This text is designed for both employees of mortgage lenders and individuals studying real estate finance who want to enhance that study with practical residential mortgage lending principles and practices. The author provides a thorough overview of mortgage lending today and outlines the practices of mortgage businesses to compete successfully in this competitive market. The mortgage lending industry has experienced significant changes resulting in a new economy. Addressing the SAFE Act and other new mortgage regulations governing the lending industry, this edition has a new emphasis on the practical applications of mortgage lending making it an excellent resource for learning residential mortgage lending operations. Each step of the mortgage process is covered while clearly explaining the fundamentals in an easy-to-understand manner. No prior knowledge of real estate finance or any part of mortgage lending is required. Students will gain practical knowledge on residential lending business, and mortgage professionals will find this to be a valuable resource.