Online Education Program Launched For Mortgage Brokers

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Argent Mortgage offers cost-effective industry education and training through Argent University

In a move designed to help its approved mortgage brokers enhance their professional skills and build their businesses, Argent Mortgage Company is launching a new online education program that is convenient, affordable and flexible enough to meet the needs of a busy broker.

Argent University, powered by CampusMBA, the educational arm of the Mortgage Bankers Association, will provide unlimited access for 12 months to more than 50 online courses for the single price of $350, which is slightly more than the cost of just one traditional Web-based course. Available exclusively to Argent-approved brokers, bankers and loan officers, this educational opportunity will be available on the Argent Web site at http://www.argentmortgage.com on May 30, 2006.

“Argent is known throughout the mortgage industry as a company that invests consistently in its brokers,” said Sam Marzouk, president, Argent Mortgage Company, LLC. “We believe that every mortgage professional should have access to the same core education and skill sets, providing the industry with a benchmark of ethics and professionalism. Argent-approved brokers who take advantage of this opportunity through Argent University will be able to gain an edge over their competitors, build credibility with their customers, and keep pace with the rapidly changing marketplace.”

Many of the online courses at Argent University are continuing education (CE) courses that can be used to satisfy requirements to renew state broker/loan officer licenses and many others meet the requirements of certain state licensing departments. Through Argent University, participants can brush up on their mortgage skills, research specific subject areas, keep current on new regulations or master new areas of expertise to better serve the interests of borrowers.

Argent decided to offer its program through CampusMBA because it has an established online educational program and a proven system of delivering professional training in the industry. Last year, CampusMBA received the prestigious CUBIC Award for Most Innovative Industry Resource.

“The Mortgage Bankers Association is excited to be working with Argent to bring Argent University to the broker community. We share Argent’s goal to distribute relevant and timely knowledge to mortgage professionals to foster their career growth and build credibility among consumers. Argent University powered by CampusMBA brings superior tools, content, courses, and knowledge to mortgage professionals across the country,” said Dan Thoms, vice president of education and business development for MBA.

Argent University differs from other mortgage education programs in that it offers full access to all online courses for one low fee per individual student, and incorporates feedback from actual mortgage professionals who said they wanted a higher industry standard that borrowers could trust.

To help mortgage professionals decide what courses they need and in what order, Argent University has established “libraries” that organize online education content into four distinct areas: Mortgage Skills, Continuing Education (CE), Fraud and Regulatory Compliance and Industry Knowledge and Updates. Within each library, the coursework is divided into three educational paths - beginner, intermediate and advanced.

Mortgage brokers can follow these progressive learning tracks or strike out on their own, choosing any course from any library in any order. Some Argent University courses are available in alternative formats including booklets, audio tapes, and online instructor seminars. Automated self-assessment tests provide immediate feedback and results.

To enroll in Argent University, visit http://www.argentmortgage.com. Here, Argent-approved mortgage brokers can sign up for the exclusive $350-a-year fee paid directly to CampusMBA. Argent University will also offer 1,000 student scholarship seats to approved brokers through various promotional offers and opportunities. Recipients of these promotional scholarship seats will receive access to have all Argent University online courses and content for one year.

About Argent Mortgage

Headquartered in Irvine, CA, Argent Mortgage Company is a leading national mortgage lender. The company works exclusively with independent mortgage brokers and bankers across the country through loan processing centers in California, Illinois, and New York. For more information about Argent Mortgage Company, visit the company’s Web site at http://www.argentmortgage.com.

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Genevieve Anton
Argent Mortgage Company, LLC
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