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Lebron v. Curry – OH BOY! 5 Reasons To Expect The Best NBA Finals Series Of All Time

lebron_curry1Lebron v. Curry – OH BOY!

I LOVE basketball and I’ve watched just about every playoff game this year. This NBA Finals is going to be the best …what could be better?! The NBA national championship series between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers begins in one week on Thursday, June 4 and I can’t wait!

Here are 5 reasons to expect one of the best NBA Championship Series of all time:

  1. You have the two best teams in the NBA. Between the two teams, they got to the NBA Finals in the fewest games in NBA history. That means they got through each opponent in the playoffs faster than ever before. The Warriors are clearly the best team in the West winning 67 games and the way Cleveland destroyed Atlanta it’s pretty clear they are the best team in the East (and they did it without Kevin Love). The Warriors are great not only because of Steph Curry, but they have the whole team package. But Cleveland is great because of one thing…King Lebron James…and defending him is almost impossible. Juicy!
  2. You have the two best players in the NBA going head-to-head. Nobody questions Lebron James as the best player in the NBA. Some argue he’s the best player to ever play, but I won’t open that can of worms right now. One stat says it all…he has made the NBA Finals 5 seasons in a row with two different teams…nobody can claim that stat…nobody. Oh, and James has been named the MVP 4-times. And Steph Curry? Well, he was named MVP this year for a reason and if you watch him play it’s easy to see why…the guy is absolutely amazing.
  3. The back-story with Lebron James is ultra-compelling. Lebron wanted to play in Cleveland, then left to go win championships in Miami, and then came back to Cleveland to bring it home. Many thought this story line was fictitious…that James made it up for publicity…blah blah blah…pure B.S. James brought it back because he sincerely wanted to bring hope back to Cleveland after he realized just how hurt the city was when he left. Now he comes back and in one season brings the team to the NBA Finals. Unbelievable…you can’t write story lines better than this.
  4. The back-story of the Warriors’ dream season is awesome. Not one player on the Golden State Warriors has been to the NBA Finals. Yet they won a league-best 67 games and carried a 12-3 record through the first three rounds of the postseason. They play what appears to be effortlessly…rhythmic. To me they look like a well oiled prime-time San Antonio Spurs team, but with even more talent. In my opinion, the Warriors are as close to a weakness-free team in the NBA, except that they lack experience in the grandest series.
  5. The back-story for the Head Coaches is also juicy. Both the Cavaliers’ Head Coach David Blatt and the Warriors’ Head Coach Steve Kerr are in their first NBA seasons as coaches in any capacity let alone head coaches…and each finds himself in the NBA Finals. Are you kidding me?!

IT’S GONNA BE GOOD!

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Hardly A Day Goes By When I Don’t Think About Quitting This Business

Hardly a day goes by when I don’t think about quitting this business. I love the mortgage business, really, I do!  Sure, there’s been tough times, like working for about 10 different lenders over the last 8 years.  Yeah, that was tough. But at least I was always employed, right?  Hey, in this business you can either focus on the bad and suffer day in and day out, or, you can find ways to have fun and make it work.  Although I sometimes fall into the trap of the former, I make an effort to stay focused on the latter.   That’s one of the reasons I write my blog, it makes it more fun.

We all have times when we consider getting out.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had LOs, AEs, processors, and executive managers, just to name a few, that have told me they want to get out of this business.  Some actually do, and most come back.  But for all of you out there that have thought about it, you might enjoy this.

To set it up, Chuck Lorre is a writer, director and producer for such shows as The Big Bang Theory, Grace Under Fire, Dharma & Greg, Two and a Half Men, and the new hit Mom.  He also publishes these “Vanity Cards” after each show which is his way of doing a blog, and I like them.  I haven’t read them all, mainly because I don’t watch every one of his shows. But sometimes I catch one that I like, and this one caught my eye.

I also like the one he wrote about Charlie Sheen after the last episode of Two And A Half Men, below…

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Brokers Will Once Again Be The Big Dogs

Move Over Direct Lenders – Brokers Will Once Again Be The Big Dogs.  
I really liked this article written to borrowers by my long-time client and friend, Jeff Lazerson, who writes a column for the Orange County Register.  Check it out, (with his permission and with my emphasis)…
Move over direct lenders. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) will level the playing field as of August 1st, finally facilitating mortgage shoppers’ ability to do an apples-to-apples comparison of loan origination and settlement charges of direct lenders compared to mortgage brokers.

Here’s how. TRID is the new 4 letter word. It stands for TILA, RESPA Integrated Disclosures.

Four currently required disclosures (initial TIL, final TIL that are supposed to calculate the cost of credit), the Good Faith Estimate (GFE) and the HUD 1 Settlement Statement (HUD 1) are going to get boiled down to 2 forms, the Loan Estimate (LE) and the Closing Disclosure (CD). The LE merges the initial TIL and the GFE. The CD merges the final TIL and the HUD 1.

The new LE ends the confusion, ridding you, the mortgage shopper of having to decipher any indirect compensation (rebate) comparisons from the lender to the mortgage broker whereas lenders were never required to disclose any of their back-end compensation from upstream investors like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Mark my words. Within 5 years mortgage brokers will once again be the big dogs, originating 75 percent of all home loans.

According to Tom LaMalfa of TSL Consulting, who has spent well over 3 decades studying and researching mortgage markets, the mortgage broker channel was responsible for 67 percent of all loans originated at its 2004 peak, dropping to as low as 8 or 9 percent after the mortgage meltdown. “Access to multiple investors, a stable regulatory environment, more freedom, more money, and more choice will see bank loan officers migrate back to mortgage brokering.”

John Councilman, President of the National Association of Mortgage Professionals (NAMB) proudly points to the CFPB’s own written guidance that concludes in part mortgage brokers “offer important consumer protections” not available to consumers through other channels. “Essentially, it’s an opportunity for consumers to work with a huge part of the marketplace, whether you want to find the lowest rates, the fastest funding or your situation is difficult”, said Councilman.

Even with the current GFE comparison handicapping mortgage brokers that started back in 2010, California mortgage brokers funded almost 46 billion dollars in 2014, according to data provided by Tim Doyle, Senior Vice President at the Conference of State Bank Supervisors.

Not bad! Heck, the national totals for all mortgages funded in 2014 were just 1.1 trillion dollars.

Truth be told. I think CFPB Director Richard Cordray is really a closet mortgage broker. How else do you explain all of this gushy support for mortgage brokers, the “Know Before You Owe” pricing engine on the CFPB website, imploring you to shop around for your loan, explaining the protections that mortgage brokers offer and making the shopping and comparison process fair to you and the mortgage brokerage community?
Jeff Lazerson, Mortgage Grader, Laguna Niguel   jlazerson@mortgagegrader.com
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