Mortgage Ripoffs and Money Savers: An Industry Insider Explains How to Save Thousands on Your Mortgage or Re-Finance

Mortgage Ripoffs and Money Savers: An Industry Insider Explains How to Save Thousands on Your Mortgage or Re-Finance

Carolyn Warren better get a bodyguard. Her new tell-all on the mortgage industry exposes so many of the lending industry’s favorite frauds, every loan officer from Seattle to Miami is going to be gunning for her! Mortgage Rip-Offs and Money Savers is like a map that guides you around the carefully camouflaged landmines laid by lenders. And it gives you simple, step-by-step directions for saving tens of thousands of dollars. If you’re looking for ways to save a king’s ransom on your mortgage and monthly payments, you simply must read this book. — Clayton Makepeace, founder and president, The Profit Center

Topics include:
* Why calling around for the best interest rate is a BAD idea (and what to do instead).
* How to force lenders to disclose their hidden fees.
* The Dirty Dozen: Junk fees You should not pay.
* How to get the lowest possible rate.
* Uncover the best-kept secret of the mortgage industry.
* Avoid the five most common unpleasant closing surprises.
* Turning a denied loan into an approved loan.
* and much more.

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  1. Elizabeth R. Mueller says:
    76 of 79 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    This Book Taught Me Everything I Needed to Know in 24 hrs…Run to the Store and Get it…You Will Not Be Sorry!, May 31, 2007
    Elizabeth R. Mueller (Portland, OR) –

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    Ah, where do I begin?

    I am someone who had to learn the hard way about real estate. I looked to buy my first house in areas that had goldmine rushes in appreciation, like Princeton, NJ, Kapaa, HI and finally settled on Portland, OR–one of the most competitive markets in real estate history (last year, prices raised 150 grand in 3 months, and the bubble still has not burst.)

    I was in contract multiple times, but since the houses I liked were old, they were plagued with foundation issues, dry rot, water damage…I was so used to bad inspections and dropping properties, I almost fell out of my seat when a perfect, 6 bedroom, Victorian, commercial space had an excellent report.

    I was so focused on the front end of my deals, negotiating into contract, I had neglected studying the loan process.

    When the sellers to my dream house learned they had backup offers close to 100 grand more than I paid, they did everything they could to throw my deal and restrict my timetable to get a loan. They asked for a week long extension on my inspection period, pretending they would repair misc. small items and then returned saying not only did they not call in contractors, they would not grant me an extension on the close date and practically cackled in my face,”Have fun getting a loan!” I had 2 weeks.

    I read 4 books on mortgages, but still felt unprepared. Then, by sheer luck, I found Carolyn Warren’s, Mortgage Rip-Offs and Money Savers and it saved my entire deal.

    This book is THE most informative, concise, entertaining book you will ever read on mortgages. It is an absolute crash-course, packed with minute details on the dirty, ugly, greedy world of mortgages.

    She tells you how to find a loan in one day, what to say to the lenders, how to cut out their sales pitch and get facts, and she warns you about scams –and trust me, even the most reputable companies, will try to deceive you.

    I ended up frustrating so many lenders because I would catch them at every turn. Warren’s book gives you the power to anticipate the games these companies will play with your time, money and future investment. I had no idea how loan officers can be worse than car salespeople and they are relentless.

    What will they do to you? Lie, lie and lie some more. They will pretend they cannot get you Good Faith Estimates or Truth-in-Lending forms without running your credit or taking an application fee (never pay this!), they will say their “computers are down” and want to run numbers verbally (thus, it is not binding), they will quote good deals and then act like they made a mistake-more bait and switch, they will not tell you what the wholesale price of their loan is and how much they over-charged you, they throw in junk fees…but even when you think you have it nailed in writing, they can surprise you at the closing table–especially, if they know you are pressed for time and love the house–they will try to change terms or slip in new charges, and conveniently be “unavailable” to correct blatant errors, in your final moments.

    In addition to her book, Carolyn Warren runs a website where you can email her questions. She answers within a day and will even look over your Good Faith Estimates and Truth-in-Lending forms. She claims she will save you twice as much money in your closing costs then she charges you, or else your consultation is free.

    I was so terrified of losing this deal and expressed my desperation in an email, Carolyn even took the time to call me and give me additional advice.
    I am not sure if she does this for everyone, my situation was pretty extreme…so, I hope my stating this will not result in overwhelming requests for a phone call from her…but I feel I should include this in my review because she was incredibly kind and she armed me with the knowledge I needed to protect myself. (Thank you, Carolyn!)

    And here are some extra pieces of advice, from me. When you look for a mortgage broker, google “Upfront Mortgage Brokers.” They have a website, with state directories of lenders and brokers. You can read about their philosophies on the website. They will not hassle you about getting Good Faith Estimates or Truth-in-Lending forms…(at least they won’t pretend their “computers cannot generate these” without paying a fee–as Countrywide tried to scam me.) But do NOT let your guard down. Follow Carolyn’s advice, watch the junk fees, use her service–if you want an extra pair of eyes to catch something on the forms. Even the “Upfront Mortgage Brokers” will mess with you. Be Vigilant.

    Finally, when you notice a Realtor or Mortgage agent is making “mistakes”–but then is suddenly out of the office or town, not taking your calls? Always get their cell numbers before your time line crunch hits and try dialing *67 before their number. This blocks…

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  2. Longhorn Girl "" says:
    34 of 37 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Not an option to skip this book…., August 23, 2007

    This book is absolutely amazing.

    I’m currently shopping for a mortgage and was *almost* roped in by several of the tactics Carolyn outlined in her book. My husband and I started our house buying process with the intent to use the builder’s financial mortgage services. We got pre-approved using my ss#, income and asset info which was a fairly straightforward process. The builder threw in a 12,500k lot discount and offered us $1,500 credit on closing costs. Our mortgage consultant spent a great deal of time going through various options and even talked about interest rates (6 months outside of the close date). At the time I had no idea what I was doing and so I trusted her to provide me with all of the information I needed to make a decision.

    Fast forward to five weeks ago (today is 8/20).

    My mortgage consultant essentially faded away. She didn’t return calls. She didn’t respond to requests for GFEs (if you don’t know what that is, buy this book), but finally did after the forth request. Although Carolyn suggests that you shouldn’t ‘shop’ mortgages, I did after reading the ‘secrets’ and changed my whole approach to the process.

    First, my builder’s mortgage lender considered us a slam dunk. We were locked into using them otherwise we’d lose our discounts. After reading the book, I decided to call two other brokers one of who responded with 4 GFEs within 45 minutes. I made it easy for him to get them for me because I outlined all of the information Carolyn stated that he needs to generate these. In addition, I asked him point blank the questions that SO MANY people fail to ask!! I’m not going to give you the list because it’s in the book (if I quit my job to write a book about the secrets, I wouldn’t want someone spilling the beans)!

    I asked about some of the fees and here’s how he responded:

    App & Commitment Fees: With my stellar credit and all of my paperwork ready to go, I promise it will be a very clean loan. “The commitment fee is the only charge from the lender. It is to cover their cost of doing business. I have no leeway in reducing or waiving that fee. As a broker, every lender we have use will have a similar fee. As for the application fee, this is our only fee and I can look into reducing it but I can’t waive it completely.”

    Attorney Courier Fees/Copy/Fax/Email Fee: Again, I’ll have all of my paperwork to you early August for a September 12th close date. “Just based on our conversations I can believe that this loan will be very clean and painless for both parties. You are a much more educated borrower than we normally see. The fees that the attorney charges for your closing that is shown on the GFE are an estimate that should cover most attorneys no matter where they are. If you have an attorney that you want to use (and it is your choice) that will negotiate their fees, please let us know. Again this is a third party fee that I cannot negotiate or reduce, whatever they charge is passed along to you with no mark up on our end.”

    I was amazed when he said, “Your much more educated borrower than we normally see.” All of my questions and comments to him came from understanding these dirty little mortgage secrets.

    To make a long story short: this book gives you all of the information you need in order to make an educated decision about one of the most important decisions in your life.

    The builder’s mortgage lender’s closing costs are $11635.00 and the new broker’s are $6,800.00 and he disclosed every fee and commission (whereas the builder’s lender would not). The builder’s lender charges a higher rate than the new broker even though I have stellar credit. The builder’s lender didn’t even try to find a competitive rate for us because they *knew* the discounts would keep us hooked.

    My personal mortgage tip for the day: when you see these types of discounts continue to do your homework!! Do not be fooled and by all means, don’t sign something saying you’ll lose them if you use someone else (like we did).

    In the end, we were able to finally negotiate the discount and closing fees using another lender. Had I not purchased and read this book, we would have paid a lot more for our mortgage.

    buy today….

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  3. G. Pothier Ward says:
    18 of 19 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent resource guide, July 8, 2007
    G. Pothier Ward

    This book is an excellent resource for mortgages. If you really want to know tips, advice or directions, Carolyn gives it to you in easy to understand languge. No industry jargon; plain simple english. Step by Step approaches. I think everyone thinking of getting a mortgage should FIRST read this book. It is about time someone is honest and straightforward about the mortgage industry and the process. Don’t get a mortgage without it!

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