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There is nothing worse than loosing out on a home because you could not provide a strong pre-approval letter. Listing agents are starting to demand not only strong pre-approval letters that specifically mention what steps the lender has taken, but proof of funds and even Fannie Mae approval printouts!
Of course, after a while these early pioneers of the new lending order were pretty sure they had re-invented the mortgage business. And it was hard to argue with them. They were making hundreds of millions of dollars; the loans were performing and everybody was getting rich.
(This post was written for another blog and posted well before the new Reg Z changes that took place 1/1/2010. The new 'disclosures' are even more fun!) I'm often asked "why are all of these real estate loan disclosures so confusing?" The answer is pretty simple - even if it's not what most people want [...]