A. B. Nicholas welcomes inquiries from anyone with a suitable pre-existing sales network, contact list, or market for our LeverageLine securities-based credit line program. By joining, you’ll earn fees on every transaction you refer to us. (Sample agent earnings are here). You’ll also be providing your clients the very best wholesale no-title-transfer, no-sale-to-fund stock loan tool in the market today, helping them realize their franchise, business, or real estate investment objectives quickly and more cheaply. There are many other benefits that accrue too. And all that for little more work than making sure you or they apply for financing.
To apply to become an agent so as to be paid for referrals, get a copy of your ID and background statement or resume and click here to apply and register.
Fees Allocation to Agent
A. B. Nicholas provides 1/3 of all fees to you as referring agent. As your role is to refer, not to broker, per licensed institution requirements, the remainder of all fees are divided into legal administration expenses to remain compliant with law, and to the partner/owners/staff of A. B. Nicholas. Fees are based on a percentage, usually 1-3% depending on various factors, of the maximum credit line we would have delivered to the client borrower. Fee shares to Agents are paid immediately upon receipt within one business day of the availability of LeverageLine funds for the client.
Agent Applicant Requirements
We require a background in a financial, real estate, accounting, franchising, or related field dealing with the ideal clients for our programs. Licensed individuals preferred button required. Inquire if you need clarification.
2) Clean Background:
No unresolved or undisclosed civil or criminal legal cases where you were a defendant past or present. Divorce, minor drug offenses without repeat, or misdemeanors need not be disclosed. However, undisclosed relevant legal matters, particularly those surrounding the core fields we serve – are grounds for termination and forfeiture if not disclosed. (Note: Disclosure is not automatic rejection of your application; non-disclosure, however, is).
3) Accept Compliance.
We work only with regulated and licensed U.S. institutions; no private lenders of any kind. All of our lending partner advisors are FINRA/SIPC registered with outstanding backgrounds.
As a condition to our working with this caliber of institution and personnel, we must comply with various government oversight rules. Most importantly, you may never provide any form of tax advice, insurance advice, legal advice, or securities buy-sell (investment) advice unless you are licensed to do so in the state where you reside.
4) No Double Dipping:
Per institution rules, Agents may not charge fees pursuant to this financing separately AND receive A. B. Nicholas referral fees at the same time. This is prohibited as part of our agreements with our lending institutions and advisors. It is also an ethnical issue. Agents may not receive ABN fees and outside fees on the same transaction. Agents must choose one or the other, but never both. Failure to disclose fees paid on the side by any party pursuant to the LeverageLine, including fees paid by client to any broker who refers a client to you, is grounds for dismissal and forfeiture. Contact us if you need clarification
Keep in mind that this applies to our LeverageLine funding only. If you are, for example, licensed to provide the client insurance products and are also referring the client into the LeverageLine program this would not apply.There is no conflict as long as the other service/product (insurance in this case) is a fully separate service and for which you are being separately compensated.
The purpose of this rule is to prevent clients from being charged twice for the same service. Again, contact us if you need clarification.
5) Suitability. You should already have an existing network or market space of potential clients in one of the areas we serve or an area that you feel would be suitable for LeverageLine. LeverageLine is not intended as a program for those looking to start a completely new, unrelated career in stock-secured lending via mass marketing or email blasts to clients with whom they are unfamiliar.
Summary & Expectations
Your role as an agent will be to refer clients into our well-tuned and constantly improving the LeverageLine and OpLine program. You’ll use our encrypted, secure application form at https://abnicholas.com/quote. You do not to broker or sell in the conventional sense of blast marketing or playing “middle man”. The licensed lending institution handles all of that.
We keep you informed via your Agent Portal automatically. You are of course free to discuss the program with your client/referral, it is the job of the the licensed lending institution advisor, primarily.
Another way to look at your responsibility is to think of it as informing the client about this loan program, then collecting the application documents (no cost for a term sheet) and then submit and step out of the way. Our role at A. B. Nicholas is to receive the application, deliver the term sheet to client for digital signing (and a file copy to you), arrange the initial introduction of client to his/her advisor, then step out of the way. We will enter status reports on your client into the Agent Portal so you are auto-updated on progress via email .
We at ABN aim to ensure our clients are fully informed and that only qualified clients move forward. This is why we review all applications before sending them forward securely to the lending institution. We also monitor agent compliance with the rules set down by our licensed lending partners as noted above. Our goal: get the client into the licensed lending institution ASAP, and funded.
We expect the same level of attention and diligence by our affiliated agents as we at A. B. Nicholas always show to every client. You are representing our program every time you refer clients into it.
The Critical Difference Sometimes
Our securities based lines of credit have often been the difference between achieving a lifelong goal, such as the purchase of a business or an investment in a franchise – and failure. You will be part of a group of problem solvers when you join us. We take pride in helping make those goals and dreams a reality.
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