Can Real Estate Agents Be Loan Officers At The Same Time

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Can Real Estate Agents Be Loan Officers At The Same Time?

The answer is YES. Licensed real estate agents can be licensed mortgage loan originators at the same time. However, many mortgage companies will not hire loan officers with active real estate licenses. This is not a law and/or a regulation but an internal rule by individual mortgage lenders. Most larger mortgage companies will require licensed real estate agents to put their real estate license in hibernation. However, there are mortgage companies like Gustan Cho Associates dba Capital Lending Network, Inc. that actively recruit licensed real estate agents who have licensed loan officers at the same time. The only caveat is if you are a licensed realtor and have a client, you cannot represent your real estate client as their loan officer on the same transaction. However, you can be your client’s home purchase real estate agent and refer the loan origination to one of our licensed loan officers at Capital Lending Network, Inc. and get a flat referral fee for referring your homebuyer. This is legal to get a flat referral fee for the loan origination because you are a licensed loan officer and so is the referring loan officer with the same mortgage company. You can originate any type of loan on homebuyers referred to you by other real estate agents.

Can Real Estate Agents Be Loan Officers At The Same Time: What Are The Rules And Guidelines

Can real estate agents also be Credit Officers

The actual rules in real estate agents becoming loan officers at the same time. You cannot be a real estate agent and loan officer on the same client on FHA loans only. However, most lenders will not allow real estate agents to be representing clients on both the realtor and loan origination at the same time. The reason behind this rule is that most investors on the secondary mortgage market will not purchase loans that were originated by a loan officer who represented the borrower and was the real estate agent for the same client at the same time. You would need to decide whether you want to be the loan officer or the realtor for the client. You cannot represent both realtor and loan officer at the same time for a client.

Licensed Real Estate Cannot Be Loan Officers For A Client At The Same Time

Real estate agents are licensed professionals. They need to be licensed in each state they plan on practicing representing home buyers and sellers. They have a strict code of ethics as licensed professional real estate agents. Therefore, real estate agents should not benefit financially from any other business transaction other than their real estate sales commission when dealing with a client. Most view it as unethical for a real estate agent to benefit from the real estate and loan origination transaction from the same client. A real estate agent who is a loan officer should refer their realtor-client to a different loan officer within the mortgage company the realtor is employed at. The real estate agent can get a flat fee for referring a homebuyer to a fellow loan officer within the same company.

Can Real Estate Agents Be Loan Officers At The Same Time: Finding Employment

Can Real Estate Agents Be Loan Officers At The Same Time

Many real estate agents who got licensed as loan officers often get disappointed because they have a difficult time to get employment by a mortgage company. Most mortgage companies require licensed real estate agents can only become loan officers in their company only if they forfeit their real estate license. These mortgage companies require the loan officer put their real estate license in hibernation in order for them to be employed as licensed loan officers at their mortgage company. However, there are other mortgage companies like Capital Lending Network, Inc. who welcome real estate agents who are licensed loan officers. You do not have to put your real estate agent’s license in hibernation to work at Capital Lending Network, Inc. as a licensed loan officer.

Becoming A Licensed Realtor And NMLS Licensed Loan Officer At The Same Time In California

Dora Ali, an NMLS licensed Loan Officer at Gustan Cho Associates dba Capital Lending Network, Inc. is a real estate agent and loan officer at the same time.

Dora Ali said the following:

In California, a real estate agent or broker holds a license issued by the California Department of Real Estate. Minimum licensing requirements require an applicant to be at least 18 years old, complete three college-level courses in real estate principles, real estate practice and an elective course such as real estate appraisal, escrow, finance or property management, pass a written exam, and be fingerprinted. Once licensed, a real estate salesperson or broker must take continuing education courses to renew the license once every four years.

In California, there are two separate approaches in becoming a real estate agent and loan officer at the same time.

California Department Of Real Estate Versus California Department Of Corporations

What is the California Department of Real Estate versus the California Department of Corporation

In California, there are two separate approaches in becoming a licensed loan officer. One of the most active states for Mortgage Brokers, there are two separate approaches to becoming a Mortgage Broker, each with its own rules and responsibilities. The first approach is getting your loan officer’s NMLS license under the California Department of Corporations, which is based on the California Finance Lenders Law (CFL). The second approach in getting your NMLS loan originator license is under The California Department of Real Estate (DRE). If you have a California real estate salesperson license and get your NMLS license, you can be employed as a licensed real estate agent and licensed loan officer at DRE real estate office as both a licensed real estate agent and loan officer. The bottom line is you need to be a licensed real estate salesperson in California and have an NMLS loan originator license at the same time to work under the sponsorship of a DRE Real Estate Office. To be able to open your own DRE Realtor and Mortgage Broker Office in California, you need to have a California Real Estate Broker’s license. California licensed real estate brokers are eligible to open a mortgage broker office in California and have both their licenses under the DRE Real Estate Office.

Licensed Real Estate Agents Interested In Joining Our Growing Team At Capital Lending Network, Inc. As A Licensed Loan Officer

We have many loan officers who are licensed real estate agents at Capital Lending Network, Inc. and they all are doing great. Many dual realtor/loan officers at Capital Lending Network, Inc. have both realtor and loan officer partners where they refer each other to homebuyers and/or borrowers. If you are a licensed real estate agent and are looking for a mortgage company that will welcome you to become a licensed loan officer as well as a licensed realtor at the same time, please contact us at Capital Lending Network, Inc. at 262-716-8151 or text us for a faster response. Or email us at The team at Capital Lending Network, Inc. is available 7 days a week, evenings weekends, and holidays.


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Nick Richards December 23, 2020 - 7:30 pm

I highly recommend that you get your training from a local brick and mortar mortgage broker locally. This is a great business but it is very difficult to get trained remotely. You need to be in a brick and mortar setting where you learn from talking and working with fellow loan officers, mortgage processors, and are hands on. Once you get about a dozen files closed, you will then be ready to join our team. We provide exclusive premium leads in multiple states. We have no lender overlays on government and conventional loans. Over 75% of our borrowers are folks who could not qualify elsewhere. If you are a dedicated hard worker, you found the right place. I will guide you along your career path so do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions. Let me know if you need me to call you or you want to talk over the phone. Talk to you soon.

Trina Tran December 23, 2020 - 7:31 pm

Hi Gustan,

I recently have both RE Salesperson license #02113198 and MLO NMLS #202277 in California and not currently active.
I plan to hang my RE license with DRE broker locally and looking for a DBO sponsor that can do loan in California and Virginia.
If I join the team at Capital Lending Network, Inc. or Gustan Cho Associates, would I be able to do loan in Virgina and California? I have heard such great things about Gustan Cho Associates and Capital Lending Network, Inc.

Thank you.

Trina Tran

Gustan Cho NMLS 873293 December 23, 2020 - 7:32 pm

Trina, yes you can do both. Our Virginia license is pending but we should get approved shortly. Are you experienced in loan origination? What is your number and best time to talk over the phone. Looking forward to working with you.

Trina Tran December 23, 2020 - 7:33 pm

Hello Gustan,

Thanks for your quick response.
No, I am not an experienced loan origination. I would need training and guidance.
My NMLS id is #2022774.
Please contact me at 773-732-5773.

Thank you.

Trina Tran

Gustan Cho December 25, 2020 - 9:07 pm

Let’s talk over the phone early or mid next week. Let’s go over on how we can get you onboarded and trained.

LKW November 4, 2021 - 7:22 am

My husband is a veteran and we currently have a VA home loan. We want to sell our current home and buy a different one. Our credit is very bad- his is 526 and mine is 484. Is there ANY way possible that we could get approved for a home loan?

Gustan Cho November 4, 2021 - 6:49 pm

Please email us you contact information at I will have one of my associates contact you or email you once we get your contact information and call. What state are you in?

Luke Gossinger November 4, 2021 - 8:53 am

We are on our third year of our chapter 13. My Social Security was stopped for 5 months because they said I made to much money. We are behind three payments. Would you be able to refinance us. Zillow is showing our home is worth $411,000 now. Thank you, Bonnie

Karen Pierce November 5, 2021 - 12:02 am

Per my ex-husbands divorce in June 2019, I must sell or buy the house by Nov 30th or be in contempt of court.
This has been my home since 2013. I was a caregiver, homemaker for my husband until he met a 23 year old woman and filed for divorce.
I entered the workforce, stepping into new jobs for better pay. I recently was hired by a company 10 minutes away from my home. It is a great company, a real family feel at a big corporation is rare.
I started on Nov 3,2021, fulltime 6:30 AM to 2:30 PM.
My credit union turned me down because I have not been at this job for 6 months.
I am scared of whatever the court may do and of becoming homeless.

Michael Bending November 8, 2021 - 3:48 am

Trying to obtain an FHA loan, but have been having difficulties because I have a limited credit history.

Betty Benson November 18, 2021 - 9:07 am

I’m currently looking for mortgage, cash out for rental in usa and it’s holding using USA registered corporation

What kind of program do you have in this situation?
Please list all details, requirements, minimum, maximum etc.
Rate LTV, amortization as well


Gustan Cho November 18, 2021 - 3:52 pm

Yes, I have reviewed your questions. I have discussed them at length with my account representative, and friend Fadia. Fadia said she would be happy to go over the program with you. Is there a convenient time for you to connect with Fadia? Perhaps a conference call? As you move forward with investments in different states, I think you will find Fadia and Home Express to be invaluable. We are fortunate enough to be able to work with you at Home Express regardless of the state you choose to purchase in. Let me know when you are available to connect and explore options with Fadia. We are excited to work with you.

Lisa Brown November 20, 2021 - 9:11 pm

Recently contracted for a new single family residence at $3M and seeking a 90% LTV or better loan.

Marie Haas November 21, 2021 - 2:16 am

can get a VA mortgage loan with between 500=580. I heard you guys were the best of the best lenders. If Capital Lending Network/Gustan Cho Associates cannot do it, nobody can. I have been following your blogs for the past three years.


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