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 I have never done this blogging deal before, so here is my first.  As you may or may not know, I attended XINNIX, the Mortgage Academy of Excellence.  I am the first student they have ever had from Iowa, so not many people know about this training.  AND, of course, since I was from Iowa, I received numerous Iowa jokes that were confused with Idaho or Ohio.  XINNIX was a life changing experience for me.  It was 6 weeks in total, 2 weeks here and 4 weeks in Atlanta, GA.  I graduated from UNI, and I thought that was difficult, well XINNIX proved me wrong on that.  We were in class 12-13 hours a day and 3-4 hours of homework.  We also had an exam the day we got to Atlanta, to make sure we could stay, an exam every Monday and a 4 hour certification exam at the end to pass.  If we ever forgot homework, failed a quiz (below 80%), or failed an exam (below 80%), we were put on warning and then anything again--and SEE YA.  They sent us home.  The first month was all about the industry, background, products, understanding how and why different products work for different situations and for the last 2 weeks we did sales and marketing training.  I truly learned so much.  It was very tough but if I had the chance to go back, I would DEFINITELY do it over again.  As I said before, I am the first to graduate from Iowa so all my fellow classmates were from big states such as:  Georgia, Florida, New York, Maryland, etc.  They all got sign-on bonuses for attending be accepted to and graduating from XINNIX.  And then I come back to Iowa and all happy, and people are saying to me, "XINNIX, what?"  HAH, I can't blame them at all for not knowing about the training, there will be more people that take this huge step to go to the academy from this area and then people will start to see what it is all about.  Well, enough of me on my soap box.  Here are some pictures below.  If you want to see more about XINNIX, ask me, or check out www.xinnix.com.  Thank you for visiting my very FIRST blog :)


This is my team strategizing for our presentation


This is me presenting in front of the class about first-time home buyers and how they feel.


FINALLY..this is my TEAM 2 days before graduation..the instructors came in and starting throwing squishy balls at us to wake us up because we were all soooo exhausted.  That was a little fun!

Leah Ross
Your Tampa Bay Mortgage Source - Tampa, FL
Tampa, Florida Mortgage
Congratulation Amber!  I know it takes a LOT of work to go through this process and you should be very proud of yourself!  ~I'm a XINNIX graduate as well from 2004 ;)  I will keep watching your posts!  Keep up the good work.
Jun 29, 2007 04:23 AM
John Hurlbut
Keller Williams - Puyallup - Puyallup, WA
Wow!  Sounds like an AWESOME program!  And it sounds like you and especially your clients will benefit for years from this training!  If I were a lender, I'd definitely consider something like this.  AWESOME!
Jun 29, 2007 05:14 AM

Leah- Thank you!  And congrats to you too!

John- Thank you as well.  And yes, it sets one ahead of the competition.  Loved it!

Jun 29, 2007 05:18 AM
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate
Welcome to ActiveRain, Amber! I've never heard of Xinnix before, but it's great to see mortgage professionals making such a commitment to training.
Jun 29, 2007 03:52 PM
Peter M . Christopher
Fairfield County Home Inspection LLC - Fairfield, CT
Residential & Commercial Inspections in
Welcome to A/R ! Enjoy The networking.
Jun 29, 2007 04:25 PM
Stephanie Edwards-Musa
thredUP.com - The Woodlands, TX
knitwit at thred UP
Hi Amber, Welcome to ActiveRain!  Congratulations!  It looks like you will have a lot to share with the community.
Jun 29, 2007 04:34 PM
Lucky Lang
Premiere Plus Realty Marco Island - Marco Island, FL
Marco Island & Naples Florida Real Estate


Way to go!  Congrats on the course, congrats on joining AR, and congrats on your first post!

You go girl!

You'll have to do a post on your world famous oreo truffles!

See you in the Rain (and around the Quad Cities real estate scene)!

Lucky :)

Jun 29, 2007 10:42 PM