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5 Ways to Get a Lower Interest Rate on Your First Home Loan

Traditionally, home loans have always had some of the lowest interest rates simply because they are secured with a property. However, due to the growing ... Full story

5 ways for borrowers to keep their cool in a warming mortgage market

(BPT) - Both the weather and the slump of the previous years’ housing markets are starting to thaw. It’s an exciting time of recovery and ... Full story

Is a refinance the right decision?

(BPT) - Once at rock bottom, interest rates have ticked up slightly in recent months. Still, the prospect of refinancing a mortgage remains attractive. Interest ... Full story

5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Shopping for a Mortgage

I have been originating residential mortgage loans since 1995, and I have noticed that potential borrowers typically make the same common mistakes. I know life ... Full story

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Director, Immigration Pol

Expertise: Immigration policy, politics, and legislation, immigrant rights, due process, judicial review Marshall Fitz is Director of Immigration Policy at American Progress, where he directs the organization’s research and analysis of the economic, political, legal, and social impacts of immigration policy in America and develops policy recommendations designed to further America’s economic and security interests. Fitz has been one of the key legislative strategists in support of comprehensive immigration reform and has served as a media spokesperson on a broad array of immigration policy and legislative issues. He has also been a leader in national coalitions that advance progressive immigration policies. He frequently appears on national and regional television and radio stations, including MSNBC, FOX, CNN, BBC, C-SPAN, and NPR; is quoted extensively across the spectrum of international, national, and local publications; drafts columns for national news outlets; and presents at national conferences and universities on immigration matters. He regularly advises members of Congress on immigration policy, politics, and strategy and has helped draft major legislation. He currently serves on the boards and steering committees of other national organizations that are focused on immigrant rights and immigration policy. Marshall is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and served on the Virginia Law Review. After graduation, he clerked for Judge Bruce M. Selya on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit. In the following years he practiced immigration law in Washington, D.C., at Hogan & Hartson, LLP. Before holding his current position, he served as the director of advocacy for the American Immigration Lawyers Association, where he led the education and advocacy efforts on all immigration policy issues for the 11,000-member professional bar association.