Mortgage Essentials

Mortgage Career Resources

Mortgage Career Resources From The CE Shop

Beyond offering the best courses for every stage of your career, we're devoted to bringing you free resources to grow your mortgage business.

Created by our team of industry experts, our diverse Mortgage Essentials resources consist of comprehensive blogs and ebooks. Check back often for new content designed to help you navigate the ever-changing mortgage landscape.

Recent Resources

How to Identify and Avoid Residential Mortgage Scams
by The CE Shop Team

Every industry has their fair share of scams, including mortgage. What does residential mortgage fraud look like, and how can you and your clients avoid it?

The History of Mortgages
by The CE Shop Team

Mortgages have been around the U.S. since 1781, and as the economy evolves, so does the mortgage industry. How have mortgages changed since their inception?

What to Do After Passing the NMLS Test
by The CE Shop Team

Learn the next steps towards starting your Mortgage Loan Officer career after completing your Pre-Licensure Education courses and passing the NMLS exam. 

How to Pass the NMLS Test on the First Try
by The CE Shop Team

The National Mortgage Licensing System and Registry (NMLS) exam or the national "Mortgage Loan Originator test" is a notoriously difficult exam to pass. Learn how to prepare for the exam and pass on the first attempt. 

SAFE Mortgage Licensing Act
by The CE Shop Team

The Secure and Fair Enforcement for Mortgage Licensing Act (SAFE Act) was enacted on 7/30/ 2008 and regulates residential real estate mortgage lenders under federal law. 

NMLS Continuing Education Requirements
by The CE Shop Team

The SAFE Act requires all Mortgage Loan Originators to complete NMLS-approved education annually. This guide will give you a glimpse into the Continuing Education requirements expected from mortgage lending professionals. 

Mortgage Loan Officer Business Plan
by The CE Shop Team

Create a business plan that will set your mortgage business apart from your competitors. This guide will cover the basic steps to building your business plan.

What Happens If You Fail the NMLS Test?
by The CE Shop Team

Passing the NMLS test isn't easy. This guide will help you map out a plan of attack to boost your chances of passing the NMLS test on your second attempt.

What Does a Mortgage Loan Originator Do?
by The CE Shop Team

From the initial loan application to closing on the property, Mortgage Loan Originators are responsible for helping both the lender and the borrower take the necessary steps to achieve the goal.

Mortgage Broker vs. Loan Originator
by The CE Shop Team

Mortgage Loan Originators and Mortgage Loan Officers (MLOs) are essentially the same roles, but they differ largely from a Mortgage Broker. This guide will dive deeper into what a Mortgage Broker is and what makes that title different from other mortgage professionals.