With the start of a new year, we've decided to kick-off with a new Q&A blog series here at FirstTrust Home Loans. Our goal is to connect you with the people and faces that work hard on getting you the best loan for your financial needs and making sure you're happy and well-informed along the way. What better way to start the series off than with our very own new hire, Laurie Simmons! Laurie is joining our team with a fresh set of eyes as our Director of Business Development - Non-QM. Today, we wanted to hear a little about Laurie's background and what drew her to FirstTrust:
Tell us a little about yourself and your industry history?
"I was born and raised in Kansas; however, I have lived in Oklahoma since 1988. I love sports, the lake and spending time with my 6 grandchildren.
In 1999, I had an opportunity at a local bank to work as a mortgage processor. In 2006, I left the bank and went to work at another bank to help build the mortgage department. In 2007, my Account Executive for Chase was going to retire, and she asked me to take her territory in Oklahoma. I have been an AE for the past 15 years for a total of 23 years in the mortgage industry."
What drew you to FirstTrust Home Loans?
"I met Glenn about 12 years ago and I have watched him grow his company to what it is now. The atmosphere with FirstTrust is a great fit for me and what I can bring to the company."
Tell us a little bit about your role here and what non-QM is.
"Non-QM products are for borrowers that do not quality for an agency or government loan. My role is to help loan officers grow their book of business with the NQM products."
Why do you think this is beneficial to borrowers?
"NQM products will help borrowers purchase the home of their dreams."
- Laurie Simmons, Director of Business Development - Non-QM
We are so excited to have Laurie on our team, she brings a wealth of knowledge and a passion to help people realize their home-buying dreams.
FirstTrust Home Loans is as passionate about our customers as we are about the home loan products and services we offer. When you work with us, you'll be guided and informed every step of the way to make sure everything goes smoothly. Contact us today to learn how to get started with FirstTrust!