HOW WE DID IT: To produce the list of best Mortgage Professionals in Dallas, we began by reaching out to almost 10,000 people. We mailed nomination ballots to 444 previous Best Real Estate Agent winners, 226 mortgage and title companies, and 5,000 D Magazine subscribers. In addition to that, we hired a call center that made 3,800 calls to recent home buyers. For the Best Mortgage Professionals, we asked recent home buyers and subscribers to evaluate one professional they have worked with, based on overall satisfaction and if they’d recommend the professional to a friend. We asked real estate agents to nominate up to three professionals whom they have worked with closely. We put all that data into an algorithm placing emphasis on feedback we received from consumers, our subscribers, and the recent home buyers. We then screened each nominee with the Texas Department of Savings and Mortgage Lending databases to make certain that licenses were up to date and there had been no disciplinary action. The resulting list represents slightly less than 3 percent of mortgage professionals in the Dallas area. Finally, we turned the list over to our sales team. They cannot add to or subtract from the list, but they can sell ads to the winners. Advertising in no way affects our lists, the final makeup of which is the sole determination of the editorial staff.