I'd like to introduce you to Jodi Whalen, If you don't already know her, she is the sounding voice behind Whalen Mortgages. I recently was able to spend an amazing afternoon getting to know Jodi and a little bit more about her business.
MM: How did you come to decide to start your business and did you have any hurdles you had to overcome when you first started?
Jodi: I started this business 9 years ago when I got licensed as a mortgage associate; I was also working full time for the city. When I had my first baby I took maternity leave from the city and continued on with my company. At the end of my maternity leave, I decided to say goodbye to my position with the City and continue full time with my business.
We are now eight years later and I have my own brokerage, two full-time employees to help with our service levels and we will be introducing a third shortly.
I've also recently branched out to the Red Deer and Grand Prairie markets, offering mortgages and our services to clients in the area.
MM: What brought you to Fort McMurray or are you from here?
Jodi: I was born here, I'm the rare one!
MM: Has it always been your dream to stay in Fort McMurray?
Jodi: I have never left Fort McMurray! I can't see a reason for leaving. I love it here, this is my home town. I live 20 minutes outside the city where there are trails, quading and lots of things to do with my family; I can't see my self ever leaving.
MM: Can you tell me a little bit about your business services?
Jodi: We do mortgage financing, we can do renewals to get the best interest rate for clients when their mortgage term is up at their bank. We also do purchases, rentals, second homes, and raw land. We can also do credit coaching to get you into a home. All of our services are outlined in detail on our website. whalenmortgages.com/
MM: What are some things you're really proud of about your business:
Jodi: Our client service and our problem-solving ability. How we are able to get hard deals approved and how we can mitigate risk by explaining situations.
Our clients are amazing, Helping them make one of the biggest purchases of their lives is an incredible experience, its so exciting!
I only spoke with Jodi for a short amount of time but I was absolutely blown away with her knowledge and professionalism. If you're looking to buy a home I would highly recommend speaking with Jodi first.
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