Are people getting mortgages? YES. Is it as easy as it used to be? THANK HEAVENS NO.

We've recently had many would-be Buyer clients tell us that they met with their "old bank" and the bank wouldn't just give them a home mortgage loan right there on the spot.

That was 2005, (or maybe 1935?), this is 2010 - post real estate melt-down. The banks learned their lessons so don't plan on running down to your old Savings & Loan and saying, "Barney, how's the wife and kids? I need a loan - where do I sign?"

We've all got to jump through the hoops of the mortgage system now, and that's just fine.