About Dale Robyn Siegel
Dale Robyn Siegel is a licensed attorney in New York and President of Circle Mortgage Group, in Harrison, New York. She is an adjunct professor at NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate as well as Baruch College. Dale is the editor for the blog “Diaries of a Mad Mortgage Broker” and has been speaking to the public and teaching real estate professionals about mortgage finance for the past ten years. Her latest book, She is currently working on a second book, The 20 Hour S.A.F.E. Comprehensive Mortgage Loan Originator Course Textbook. This course is now required nationally for all mortgage professionals with direct consumer contact. She will be teaching the course herself in the New York Metropolitan area. Siegel holds both an MBA and a Law degree which have given her the base to be a leader in her field. Dale lives in the New York Metro area and is frequent world traveller and avid bicycler.
To find out more, please visit www.dalesiegel.com or www.thenewrulesformortgages.com.
Q: Welcome to The Writer's Life, Dale. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?
A: I am an author and adjunct professor at both NYU and Baruch College and have been doing consumer based seminars on first time home buying and other topics for over ten years. I have been blogging and writing about real estate for years. The New Rules for Mortgages was picked up by Penguin Publishing in 2009 after the implosion of the real estate industry.
Q: Can you please tell us about your book and why you wrote it?
A: The New Rules for Mortgages is a primer on how to get a mortgage under the new guidelines. It is concise book, which details the process of getting a mortgage, while educating the reader on making the best choices for mortgages and housing expenses for themselves. Given the opportunity, I felt it was time I reached out to the widest audience I could to present the hard facts of my contrarian views. (don’t bite off more than you can chew and don’t borrow more than you should).
Q: What were some of the biggest challenges you faced writing it?
A: Time. The publisher wanted this to be a stand-alone book that was pushed to print quickly. I signed my contracts in November and had to have a final draft by March, 2009. However, I was lucky to have excellent editors who let me update information all the way to the end of April, 2009. I truly feel that I was able to get it all in and it will be fresh for the next few years at least.
Q: Do you have a press kit and what do you include in it? Does this press kit appear online and, if so, can you provide a link to where we can see it?
A: I have a press kit which includes my bio, speaking topics, contact info and photos. It is located at
Q: Have you either spoken to groups of people about your book or appeared on radio or TV? What are your upcoming plans for doing so?
A: Yes, I have done many interviews on radio and a few on Television. I teach often and do seminars to professionals, so I get many opportunities to speak about my book and thoughts on home ownership. The next big thing planned is a blog tour in May, 2010. This is great fun and a fabulous use of technology. It also allows me the opportunity to meet interesting people who write and speak about personal finance and homeownership.
Q: Do you have an agent and, if so, would you mind sharing who he/is is? If not, have you ever had an agent or do you even feel it’s necessary to have one?
A: I was lucky enough to get my book proposal directly into the hands of an agent, so I do not have one at this time. My second book deal was also picked up directly from the publisher through word of mouth. I do think it is important to have proper representation in any profession, so if the need comes up, I would most certainly get an agent. You need someone in your corner looking out for your best interests.
Q: Did you, your agent or publisher prepare a media blitz before the book came out and would you like to tell us about it?
A: We had launched a book site the month prior to the release date, which gave us much on line exposure. The publisher’s in-house PR firm also sent out over 250 books to the press for review. This all helped give the release legs!
Q: Do you plan subsequent books?
A: Yes, I will soon be working on another book on mortgages. It is a college textbook on residential mortgages and the industry. It is an updated version of a book, last written in 2005. This shows that there is a need for this group to be educated on the subject. I am a huge advocate of financial education and would like to see mandatory education in high school on the basic financial stuff.
Q: Thank you for your interview, dale. Would you like to tell my readers where they can find you on the web and how everyone can buy your book?
A: The book can be purchased in brick and mortar stores, found in local libraries (which I am proud of) and of course online. Here is a link to Amazon http://bit.ly/aCkNGK
About The New Rules For Mortgages
The New Rules for Mortgages is a concise and plainspoken book covering the basics of what you need to know about real estate transactions and how to get the best mortgage for you. This book is 200 pages of pure information, detailing the steps and buzz words for obtaining the perfect mortgage with the least amount of stress.
In the new dawn of real estate, the rules of the game have changed. The consumer must be proactive in understanding their own transaction and the real estate professional must be responsible in the part they play. Buying a home and borrowing hundreds of thousands of dollars should never be left in the hands of another. The reader of The New Rules for Mortgages will be empowered with the knowledge to take full control of their decisions, surround themselves with the best professionals and guarantee their house is not only a home but a perfect fit in their big financial picture. This book is the one to read before buying a home or advising someone else to.
Dale Robyn Siegel takes her 20 years of experience and 10 years of teaching skills and lays it all out on a silver platter- spiced with a bit of humor