What is the best online Mortgage Brokerage Firm or Correspondent Lender to join as a new business career?

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I plan to start a career as a loan officer and want to do business primarily on the internet, from home, as well as get the training on-line and/or by phone. I’m thinking about joining either Apex Lending or Premier Mortgage. Trancontinental Lending Group is also an option. Anyone have feedback regarding these companies? I’m really leaning towards Apex Lending because I like the business structure, however there is a one-time $ 200 fee for purchasing software that allows you to run the business on the internet and from home. The software has the 1003 appl, credit score/info viewing, matches programs to client info, manages your accounts, funds, can do business in atleast 20 states, etc. Is having to pay this fee a norm when getting started, if so, are there companies that have a lower start up fee? I have taken a 24-hour mortgage broker course in Florida recently, but haven’t taken the licensing exam yet. I will need a mentor for the first few deals and would like to get started soon.

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    josephcodner
    February 10, 2011 at 2:35 am

    I also work for Aapex mtg that’s based in fl. working from home is cool but it’s best if you can go into an office and do work there. if you’re home you might bs more than if you were in an office, there fore you can get more work done. It’s just a suggestion. You should look around first before you make a decision.

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    vegas_iwish
    February 10, 2011 at 3:26 am

    Generally not unless you have more complications than you do. Many net lose after paying fee for “more” refund. By claiming 2 (many fools claim 0) you have correctly cut down your refund. Don’t underestimate how much of the return of thier interest free loan to the govt you friends are trumpeting as a refund.

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    Tim M
    February 10, 2011 at 3:58 am

    They charge you a fee, but I think if you get the most up to date tax software you could get more deductions.

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    maxinestringbean
    February 10, 2011 at 4:47 am

    We have always used software & been very pleased with the results. Tax preparers are good at finding unusual deductions but if you don’t have unusual circumstances (say, own your own business) the software will guide you to deductions you might not otherwise think of, anyway. Plus, it’s cheaper!

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    angelfire2707
    February 10, 2011 at 4:58 am

    No, use turbotax.com. It’s free if you make under like 50k a year and they walk you through every step & calculate for you. I paid an accountant in the past and it was a waste.

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    me4tennessee
    February 10, 2011 at 5:35 am

    NO, preparers like H&R Block are using the same software you can purchase or use online!

    I have used http://www.taxact.com for the last 8 years and have all my friends and family using it also. I have already filled 4 out for co-workers. If you paperfile it is FREE, if you want to e-file it is only $ 9.95!

    I filled mine out on Jan 19 and my refund was deposited into my account on Jan 25. Not Too Bad!
    Good luck and save the money you would spend with a preparer!

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    Pumpkin
    February 10, 2011 at 6:01 am

    I’ve been doing my own taxes for 3 years off of http://www.taxcut.com and its better to do them yourself. The preparers I went to before use the same software and you paying them to do it and they charge 150-200 dollars when you can do it yourself for free.

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    r_kav
    February 10, 2011 at 6:43 am

    Probably not.
    If you use one of the popular software programs, and answer the questions carefully, it should produce a tax return with the same result as if it was prepared by a preparer from H&R or Jackson Hewitt, etc..
    However, if you get into an unusual situation and/or some large dollar situation, it might be worthwhile to talk to a CPA or Enrolled Agent.

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    grounded_firmly
    February 10, 2011 at 7:14 am

    My family has used the Tax Cut software for quite a few years. It is very easy to use, and the step-by-step instructions and interview makes the processes very pain-free.

    I would highly recommend it. The price for the software is much less than that of a preparer, and, depending on which package you buy, you can get professional help for a low price, too.

    Best of luck!

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    chloe_24
    February 10, 2011 at 7:47 am

    Actually, no. Preparers just get to charge more. I’ve used Tax Act and Turbo Tax for the last 7 years and I always get more than what I would expect. They have the long form as well in which you can enter all business expense, college tuition, annuities and so forth, property, moving expenses which were not covered by the employer and everything the IRS would do as well. Also there is a ‘check up’ at the end of each, Fed and State, and if there is a problem, it will raise a red or amber light. If there’s a green light, then everything has check out to be correct from the IRS rules.

    These guys make a ridiculous amount of money and doing this on line, including the Efile with direct deposit which comes in anywhere from 7-16 days max., is very convenient and only cost me $ 27 for both. So, rather than spend the extra money and give it to someone else to do, I don’t have to gather all the receipts and bills and take them out of the house. I just sit here and do it and put them back right away. No time away from home to have to sit in someone else’s office and have them asking me a zillion questions that I already have the answers to.

    That’s the way I like it, however, every person has their own preferences. It’s just up to the individual.

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    onlinetaxsiteswatch
    February 10, 2011 at 8:40 am

    It is some times very tempting to approach tax professionals who offer huge refunds without even looking at your tax documents.
    If you can’t believe it, it is better to avoid it as it could be a scam.

    Some times approaching a tax professional will help you as they may identify some deductions which you might have otherwise overlooked. But, if you are aware of tax laws then a tax software is good enough.

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    pugsly8423
    February 10, 2011 at 8:43 am

    If you are unsure, what you can do is go into H&R Block, have them do your taxes, but then say you are not satisfied with your return. You can walk out at any time and pay nothing.

    I did a guys return and when I showed him how much he was getting back (after fees) he wasn’t happy. I told him that to save some money he could do it himself. I wrote down the forms he would need to use and he took those and did it himself.

    You can walk out at anytime, so there is no obligation to pay until the very end.

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