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Mortgages 101: Quick Answers to Over 250 Critical Questions About Your Home Loan Paperback – May 2, 2008
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“This new book provides important information from an experienced mortgage broker whose home-finance articles I have enjoyed for many years. Reed shares his insider home loan secrets, offering sage advice along the way on how to overcome frequent home-mortgage problems....On my scale of one to 10, this outstanding home-mortgage book rates an off-the-chart 12.” --Robert Bruss, nationally syndicated real estate columnist
“Reed, an experienced loan officer and columnist for RealtyTimes, offers an easy-to-digest look at the world of mortgages....Reed writes in a straightforward, conversational tone and offers appropriate cautions, such as not to reveal confidential information online. While much of this information is available elsewhere, Reed serves up useful advice that is rarely discussed....While there are books that cover this information in more depth, the q&a format makes this a worthwhile addition to the real estate shelves.” --Publishers Weekly
“With consumer-friendly language and an easygoing tone, Reed answers over 250 common, yet critical borrower questions. Originators can use this book chapter by chapter, or as a whole, to help educate consumers on the entire mortgage process….Give this book to any potential customer—first-time buyers, move-ups, and experienced homeowners alike—and they will come back to you more informed and confident in their mortgage proceedings….you and your customers will benefit greatly from this informative book.” --Mortgage Originator
“Written in Q&A, the advice in Mortgages 101 is unvarnished and to the point. Reed takes a dry subject and makes literally years of hard-gained knowledge digestible and usable in a thumbable loan manual.”
“An indispensable guide to answer any question imaginable when you're buying a home or other property. If you own your own business, have had credit trouble or just want to learn more about the amazing array of current real estate mortgage products, Mortgages 101 can help.” --BookPage
"His lucid explanations translate confusing mortgage industry jargon into plain English for the nonfinancial reader....no-nonsense tone.” --Financial Planning
“…takes the guesswork out of getting a mortgages…If you don’t become an expert on mortgages after reading this book, don’t blame us.” – The Post-Standard
“Though a number of books cover mortgages for consumers, this helpful how-to is distinguished by its ‘Socratic’ style; many web-savvy readers will benefits from the familiar FAQ format. A welcome addition to public library business collections.” --Library Journal
“Reed follows the question-and-answer format and covers just about every issue that can come up, from how much to put down to the various types of mortgages available. Perhaps the best thing Mr. Reed does is explain, simply, how banks determine your creditworthiness." --The New York Times
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1) People shopping for a loan
2) Realtors who want to familiarize themselves with the multitude of loan products available.
3) Any agent new in the industry. I would advise every lender to have a copy on hand. If you get a new agent who is inexperienced, put them in a corner their first day on the job and have them read this book.
I think Mr. Reed has done a thorough job explaining what is currently out there in the way of mortgages, and his Q & A format worked because that is typically how a loan officer gets and delivers information, i.e. "If I do that what happens?" or "Can I buy this house with this much or that much down?"
He strongly encourages in this book to find an experienced loan agent who is working in your best interest. Even though there are a loans available these days, not all make financial sense to all people. Sometimes a borrower just has to take what is offered due to job history, credit history, or lack of downpayment. But, the good news is that people can now get loans who could not get loans in the recent past (at somewhat reasonable rates). Real Estate has been so good to so many people, that it is undeniably the best investment for the average person. I've seen it too many times in my 19 years of being in the business. Dave Reed has done much to add to the understanding of loans for the average person.
Good job Dave on this great book.
* being pre-qualified vs pre-approved
* what kind of mortgages exist; pros and cons of them
* what is refinancing and when can you do
* how and whether you should take loans against your mortgage
* and many more.
I feel more confident about at least one aspect of the home buying process. Thanks
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Very thorough and informative read, it is worth the money in my opinion.Published 18 months ago by breakerwannab