Mortgage Brokers vs. Mortgage Bankers
What is the difference between a mortgage banker and a mortgage broker? Simply, a mortgage banker is the lender; a mortgage broker represents several lending institutions and serves as a liaison between the lender and borrower.
Which is better? Here are the benefits of each.
Brokers: 1) Brokers work individually with borrowers to process the loan application. 2) The broker is independent and searches for a loan based on his customer’s needs, not his employer’s needs. 3) The broker matches his client with a lender, then walks the paperwork through final approval and funding. 4) Brokers’ fees are paid by the lending institution, so are of no consequence to the buyer.
Bankers: 1) Mortgage bankers are direct lenders. Working with them eliminates the middleman. 2) Mortgage bankers themselves approve or reject loans and may use automated underwriting systems, so working with a banker may prove more expeditious. 3) Mortgage bankers must have substantial net worth if they are to survive. Brokers, on the other hand, need only a store front and telephone in order to set up shop. 4) Because they are competing with both other bankers and brokers, mortgage bankers have no choice but to maintain competitive rates.
Both are good options but, as always, it's best to shop around in order to find the perfect institution which will give you the best rates and options for a purchase you are about to make.