BMO ramping up its dealer channel division with new community partnerships

Since its official launch in late January in Ontario and Atlantic Canada, BMO’s BrokerEdge division has been making waves and slowly rising its presence in Canada’s mortgage dealer channel.

The financial institution kicked off its return to the dealer channel—following a 16-year hiatus—in a “small and really deliberate” means, Justin Scully, Head of BMO BrokerEdge, advised CMT in a current interview.

Paula Oliveira, BMO's Regional Vice President, Ontario and Atlantic Canada
Paula Oliveira, BMO’s Regional Vice President, Ontario and Atlantic Canada

That concerned working with a small group of brokers from DLC (Dominion Lending Centres) and M3 Group throughout its smooth launch in January earlier than increasing to a choose group of brokers from TMG the Mortgage Group in early March.

“Now we have been in a managed state with a really small group of choose brokers to make sure that all of the performance is working as supposed and that we are able to ship on offering a wonderful dealer and buyer expertise,” stated Paula Oliveira, BMO’s Regional Vice President, Ontario and Atlantic Canada. “That’s our predominant precedence proper now.”

Scully added that regardless of all the group’s preparations within the lead-up to the launch, “we’ve discovered a number of issues and we really feel even higher about coming again into the channel.”

“Principally we’ve been in a position to check the totally different consumption factors to verify issues labored with every community, every sub-network, every POS [Point of Sale], totally different deal varieties, and it’s all gone in keeping with plan,” he added.

And to this point, suggestions from the financial institution’s dealer companions has been constructive.

Scully confirmed that BMO expects to be working within the dealer channel nationwide by fiscal 2026, with a West Coast roll-out up subsequent.

Working to increase its product choices

BMO has additionally confirmed that it’s actively working to introduce extra of its lending merchandise and applications to the dealer channel.

For now at the least, entry to sure specialty lending applications are solely obtainable by way of BMO’s proprietary channel. This consists of the financial institution’s Canadian Defence Group Banking program, which caters to members of Canada’s armed forces, in addition to BMO’s House owner ReadiLine, the financial institution’s revolving residence fairness line of credit score (HELOC).

Justin Scully, Head, BMO BrokerEdge
Justin Scully, Head of BMO BrokerEdge

“We don’t have our HELOC product but, however we are going to,” Scully confirmed, including it must be obtainable by the top of the yr or early 2025. “I’d say the danger urge for food in each channels is identical. We do not need a special urge for food by channel.”

Oliveira famous that dealer shoppers do have entry to a few of the financial institution’s different well-liked applications, together with its short-term rental financing program, which caters to companies like Airbnb and is exclusive within the A-lending house.

Different applications embody new building financing, which makes use of the present appraised worth of the property to find out the loan-to-value (LTV), and a program for high-net-worth shoppers that enables them to make use of liquid property as an alternate supply of down fee as much as a most LTV of 80%.

“So merchandise like it will give us the leverage to be very revered within the dealer house,” Oliveira stated.

Along with these product choices, BMO has additionally been selling the advantages of its group of Welcome Advisors, who will join with shoppers within the post-approval and pre-funding part and work with them once more post-funding.

“It’s about actually understanding what the shopper wants and the way can we assist guarantee they’re in a greater monetary place after going by way of such a big buy,” Oliveira stated.

“The design selections we’ve made across the welcome advisor group and the way in which we will help prospects with all their different monetary wants, and the way in which we envision that finally interfacing as a price add to brokers, has been rather well obtained,” Scully added.

A concentrate on buyer acquisition

Because it first publicly introduced its return to the dealer channel final summer season, BMO has been open about its purpose of constructing holistic relationships with prospects slightly than merely securing mortgage offers.

Apparently, Scotiabank has not too long ago launched into an analogous path, reporting that within the first quarter, 70% of its new mortgage offers concerned shoppers who had a number of monetary merchandise with the financial institution. This transfer alerts a broader trade pattern of banks desirous to deepen their relationships with shoppers throughout varied monetary services past the normal mortgage providing.

“That is about buyer acquisition, not simply mortgage acquisition for BMO,” Scully stated. “And so, we’re in search of brokers who need to be with us on our journey to franchise prospects, to take a mortgage buyer and have an actual, significant dialog about how we will help them throughout their monetary wants.”

Scully acknowledges that it’s not a imaginative and prescient that can essentially be shared by all brokers. “If our dealer doesn’t help that and doesn’t perceive that’s essentially the most important component for BMO, it’s okay,” he stated. “So, there will likely be brokers for whom BMO BrokerEdge shouldn’t be a match, and we’re good with that.”

The brokers BMO desires to accomplice with

As soon as BMO BrokerEdge is totally expanded throughout the nation, Scully stated the financial institution will proceed to be selective concerning the brokers it chooses to work with to keep up a concentrate on high quality and BMO’s enterprise goals inside the channel.

“We’re actually clear about what issues to us. We we would like brokers that run a very clear enterprise, with a propensity to do lots of A-, bank-type enterprise,” he stated.

“We do know that within the dealer channel there tends to be just a little bit extra concentrate on first-time homebuyers who are usually just a little bit extra in default insured enterprise,” he added. “And so, that’s actually a part of the strategy and we intend to be very aggressive in these areas.”


Each Oliviera and Scully addressed quite a lot of different matters throughout the interview, with a few of the key highlights beneath.

  • On the financial institution’s dedication to providing same-day pricing responses to brokers:

“Undoubtedly considered one of our commitments to our prospects and to the brokers is to be responsive and to have every little thing aligned for them with the intention to present a solution to their shoppers,” stated Oliveira. “I’m not that to start with every little thing goes to be good, as a result of we’re going by way of a transition, however that’s our goal.”

  • On the repute BMO is making an attempt to construct:

“We’re being actually clear with the brokers upfront. We’re going to do lots of coaching on our urge for food. What varieties of offers we like, what varieties we have been much less beneficial, As a result of, for those who’re going to satisfy a dealer a yr from now and also you ask them about BMO, I would like them to say we’re actually environment friendly, we’re quick to sure, and we’re actually dependable. And in the event that they stated these issues, then I’d be thrilled.”

  • On the financial institution’s plans to proceed providing fixed-payment variable-rate mortgages in gentle of considerations from OSFI:

“As we evolve, we’ll evolve the identical throughout channels. Once we did a fixed-payment variable charge product we did it as a result of, in a rising charge surroundings, it offers prospects time and suppleness to handle funds, and that’s been confirmed proper,” stated Scully. “Prospects can take voluntary actions, whether or not they make a lump sum fee or they improve their fee, and lots of are doing so previous to renewals in order that they decrease the fee improve. After which in a declining charge surroundings, the profit could be that they’ll repay their mortgage sooner.”

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