Who is your typical customer and what questions do they typically have?
All clients are different and many who are financing or refinancing a home ask questions related to the down payment (for the purchase) or total costs that they should expect. The answers are as different as the clients' unique situation yet I will always seek out the most cost-effective approach to accomplishing their goals.
What specific steps do you use to help your customers find the best home loan for them?
Asking questions and then digging a bit deeper on subjects such as: how long they plan on owning the house or what plans the client has for the future will help to custom tailor a loan program that will fit their needs.
What are the top 3 misconceptions people have about the home loan process?
I've found that some people believe that qualifying for a loan is cumbersome and time-consuming. Actually the process at Guaranteed Rate is super simple and I personally use my expertise to expedite the process. If you have 15 minutes you can get a loan started pretty easily.
A huge misconception is that clients who refinance MUST reset their loan term on a refinance and go back to a 30 year fixed loan. This isn't always the case. In fact, in most cases, given the low rates these days, qualified buyers could shorten the term and keep the payment about the same or even less depending on their individual scenario. Every one is different and their needs are different. That's where a mortgage expert comes in handy.
Many folks believe that they will need stellar credit scores to qualify for a mortgage loan. I personally work with these clients and our goal is to find the right program for them in order to get them great terms on a mortgage loan that meets their needs. Don't count yourself out before exploring all of your options. It could be possible that you too can own the home you've always dreamed of.
What resources could you recommend that borrowers use to learn more about the mortgage process and how to ensure a successful home closing?
A client's best resource to learn about the mortgage loan process is my Guaranteed Rate website. There you can find numerous links on the top of the page to help you understand loan options, get specific market research and you can even better understand how interest rates are priced. You can also calculate what your payments could be. Truly a great learning tool and resource.
What provides you with the most satisfaction in your job as a Loan Officer?
Helping folks to become a first-time buyer, finance the perfect home for their family circumstance or even refinancing a client's home to get them in a better financial position is the most rewarding part of this job. Meeting new people and sharing time together during the process is a treat as well.
What do you enjoy doing most in your spare time when you are not helping people with their home loans?
In my spare time, I enjoy restoring and showing classic cars with my spouse. We have restored 5 classic Jeeps so far and 3 classic Mini Coopers. Spending time with my 2 children when they're home from college is #1 on my fave things to do though.
Tell us something that makes you unique or something wacky, yet interesting about you?
I have been filmed with speaking roles in a television sitcom as well as a comedy movie. I enjoy using my sense of humor and people skills to help people forget about their daily stress for a bit.