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CFIC Bob 1

This is the first of several short Bob animations that I created for a corporate presentation. They emulate the Enzyte commercials of recent years.

Enthusiasm for home mortgage business leads Wichitan to open own office

Open Mortgage is Gonzales’ second home mortgage branch. In 2004, he started a branch of Florida-based CFIC Home Mortgage. Despite making “every mistake you could,” he said, he built up a sales force of 20 people before getting an email one day in 2008 saying that the company was immediately shutting down.

“It was kind of a blessing in disguise,” said Gonzales, who said he had been too busy managing employees to deal with clients. “I like actually working with the consumer.”

Gonzales started the Open Mortgage branch soon after CFIC closed. He hopes to grow it from a handful of employees in a way that allows him to continue working directly with clients.

“We kind of want ourselves to be the brand and build support behind us,” Tammy Gonzales said. “That’s what he excels at.”

Referrals from Realtors and past customers are the biggest sources of business, she added.

The latest challenge the couple faces is competition from online lenders such as Quicken Loans, which command the biggest share of the market. While Open Mortgage’s website includes application forms, Gonzales said most of his clients “want to come in and talk to a live person.

Decision to take Wise guy under wing seems unwise

Savings-and-loan villain and convicted criminal Michael Wise is out of prison and back in business.

I called Wise, 62, at his office in St. Petersburg, Fla., where he’s involved with a firm called CFIC Home Mortgage, which boasts about 350 branches in 48 states.

“I have no interest in talking with you,” the former chairman of Denver’s failed Silverado Banking said. “I have nothing to talk with you about.”

I was crestfallen. There was so much I wanted to ask Wise – such as, do loan applicants know that a convicted felon is working for their mortgage brokerage firm? But Wise was too wise for me.

So I called Wise’s boss, Chris Likens, owner of Prairie Village, Kan.-based Nations Holding Co., the parent of CFIC Mortgage. Likens is a notable philanthropist and businessman who owns the Kansas City Brigade arena football team.

“I think everybody deserves a second break,” Likens explained.

How to verify a mortgage lender license?

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