Mortgage PRO Week in Review -- 12/10/07 through 12/16/07

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I was honored when Jeff Belonger asked me to write this review. This is the first time I've written the Week in Review and I spent most all of last week thinking about what I would use as the theme. I also have seen so many different excellent mortgage posts from so many different and excellent loan officers. Hey guys, we have some great talent here!

So what makes a great loan officer, great? Is it product knowledge? How about salesmanship? Negotiating abilities? Communications skills? Financial know how? Legal and contractual IQ?

You know the answer - it's a combination of all of these ingredients and more.

For my Mortgage Week in Review I chose to highlight the best of the best in each of these ingredients.

With the holiday season upon us, and my underlying theme of ingredients, my theme for this post became obvious.


Michael Chiarello and I have a little history together so I chose his recipe to feature.
I've linked his picture to the recipe on FoodNetwork.
Nothing says Happy Holidays like a great Cioppino, and a good bottle of spicy Zin or Sangiovese!

For a Great Cioppino, gather the following...

The Base
2 quarts fish fumet or stock -
You need to start with a good base. It's the foundation that everything is built upon.

The Body
a pinch saffron -
Nothing adds body like a hint of saffron. Wars have been fought over this simple flower part.

The Lubricant
6 tbs. olive oil -
A good oil can bring the flavors together, and it can also keep items apart.

The Aromatics
5 large garlic cloves, 2 medium onions, 1 head fennel -
Aromatics fill our senses. They draw attention to particulars we might have passed too quickly by.

The Dry Spices
Grey salt and freshly ground black pepper, 1 tbs. toasted fennel seed, 1 bay leaf, 1 tsp. dried oregano -
Although these are considered dry, they are still very potent when used appropriately.

The Acids
2 tbs. tomato paste, 1 (28-ounce) can whole plum tomatoes -
It's the acid in food that delivers the spark. A wine without acid is flat. The proper use of acid in food delivers that same spark and vibrancy

The Wine
2 cups dry white wine, 1/2 cup Pernod -
Some say wine make the world go round - I say it's the wine that makes Cioppino SING!

The Heat
5 whole jalapenos -
The heat of the Jalapeno brings out the intensity of the flavors. Cooking for just myself, I prefer the slightly hotter Serrano. If I'm cooking for the family, it might be the low level Poblano. To each their own.

The Herbs
1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley leaves, 3 tbs. fresh chopped basil leaves, 2 tbs. fresh chopped tarragon leaves -
Fresh herbs. There's nothing like fresh to bring out the best in a dish. Never substitute frozen when you can have fresh.

The Fish
2 lbs. littleneck clams and PEI mussels, crab legs, large shrimp, 2 lbs. halibut fillet, 3/4 lb. sea scallops -
Everyone knows to use only the freshest fish. Just one piece of bad fish will ruin the whole dish. Know where your fish comes from and how fresh it is. Do your homework.

The Butter
1 stick unsalted butter -
Butter brings it all together. It makes everyone happy. Always invite butter to the party.

All in all there is nothing like a great Cioppino to help celebrate the holidays.
And like a great loan officer, a great Cioppino brings together many different ingredients.
It's the combination of those ingredients and not one single ingredient that makes both great.

NOTE: I read every single post written by a Loan Officer or Mortgage Company over the last week. Every single one! It was the first time I had done this. I was surprised at how many posts were cut and paste hacks, or reposted over and over again in hopes of Search Engine Rankings. If I found your first post wonderful and enlightening, it was eliminated when I saw it reposted again with just a few keywords changed.
Also, if your post started out as great but was abruptly halted with a Read More... it wasn't really a post here on ActiveRain was it? Sorry about that.
If your post was marked by a splot it wasn't good enough for AR, so I figured it wasn't good enough for me.

What I did learn was that it was so easy to make the Mortgage Week in Review. All you have to do is write compelling original material. Do that and do that once.

Enjoy the Cioppino and Happy Holidays!

The next 3 members :

1. Cheryl Hale 12/17/07 through 12/23/07

2. Jeff Belonger 12/24/07 through 12/30/07

3. Jason Sardi 12/31/07 to 01/06/08

Mortgage blogs by loan officers Here is a list of Loan Officers. If you are not listed, please email Jeff Belonger to be added. This way the person doing the Mortgage Pro week in review can try and find most mortgage related posts in one section. ActiveRain is growing rapidly and it is difficult to keep up.... If you think you have been ignored, you have not. This is open to all!!!

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Rich Jacobson
Fathom Realty West Sound - Poulsbo, WA
Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker
Mike - a really excellent recipe for success. But I don't know whether to read all these articles or run over to Silver City Brewery & Restaurant for a bowl of Seafood Gumbo!
Dec 17, 2007 08:12 AM #18
Wayne B. Pruner
Oregon First - Tigard, OR
Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI
Very creative and a lot of work! You made my reading easier.
Dec 17, 2007 08:17 AM #19
Natalie Langford
Realty Negotiations - Winchester, VA
Winchester, VA Real Estate
This is the most appetizing piece of work I've ever seen here on AR!  Very creative and a great read.
Dec 17, 2007 08:31 AM #20
Neal Bloom
eXp Realty - Weston, FL
Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate
Good job will be featured in the group as well. By the way I think I included a few of them in my localism post.
Dec 17, 2007 08:46 AM #21
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Keller Williams Realty - Ann Arbor, MI
Ann Arbor Area Real Estate

As a "newbie" I often think "why in the world is this featured?" or "same people featured again".  I have to say I've only started to examine your body of work here on AR and wow!!!  You have so much to offer.

Thanks for a great blog and I love to cook so this is just too cool!  Really wonderful.  I have to spend a while to learn and I promise I will be back to learn from this post.

Thanks for sharing and thanks for the effort.  Excellent blog!! 



Dec 17, 2007 09:07 AM #22
Nate Ellis - Keller Williams Realty East Bay 925-337-8489 - Concord, CA
"Mr Danke Schoen"
Congrats on the post Mike.  It is great to be able to work with you locally.
Dec 17, 2007 09:31 AM #23
Angie Vandenbergh
Crye-Leike, Realtors - Memphis, TN
A Crye-Leike Blogger
Hi Mike - I love the presentation of the list. Really fun to read when its all intertwined with the recipe. Catches my attention a bit more. Creative. Thanks :)
Dec 17, 2007 09:32 AM #24
Mike Mueller
Tech and Social Media Consultant - Walnut Creek, CA

Sarah - You deserved it!  Your post was all "Butter"!

Jason - As always, thanks.  I'm surprised you didn't write a post about the gathering.  You could have been butter too.

Charles - I have no control of SPLOTs, so I can't tell you why.

Rich - That's why they make laptops and wireless - so you can Gumbo and read at the same time.  Just request a bib for the keyboard.  You can go with the fresh crab that you caught!

Wayne - Thank you.

Natalie - Thanks a bunch.  I'm hungry.  Got to get the Cioppino fix.



Dec 17, 2007 10:40 AM #25
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services
Great week in review.  I must admit that with all of the posts, I did miss several of these posts.  I am going to book mark this blog so I can catch up on some good articles.
Dec 17, 2007 12:09 PM #26
Mike Mueller
Tech and Social Media Consultant - Walnut Creek, CA

Neal - Thank you!  Now that I know what it takes to do this you should get triple double points for all the reviews you've done!

Karen - Thank you.  I can recommend the recipe personally.  You'll find Michael doesn't have the mussels - for me they are a must.  If you do cook this - take a picture of it and send it this way!

Nate - Thank you!  Very kind of you!

Angie - Thank you too!  I was torn after completing it.  I was worried it might have distracted from the content. 

Joan - Glad to be of assistance.





Dec 17, 2007 12:44 PM #27
Peter Thompson
Downers Grove, IL
Chicago Mortgage Insight
I haven't had a chance to read all the posts yet, but that recipe sound delicious.
Dec 17, 2007 02:23 PM #28
Sandi Bauman
Chico Homes Real Estate - Chico, CA
Chico CA Realtor
WOW!  That has got to be one of the most inventive Week In Review posts I've ever read!  You really did an exceptional job, Mike-  thank you, and congrats for taking it to the next level :)
Dec 17, 2007 03:37 PM #29
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate
As quickly as the financial landscape is changing, there is a lot for agents to keep up with, and you made it tasty as well. Thanks, Mike!
Dec 17, 2007 04:05 PM #30
Jess Rankin
Pickering Group - Phoenix, AZ

Great post!  This is greta for those who need to catch up on who's who on AR!

Jess Rankin

upcoming who's who on AR

Dec 17, 2007 04:53 PM #31
Ed Rybczynski
Integrity Real Estate - Havre de Grace, MD
Your Source for Local Real Estate


There's not much that could be said about this post that hasn't been said already.  It's great for numerous reasons.  I'm thankful to be included.

Dec 17, 2007 09:12 PM #32
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


Absolutely delicious!  Your mother raised you right!  Thanks for the mention. 

Mike in Tucson

Dec 17, 2007 10:21 PM #33
Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton
Charter 1 Real Estate, Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC - Hilton Head Island, SC
You did such a good job on this that I'm sure you'll get the honor again.
Dec 17, 2007 10:49 PM #34
Mike Mueller
Tech and Social Media Consultant - Walnut Creek, CA

Peter - Trust me.  It is.

Sandi - You are much too kind, thank you!

John - You are welcome.

Jess - Interesting tact.  I'm not convinced that the Who's Who is a prerequisite for inclusion.  Quality original content is all that's required.  Although I'm subscribed to around 100 bloggers - I had never heard of three of these people.  As for the others?  Read there blogs.  They produce quality original content daily.

Ed - You are welcome.  AR is a much better place with you in it.

Mike - Sorry.  I was raised by Wolves.  It was a well appointed cave, and they had good taste, but they were wolves.  ; )

Diane - Thank you.  Not sure if I could handle it.  It's a lot of work.  I had no idea until I did this one just how much work these wonderful people put into this reviewing thing, and they do so week after week.  Wow!




Dec 17, 2007 11:46 PM #35
Josette Skilling
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Bethesda, MD
What a fun and informative way to present the info!  I'll go peek at the ones I missed along the way.  I think the mortgage reading is equally as important as the real estate reading lately!
Dec 18, 2007 10:11 AM #36
Wendy Cutrufelli
Alain Pinel Realtors - Walnut Creek, CA
Contra Costa Realtor
Mike:  You are such a creative bugger!  The information was good but your presentation was great!
Dec 21, 2007 01:05 AM #37
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