NEW YORK – With the current economic climate in the United States making it harder than ever for professionals, specifically those in the mortgage and real estate field, to do what they do best, it’s hard to know exactly where to turn to get the word out about your services to prospective clients. That’s where Vegas based firm Best Rate Referrals comes in.
Best Rate Referrals (www.bestratereferrals.com) is a full-service mortgage marketing company that services mortgage and real estate professionals, delivering the exposure and market visibility that gets their clients noticed in a well-crowded and competitive marketplace.
Founded in 2005 by CEO Raymond Bartreau, Best Rate Referrals is a national firm that services all 50 states and employs a number of proven-to-work methods to successfully market mortgage and real estate professionals, including state-of-the-art call center located in-house, extensive internet leads, and direct mail advertising. With a proven track record of excellence, hard work, and determination, Best Rate Referrals has spent years proving that they are one of the hottest marketing companies, regardless of the field; however, CEO Bartreau notes that his company’s intense focus on their main specialties enables them to get results that other companies can’t compete with.
Raymond Bartreau describes his company’s lead generation services to David Costra with the Mortgage News Network at the MBA Convention in Washington DC in 2013. Photo Credit, Mortgage News Network.
“One of our strength is that we just focus on mortgage and real estate,” he said. “We are a media company that is hyper-focused, laser focused on just those two industries, so we know that we’re better servicing our clients and that our team’s knowledge is a lot greater than our competitors who focus on multiple industries.”
To drive that point home, one need only look at the accolades; in particular, Best Rate Referrals has been included by Inc., a New York City-based monthly publication focused on growing companies, in its annual list of the 500 fastest-growing private companies in the U.S., the “Inc. 500,” a total of five times running.
Inc. magazine cites numerous reasons for highlighting the achievements of Best Rate Referrals, including a 3-year company growth of 174% and the fact that their employee pool had increased by 25 during that same period (for a total of 35).
“We’ve been growing every single year since we first started,” Bartreau said. “We do about $10-$12 million dollars a year and work hard to build partnerships and relationships; to dive into what our clients’ needs are and spend a lot more time consulting with our partners rather than just selling leads.”
Best Rate Referrals has pioneered several often-copied marketing techniques that are proven to work; in particular is their intense focus on internet leads, where they generate well over 1,000 a day. Another area where Best Rate Referrals has broken new ground is their embracement of the mobile market, including smartphones and other wireless devices; Bartreau has stated emphatically that nothing is currently bigger in that respect, and expects this to remain so for the foreseeable future.
In addition, Best Rate Referrals does live transfers for the mortgage service industry from their call center in Las Vegas, and possesses printing facilities directly on-site in their headquarters, which greatly assists with their direct mail efforts.
First getting into the mortgage industry in 2002 when he was the manager of a call center, Bartreau then transitioned to Soma Financial, where he became a mortgage loan officer. However, he said that it didn’t take long before he realized his professional skills were better utilized elsewhere.
FROM LEFT: CEO, Raymond Bartreau, Account Manager, Brian Fitzmaurice, Sales Associate Devin Imig, VP of Sales, Cody Benett, President, Zach South and Account Manager John Myler at the Mortgage Mastermind conference in Las Vegas in 2013.
“I quickly realized that that I preferred the marketing aspect of the field instead,” he said. “So, in 2005, I founded Best Rate Referrals along with my partner Zach South, who currently serves as the company’s President.”
CEO Raymond Bartreau, Best Rate Referrals (left) with Zach South, President, from cover of Inc. magazines annual list of the 500 fastest-growing private companies in the U.S., the “Inc. 500,” a total of five times running.
Bartreau has become a power-player in a very competitive field in a relative short amount of time, and this can be attributed to a combination of business smarts, hard work, and a genuine love for what he does. Bartreau has been named to National Mortgage Professional Magazine’s 40 Under 40: The 40 Most Influential Mortgage Professionals Under 40 list twice; the list highlights professionals in the mortgage field who, in their words, exemplify professionalism and top production in today’s housing market, despite the rough waters of the U.S. economy and the ever-shifting landscape known as the mortgage industry.