I got into the mortgage business in 2012 while running a retail business that I opened on my own in 2010. One of my customers that I got to know very well suggested that I get licensed, as he thought being a loan officer was the perfect career for me. At the time, I was single with an 8 month old baby, working 60 hours a week at my store, and getting licensed in mortgage originating is no easy task. Nonetheless, I buckled down and took a night course, studied for 2 months, and got licensed to do mortgages!
My business took off faster than I could have dreamed of, because doing mortgages for people became a natural feeling, like a form of counseling but finance counseling for people who just wanted knowledge and patience on a subject that was unknown before my help. I sold my store 6 months after getting into the business and became a mortgage loan originator full time.
My education is from University of Washington, Seattle, with a Bachelors in Business Administration. I majored in Management and Finance. This helps me every day in my career because mortgages fall into both areas of my expertise. I manage files for people who are looking to either make the biggest purchase of their lives, or refinance their loans and save money.
I am originally from upstate New York where I was born and raised in the same home, before deciding to go to college across the country (Seattle, WA). My mom is from Chicago (& Wisconsin), so I decided I'd plant my roots where she grew up; it's such a great city. I have a 4 year old son named Gavin, and live in Naperville currently, moving to Elmhurst at the end of the 2016 summer. My hobbies include all sports, especially running, football,and basketball and I sing in a band every couple of months.
My boyfriend, John, is on the executive team for Guaranteed Rate and I couldn't admire the company more since I've gotten here. It's such a great place for employees, and that is so clearly reflected into the service our customers receive. I will never work for another mortgage company! There's only one way to do mortgages for people, and Guaranteed Rate has got it figured out.