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Mortgages 101: Quick Answers to Over 250 Critical Questions About Your Home Loan Paperback – September 6, 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
Reed, an experienced loan officer and columnist for Realty Times, offers an easy-to-digest look at the world of mortgages. With definitions of the various types of loans, explanations of credit scores and a discussion of how the Internet has changed the real estate business, the book is a handy reference for anyone involved in real estate transactions-though best for beginners who want a map to navigate their way through the complexities of mortgages. The book explains such basic issues as the difference between renting and buying, which individuals at a bank actually approve loans and how to figure out debt ratio. More complex topics, like construction loans and getting online approvals, are also included. 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. For example, there is a "rescission" period for refinanced mortgages that gives people a three-day grace period to get out of the mortgage agreement with no penalties; he also discusses various types of appraisals. 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.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Robert Bruss, nationally syndicated columnist: "On my scale of one to 10, this outstanding home-mortgage book rates an off-the-chart 12."
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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.