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15 Mortgage Professionals to Learn From on Twitter



twitter logosMortgage Professionals on Twitter

Recently, we shared the list of Agent Genius writers (current and former) on Twitter, and today we wanted to turn our focus to the mortgage industry.

If you are on Twitter and want to learn from and connect with mortgage professionals, we’ve compiled a list of 15 from across the country- some we know in person, others we have gotten know via Twitter. Click here for the full list of 15 Mortgage People to Learn From on Twitter which will allow you to follow whichever of the 15 you choose to follow without having to go to their Twitter pages one by one. Pretty cool, huh?!

OR, check out the list of 15 below:

  1. Alex Stenback
  2. Robert Ashby
  3. Jason Berman
  4. Jeff Belonger
  5. Matt Hosner
  6. Melissa Schwartz
  7. Rhonda Porter
  8. Dan Green
  9. Brian Brady
  10. Amy Cavender
  11. Naoma Doriguzzi
  12. Nicole Lahti
  13. Patty Farmer
  14. Tom Vanderwell
  15. Tyler Osby

There are many mortgage professionals on Twitter, who do you follow that isn’t on the list that other readers might benefit from? Tell us in the comments!

Lani is the Chief Operating Officer at The American Genius - she has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH and Austin Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.

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  1. Naoma Doriguzzi

    October 12, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Wow! Can’t believe I was featured here! I feel honored and I can honestly say – Twitter is a time saving tool as well as a great way to network, learn and most importanly get business from. In the short amount of time I have been on twitter – the rewards and results have been amazing!

    • Lenay Cannon Wilson

      October 13, 2009 at 12:52 pm

      great job girl! when is your next class?

  2. Nicole Lahti

    October 12, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Whoa! Little ol’ me?! Thanks AG! I’m humbled to even be on a list with some of these people. I agree with Naoma, the results have been amazing! That’s why I chuckle when people still say its pointless, but that’s cool, I prefer my competition stay away 🙂

  3. Jason Berman

    October 12, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Thanks Lani. I really appreciate being included. The best part, some new folks I didn’t know about before your post. JB

  4. Tyler Osby, The Wealth Creation Guy

    October 12, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    Thanks so much for the mention, Lani!

    I’m also with Jason — Looks like some good people!

    Keep up the good work! 🙂


  5. Chik Quintans

    October 12, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Congrats to Tyler, Rhonda, Tom & Dan!!! Way to set an example!


  6. Rhonda Porter

    October 12, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Thanks so much, Lani! 🙂 I’m totally flattered. I can’t wait to check out the others on this list.

  7. James K Barath

    October 12, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    Hi Lani. You have assembled a great list of mortgage professionals on twitter. I would like to throw my name (@myCMPS) into the hat, as well as Chik Quintans (@chikquintans) and John Cannata (@JCannata). Keep up the good deeds.

  8. Portland Real Estate

    October 12, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    Check out @garrons too! He is always very fired up about the projects he and his software company are working on.


  9. Tyler Osby, The Wealth Creation Guy

    October 12, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    I’m going to jump in and second James’ recommendation of:

    @myCMPS, @chikquintans and @JCannata.

    Just thought I’d reinforce the obvious 🙂


  10. Carrie Isaac

    October 13, 2009 at 2:24 am

    Amy Cavender is rockin’ the mortgage world in Colorado Springs!

  11. Dean Ouellette

    October 13, 2009 at 3:48 am

    Ummm @JMchood has to be included in any top 5 list forget top 15

  12. Robert D. Ashby

    October 13, 2009 at 8:44 am

    Thanks for the mention Lani. You definitely compiled a great list. I will go through it and add any I am missing. I miss writing for AG, but I have done nothing but get busier since.

  13. James K Barath

    October 13, 2009 at 9:54 am

    Morning Lani. I forgot to mention my girl Melissa Breeland (@MELMAVEN) who has been one of the funnier characters out there. Have to love her wicked sense of humor.

  14. Brian Brady

    October 13, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    What a nice surprise this morning, Lani! Thank you for including me on this list.

  15. Amy Cavender "MyLender"

    October 13, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Wow – thanks Lani! And thanks for the shout out Carrie!

  16. Dave Woodson

    October 13, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    Well, I agree with about half your list. I think you missed the following
    @Chris_Brown_ – new writer for Lenderamam
    @chikquintans – already mentioned
    @JCannata – already mentioned
    @Mark_Madsen – founder of one of the best FHA blogs out there
    @JMcHood – already mentioned
    @DaveWoodson – yes, that is me – taking a bit of a break from the lending world coming back in 2010.
    Great mentions of Naoma, Brian, Tom, Dan, Jeff and Robert.

  17. Chris Brown

    October 13, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    Dave thanks for the inclusion – i agree with many other that people have already mentioned as well as @mark_Madsen

  18. Rajeev Sajja

    October 14, 2009 at 12:52 am

    I will recommend Jason Griesser (@mortgagebankrpa) who also has a blog at

    One of the few in the Mortgage Industry in the greater Philadelphia area that has adopted social media and is doing it right. Worth including in your list!


  19. This is dumb

    October 20, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Are you serious? One of these guys just posted about 6 of the same tweet — “How do you do the retweet?” I’m not learning much I need to know from him …

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