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LodeStar curates a variety of content through our Leading Lenders
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Loan Estimate Challenges

Maryland’s Biggest LE Challenges

When it comes to preparing a TRID Loan Estimate (LE) there might not be a trickier state for your transaction than Maryland, with its myriad of wrinkles and various, differing taxes and requirements.

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Deeper Thoughts

A Few Thoughts on Community — October 19, 2021

By now, you probably know that LodeStar has launched our new website and, with it, rounded out our mission statement. That’s built upon what we call “The Three C’s:” Clarity, Connectivity and Community.

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Lending Leaders

Facilitating the American Dream with Dan Smith

We recently visited with Dan Smith, VP of Sales for one of LodeStar’s partners, Lending Pad. Like many, Dan joined the mortgage industry almost by accident. However, he has thrived—especially in mortgage technology, in the 20+ years since.

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Deeper Thoughts

Some Interesting Numbers to Consider — October 12, 2021

This week, we’re going to deviate from our typical conversation and offer up our own version of a mortgage trends report! However, it’s a topic that could become increasingly important, even though few are discussing it—yet.

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Lending Leaders

The Competitive Advantage of Translation with George Baker

We recently had a fascinating conversation with George Baker, the founder and CEO of Talkuments. Talkuments is the producer of a multi-lingual, digital home loan guide for mortgage lenders to provide to borrowers—especially multi-lingual or non-English speaking borrowers.

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Deeper Thoughts

Taking a Moment for Something Really Important – October 5th, 2021

We’re going to hit “pause” on our usual content stream for a moment. So we won’t be talking much about closing cost calculators, TRID guidelines or mortgage compliance this week. This is actually much more important (not that those other things aren’t important…).

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Lending Leaders

Mental Health Warning Signs at Work with Dr. Shira Kafker

As you may already know, we at LodeStar are passionate about promoting mental health awareness. September was National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month, so there was no question we would be getting out, spreading the word and doing our part toward raising awareness.

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Deeper Thoughts

There’s More to the True ROI of Social Media Than Sales – September 28th, 2021

It really astonishes us that more mortgage-related businesses aren’t fully taking advantage of the wonderful marketing lever that social media can be. We see some brands spending thousands upon thousands on outdated or downright bad lists.

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Lending Leaders

Employee Retention and Attracting Talent with Marcia O’Connor

Marcia Zaruba-O’Connor visited with us at LLL recently. She’s a fellow Philadelphia 100 honoree and the CEO and founder of the O’Connor Group, a talent acquisition and human resources provider.

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