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Residential | February 2019 
Learn the Art of Specialty Lending
From every angle, 2018 was a challenging year for the mortgage  industry. This past October, mortgage-application activity dropped  to its lowest level since December 2014 as interest rates reached an...
By Laura Brandao, president, American Financial Resources

Residential | July 2018 
VA Loans Create Opportunity and Responsibility
Housing may be one of the strongest sectors of the economy right now, but some 10 years ago the mortgage meltdown and resulting financial crisis tested the very fabric of that market. In the aftermath...
By Kraig Spence, manager, Churchill Mortgage's Columbia, Maryland, branch

Residential | February 2018 
Corner the Niche Market
With so many loan programs offered to borrowers today, one mortgage company cannot offer all of them. Most companies specialize in the programs they are good at closing. Originators must learn those p...
By Nathan Rufty, mortgage coach and trainer, Mortgage Marketing Pros

Residential | February 2018 
Serve Veteran Borrowers Better
  Key Points Know the truth about VA loan program myths Veteran loan benefits expire – False. ...
By Todd Jones, president, BBMC Mortgage

Residential | January 2018 
Strategies for Success
After being in the mortgage industry for a decade or two — and getting to know successful originators across the spectrum — it can dawn on you that most successful originators follow some very specifi...
By Brian Kent, general manager, C2 Financial Corp.

Residential | August 2017 
Prepare for Program Changes
With the refinance market shrinking and the availability of affordable housing dwindling in many markets, many loan programs will be loosening their guidelines. Government and government-sponsored ent...
By Nathan Rufty, mortgage coach and trainer, Mortgage Marketing Pros

Residential | July 2017 
Open the Door to Veterans
It’s an all too frequent occurrence: Veterans with a Federal Housing Administration or conventional loan, call looking to refinance to remove the private mortgage insurance from their loan. Perhaps ye...
By Shirley Mueller, senior mortgage originator, First Choice Loan Services Inc.

Residential | February 2017 
Plug into a Greener Home
Many borrowers are seeking energy-efficient homes these days to provide a more comfortable living environment, save money on their utility bills and become more environmentally friendly. Recent resear...
By Tonya Todd, senior vice president of strategic products, Mountain West Financial Inc.

Residential | September 2016 
Make Your Marketing Stand Out, or Stand Aside
The biggest barrier to your success right now isn’t the economy. It’s your marketing. The housing industry is an ever-changing environment, and your customers are the targets of more marketing campaig...
By Carl Markman, director of national sales, REMN Wholesale

Residential | February 2016 
Find Your Groove With Government-Backed Loans
For the past several years, mortgage originators, as well as their clients, have enjoyed historically low interest rates. That environment is changing, however, with the Federal Reserve’s decision thi...
By Rey Maninang, senior vice president and national sales director, Carrington Mortgage Services LLC

Residential | February 2005 
Mortgage Brokers Benefiting Veterans: VA Home Loans
Most people in our industry and the public do not realize how wonderful the Veterans Administration (VA) Home Loan Program really is. All too often, I meet veterans who have been told, “Oh, you don’...
By Jim Brown, Vice President, Veteran Mortgage

Residential | August 2008 
Branch Out with VA Loans
In a market where qualified borrowers are becoming rare, many mortgage professionals are beginning to realize the potential of loans guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). ...
By Daniel Chookaszian, managing mortgage planner, American Street Mortgage Co.

Residential | February 2008 
Getting Personal
In my many years of mortgage lending, I can recall scores of loans. But what I remember most vividly is my first loan application and the day I decided that this industry was my calling. ...
By Dan Sullivan, managing director,

Commercial | March 2009 
How to Think Like an Investor
In today's commercial real estate market, one thing seems clear: The true value of any property should be based solely on its income-production capability. Including anything more than that in deter...
By Dr. Ken Rich, retired physician, professional real estate investor

Commercial | February 2009 
Dos and Don'ts for Surviving a Lenders' Market
Although commercial mortgage brokers now face a lenders' market, good loans are still finding financing. Lenders may be more cautious in the deals they choose to fund, but you still can attain fundi...
By Jerry Sager, senior managing director, First National


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