I met with a mortgage broker recommended by my realtor. They are good friends in real life, somehow I didn’t trust that as a recommendation even though I know it’s not uncommon for realtors to refer certain lenders they want you to work with. I’d personally feel more comfortable working with one that isn’t a friend to my realtor. (Trust issues.) I’m new to this process, was a little surprised that the broker just automatically assumed we’d be working together and wrote an e-mail that seemed to insinuate as much.
Can you can suggest ways I can find a local lender and if I’m better off going with someone disconnected from the realtor or not and good questions to ask them to gauge if they are the right person for the job while I research this process further as it’s new and I don’t want to make any big mistakes from the start. Thanks!