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Meet Sharp Loan Team Member, Martin Valencia

Meet Sharp Loan Team Member, Martin Valencia

What is your role at Sharp Loan?

I am a Loan Processor.

What do you enjoy most about what you do?

Seeing the end result of my hard work: getting people the money they need, getting them into their dream home, and helping them save money every month on their mortgage.

Can you share a memorable experience or story that happened while working?

Finishing a loan for a couple that had been living in their car for a couple of years so they could have enough for their down payment. It was a true privilege and a pleasure to finally get them in their home and see pictures of it.

What do you like to do in your free time when you aren’t helping clients realize their homeownership dreams?

I serve at my church on the weekends doing security, I love shooting guns at the range, and I love hunting.

What’s an item on your bucket list that you can’t wait to cross off?

I would love to shoot a machine gun from a helicopter, just like in the movies!

What is one important skill that every person should have?

I believe everyone should be CPR / First Aid Certified because it reminds us that our bodies are fragile and it gives us the confidence to be able to save a life in need.

 

Martin Valencia
Loan Processor

 

Meet Sharp Loan Team Member, Annisha Takhar

Meet Sharp Loan Team Member, Annisha Takhar

What is your role at Sharp Loan and how long have you been with the company?

My role is a Closer/Funder in Sharp Loan’s Closing Department and I’ve worked here for almost a year and a half.

What do you enjoy most about what you do?

What I enjoy most is helping our borrowers achieve an important milestone in their lives. Especially when they’re purchasing their first home, I like that I can help be a part of that process while also making sure that every aspect of their close is understood and the transaction is a smooth and effortless experience.

Can you share a memorable experience or story that happened while working?

The most memorable experiences for me have always been our team lunches together. I always enjoy the moments I can connect and bond more with my team. I’m grateful I get to work with some very intelligent and hardworking people – all working together for the same goal.

What do you like to do in your free time when you aren’t helping clients realize their homeownership dreams?

I’m usually either at home in my kitchen whipping up my latest culinary creation or at my kickboxing conditioning classes 3-4 days a week.

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?

I really loved the cities of Vienna and Amsterdam during my Euro trip. I wouldn’t mind spending a year in either of those cities!

What’s an item on your bucket list that you can’t wait to cross off?

Visiting an elephant orphanage/sanctuary in South Africa!

 

Annisha Takhar
Closer/Funder

 

Meet Sharp Loan Team Member, Lauro Francisco

Meet Sharp Loan Team Member, Lauro Francisco

What is your role at Sharp Loan and how long have you been with the company?

I am a loan officer, Sales Supervisor, firefighter, problem solver extraordinaire, and class clown. I have been with the company since December 2017.

What do you enjoy most about what you do?

I love nothing more than getting a family into a home, especially first time buyers. It’s a huge financial decision and I enjoy guiding clients through the process. Seeing as a mortgage is typically the biggest expense a homeowner will have, it’s important to me to identify my clients’ needs and goals in order to get them the best loan for their specific scenario. No two borrowers are ever the same, and oftentimes I find that I’m advising clients on not just their mortgage, but their finances as a whole.

Can you share a memorable experience or story that happened while working?

The most memorable experience I have is every time I am able to deliver and close escrow when a buyer comes to me, either having been recently denied by another bank or when their escrow is about to fall through. I love being able to do what other lenders cannot.

What do you like to do in your free time when you aren’t helping clients realize their home ownership dreams?

I stay very active as it helps me decompress, and exercise pushes me to better myself on a daily basis. Whether it’s lifting weights, yoga, cycling, or running with my dog, as long as I’m moving my body I’m happy. I also sail a few times a month. Those close to me often say that if I’m not in the office, I’m probably at the beach.

If you were stranded on a desert island and could only take three items with you, what would they be?

A water filter, flint for fire, and a plane to fly the heck out of there.

What is one important skill that every person should have?

Self-awareness. When we practice self-awareness we see more clearly our values, aspirations, reactions, thoughts, feelings, and how they impact our own lives and the lives of those around us. Self-awareness pushes us to improve and allows us to communicate better, make sounder decisions, cultivate stronger relationships, and live a more purposeful, impactful, and fulfilled life.

 

Lauro Francisco
Sales Supervisor/ Loan Officer
NMLS: 1819667
Lauro@MySL.com | 714.224.6957

 

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Meet Sharp Loan Team Member, Manny Garcia

Meet Sharp Loan Team Member, Manny Garcia

What is your role at Sharp Loan and how long have you been with the company?

I’m a Loan Officer and I assist homeowners and future homeowners with their real estate financial needs. I’ve been with the company since the beginning.

What do you enjoy most about what you do?

I truly enjoy the end result. Oftentimes my clients are living paycheck to paycheck, and I’m able to create a plan to save them hundreds of dollars a month. And the feeling of helping my client is buying their first home is priceless! This is what I enjoy the most.

Can you share a memorable experience or story that happened while working?

I’ve worked on enough loans to have tons of memorable experiences, but here’s one of the most recent: I had a client that was renting in LA and was denied many times by other companies for a purchase loan due to her type of income. She and her family were getting evicted, and time was of the essence. I was able to get her approved for a home loan, and even found her dream home. We closed escrow and to this day, I get calls from her telling me how appreciative she is. She has even referred me to several of her friends and family members. Going the extra mile pays off in the end.

What do you like to do in your free time when you aren’t helping clients realize their home ownership dreams?

I go to the gym, and I spend a lot of time with my family, my girlfriend, and my English bulldog Nala. I also love to travel and eat great food!

If you were stranded on a desert island and could only take three items with you, what would they be?

My laptop, earphones, and some water. I have to make sure I’m still closing deals!

What’s an item on your bucket list that you can’t wait to cross off?

Shark cage diving!

What movie can you rewatch over and over again?

That’s tough, but probably The Godfather.

What is one important skill that every person should have?

Patience. “Rome wasn’t built in a day.”

 

Emmanuel “Manny” Garcia
Sr. Mortgage Loan Originator
NMLS: 1184162 | DRE: 01957964
Manny@MySL.com | 714.453.9065

 

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Meet Sharp Loan Team Member, Ping Tsai

Meet Sharp Loan Team Member, Ping Tsai

What is your role at Sharp Loan and how long have you been with the company?
I oversee all marketing efforts for Sharp Loan. I’ve only been with the company for three months, but it feels a lot longer because of how welcoming the team has been. There’s a true sense of inclusivity that is felt from Day One.

What do you enjoy most about what you do?
I enjoy communicating and finding ways to connect with our customers, and letting them know about the various nuances that make Sharp Loan special. When you believe in something that can truly be of help to others, all you want to do is show everyone else. Finding creative ways to get people to notice what they are missing out on is part of the challenge, and it’s fun.

Can you share a memorable experience or story that happened while working?
The entire processing and underwriting department breaking out into a competitive and spirited contest midday to see who could do the most squats. All the cheers heard throughout the whole office made for an exciting afternoon indeed.

What do you like to do in your free time when you aren’t helping clients realize their home ownership dreams?
I spend most of my free time making sure that my family is taken care of, but when there’s downtime you can find me gravitating toward the mountains – climbing a local peak, backpacking in the Sierra Nevada, skiing, snowboarding, and anything else where I can be outdoors in nature. Some of the most beautiful places that I’ve seen can be accessed only by a long trek through the wilderness. The limited accessibility and remote nature of some destinations make them all the more worthwhile and rewarding when you reach them.

What’s an item on your bucket list that you can’t wait to cross off?
Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro.

What is one important skill that every person should have?
How to do a search in Google.

Ping Tsai
Director of Marketing

 

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Meet Sharp Loan Team Member, Hector Carrillo

Meet Sharp Loan Team Member, Hector Carrillo

What is your role at Sharp Loan and how long have you been with the company?
I’m a Loan Officer, and I have worked at Sharp Loan for five years.

What do you enjoy most about what you do?
It’s simple: helping our borrowers.

Can you share a memorable experience or story that happened while working?
My team and I have helped many customers, but on two specific occasions we managed to reduce customers’ payment by over $800 per month.

What do you like to do in your free time when you aren’t helping clients realize their home ownership dreams?
I enjoy snowboarding, soft-roading, Jiu Jitsu, and hanging out with my son.

What are some of your favorite songs from your teenage years that you still like listening to?
I still like listening to the Rocky soundtrack.

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?
I would live in Sweden. Fresh air, clean streets, and lots of museums.

What’s an item on your bucket list that you can’t wait to cross off?
Going to Machu Picchu!

Hector Carrillo
Loan Officer
NMLS: 687916
Hector@MySL.com | 714.248.7786

 

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