What is a mortgage broker?

by Bob Hummer 02/14/2023

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Embarking on the homebuying journey takes much effort and research, as the market is constantly changing and purchasing a home is a huge financial commitment. This is why it pays to have real estate professionals such as an experienced mortgage broker on your side to aid you during the process. 

What is a mortgage broker?

A mortgage broker acts as a bridge for potential loan borrowers to compare different lenders to make an informed decision on where to find the best loan option for their home purchase. 

Using a mortgage broker helps borrowers compare interest rates, loan terms, benefits and more, saving homebuyers the time they would have spent comparing quotes on their own time. 

How do mortgage brokers get paid?

Mortgage brokers work to secure quality borrowers for financial institutions and are paid a percentage of the loan amount directly from the borrower or the lending company. 

The fixed percentage mortgage brokers are paid can’t be changed due to increased interest rates or the type of loan acquired. 

What is the benefit of a mortgage broker?

In addition to saving homebuyers time on searching for financing, mortgage brokers can also provide access to numerous lenders with the best deals available. A mortgage broker can also work directly with your lender to reduce or even waive mortgage fees once the loan is approved.

The homebuying journey is full of steps, paperwork and negotiations. Having a mortgage broker by your side can ease some of the burdens often associated with home financing, and can even save you money along the way.

About the Author

Bob Hummer

Bob Hummer brings a wealth of experience with him; a practitioner in real estate in Northern Virginia since 1978, a Life Member of both the Million Dollar Sales Club and the Top Producers Club with over 2,500 Satisfied Families and President, Prince William Association of REALTORS in 1991. His experiences range from helping buyers and sellers attain their goals; to renovating historic homes on Capitol Hill; to counseling and assisting homeowners facing the loss of their home due to foreclosure. Since 1996, he has presented his free monthly Home Buyer and Home Seller seminars at the Woodbridge campus of Strayer University. In June 2023 he completed the Certified Probate Real Estate Specialist course and was awarded the designation CPRES. His goal is to assist individuals who inherited real estate and wish to sell. A former "Military Brat" and a retired Air Force Hospital Administrator, Bob has made more than 26 moves during his life and is extremely familiar with all aspects of a family relocating - whether it is across the street or across the nation.