Gavin has been a top producer in the mortgage business for over 15 years and has built a solid reputation as a professional who can get even the toughest loans done with great rates and excellent service. Laura’s background includes consumer and corporate finance, banking, as well as residential home lending. Brokers, fellow lenders, and other industry professionals regularly refer customers who have a too complex of a financial profile. Gavin and Laura work with a wide variety of clients, such as First Time Homebuyers, Investors, High Net Worth, and even those that are credit challenged, on a referral-only basis. Gavin’s background and experience makes him an expert in Jumbo Loans and Self-Employed Borrowers, as these are the most difficult types of loans to underwrite. The team has the technical knowledge and experience necessary to be able to analyze the most complex tax returns or tricky scenario.
Gavin grew up in the Pacific Northwest and still calls Seattle home. In his spare time, he is staying active by playing softball and volleyball, traveling, and spending time with his puppy. Gavin graduated Magna cum Laude with a BA in Linguistics and Philosophy from the University of Washington in 2001. He also speaks fluent Spanish and passable Italian, Portuguese, French, Greek, Japanese & Arabic. Laura holds a BS in Technical Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and has interests in security and intelligence, aviation, and macroeconomics. Laura has been in the Pacific Northwest since 2015 and currently resides on the Eastside with her husband Sergey. In addition to English, Laura is fluent in Romanian and has a basic understanding of Russian, Ukrainian, and Italian. She spends her free time taking road trips, doing small home improvement projects, and riding bikes.
Unlike most mortgage originators, Gavin also specializes in Vacation Home Loans. He is licensed in many US states that have desirable retirement and vacation home destinations, such as California, Oregon, Arizona, Hawaii, and Nevada.
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