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Selecting the Right Mortgage Broker

Once you have decided that using a mortgage broker to obtain you loan is right for you, you will want to choose a company you can trust and an individual you can be comfortable with.

The first step is to make sure the broker is licensed in your state and, ideally, certified by a trusted entity such as the National Association of Mortgage Brokers. Once this has been confirmed, you should find out how long the mortgage broker has been in business in the community and do research to make sure they have not been the recipient of consumers complains or the subject any type of investigation.

A referral from a trusted friend or business associate can be a good place to start, as can information from reliable third-party sources on the Internet, such the website for the National Association of Mortgage Brokers. As always when using the Internet, though, be cautious and make sure you know where the information you are getting is coming from.

Once you have decided on a mortgage broker who has a good reputation and appears to meet your needs, schedule a meeting or even just a phone call to get to know the person’s customer service style. Tell them briefly about what you are looking for and ask them how they would help if you gave them your business. Ask them how long they have been in the industry and what their qualifications are. If they speak too quickly for you to understand or seem irritated by your questions, look elsewhere. On the other hand, if they are easy to talk to and happy to help, you have probably found someone with whom you will enjoy working.

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