Before becoming a full-time real estate associate, I spent over 4 years originating loans, the majority of that time with HomeFirst Mortgage - a lender/broker licensed to originate in 25 States and the District of Columbia. It is based in Alexandria, VA and has 6 satellite offices.
I began working with HFM in Dec 2003 while in Northern Virginia. Most of us LOs work virtual office so in late 2004 I packed my bags and moved to South Florida with my girlfriend and we do not regret our decision. Other than occasional hurricanes, we enjoy the great weather.
Upon arriving here I went through the Floridian rite of passage: obtained my Real Estate License. Who in Florida does not have one of those? There are probably more licensed agents than there are licensed drivers. I originally earned mine for the purpose of investing and to get a finger on the pulse of South Florida real estate. But now I've made the transition to real estate.
Given the professional and highly ethical nature of HomeFirst Mortgage, I have not given up loan origination, I've merely cut back in order to focus on real estate. I originate exclusively for past clients and their referrals. As far as real estate goes, my license is with Galleria International Realty in Fort Lauderdale. Their primary focus is on luxury and waterfront properties.
Outside of work I enjoy travel and sports. I'm a big fan of the Washington, DC area teams: Redskins, Caps, DC United and yes, the WiZARDs. I play flag-football for several coed teams in DC - my University of Virginia alum team which has won 2 championships(2003, 2005) and for LB which just won 3 consecutive league championships. I also play on an 8-man Ineligible team Nitro/Dream Team based in Colorado Springs. We meet several times each year at various tournaments. Great people on all those teams.