Join Michael Neef every week on Mondays as he interviews professionals in and around the Mortgage Industry. Our goal is to talk about the challenges that Loan Officers and other business leaders face every day, and ways to overcome those challenges to improve your business.
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A Quarter Century in Mortgage Industry Evolution with Mike Cush

In this episode of Conversations with a Recovering Loan Officer, Michael Neef interviews Mike Cush, a seasoned professional with a rich 25-year history in the mortgage industry. Starting from an accidental entry into the field, Mike shares his journey through various roles at PHH, corporate relocations, and high-net-worth client management. He discusses the unique challenges and strategies of working with affluent clients and managing a white-label lending service for major financial institutions. This episode offers a deep dive into the complexities and transformations within the mortgage sector, guided by Mike's extensive experience and innovative thinking.

Guest

Mike Cush

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A Quarter Century in Mortgage Industry Evolution with Mike Cush

In this episode of Conversations with a Recovering Loan Officer, Michael Neef interviews Mike Cush, a seasoned professional with a rich 25-year history in the mortgage industry. Starting from an accidental entry into the field, Mike shares his journey through various roles at PHH, corporate relocations, and high-net-worth client management. He discusses the unique challenges and strategies of working with affluent clients and managing a white-label lending service for major financial institutions. This episode offers a deep dive into the complexities and transformations within the mortgage sector, guided by Mike's extensive experience and innovative thinking.
Host

Michael Neef

CEO, Loan Officer & Father
Guest

Mike Cush

Media Meets Mortgage: Clayton Collins Unveils the Future of HousingWire

In this episode of Conversations with a Recovering Loan Officer, host Michael Neef chats with Clayton Collins, the visionary behind HW Media and its flagship, HousingWire. Clayton delves into his journey from investment banking to revitalizing HousingWire, emphasizing the blend of narrative journalism with data and research to enhance media's role in the mortgage industry. They explore the technological advancements reshaping media and discuss strategies for mortgage professionals to adapt to market changes effectively.

Guest

Clayton Collins

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Media Meets Mortgage: Clayton Collins Unveils the Future of HousingWire

In this episode of Conversations with a Recovering Loan Officer, host Michael Neef chats with Clayton Collins, the visionary behind HW Media and its flagship, HousingWire. Clayton delves into his journey from investment banking to revitalizing HousingWire, emphasizing the blend of narrative journalism with data and research to enhance media's role in the mortgage industry. They explore the technological advancements reshaping media and discuss strategies for mortgage professionals to adapt to market changes effectively.
Host

Michael Neef

CEO, Loan Officer & Father
Guest

Clayton Collins

Navigating the Credit Maze w/Sam Parker

In this enlightening episode of Conversations with a Recovering Loan Officer, host Michael Neef catches up with Sam Parker, the founder and CEO of My Credit Guy, a leading credit repair agency. They dive into Sam’s personal journey in the credit industry, the unique challenges and opportunities within credit repair, and how his company partners effectively with the mortgage industry to enhance client outcomes. They also discuss the evolution of credit repair strategies, the impact of regulatory environments, and the future of credit management with technological advancements like the MCG DIY app. This episode is a must-listen for professionals in the mortgage and credit industries seeking to deepen their understanding of credit management and client success strategies.

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Sam Parker

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Navigating the Credit Maze w/Sam Parker

In this enlightening episode of Conversations with a Recovering Loan Officer, host Michael Neef catches up with Sam Parker, the founder and CEO of My Credit Guy, a leading credit repair agency. They dive into Sam’s personal journey in the credit industry, the unique challenges and opportunities within credit repair, and how his company partners effectively with the mortgage industry to enhance client outcomes. They also discuss the evolution of credit repair strategies, the impact of regulatory environments, and the future of credit management with technological advancements like the MCG DIY app. This episode is a must-listen for professionals in the mortgage and credit industries seeking to deepen their understanding of credit management and client success strategies.
Host

Michael Neef

CEO, Loan Officer & Father
Guest

Sam Parker

Roberta Ravella: Mastering Trust-Based Marketing in the Mortgage World

Come hang out with Roberta Ravella and I where we explore the transformative power of trust-based marketing in the mortgage industry. Discover how to outshine competitors not by playing the rate game but by marketing yourself smartly and sincerely. This episode not only equips mortgage professionals with the strategies to attract their ideal clients but also underlines the importance of authenticity and trust in building lasting relationships. Tune in now to revolutionize your approach to marketing and elevate your success in the mortgage world

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Roberta Ravella

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Roberta Ravella: Mastering Trust-Based Marketing in the Mortgage World

Come hang out with Roberta Ravella and I where we explore the transformative power of trust-based marketing in the mortgage industry. Discover how to outshine competitors not by playing the rate game but by marketing yourself smartly and sincerely. This episode not only equips mortgage professionals with the strategies to attract their ideal clients but also underlines the importance of authenticity and trust in building lasting relationships. Tune in now to revolutionize your approach to marketing and elevate your success in the mortgage world
Host

Michael Neef

CEO, Loan Officer & Father
Guest

Roberta Ravella

Matt Doud: Revolutionizing Business Operations with Lean Strategies

Michael Neef reunites with Matt Doud for an in-depth exploration of the challenges and solutions for entrepreneurs burdened by the success of their businesses. Matt Doud, a certified business made simple coach and co-founder of Pre-Approve Me, dives into the transformative approach he takes to help business owners streamline operations, enabling them to focus on their strengths and passions. The discussion illuminates how entrepreneurs can identify when it's time to seek external help and the impact of leveraging technology and delegation to achieve business freedom. This episode is not just a conversation but a masterclass on navigating the complexities of business growth and operational efficiency.

Guest

Matt Doud

COO & Co-Founder
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Matt Doud: Revolutionizing Business Operations with Lean Strategies

Michael Neef reunites with Matt Doud for an in-depth exploration of the challenges and solutions for entrepreneurs burdened by the success of their businesses. Matt Doud, a certified business made simple coach and co-founder of Pre-Approve Me, dives into the transformative approach he takes to help business owners streamline operations, enabling them to focus on their strengths and passions. The discussion illuminates how entrepreneurs can identify when it's time to seek external help and the impact of leveraging technology and delegation to achieve business freedom. This episode is not just a conversation but a masterclass on navigating the complexities of business growth and operational efficiency.
Host

Michael Neef

CEO, Loan Officer & Father
Guest

Matt Doud

COO & Co-Founder

Liz Lopez: Decoding DSCR for Dynamic Real Estate Investments

In a compelling exchange brimming with insight, Liz Lopez shares her profound expertise in real estate investing through the lens of DSCR (Debt Service Coverage Ratio) loans with Michael Neef. Through their conversation, Liz emphasizes the resilient market for investors, irrespective of economic shifts, and underscores the significance of building trust and relationships via networking and social media presence. She generously offers her guidance to those navigating the investment terrain, presenting practical tools like the DSCR inquiry form for expedited loan pricing. Liz's innovative approach, coupled with her willingness to empower others, stands out as a beacon for anyone looking to leverage real estate investment opportunities effectively.

Guest

Liz Lopez

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Liz Lopez: Decoding DSCR for Dynamic Real Estate Investments

In a compelling exchange brimming with insight, Liz Lopez shares her profound expertise in real estate investing through the lens of DSCR (Debt Service Coverage Ratio) loans with Michael Neef. Through their conversation, Liz emphasizes the resilient market for investors, irrespective of economic shifts, and underscores the significance of building trust and relationships via networking and social media presence. She generously offers her guidance to those navigating the investment terrain, presenting practical tools like the DSCR inquiry form for expedited loan pricing. Liz's innovative approach, coupled with her willingness to empower others, stands out as a beacon for anyone looking to leverage real estate investment opportunities effectively.
Host

Michael Neef

CEO, Loan Officer & Father
Guest

Liz Lopez

Beyond the Camera: Mylo Draven's Guide to Real Engagement

Welcome back to Conversations With a Recovering LO as we sit down with Mylo Draven, a trailblazer in the mortgage content creation space, to discuss the significance of crafting authenticity in mortgage marketing. Mylo shares his insights on standing out in a saturated market by being true to oneself and leveraging personal experiences to connect with the audience. He emphasizes the importance of creating relatable and engaging content that resonates with people from various demographics, not just locally but nationwide. From discussing the impact of social media platforms like TikTok on professional outreach to the power of community and collaboration, Mylo’s innovative approach to content creation in the finance sector is truly inspiring. Tune in to learn how to elevate your content game, engage meaningfully with your audience, and why sliding into DMs might not always be the best approach. Whether you're a seasoned Loan Officer or just starting out, this episode is packed with valuable takeaways to help you find your voice and make a mark in the mortgage industry.

Guest

Mylo Draven

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Beyond the Camera: Mylo Draven's Guide to Real Engagement

Welcome back to Conversations With a Recovering LO as we sit down with Mylo Draven, a trailblazer in the mortgage content creation space, to discuss the significance of crafting authenticity in mortgage marketing. Mylo shares his insights on standing out in a saturated market by being true to oneself and leveraging personal experiences to connect with the audience. He emphasizes the importance of creating relatable and engaging content that resonates with people from various demographics, not just locally but nationwide. From discussing the impact of social media platforms like TikTok on professional outreach to the power of community and collaboration, Mylo’s innovative approach to content creation in the finance sector is truly inspiring. Tune in to learn how to elevate your content game, engage meaningfully with your audience, and why sliding into DMs might not always be the best approach. Whether you're a seasoned Loan Officer or just starting out, this episode is packed with valuable takeaways to help you find your voice and make a mark in the mortgage industry.
Host

Michael Neef

CEO, Loan Officer & Father
Guest

Mylo Draven

Ahead of the Curve: Real Estate Trends with Grant Botma

Michael Neef sits down with Grant Botma, a visionary in the mortgage and real estate industries, to discuss the evolving landscape facing industry professionals today. They tackle the saturation of real estate agents, emphasizing the necessity for full-time commitment, exceptional customer service, and the leverage of technology to stand out. Grant Botma, sharing insights from his successful venture, Stewardship, reveals the strategy behind creating amazing customer experiences and the importance of mortgage loan originators in the real estate transaction process. Whether you're a professional in the field or simply interested in the future of real estate and mortgage lending, this conversation unpacks trends, challenges, and strategies for staying ahead in a rapidly changing market. Don't miss out on their expert advice and forward-thinking approaches to transforming real estate and mortgage services.

Guest

Grant Botma

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Ahead of the Curve: Real Estate Trends with Grant Botma

Michael Neef sits down with Grant Botma, a visionary in the mortgage and real estate industries, to discuss the evolving landscape facing industry professionals today. They tackle the saturation of real estate agents, emphasizing the necessity for full-time commitment, exceptional customer service, and the leverage of technology to stand out. Grant Botma, sharing insights from his successful venture, Stewardship, reveals the strategy behind creating amazing customer experiences and the importance of mortgage loan originators in the real estate transaction process. Whether you're a professional in the field or simply interested in the future of real estate and mortgage lending, this conversation unpacks trends, challenges, and strategies for staying ahead in a rapidly changing market. Don't miss out on their expert advice and forward-thinking approaches to transforming real estate and mortgage services.
Host

Michael Neef

CEO, Loan Officer & Father
Guest

Grant Botma

Harnessing Tech for Home buyers: Grant Simon's Technological Touch

In this weeks conversation, Rick Grant and Michael Neef deep-dive into the integral role of technology in today's lending landscape. Rick, with his wealth of experience, shares compelling stories that highlight the evolution of technological tools available to loan officers (LOs) to connect with lenders and offer tailored solutions to borrowers. From simplifying complex financial processes with engaging tech to ensuring data security, they explore how modern tech implementations are reshaping consumer expectations and trust. The conversation also touches on the broader strategic imperatives for C-suite executives, emphasizing the need for a forward-thinking approach in addressing why and how work is done. Michael's enthusiastic engagement enriches the dialogue, culminating in a discussion about potential future collaborations and the easy ways listeners can connect with Rick for more insights. This episode is a must-listen for professionals looking to understand the intersection of technology, strategic planning, and customer assurance in the finance sector.

Guest

Rick Grant

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Harnessing Tech for Home buyers: Grant Simon's Technological Touch

In this weeks conversation, Rick Grant and Michael Neef deep-dive into the integral role of technology in today's lending landscape. Rick, with his wealth of experience, shares compelling stories that highlight the evolution of technological tools available to loan officers (LOs) to connect with lenders and offer tailored solutions to borrowers. From simplifying complex financial processes with engaging tech to ensuring data security, they explore how modern tech implementations are reshaping consumer expectations and trust. The conversation also touches on the broader strategic imperatives for C-suite executives, emphasizing the need for a forward-thinking approach in addressing why and how work is done. Michael's enthusiastic engagement enriches the dialogue, culminating in a discussion about potential future collaborations and the easy ways listeners can connect with Rick for more insights. This episode is a must-listen for professionals looking to understand the intersection of technology, strategic planning, and customer assurance in the finance sector.
Host

Michael Neef

CEO, Loan Officer & Father
Guest

Rick Grant

Building Genuine Connections in Business - A Chat with Christopher Griffith

In this weeks motivational episode, Christopher Griffith shares profound insights on infusing personal essence into the professional realm, underscoring the pivotal role of genuine connections in business growth and success. Navigating through personal anecdotes and professional wisdom, Griffith eloquently articulates the importance of accountability, empathy, and open communication in leadership. His honest reflections reveal a path to resiliency and innovation, emphasizing that at the heart of every successful business are the personal relationships and trust built over time. This discussion not only provides valuable lessons on overcoming business challenges but also serves as a testament to the power of staying true to oneself while ambitiously chasing professional goals.

Guest

Christopher Griffith

Senior Loan Officer
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Building Genuine Connections in Business - A Chat with Christopher Griffith

In this weeks motivational episode, Christopher Griffith shares profound insights on infusing personal essence into the professional realm, underscoring the pivotal role of genuine connections in business growth and success. Navigating through personal anecdotes and professional wisdom, Griffith eloquently articulates the importance of accountability, empathy, and open communication in leadership. His honest reflections reveal a path to resiliency and innovation, emphasizing that at the heart of every successful business are the personal relationships and trust built over time. This discussion not only provides valuable lessons on overcoming business challenges but also serves as a testament to the power of staying true to oneself while ambitiously chasing professional goals.
Host

Michael Neef

CEO, Loan Officer & Father
Guest

Christopher Griffith

Senior Loan Officer

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