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Agents....Do your Mortgage Broker a Favor!!! - 05/16/07 11:11 AM
I'm gonna make this short. It's not a rant against any agent. I love the agents that I work with and they generally do their homework when they start working with a buyer. Now, maybe you can help me out. I don't know what sort of questions you usually ask your clients the first time that you meet with them, but let me make one quick suggestion. Please ask them if they think they are in a position to buy a house. That's it. Some people will be mistaken and misinform you, but maybe this will help sift through some of (7 comments)
This is Guaranteed Rate, Chicago, IL - 05/09/07 12:36 PM
Welcome to Guaranteed Rate. Since our founding in 2000, Guaranteed Rate Inc has grown to become the largest independent mortgage company in the Midwest. We’ve been able to achieve this growth by following the simple idea of providing a streamlined mortgage experience for our clients combined with the lowest possible rates.Outstanding customer service is the benchmark by which we measure our success and our guarantee of the lowest rates available ensure our clients realize their home ownership goals. We are continually investing in technology, training and product development to streamline the entire mortgage process from application to closing. (for a complete (3 comments)
How to Find a Renter in ONE (yes 1) Day!! - 05/08/07 09:14 AM
Hey guys! I wanted to shoot you all a quick blog about renting out rooms and condos (I don't know if this will work with single family homes). If you live near a college campus or in a larger city, you have an even better opportunity to take advantage of this advice. Sometimes, those of us who own rental property have trouble getting people into our rental units/houses. In my case, it's a condo. I've found that, at least in my case, there's a sure-fire way for me to fill the unit in a matter of days. What I do is (2 comments)
The Gov't is Keeping us on our Toes - 05/07/07 08:21 AM
The following is a clipping from a much longer article that can be found at http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/chi-070504mole,1,5235800.story?track=rss. As a loan officer, I think it's great the government is out there, watching us, and making sure that the "snakes" are caught. They're watching out for the consumer and eliminating some of my competition. Which, in a way, is a reward to those of us who do things right. TRIBUNE INVESTIGATIONDeveloper was mole for fedsDealmaker led double life amid financing probeBy David JacksonTribune staff reporterPublished May 4, 2007, 11:37 PM CDTJohn Thomas bought and sold downtown office buildings and helped other property developers secure multimillion-dollar mortgage (3 comments)
The Survival of Yerkes Observatory What: Part of the Eric R. Multhauf Lunchtime Lecture Series, you'll hear from Carol JH Yetken, CYLA Design Associates, Inc. and Walker C. Johnson, Johnson Lasky Architects.Who: Chicago Architecture FoundationWhere: The John Buck Company Lecture Hall Gallery, 224 S. Michigan Ave.When: May 2, 12:15 to 1 p.m.Cost: Free and open to the public, no RSVP requiredContact: 312-922-3432 ext 252Web site: Chicago Architecture Foundationbrown bag luncheon What: Palmer House renovation. Will include history of the Palmer House and review of (0 comments)
So many Foreclosures......Who's to Blame? - 05/05/07 11:32 AM
In the aftermath of the recent storm of foreclosures, I've heard and read a lot of people sharing their thoughts on who is responsible and what caused the problems, how to fix the problem, how not to fix the problem, etc. More often than not, it's lenders and adjustable rate mortgages that take the brunt of the blame. And, certainly, in many cases, that is absolutely the case. But, I want to introduce a new perspective to the mix. Though I agree that 30yr loans are best, and that there ARE "slick" and "greedy" lenders out there, it's important to (3 comments)
What I Call Service - 05/03/07 11:16 PM
Let's face it. Everyone on here says that Customer Service is their primary focus. If you've been in our industry long enough to earn your stripes then you know that, statistically, that's just not anything close to true. I don't know who's lying or just mistaken, but there are too many bad experiences in our industry to support a 100% claim to prioritizing Customer Care. It's my guess that many of the Loan Officers on here would define customer service as getting a job done, well, and with a smile. There's nothing wrong with that. I'm learning, however, that my (4 comments)
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