would hang up. And again I felt as though I was working harder instead of working smarter.
Prior to investing with mortgage lead companies, make sure you do your home work carefully. Understand the companies terms of service, find out what their return policy is. Even call to speak with a sales rep, and dont be afraid to ask for a free trial. Does it consist of a free lead or some type of credit toward your first deposit? If they are certain in the quality of their leads, then they should not have a problem accommodating you.
Many loan officers have had success with all of the mentioned lead types. Some may work for you and some may not. If you find yourself struggling too hard to make the lead work for you, pick a different type of lead!
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