Do you use birth control?

Reblogger Tim Duvall
Mortgage and Lending with Area Manager at Guaranteed Rate, Inc 257308

I thought that this post from my boss was just too good not to re-blog.  She makes some interesting points and puts the new 2010 HUD and GFE changes into a little bit better perspective!

Original content by Ruth Vogt LMB100023827. NMLS257576.

Before I explain that question, let me ask you this one: "How long have you been in the business?" Ever have someone ask you that? Here's my answer, and it will really make you think!

I was in the business before we had the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA). ECOA went into law in 1976, and protects against discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex or marital status, or age.

So, you ask???

Well, when I was first in this business, if I were taking a loan application from a married couple that were of child bearing age and they wanted her income to be taken into consideration, I would have to document their birth control procedures!!ECOA

Yep! That's right! A letter signed by the two of them certifying they did not intend to have children, why, and then explaining their form of birth control would sometimes suffice, but not always! Imagine having to ask THAT question at the face to face loan application (which a face to face was the only kind of loan application we could accept)! Remember, back then maternity leave was not protected by law. Thus, if the wife were to get pregnant, there would be no guarantee that she would get her job back. So job stability could not be established, disallowing the income from being taken into consideration.

And to think today we're all uptight about a new Good Faith Estimate and HUD!

"We've come a long way, baby!" (Do you know what advertisement that line was used in?)

This post is included in the brand new "Financing Friday" group, which we invite you to join.

Views and opinions expressed on this site are not necessarily those of WR Starkey Mortgage.

  Ruth Vogt Colorado Mortgage Lender

 Ruth Vogt, Branch Manager

   Colorado LMB #LMB100023827



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Robert Rauf
HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ) - Toms River, NJ

So true!  I havent been in the business that long, but long enough to see many changes. Back in the 80s we would have to add $10/month/credit card that had a $0 balance. amongst other things.  only one thing is certain, times change!

Feb 03, 2010 03:10 AM #1
Pat Champion
John Roberts Realty - Eustis, FL
Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs

Wow I guess things have changed since you first entered the market-I bet you have seen plenty of changes along the way.

Feb 03, 2010 03:11 AM #2
Matt Hall
Legacy Title Group, LLC. - Colorado Springs, CO

That is an eye opener and does put things into perspective, even as things change we learn to adapt and make the best of it.

Feb 05, 2010 03:04 AM #3
Ryan Stewman
Hardcore Closer - Plano, TX

Wow! i had no idea how controling the banks used to be.  I can't imagine asking a client about their sexual relations, birth control and kid plans sheesh.  Things aint so bad after all 

Feb 26, 2013 10:54 PM #4
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