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Ryan Baker’s Mortgage Blog

I have a grab bag of topics today. I ran across a couple of interesting sites.

The first site I viewed is, which helps people with avoiding foreclosures. I read an article on about how the organization has helped over 2 million people avoid foreclosures in the last 13 months. Their website states, “Hope Now is an alliance between counselors, servicers, investors, and other mortgage market participants. This alliance will maximize outreach efforts to homeowners in distress to help them stay in their homes…” I haven’t known anyone to use it, but it sounds like a good place to check out if you or anyone you know has foreclosure looming.

The second site is It basically takes a google map and tells you how “walkable” your city or a certain address is. It can be helpful for those moving to a new neighborhood. My favorite part of the site is the page title “How it doesn’t work”, and scroll to the section that says “Distance”. It is a pretty funny analysis of how the map works in terms of distances.

Finally, I wanted to wish you all a fun and safe Labor Day weekend. I will be spending mine visiting the Bay Area so I can participate in two annual fantasy football drafts. What some guys do for entertainment right?

If you have any mortgage related (or fantasy football) questions, you can reach me at

PS – Regarding Keith’s post from last Sunday…I’m not sure why the buyer wasn’t able to get funding(none of my business anyways), but I know they didn’t try Ryan Baker with Peregrine Lending. No brainer if you ask me 🙂

Keith’s Note: There was a lot more to the story that’s not appropriate to post. Of course, both agents tried their best to keep the deal together.

Written by Keith Byrd - Go to Keith's Website/Profile