Real Estate Glossary

The following are some common real estate terms you may run across during the process of buying or selling your home.

Mortgage Broker

An individual or company that brings borrowers and lenders together for the purpose of loan origination. Mortgage brokers typically require a fee or a commission for their services. The National Association of Mortgage Brokers defines a mortgage broker as "an independent real estate financing professional who specializes in the origination of residential and/or commercial mortgages." There are an estimated 20,000 mortgage brokerage operations from coast to coast. They originate more than half of the residential loans in the U.S. A mortgage broker has professional expertise that can assist mortgage seekers in finding the best loan for them. The mortgage broker is also experienced in offering many applicable financing options for a consumer's specific needs.

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