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Article written by Boris Bozic on the 18 Oct 2012 in Merix Financial

“We would never sacrifice our efforts to win the hearts and minds of our customers just to end up being average, from a market share perspective.  Volumes alone does not create business depth.

Plenty of ‘how-to’ books have been written on building a sound business.  Plenty more will be written in the future given the old economy is being replaced by the new economy, the digital revolution.  A common principal, profitability, is obviously critical to any organizations success.  If profit is the key principal in building an organizations culture, that organization will not create any depth.  Furthermore, customers will see through it and they may come to the conclusion that your business is not authentic.  The mindset of the consumer is different today.  Consumers today want to do business with companies they view as being authentic; customers do not want to be simply viewed as means to an end.

The challenge for every business today is to make the enterprise economically relevant, while at the same time focusing on the visceral aspects of the customer experience.  If you can build a business where customers want to do business with you because they of the belief they come first, you’re building a business with depth.  With that in mind everyone at MERIX Financial is extremely proud of the fact that we were voted the number one lender in the most recent CMP Broker on Lender Survey. Eight medals in total, four of which were gold, speaks to our authenticity.  MERIX Financial wears its heart on its sleeve.  The underlying principal of MERIX Financial is to create future wealth for its customers, the mortgage broker.  We passionately believe in the trailer fee model because of the benefit it brings to our customers.  Some may dismiss the value of our model but I don’t think anyone can question our commitment and sincere belief in the trailer fee model; that is what resonates with our supporters.  What is also appreciated is our candor and honesty.  If it’s our bad we admit it and try to fix it.  We received a silver medal approval/turnaround time, a gold medal in underwriter support, a gold medal in overall service levels.   In a utopian world it would always be like this but we do business in the real world.  We had to face our shortcomings, listen to feedback from our customers and dedicate ourselves to improvement.  Our partners at Paradigm Quest have done a remarkable job to support our efforts and our customers made note of our improvements and acknowledged our efforts by making us number one.

For those who know me (and have actually spoken to me) know that if asked a question, I will provide an honest answer; as I believe the worst thing you can do is insult your customers intelligence by being disingenuous.  Diplomacy counts but honesty denotes authenticity.  So if you’re wondering if I would trade all eight medals for another $2 billion in funding?  The answer is no.  Why should volumes and authenticity be mutually exclusive?  If we could magically fund another $2 billion our goal would not change – being rated the number one lender.  The reality is that another $2 billion in funding would put us in the middle of the pack.  We would never sacrifice our efforts to win the hearts and minds of our customers just to end up being average from a market share perspective.  Volumes alone does not create business depth.

To all of our supporters who took the time to acknowledge  our efforts by casting a vote for MERIX,  thank you so very much.  There may be a time in the future when we may not meet your expectations.  That’s the human nature of business but as we’ve demonstrated since inception we will not rest until we fix whatever problem may exist.  We may not always get it right but that will never stop us from trying.

 Until next time,


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