Planned Manswers: I need a mortgage quick!
By The Editors

Hey Google, we don't want 3.6 million results in .92 seconds; We just want you to tell us what we need to know about mortgages!

Planned Manswers: I need a mortgage quick!

Hey PM, I’ve got a problem.


When I ask Google for this:



What I get is this:



But I don’t want 3.6 million results in .92 seconds; I just want you to point me towards a couple of sites I can trust that make recommendations


Manswer: Like these:



And hey, PM, can you make this even easier for me by telling me which of these lenders get the most recommendations from US News, Business Insider and Money:


All three publishers
Two publishers
One recommendation:

Quicken Loans and Rocket
Mortgage by Quicken Loans




Okay, PM, now that you told me where to go to get a mortgage, what else do I need to know?


Out of 3.6 million search results, here are our top seven hits for learning the essentials on getting a mortgage: 


  1. Which Type of Mortgage Is Best For You? | US News – Loans
  2. What Type of Mortgage Should I Get? – The Balance
  3. Understand loan options – Consumer Financial Protection …
  4. Mortgage Broker vs. Mortgage Bank or Local Bank – LendingTree…
  5. What Is a Good Mortgage Rate? | Assurance Financial
  6. How To Determine What Type Of Mortgage Is Best For Me
  7. How to Find the Cheapest Mortgage – Consumer Reports

And here are four lessons about getting a mortgage you won’t learn from this Google search:

  1. It’s important to remember that algorithms don’t need mortgages…they live in the matrix and in people’s heads. So when it comes to choosing the best place to get a mortgage, don’t put all your faith in Google’s algorithms. If you’re smart, you’ll also click on the links above and see what they have to say, and also make sure you get some guidance from some really smart people. Click here to find out more.
  2. Beware of some sites that offer a list of “best” mortgage lenders. Click here to find out more.
  3. Beware of Damn near every site you visit is going to present some kind of loan widget where you put your info in, and rates pop out. The funny thing is, the widget almost always comes from the same place: Bankrate. What does that mean for you? Click here to find out more.
  4. Just a follow-up to #2: You’re going to get screwed if you don’t pay attention to advertiser disclosures. Click here to find out more.
  5. If you don’t do the math on your mortgage, you’re a moron. Doing the math is the only way you’re really going to understand what your new mortgage is really going to cost. And you could end up paying almost as much for your mortgage as you’ll pay for your house. Click here to find out more.


One last note: PM’s Advertising Disclosure:

When it comes to transparency, you can always count on us here at Planned Man to give it to you.

Here’s our policy on advertising and advertisers:

Our hope is that if PM does the homework for us all, you’ll click on the affiliated links that connect you to purchasing products. It’s a means of attaining happiness for all of us: you’ll enjoy the products you choose and we’ll eat. This is how we’ll cover the costs of answering our challenges at scale. Plus, you have our word: your choice will yield a value to you equal to or greater than its value to us.