Mortgage Broker Of The Year 2015
May 5, 2015
Of The Year 2015
Why did you choose a career as a mortgage broker?
After graduating from the University of Arizona, I worked as a REALTOR® for 2 years and quickly learned I wasn’t a very good REALTOR®. I was interested in the financing side of real estate and enjoyed helping clients achieve such an important milestone in their lives, so I thought I’d give mortgage lending a try. Here I am 23 years later, so I think it’s a good fit for me.
What are your top 3 ingredients for success as it relates to your field?
- Communication: Don’t hold on to information, especially if it’s bad. Call your client now with the news and solutions.
- Set Goals: Write them down, review them daily and get an accountability partner to help you remain focused on what’s important.
- Integrity/Honesty: Do what you say you’re going to do, when you say you’ll do it and follow up, follow up, follow up.
What is your philosophy on community service and your favorite local cause – and why?
No matter what your chosen profession is – we cannot succeed by ourselves. We need others to help us, inspire us and teach us as well as to have fun. Getting involved in our community is a great way to build relationships, learn how you can help people and possibly be a mentor. I support two local causes: The Care Fund (helping families with sick children make their house payments) and Desert Stages Theater (the best community theater in Arizona!)
In what ways would you suggest someone give back to the mortgage industry?
That’s easy – join The Arizona Association of Mortgage Professionals. The Association represents the interests of home buyers, sellers, REALTORS®, mortgage brokers and all consumers in general. There is a monthly luncheon where you can learn important new changes and meet other people in the mortgage industry – it’s really great!
What is your most memorable Arizona news story/headline and why?
“Arizona Captures NCAA Title With OT Win Over Kentucky” (Mar. 1997) It was when my Arizona Wildcats won the NCAA tourney 84 to 79! Lute Olsen coached Mike Bibby, Miles Simon and Jason Terry – what an awesome team that was!