Mortgage Week in Review June 23-29, 2007

Mortgage and Lending with Your Tampa Bay Mortgage Source

well doneIt is an honor to be able to post my first Week in Review for my fellow Mortgage Experts here on Active Rain.  I have been given the opportunity this week from David Podgursky, the Mortgage Go To Guy.  I have read the past couple weeks compiled by David and Jason Sardi, the key point they made..."This is no easy job".  I agree with them!  (I believe I have a whole new understanding for writing mortgage blogs).  To all my fellow mortgage professionals...Please, let's continue to post more topics that show our mortgage knowledge to consumers and our fellow REALTORS.  And my special plea, to the ladies...let's show what you've got!  With no further commentary...



FHA 203(h) Program for Disaster Victims - Bruce Bourgault 

~Bruce wrote a wonderful article explaining this loan program which may be a wonderful source for disaster victims.  Great information to have coming into hurricane season here in Florida and with all the rain in Texas.

Healthy Financial Living - Your Los Angeles Loan Officer - Ricardo Bueno

~Ricardo gave some excellent information about ways to save money. The part that intrigued me was how to save money on utilities, such as electricity, water and other services.  Great information to share!

What Not To Do After You Apply For A Mortgage - Marie Wright

~Marie's first post on Active Rain.  She did a great job clearly explaining some things to avoid when obtaining a mortgage.

What is the Status of 100% Investor Financing? - Stephen Katz

~Where did those 100% loans go for investors?  Stephen explains the programs.

Florida Mortgage - Foreign National Homebuyers:  Seasoning Funds in US Banks - David Podgursky

~David explains how he consults with foreign national buyers on seasoning international funds for their US purchase.

"Piggybacking" crackdown... - Tony Howell

~Many of us have heard of this type of mortgage fraud.  Tony explains the new regulations in place to stop the fraud!

Options on Mortgages:  How Buying a Lexus Is Like Getting A Mortgage - Janet Guilbault

~Want the upgrades?  Janet explains why you have to pay for them!

My Response to the "Three Card Syndrome" (Members Only) - Shawn Gerhardson

~A article that I think would spark a great amount of conversation and information from our mortgage professionals and REALTORS...what do you think?

Domestic Partner Mortgage Financing - Matthew Blum

~Matt does a wonderful job explaining the requirements for domestic partners seeking home financing.

Mortgages:  How would you like your mortgages served to you? - Jeff Belonger

~A creative showcase of the mortgage industry...pick your cuisine!

State of Florida Cracking Down on Mortgage Fraud! YES! - Marc Blasi

~Another step in the right direction to crack down on the mortgage fraud

Mortgage Income Requirements - Alimony and Child Support Income for Qualification - Leah Ross

~An explanation on using alimony and child support income to qualify for your mortgage

The 10 Commandments of Applying for a Mortgage Loan - Michael Mapes

~A fun look at what borrowers should do when applying for a mortgage

Do you want a pre-approval or pre-qualification - Kim Murphy

~Kim simply explains the difference between the two


If you are interested in writing the Mortgage Week in Review, please email David Podgursky for an assigned week!


Thank you for the opportunity David!

Your Tampa Mortgage Source, Leah Ross

Comments (39)

AJ Martin
none - Alpharetta, GA

This post will save time hunting down good resources -  my bookmarks have been updated. 



AJ Martin


Jun 30, 2007 03:01 AM
"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Kissimmee, FL


Hey. Nice work. But I won't be reading all of those.

If I have any questions about this stuff I'll call you. LOL. 

P.S. No offense. I am just one of those people who concentrates on what I am good at. I rely on people like you to be good at what you do. Hence...I'll call :)


Jun 30, 2007 04:22 AM
Irina Netchaev
Pasadena Views Real Estate Team, Inc. - Pasadena, CA
Pasadena CA Real Estate
I love these weeks in review!  You have done a fabulous job!!!  Thank you!
Jun 30, 2007 04:43 AM
Suzanne Sands
Pavao Real Estate - Somerset, MA
Somerset MA Real Estate


Great job putting this together! These week in reviews are a lot of work and you did a great job! :)

Jun 30, 2007 05:33 AM
Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375
Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions" - Grand Rapids, MI
Real Estate Services You can Trust!
Everyone knows that putting together a week in review takes time and more than just slapping some links on the post.  Nice job.
Jun 30, 2007 06:02 AM
Bruce Bourgault, Vice President, Mpro
Central Pacific Homeloans - Honolulu, HI

Aloha Leah -- Thanks so much for including my blog with these other great posts. 

Jun 30, 2007 08:02 AM
Tony Gallegos
Cognicorp Mortgage Banking Advisory - Marietta, GA
Nice post. I have missed many of these. Always enjoy reading compilations like this as often I find jewels I would have missed without. Keep up the good work.
Jun 30, 2007 08:51 AM
Kim Murphy
Draper and Kramer - Lombard, IL
Mortgage Loans in DuPage, Kane, Cook, Lake, Will C
Leah, I think you have done a fabulous job on this week in review!  It seems like a huge task but also rewarding!  Thank you for the mention!
Jun 30, 2007 08:55 AM
Sheryll White
Exit Realty Denver Tech Center - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate Guide
Great job keeping everyone on their toes.  Us realtors need all the help we can get.
Jun 30, 2007 09:27 AM
Marc Blasi
Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Hello Leah-

Thank you very much for the mention - I'll make sure to check out the articles I have not gotten to yet.

There's only so much time in the day....


Jun 30, 2007 09:36 AM
Marie Wright
Florida Energy and Air Services - Clearwater, FL

Hi Leah

Wow!!! great job..This is my first week with Active Rain and I think this website is fabulous, just a wealth of postive, informative information.  I was just amazed that my blog was used...Keep up the great work...

Jun 30, 2007 01:28 PM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services
Thanks for taking the time to wade through the mortgage realted blogs.  There are several here that I am going to take a look at.  with all of the blogs on AR, it become more and more important to have someone highlight those which are the best!
Jun 30, 2007 03:28 PM
Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton
Charter 1 Real Estate, Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC - Hilton Head Island, SC
What a wealth of knowledge our members so freely share with us.  I've bookmarked this post so I can go back and review it when time permits. 
Jun 30, 2007 11:30 PM
Brad Andersohn
Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty - Fairfield, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876

Leah - great job!  Should I do a "Title and Escrow week in review?"   See what you've done?  Now I have to go search and see what's out there, then run it by the "Week In Review" board of directors and maybe....just you see what you've caused here?  (BIG SMILE) Love your post, now I have a ton of reading to do on your links above!!!   THANKS ALOT!!!  :-)

Seriously though...I love the "Week In Review" series...saves me so much time finding the really great stuff.  Thanks for your time in doing that for us!!!  KUDOS to you!!

Jul 01, 2007 12:48 PM
Leah Ross
Your Tampa Bay Mortgage Source - Tampa, FL
Tampa, Florida Mortgage

Janet, thank you for the comment and the rah-rah!  I'm ready to take it to a new level too ;) 

AJ, thank you for the comment!

TLW, Amen!  I'll stick to the mortgage side!  I'll be here for any questions ;)

Irina, thank you for the nice words

Suzanne, thank you for the comment!  I was happy to do the work.  It was a great learning experience.

Gary, no slapping here ;)  I read ever mortgage related article out there...lot of good info!

Jul 01, 2007 10:11 PM
Leah Ross
Your Tampa Bay Mortgage Source - Tampa, FL
Tampa, Florida Mortgage

Bruce, aloha to you!  Thank YOU for writing a great article!

Tony, thank you!  There are more and more out there every day.  Thank goodness the week in review gives us a chance to highlight them!

Kim, thanks for your contribution.  I look forward to reading more of your articles.

Sherryl, you are quite welcome! 

Marc, thank you for your addition to the WIR!

Marie, welcome to AR!  Continue to write great informational posts and I am sure we will see you back again!

Jul 01, 2007 10:14 PM
Leah Ross
Your Tampa Bay Mortgage Source - Tampa, FL
Tampa, Florida Mortgage

Joan, I am glad it provides useful.  I agree it is a great idea!

Diane, thanks for the comment!

Brad, sounds like a great endeavour!  Let me know how it works out and I will be sure to read it!

Jul 01, 2007 10:15 PM
Lysa Napolitano
Daytona Beach, FL
Leah! Well Done! This could not have been a easy task for you :)
Jul 03, 2007 11:28 PM
Steven Shewell
Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc. - Ephrata, PA
The Mortgage Maverick
Great job and thanks for your dedication.  To take the time to do this when you have to now work so hard for business, we really appreciate it.
Jul 04, 2007 12:24 AM
Scott Hoag
FBC Mortgage - Clearwater, FL
Preferred Lender / Mortgage Company
As it has been said by many...nice job with the review
Jul 05, 2007 03:31 PM