Once again, CMP’s annual Young Guns list offers an insightful glimpse into the industry as it stands today and what it may be in the future. While everyone featured on this list is under the age of 35, that doesn’t mean they’re lacking in experience – or, indeed, wisdom. Many of the brokers on this list have more than a decade in the mortgage business under their belts. As such, they have strong opinions on where the industry is headed and what changes need to be made to ensure the continued credibility and legitimacy of the mortgage business.
Many of this year’s Young Guns work in the intense markets of Vancouver and Toronto, which continue to dominate the conversa-tion about real estate in Canada. Some believe talk of a bubble is economist scaremongering – and that it’s growing tiresome – while others take the view that the current growth cannot go on forever, so contingencies should be put in place.
Another major talking point among this year’s selection was how important technology has become, particularly in regard to the different expectations of Baby Boomers, Gen Xers and millen-nials. The consensus is that being able to adapt is crucial to success in 2016, and harnessing the many tools of the digital era is what will separate those at the top of the industry from the rest. That said, the days of the face-to-face meeting and personal phone call aren’t quite over yet, and our Young Guns agree that these forms of communication are still necessary for developing solid relation-ships with clients.
If the young shall inherit the earth, and these young mort-gage professionals shall inherit this particular business, then the industry is clearly in the best of hands.