Wednesday, October 30, 2013

What Is The Difference Between A Mortgage Broker And A Banker???

People often ask us what the difference is between a Mortgage broker and a banker. I, Max Kallos, thought it would be helpful to differentiate.

Bank – a bank is a direct lending institution and funds its own loans. In layman’s terms the bank is the one lending the money…it is their money. The bank directly underwrites and approves loans and then sends their money to the closing attorneys office for your closing.

Broker – a broker doesn’t work for a bank however has relationships (legal contracts) with multiple banks OR lending institutions. Our company, for example, has relationships with about 20 banks/lending institutions. Some of these relationships are with banks you’ve heard of like Suntrust, 5th 3rd, etc. And some are with smaller privately held companies you may not have heard of. The banks solicit us. They want us sending them loans. As we are not bank employees they are not paying us a salary or benefits, they aren’t renting us office space, etc. For the banks there is no overhead. If we send them business it is almost all profit margin. These banks still underwrite the loans and send their money to closing. The main difference here is the money AND the underwriting is not ours (the Broker).

So why use a broker if we’re just going back to banks anyway? And is there an added “middle man” fee to use a broker? Here's a great reason to use a broker…we have access to multiple banks. Just because Suntrust rates are the best at 10 AM doesn’t mean they’ll be the best at 2 PM. We have the ability to shop multiple banks and use the banks that price right AND can close loans on time. Both of those items are key when buying a new home. What about the “middle man” fee? It’s actually quite the opposite! Most banks actually give us BETTER fees and rates than their in-house employees! Why? Because we’re not employees! There’s no overhead. No office space, salaries, health benefits, etc.

A good broker closes loans on time AND has great pricing! Always get a quote to be competitive and ask questions!

Max A Kallos
404-277-5884 phone
678-298-8947 fax OR

Recognized in ‘Atlanta’ Magazine as a Five Star Mortgage Professional endorsed by Emmy winning consumer advocate Dale Cardwell!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Dekalb County Chamblee High School-Real Estate, SAT Scores And More...

Chamblee High School is located in the City of Chamblee, Dekalb County Georgia 30341 on 3688 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd. At time of post the school has a student body of 1512 from ninth to twelfth grades. The schools mascot is a Bulldog and their colors are blue and gold.

The School has been a Charter School since 2001.
Check out this resource to see the 2009 to 2014 Charter Info. As of SAT 2012 test scores, Chamblee High School ranked as the number 1 high school in Dekalb County with a score of 1609.
This school district remains to be a highly sought after district to live in.

Homes For Sale In Chamblee High School District

Townhomes, Condos, Land For Sale In Chamblee High School District

The Chamblee Charter High School Magnet Program for High Achievers is designed to challenge students who benefit from a fast paced and challenging environment.

More About The Dekalb County Magnet Program

The School has been going through make-overs and new construction for some time now. Here is a great resource to stay on top of the updates. 2014 is the target date for the year in which the latest phase is completed.

Chamblee Charter High School Construction Website Page

In case you are new to the area, and not sure what school your child will attend in Dekalb County,
use this great tool:

What school will my child attend in DeKalb County?