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How this Single Mom of 3 went From 435 FICO Domestic Violence Survivor to 700+ Homeowner and Investor
In 2017, I walked away from my past and never looked back. I was freelancing social media management and barely making ends meet. Crowded into our small 2 bedroom apartment, my three children and I did what we could to survive. Within just a few months my freelancing gig turned into a business.
A short 15 months after leaving, I had raised my credit score by 200 points, saved $10,000, and bought my first home. I was so impressed with the process that I felt the need to pursue it as a career.
Rewind to 2006, I had a friend who was a mortgage broker reach out to me needing help. I showed up at her office to a desk full of stacks of loose, disorganized papers. She had me organize the files and mail them to the mortgage companies. Old school. I enjoyed it, but sadly my friend was diagnosed with breast cancer and went into an early retirement.
In early 2007, I met a mortgage broker who was looking for help. Unfortunately, the market crashed and my career in mortgage was put on hold. I opted to take a “safer” route, and went into marketing. Even though I was good at it, I didn’t love it.
When 2020 rolled around and the world turned upside down, I decided it was time to pivot. While it started to feel like the the rug was being pulled out from under me, it was actually the world being lifted off of me. And for the first time in my life, I wasn’t scared.
I spent 6 months sending emails like it was my job. I networked with every mortgage broker I could find on LinkedIn trying to find an entry level position. And let me tell you, I applied for every entry level mortgage job I could find. I couldn’t even get an interview. I was dismissed, ignorantly, because I “didn’t have experience.”
I did. however, have exceptional transferable skills that caught the eye of a new LinkedIn connection.
In early 2021, just a few months after closing my marketing agency, I accepted a position as a Mortgage Loan Processor. I have loved every minute of the work. In August, I sat for the NMLS and passed on the first try. I am currently a licensed Mortgage Loan Originator in Alabama, and soon to be Florida.
I’m excited for the future. I’ve never felt more at peace and focused. It took me a long time to discover who I am and what I was meant to do. It is my mission to help families, especially women of domestic violence abuse, to become homeowners.
I proudly serve on the Board of Directors as Treasurer for The Lighthouse: A Beacon of Hope, a local shelter for women and children of domestic violence.
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