We had a great luncheon meeting with our lender partner, Scott Miller of Met Life Home Mortgage, and his team yesterday at their new corporate digs. The focus of the meeting was for our team to get a complete understanding of the new world of home loans and the process from application to funding. To quote an old song from my youth "It don't come easy" . There are lot's new steps and lots of different hand offs, gates and gate keepers. "Rushing" any deal these days is all but impossible as the banking industry is still reeling from the sub prime mess. Mac & Mae At the end of the day, 90% of all loans come through the federal entities Freddy Mac and Fannie Mae. So if you are going to get your loan through Acme Savings and Loan or Ginormous National Bank, at the end of the day the money and the thumbs up or down are tied to Mac and Mae. That's because Acme and Ginormous sell their loans to Freddy and Fannie, and while they once took in any 'ole kinda loan like a lost puppy, they are now very picky.