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Ben DeHaven
Haven Realty & Investments - Winter Haven, FL
Proudly serving Winter Haven & Lakeland, Florida

I use one guy. If he can't do a particular loan, he knows it, admits it, and tells me who to call. He closed 23 loans in March, and I've seen him close some crazy stuff. 

Apr 05, 2015 01:09 AM
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

That is up to the buyers, but we do strongly recommend them to check one lender that we trust completely as she has great communication skills, know how to ask the RIGHT questions, and will get the buyer to the closing table.

Apr 05, 2015 12:08 AM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

I use one, whom I trust. 

Apr 04, 2015 02:03 PM
Pier-Mari Toledo
Mortgage Lending - Warwick, RI
Your Home Financing Destination

Ultimately it's the buyers choice. It's most important that realtor and mortgage lender work as a team. The market is different from state to state and even town to town but in my marketplace is more common for buyers to talk to the bank before they shop for a home or even speak to a realtor. I find about 80 % of my clients who come in for pre qualification have not yet spoken with a realtor. The rest have either started looking on their own or have spoken with a realtor but have not started looking at property yet. There are few who begin their home search without speaking to the lender about affordability first or at least early on in the process. On the other hand, on both sides of the transaction, the realtor needs to feel confident in the lender and the lender needs to feel confident in the realtor. Good strong relationships are what makes the magic happen!! Great question!

Apr 04, 2015 12:08 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

The number is not important. Their ability to get to settlement with the program needed by the purchasers is the key element. For example, if the buyer needs FHA 203 (k) financing, it is a waste of effort to use a loan officer who does not have a success record with the program.

Apr 04, 2015 09:38 AM
Margaret Goss
@Properties - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

We have in-house lenders - and I like to use them as well as the outside ones.  I give my clients a list and they choose.

Apr 04, 2015 09:27 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

We have an in-house lo from Ross Mortgage Co and she's the wife of my team member, Eric Buliung.... we are all friends.... but we also use other LO.... depends on the situation.... I prefer the in house one so we can have some control!!!

Apr 04, 2015 07:07 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

No in-house for me.  One preferred and an alternate.

Aug 24, 2018 06:57 AM
Ajay Pandya
e-Merge Real Estate Unlimited - Columbus, OH
Realtor Ajay Pandya

A few.

Apr 01, 2018 08:46 PM