SUMMER FUN Contest ......... Vacation In Chicago While Business Carried On At Home

Mortgage and Lending with George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages NMLS #65149


I am one of those people that rarely takes anytime off.  My phone is on all the time, and I answer it and return phone calls no matter what time, or  day of the week it is.  Vacations are not something that I do very often, and in the past when I have gone away on a vacation, I continued to carry on my business from where ever I happen to be. However, this year my oldest son, Matthew joined my team at McCue Mortgage, and he has been a bigger blessing than I had anticipated. 

Earlier this month I was able to take a much needed vacation, even though it was for only a week, it was good to just get away. My wife and I went to Chicago to spend some time with friends that were flying in from California.  I had been to Chicago many times before, but always on business, so I never got to enjoy much of this beautiful city. 

We got to take a bus tour of Chicago and see parts of Chicago that I would have never seen otherwise. Chicago is truly the city of very tall buildings as you can see from the picture above.  My favorite part was stopping at Wrigly Field, home of the Cubies, and actually getting to see this historic park in person.  I also got to go back to the Great Lakes Naval Training Camp which I did my Boot Camp at in 1970.  While there we got to see a graduation ceremony, and that sure brought back some old memories.  One of our other stops on the city bus tour was Miiennium Park, and that is a must see.  

The picture to the right is of the Realtor Building that is right on Michigan Avenue.  Realtors must have money in Chicago :)  And right across from the Realtor Building was the statue of Marylin Monroe,  Im sorry but I had to do a guy thing :)

In the past as I mentioned before, I would have continued to do business, much like I was still here, but this time even though I still maintained contact with my Borrowers, when something needed to be taken care of Matthew took over.  Prior to this I have not trusted anyone with my business, but because Matthew is my son it was almost like he was a natural extension of me, and I had no problem letting go.

The last time I had taken what I called a vacation, I got a lot of teasing from the group that my wife and I were with.  I was constantly on the phone, or up in the hotel room taken care of something for one of my Borrowers, or a Realtor Partners.  This time the phone was still with me, but it rang much less, because most knew to call Matthew.  When they did call me I would answer the questions, but if something needed to be done Matthew took care of it.

Who knows maybe the next vacation I will leave the phone and laptop behind, and let Matthew take care of everything ......... well maybe in a few more years ......... LOL.


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 George Souto is a Loan Officer who can assist you with all your FHA, CHFA, and Conventional mortgage needs in Connecticut. George resides in Middlesex County which includes Middletown, Middlefield, Durham, Cromwell, Portland, Higganum, Haddam, East Haddam, Chester, Deep River, and Essex. George can be contacted at (860) 573-1308 or

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George Souto NMLS# 65149 is a Loan Originator who can assist you with all your #FHA, #CHFA, and #Conventional #mortgage needs in Connecticut. George resides in Middlesex County which includes #Middletown, #Old Saybrook, #Middlefield, #Durham, #Cromwell, #Portland, #Higganum, #Haddam, #East Haddam, #Moodus, #Chester, #Deep River, and #Essex. George can be contacted at (860) 573-1308 or


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Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

George, vacations are a necessity to maintain a life style, otherwise there is no good reason to work. Matthew, was the loan officer for the buyer that just closed on one of my listings

May 26, 2012 10:46 AM #1
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Ed he told me that you were the Seller's Realtor.  I told to keep a close eye on you ......... LOL

Glad that he got to work with you :)

May 26, 2012 11:05 AM #2
Harry F. D'Elia
Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

We all need vacations. Using the latest technologies allows us to do it.

May 26, 2012 11:13 AM #3
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Hun... - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

George, now this post makes me home sick...I really need to get back to Chicago

May 26, 2012 01:55 PM #4
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

George, how great you have your son to support you in the biz... it does make a difference.  Vacation with too never without...your biz is an extension of you so it is a natural outcrop...Chicago sounds wonderful & i have never explored it and was just talking about it with friends...good for you!

May 26, 2012 09:50 PM #5
Jeffrey Funk
eXp Realty - Windermere, FL
Broker Associate | Team Leader

George - Hope you decide to stop and smell the roses soon! Love the photo's in your post. Thanks for sharing!


May 26, 2012 10:23 PM #6
Kathy Sheehan
Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021 - Atlanta, GA
Senior Loan Officer

George, you picked a great city for your vacation. I love my hometown.

May 27, 2012 10:35 AM #7
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

George, what a gift! Not only did you get to take a vacation, you have your son working with you, and it is all good! That is wonderful. My grandson says he wants to work with me, but he is just a bit too young, although he would love to answer my phone for me.... maybe in few more years...

May 29, 2012 09:42 PM #8
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad


How fortunate you are to have your son involved in the business, not only to help cover for you while vacationing but just to have the chance to work with him and him with you!


May 29, 2012 11:53 PM #9
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