So, you’re searching for a mortgage broker, but you aren’t really sure where to start. Well, there are several different places that you can look to find a mortgage broker � the phone book, online, and through friends and family are all great places to look. But, how do you really know that they are a reputable mortgage broker or not? Here are some tips to help you weed out the good from the bad:
1. Compile a list. Gather up all the information on mortgage brokers that you have gotten so far, from friends and family, the phone book, or online, and place it all on a list. Make sure that you have the full name of the company, their phone number, and either their address or web address.
2. Do some homework. Now that you have your list, you need to go through each mortgage broker and search out all the information on them that you can find through the Better Business Bureau and the Attorney General’s office. You can do this either online or by phone. While you are looking through their information, here are some things that you need to look for: Has the company ever been involved in legal problems with the state or federal government? Are they a licensed mortgage broker in the United States, or are they overseas? How many complaints have been filed against the mortgage broker? If the company has several complaints or lawsuits filed against them either by the government or individuals, this should be a red flag and you should consider crossing them off your list. If the company is not a licensed mortgage broker, this is a huge red flag and you should drop them off your list immediately. If you come across any other issues that just don’t set right with you, take that company off your list as well. You should feel completely safe with the company having your personal information and your money.
3. After you have narrowed your list down by doing a little background on each mortgage broker, you should have a few who are at the top of your list. Call these few and interview each one by asking some of these questions: How long have they been in business? What are their fees on mortgages and refinancing? What types of rates do they offer? And any other questions that you might need to know that pertain to your situation.
By finding out all the information that you can about the company before you sign with them, will help to ensure that you are choosing a reputable mortgage broker to handle your next mortgage.