It just struck me that I have never posted about my preferred lenders!
Many buyers don’t realize how important your choice of lender is. At the most basic level, you definitely want to make sure you get along well with your lender. Keep in mind that you will be relying on them to support you throughout the entire financial side of your transaction.
Two vital questions to ask when you are interviewing lenders is: when are you available? Are you quick with communication? When we’ve found a house you want to offer on, it is very important that your lender can get us a pre-approval letter that is updated to reflect the amount we are offering. (We don’t want to show all our cards with the full amount you qualify for if we are offering less!) If it’s the weekend or in the evening, is your lender going to be there for you? Chances are that if you are working with someone that is just one the clock 9-5, the answer will be no.
If you give the lenders below a call, please let them know I sent you. (I don’t get any kickbacks for recommending them, I just know we make a great team– and that’s good for everyone!) In no particular order, (two on the East side and two on the West, but please note, they can do most things virtually.)
Guild Mortgage Company
cell: 503-528-9800email: firstname.lastname@example.org
NMLS ID # 112876
825 NE Multnomah St, Suite 950
Portland, OR 97232
NMLS #: 94123
3 Centerpointe Drive, Suite 290
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
Mortgage Loans Northwest
NMLS Individual ID 85417
5015 SE Hawthorne Blvd Ste A
Portland OR 97215
web site: andreaclarkloans.com
4380 SW Macadam Ave Suite 260
Portland, Or 97239
I was fortunate to attend this conference over the past few days. It was incredibly heartening to meet so many women who are committed to sustainability in farming. As a very beginner farmer myself, I felt inspired by those that have been working in agriculture for decades. I came away with some great information and wanted so share some highlights!
Nostrana – I was already familiar with this delicious restaurant as a customer, but it was delightful to hear Chef Cathy Whims speak at the capstone lunch about her history with the Farm to Table movement.
Leaping Lamb Farms – Seems like a great farm stay in Alsea, Or. The owner Scottie Jones is also the founder of Farm Stays US, which is an incredible resource. She also mentioned a great reservation platform for websites, called ResNexus.
North Fork – Another farm stay, this one is directed by a woman named Ginger Edwards in Nahalem, Or.
Pacific Women’s Herbal Conference – A gathering of women in the Cascadia foothills to learn about plants and medicine. Lead by Eversong Evans, a gardener and herbalist in Monroe, Washington.
Emerge – Leadership training for women who would like to hold office.
Fox and Bear – Woman owned Portland Farm.
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition – Our voice in Washington D.C. for the sustainable food movement. Made up of over a hundred member organizations.
Out Here – Documentary about Queer Farmers.
Zia Queen Bees – New Mexico apiary that focuses on the rearing of queens with natural longevity. Business is co-owned by Melanie Kirby.
Recommended books: Soil Sisters, The Color of Food, Broad Influence, and Sowing Seeds of Victory.