What about Onward prompted you to join?
I’ve been a Realtor® since 1996 and this is the first time someone has come along with a new product or way of doing business that has really made me sit up and take notice. I have used Onward Financing for a couple of my buyers and the professionalism along with unique products made the process smooth for all involved. I wanted to help get the word out to the other agents I know in the area. Onward has products that everyone should be aware of.
How are our products like the Mortgage for Movers and the Assured Close different from others in the market?
Our market today is about as stressful and as competitive as I’ve ever seen. The Mortgage for Movers plan allows a family who’s maybe outgrown their home to make an offer non-contingent on a new home before selling their existing home. They can purchase with confidence and there’s not the pressure of racing to find a home after you’ve got an offer on theirs, and hope that a suitable home is available at that particular moment in time.
Is there anything that has surprised you about Onward?
I was surprised by how relatively small and tight-knit the management group is. They are all extremely gifted in their respective areas. Knowing personally who is reviewing and making the decisions on any particular file, especially if it’s going to not exactly fit into the conventional mold, seems like the way business should be done.
What would you tell other experienced real estate agents about joining Onward?
I’m looking at my position with Onward as another way I can truly be a full-service real estate agent. By knowing the financing side of the industry better, I can better guide my buyer and seller clients. This is also another reason for me to reach out to my past clients and sphere and drive business to both the real estate sales and mortgage side of MY business.
With the purchase market being very difficult for buyers right now, what advice do you have for them?
I’d tell anyone who’s looking to purchase right now to get pre-approved before looking at homes. I think there are many buyers who hear how competitive the market is right now and they’re hesitant to jump in. Onward Financing has programs that help to level the playing field.