How long have you been in the mortgage business and what inspired you to get into it?
Since 1998 It was my intention to help people navigate through the very complicated process of buying a home and provide honest, transparent and professional services.
Who is your typical customer and what questions do they typically have?
I have clients from every creed, profession, nationality. Most of my borrowers are self-employed professionals.
The usual questions are: can we get a loan and how long will it take?
What specific steps do you use to help your customers find the best home loan for them?
I conduct very extensive interviews to find out about their plans in life.
I always tell them that my job is provide them with options and strategies so they can make an educated decision on the biggest purchase or refinance in their life.
How long have you been in the mortgage business? What awards have you won?
18 Years in business as broker, branch manager and loan originator.
What are the pros and cons of a fixed rate mortgage versus an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM)?
ARM is a perfect product for the short term plans for this property.
Fixed rate is an instrument for long term commitment.
Tell us about a specific challenging borrowing situation and how you got the mortgage closed and funded.
The borrower couldn't qualify for DTI on 95%LTV loan, but after switching to LPMI option was able to get it done. Lowered payment by $120/m.
What advice would you give new or first time home buyers?
Find a home of your dream at the payment you can afford.
Make sure you improve your quality of life first and foremost!!
Tell us about a mortgage product that consumers may not be aware of?
LPMI or Split MI.
How has the mortgage industry changed since you started, and what would you expect in the future?
Much more regulations. Expect even more regulations.
What part of the home loan process do customers find most difficult and how do you help them through it?
LE and CD. Detailed explanation, that takes lots of time!!
What are the top 3 misconceptions people have about the home loan process?
1. They try to apply conventional logic to mortgage guidelines.
2. Interest rate is the most important factor.
3. Financing is more important than picking the right house.
What 2 or 3 mobile apps would you recommend for home buyers or house hunters, and why? What Smart Apps do you recommend your customers use for the house hunting process?
Use a good RE agent in the area.
What resources could you recommend that borrowers use to learn more about the mortgage process and how to ensure a successful home closing?
They can find ALL they need on my website, just by clicking on the link in my signature.
What can borrowers do to ensure a smooth mortgage underwriting process?
Communicate with us about every little detail and ask questions.
Summary of where you grew up: family, affiliations, college, high school, etc.
Grew up in Russia. College in Leningrad (St. Petersburg).
Wife, 2 daughters, 1 granddaughter.
What provides you with the most satisfaction in your job as a Loan Officer?
See people achieve their dreams.
What do you enjoy doing most in your spare time when you are not helping people with their home loans?
Spend time with family and friends. Play, coach tennis.
Tell us something that makes you unique or something wacky, yet interesting about you?
I don't give up!!