Mortgage origination is an exciting career; few other professions allow exposure to a number of different industries and interesting challenges. With a foot in both the real estate market and the financial industry, mortgage professionals participate in one of the most important financial decisions that many consumers make over the course of their lives. Good communication skills and the ability to appropriately advise borrowers are essential to a successful loan origination. An understanding of how the industry operates and knowledge of the factors critical to originating good loans are also important components. This course examines all of these and more, reviewing the roles of various "players" in the industry, important considerations in the borrower qualification process, and the essentials of the loan cycle. Students will learn how all of these elements fit together to ensure a smooth, safe mortgage loan origination process.