Posted 10/15/2014

Our very own Steve Furlong from Mortgages Unlimited Bloomington office had his article, “The Industry’s Bright Future-Today’s Originators Must Be Masters-And Teachers-Of Their Trade,” published in this month’s issue of the Scotsman Guide!

Steve touches on how the mortgage industry has changed after the stock market crash and how young newcomers to the industry can learn a lot from the past. In the article, Steve states “Originators are now specialists-experts in their field – and they’re becoming increasingly relied upon by the real estate industry, homebuyers and the general public to provide expertise.” Steve then continues to compare the newcomers of the industry to a blacksmith’s apprentice. “One must be trained to do the job the correct way in order to avoid failure and obtain success. A skilled blacksmith, much like a skilled loan officer, ‘spends years learning our trade and constantly perfecting it while overcoming challenges – and occasionally getting burned a little.’ With a new horizon in front of them, the newcomers can observe the industry through the eyes of the true professionals and see the bright future this business can offer.”

Read the full article here to learn more!

Posted 12/16/2013

On Tuesday December 10th the Minnesota Mortgage Association held a luncheon honoring its next Loan Officer of the Year for 2014.  Steve Furlong of Mortgages Unlimited knows a thing or two about what that distinction means.  You see, last year at this very same time Steve was honored with receiving our industry’s highest distinction, and was chosen as the Loan Officer of the year for 2013.   It’s been a whirlwind of a year, and we asked Steve to reflect a bit on what receiving the Loan Officer of the Year meant to him:

I will never forget standing at the podium accepting the award for Loan Officer of the Year in front of my peers; it was a greater honor than I could have expected.”

“I referenced some advice my mother gave me as a youth; Start every day with the same question: ‘who’s life can I help make better today?’ And then get to work focusing on the positives, and making the best of the opportunities as they come your way.”

And making the best of opportunities is exactly what Steve did.

Steve Started with Mortgages Unlimited in 2009 while he was completing his MBA from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. During this time Steve built and trained a staff of new loan officers to the mortgage business, became heavily involved in both the Bloomington Business Chamber of Commerce and the Minnesota Mortgage Association, became a partner with Habitat for Humanity, and built his team to one of the pre-eminent mortgage consulting teams in the Midwest.

“Steve approaches his job like a corporate CEO.  He has built his business from the ground up and looks for every opportunity to serve his clients’ needs.” said Steve Gatti, President of Mortgages Unlimited.

Steve continues to serve his clients and look for ways to improve himself, and his business every day.  “I do my best to keep my nose to the grindstone and stay up on the changes.  I keep my clients informed and ensure that everything is done on time.”

“ Having spent the last 12 months as the MMA’s Loan Officer of the Year the greatest addition to my credentials has been that my clients recognize that our company and myself are highly competent professionals worthy of their trust as a partner to guide them home.”

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