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The relationships realtors and loan officers build together are extremely important when trying to generate business on both ends. A realtor is looking for a loan officer they can count on to help guide their clients through a smooth transaction, while the loan officer is looking to build that trusting relationship so they can continue to work together on more deals in the future.

Once that relationship forms, the realtor and loan officer can really band together in many different ways that will benefit both parties.

Here are the top 5 ways this working relationship can shine…

  1. Networking

When a real estate agent and loan officer join forces, they easily increase their number of potential clients by sharing their contacts and databases. They can also give each other any connections they have in the business such as attorneys, title agents, contractors, and more. They can also host or attend networking events together, and introduce one another to their contacts.

  1. Educating

A loan officer can benefit from a realtor’s expertise in the real estate world, and vice versa. Together, they can use their knowledge to help educate their consumers on what to expect during the home-buying process. As mentioned before, networking is a huge piece to the puzzle, and the realtor and loan officer can host networking seminars or webinars on certain educational topics.

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NJ Lenders offers a variety of mortgage calculators for New Jersey home buyers and homeowners who are in the market for a loan. This article provides an overview of the mortgage calculators we offer on our site, and how they can help you with your budgeting and planning.

How much will my mortgage payments be each month? How much of a house can I afford to buy? How much income do I need to qualify for a mortgage loan in New Jersey?

These are some of the most common questions home buyers and homeowners have about mortgage financing. Fortunately, we offer several budgeting and mortgage calculators to help you answer these and other important questions.

Overview of New Jersey Mortgage Calculators

You’ll find more than a dozen different calculators on our site. They are designed to help you in your research and budgeting process. Here’s a quick overview of some of the most useful calculators for New Jersey home buyers and homeowners who need mortgage financing.

  • Monthly Payments: There are a lot of mortgage payment calculators available online. But many are limited in the sense that they only allow certain basic parameters, like the loan amount and term. We offer New Jersey home buyers and homeowners a more advanced monthly payment calculator. It allows you to calculate your payments more accurately, by including variables ...

Residential mortgage loans require the approval of both the applicant as well as the property. An applicant’s income, employment, credit history, assets, and other factors are reviewed when approving a loan application. At the same time, the lender reviews the collateral for the loan - the property. Loans are made to finance a single-family residence, a duplex, a 2-4 unit property, and it can be owner occupied, non-owner occupied, or a vacation or beach home. But, another property type that can obtain competitive financing is also a condominium unit. Here’s what lenders look for when financing a condo.

Both the individual unit and the condominium project must be approved. Before making an offer on a condo, first do some homework about the condominium’s management or Homeowner’s Association (HOA). If the HOA is involved in any current or pending litigation with the developer, the application process will come to a halt until the details of the lawsuit are reviewed. If there are no such suits, you can proceed to make your offer. You should also contact your lender directly to see if the project is currently approved, and if so, under what terms. If the project has been previously approved, it avoids the sometimes lengthy process of obtaining an approval.  

If a single entity owns more than 20% of the number of units, it falls into a category called “unwarrantable.” That doesn’t mean you can’t obtain financing, but the terms for an unwarrantable condo can require ...


A reverse mortgage, officially labeled as a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage, or an FHA HECM, is a bit counterintuitive at first glance. Contrary to a standard or “forward” mortgage, a reverse mortgage pays the homeowners instead. It has shown to be an excellent option for homeowners who may be “house rich,” but perhaps, “cash poor,” or for those who would like to supplement their income in their retirement years. There are also no monthly payments required with a reverse mortgage.

Here are some of the more common questions asked about a reverse mortgage.

How much can I qualify for? That’s a moving target because the amount of available funds is based upon different factors such as the current appraised value of the property and the age of the youngest borrower occupying the property. A loan-to-value of 60% is common.

Does the lender take ownership of the property? No, title remains in your name with a reverse mortgage. The main difference with a reverse mortgage is that interest is accrued and no payments are made while living in the property. Ownership does not change.

When do I pay off the reverse mortgage? The reverse mortgage is paid off when the last borrower on the application no longer occupies the property.

What about my mortgage that I have now? With a reverse mortgage, proceeds from the new loan will go toward paying any ...


When thinking of retiring and using real estate to help aid that retirement, many people believe their options are to pay off their house, or to even borrow against their home equity if they need money. However, an even better option is to invest in real estate in order to build your retirement income.

If you purchase an investment property now, you can use the rental income to help pay the mortgage. Depending on how old you currently are, and what mortgage term you choose, it’s best to select one that would help you to pay the loan in full by the time you want to retire. If the mortgage is paid in full, you then have the choice of keeping the property and continuing to receive the net rental income, or you can sell your mortgage-free property and keep the earnings.

Rather than try risky investments, or even house flipping, a rental income retirement strategy allows you a steady and secure income. You’re generating cash flow every month with the rent your tenants pay, and often your return on investment for rental income is in the 5-10% range, depending on the investment.

There are also many other advantages for investing in real estate and using it towards your retirement income. When investing, it’s always smarter and safer to have a diverse portfolio. Instead of just relying on stocks, real estate is a great alternative source of income. Appreciation is also key in real estate investing, as long-term rental properties tend to appreciate over time. Also, if you plan on ...


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