About Dan


Thank you for visiting my website.  I sell mortgages for Mortgage Master, but, as I have long said, selling mortgages is what I do, not who I am.  I am a husband, a father, a dog owner, a mortgage banker, a photography enthusiast and a marathon runner (I am also a lawyer, in case you were wondering if I am that Dan Fogel).  Read on . . .

I was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana (the upper right hand corner of Indiana). I attended  Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana where I received a B.A in English and a J.D. (that’s a law degree). I practiced insurance coverage, reinsurance, and commercial litigation with a Los Angeles-based national law firm in San Diego and subsequently with several firms in Chicago. I am admitted to practice law in California (though I am on inactive status there) and am currently licensed to practice law in Illinois. During my legal career, I appeared in courts in such far flung places as San Diego, CA, Marshall, TX, Decatur, IL and Detroit, MI (and those were the good places).

Nearly fifteen years ago, lawyering was becoming a bit tedious for me, so I listened to my then mortgage broker and gave this thing a try. I left the practice of law the day after Labor Day and began originating loans for a small, private mortgage broker in River North (Chicago). I briefly managed another small private mortgage broker until is was acquired by a mega-broker that I found was not the best fit for my clients.  I sought  a platform where I could provide my clients with the best rates and service — which brought me to and Mortgage Master.

I have a daughter and two sons, run marathons (14 completed, PR2:57, Milwaukee, 2012),  and sometimes dabble in local school board matters. You may have also noticed that I enjoy photography too.  I work with a broad variety of clients – and have closed loans from $100,000 to $2.5 million.  I hope the next one I close will be yours.  Please email or give me a call.

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