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Am I SAFER today as a result of the SAFE Act of 2008?

The Secure and Fair Enforcement for Mortgage Licensing Act of 2008 (called the SAFE Mortgage Licensing Act of 2008) is […]

Back to the Fundamentals: How much money do I need to put down?

If there is one component that predicts more than any other whether a home owner will continue making payments when […]

How to Find a Great Mortgage Rate

There are a number of ways to find the best mortgage rates, but all require a little bit of work […]

Welcome Our Newest Contributor, Eleanor Thorne

Please join me in welcoming Eleanor Thorne of North Carolina to our roster of awesome writers. Eleanor is a veteran […]

Who Pays VA Non-Allowable Closing Costs?

VA mortgages are a great way for those who served in the United States Armed Forces to purchase a home.  […]

Plain Vanilla Protection vs. Consumer Education

President Barack Obama recently proposed that all lenders offer “plain vanilla” mortgages so consumers could understand the loan terms and […]

The Mortgage Broker Trade Off

These days, shopping for a loan involves more than your average rate comparison.  The lowest interest rate doesn’t necessarily yield […]

But My Rate Was Locked, Wasn't It?

This morning we got a question over on the “Ask Zillow” side that reminded me again that the jargon in […]

How The New Government Regulations Impact Your Closing Dates

On July 30, 2009 the new Housing and Economic Recovery Act (HERA) regulations will go into effect. They require all […]

National Registry of Home Lenders

Last year, the Secure and Fair Enforcement (S.A.F.E.) Mortgage Licensing Act of 2008 was signed into law as part of […]

The Challenge.....

I for the life of me cannot understand why the Government or Consumers care about YSP (yield spread premium) or […]

Smart Mortgage Shopper, Part 1

Yesterday I had a client in my office (I’ll call her Marie) to work on a purchase loan.  She was […]


Refinance Closing Costs Don't Matter

Yeah, thought that might get your attention.  Let me clarify the headline. Of course it matters how much you pay […]


What is the difference between a loan officer, mortgage broker, lender, correspondent lender, mortgage banker, and portfolio lender?

What are the differences between these mortgage professionals and why is it important?  We will try to shed some light […]

Choosing The Right Lender

Choosing the right lender for you can sometimes be overwhelming.  How do you find the right one? It can be […]

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