I bring a ton of real world experience to my commentaries on real estate prices and mortgages. My work in real estate is as a lender, owner, mortgage originator, and commentator. I have owned more than 285 properties. I have made hundreds of real estate loans for my portfolio. I have reviewed the finances of thousands of homeowners to advise them on a new mortgage. That's my grad school in real estate. HousingStory.net, my blog, centers on real estate prices and mortgages. The key blog publication, 10 Key Charts to See Before You Buy or Sell Your Home, has had over 500,000 readers. In my day job I am a loan officer for a federally-chartered credit union. I love to originate jumbo mortgages at killer rates.