As a retired Mortgage Banker, I would love to answer it. There are SO many people hungry for answers such a great question, that addressing them one at a time is SO ineffective. I have a free report available that anyone can access to get educated about all the "dirty little secrets" of this business and HOW we as a society ended up in such a mess.
It bothers me greatly that so many people, young AND old, have been taken advantage of and NEED answers to prosper financially and not become a foreclosure victim. If you DON'T get educated BEFORE making a decision, you're next in line to be ripped off. Count on it.
I've been posting answers under numerous aliases onYahoo! because I have to keep creating a new account to do so. It seems the "establishment" prefers to keep the public in the dark when it comes to exposing the truth about anything which could actually help them avoid catastrophe. When faced with a serious choice about something in your past think about what you should have been made aware of by someone in "authority", but weren't. If you knew what "they" knew, wouldn't you have made a better decision?
Whether you're a first time buyer, moving up, refinancing, buying a foreclosure, short sale or trustee sale or auction, you're going to need financing in place. First. Doing it ANY other way is wasting your time and a professional real estate broker won't even LOOK at you or your offer unless your financing is in place. Don't believe me? Try it.
If you're interested in learning about the industry from the inside, visit my website. I can't type the internet address here or I'll be creating yet another Yahoo! account. I'll spell it for you. MortgageSelfDefense[dot]com. Type that into your web browser as you would a regular internet address and you'll get there.
In addition to the information you'll receive on the site, if you decide to be a free subscriber, you'll receive tips, techniques and advice on regular intervals along with my personal contact information to ask questions.
I look forward to helping you.
P.S. I'm also a Real Estate Broker in two states (CA & NV) and have been since 1981. Having been so gives me a unique perspective on the industry.