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Top Originators 2018: Frequently Asked Questions


What is Scotsman Guide's Top Originators list?

Scotsman Guide's Top Originators is the industry's most-comprehensive, verified rankings of the nation's top-producing residential mortgage brokers, originators, loan officers, bankers, etc. To ensure that we publish the most-accurate data possible, all submitted data undergoes an extensive verification and auditing process prior to the publication of the Top Originators rankings.

When is the Submission Period?

Entries will be accepted for Scotsman Guide's tenth annual Top Originators list from Jan. 3 to Jan. 31, 2019.

Is there a cost involved?

There is no cost to enter your data or to appear in Scotsman Guide's Top Originators rankings. It is absolutely free.

What information is needed to enter?

With every submission, Scotsman Guide requires two documents – a production report and a verification memo. These documents must be included at the time of entry. In addition to contact information and (optional) NMLS ID number, we asked for the following data from the 2018 calendar year:

  • Copy of Your 2018 Production Report
  • Signed Verification Memo ( download your template here)
  • Closed-loan dollar volume and number of closed loans for 2018
  • Purchase-loan dollar volume and number of closed loans for 2018
  • Refinance-loan dollar volume and number of closed loans for 2018
  • Government-loan (FHA/VA/USDA) dollar volume and number of closed loans for 2018
  • Brokered loan dollar volume and number of closed loans for 2018
  • Number of assistants

Need a template for your verification memo? Download the verification memo template.

What if I worked for more than one company last year?

For originators who worked for two companies or more during the calendar year, entrants should add up their totals from all companies and input them as your totals for the year on the entry form.

Enter the company name in this format: First Company/Second Company/Third Company/Etc. Upon verification, however, originators will have to provide their production reports from all companies, and representatives from all companies will need to complete and sign the verification forms.

If we work as a team, can we participate?

Entry is open to individuals only, teams must enter their production separately.

What happens after I submit my information?

After completing the submission process, you will receive an e-mail with all submitted data. Our Matrix department will work to verify all submissions through February and will be in contact should there be any discrepancies with your information. Any entrants who are unresponsive to efforts to verify their submitted data will not be considered. The deadline to address any issues is February 8, 2019.

If you make one or more of our lists, you will receive an e-mail from Scotsman Guide alerting you of your Top Originator status. Contact information provided by entrants will not be published or used for purposes other than contacting them to verify submitted data or notifying them of Top Originators-related news, when applicable. Your data is handled with the utmost confidentiality and privacy.

How do I know if you received my entry?

You will be receiving a Thank You message after you submit your data. You also will receive a confirmation e-mail from Scotsman Guide to the e-mail address you provided on your entry form with a copy of your submitted data. Please keep a copy of your confirmation e-mail for your records.

What if I make an error in my submission?

If you have made any errors, you will have to contact us and resubmit your data. To help avoid confusion, please do not complete the entry form more than once.

When will I find out if and where I ranked on the list?

Entrants will be notified whether or not they are on one of the lists on the day the rankings are published. You can see your exact ranking in the April 2019 issue of Scotsman Guide's residential edition. The data appears in our print and digital residential editions, and online.

Please note: Once the data is printed, we cannot make any changes. Therefore, it is important that you enter everything — your data, your company name, etc. — accurately.

I was on past Top Originators rankings and want to buy reprints. Where can I get more information?

Visit the reprint page for reprint information. If you have questions, e-mail advertising@scotsmanguide.com and one of our sales reps will contact you with reprint details.

Where can I find lists from prior years?

You can view lists from previous years in our archives.

Where can I find out about Top Originators advertising opportunities?

Interested in featuring your brand or product next to the Top Originators in print? Our April edition sees a higher circulation rate than any other issue and is distributed throughout the year. Learn more by contacting sales now.

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