Thomas Drinkwater

Branch Manager NMLS-231874
Thomas Drinkwater

About Me

Originally from the East Coast (Connecticut and Rhode Island), my wife and I moved to Happy Valley, Oregon, 10 years ago and are now raising two young children. I got my start in the mortgage industry over a decade ago by creating a Northwest branch for a company with offices in more than 17 states. I developed a strong commitment to this region as I discovered the depth of the community here and made valuable connections. Now as the branch manager of Peak’s Vancouver office, I have had the great fortune to develop more meaningful relationships in Vancouver, Portland and the neighboring areas.

My family shares this connection to the Northwest—we really enjoy the great outdoors—as well as our community, where my wife and I coach several youth basketball, soccer and football teams. As active two-year supporters of the Happy Valley Annual Auction (benefiting Happy Valley Elementary School), I believe in the importance of giving back to our community both as a mentor and a neighbor.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How many properties should I look at?

The total number of properties you may look at will depend on several factors, such as your budget and the housing availability in your area. In general, real estate agents recommend that homebuyers look at several properties before making a decision, but there is not an exact number. Most people look at 10 homes, at a minimum, so they can compare them. However, you may find the dream house with more or fewer searches.

What is the best way to search for homes?

When it comes to the best home buying tips, there are different ways to search for properties. Statistics from the National Association of REALTORS® reveal that 51 percent of buyers searched and found their homes on the internet, while 30 percent used real estate agents. Other ways to search for homes include asking friends, relatives, neighbors and homebuilders for help. A small percentage of homebuyers used newspaper advertisements and yard or open house signs to search for homes.

Should I get pre-approval before making an offer?

Although a pre-approval is not one of the required steps to buying a house, it can certainly help you stand out in a competitive market with many buyers. A pre-approval can show sellers that you’re serious and capable of getting a mortgage, so they may be more likely to accept your offer.

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Vancouver, WA - Drinkwater Team
12503 SE Mill Plain Boulevard, Suite 250
Vancouver, WA 98684