Sadiq Boodoo, principal broker of Ontario-based Approved Financial Services, believes that it is his broad palette of experiences that has served him well in his nearly two decades of service.
“I started out as a financial advisor in the bank where I handled both investments and lending,” Boodoo told Canadian Mortgage Professional. “However, I found that I enjoyed the lending side more. I got a great sense of accomplishment when helping clients with purchasing their homes or helping them get into a better financial situation.”
With 18 years in the mortgage and lending industry, Boodoo started out with Canada Trust/TD as a teller, and eventually worked his way up to management level.
Paying a deep level of attention to what the client needs is paramount to any mortgage professional’s strategy, Boodoo stressed.
“The most important lesson I’ve learned is not to focus on getting deals, but rather to focus on building relationships. The deals will come,” Boodoo said. “Building relationships has been the foundation of my business and continues to be the number one driver for my success thus far.”
Boodoo said that the value of consistency should not be underestimated. This approach has yielded great returns for Boodoo’s time in the industry so far, defying pandemic-driven slowdowns in the market as a whole.
“I’m especially proud of being a director of the Canadian Mortgage Brokers Association – Ontario and I am also a member of the [Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario] Technical Advisory Committee. Both roles allow me to contribute to enhancing the industry I’m committed to,” Boodoo said. “I’m additionally proud of being named on the CMP 2021 Hot List and having my brokerage named as one of the Best Mortgage Employers for 2020 and 2021.”
CMB Ontario said that Boodoo was a major player in his community, particularly during the first year of the pandemic.
“[In 2020], he participated in a couple activities for local charities. He managed to collect and drop off over 380 pounds of food to Feed the Need Durham, a local food bank in his community. He also organized a donation drive for Juliette’s Place Women’s Shelter in Toronto which raised over $2,600 in donations and cash,” CMB said. “He was able to accomplish this with a local real estate office. Sadiq has been giving back for over eight years now to benefit the women’s shelter.”
This approach has also been evident in the other parts of Boodoo’s life.
“Outside of work, I’m somewhat of a home chef and mixologist. I can often be found in the kitchen creating new dishes and drinks for my friends and family,” Boodoo said. “I also am a huge music lover, especially of music from the Caribbean. More recently started golfing; let’s just say it’s a work in progress.”