USA Cares Mortgage Heroes: Elisabeth Everett of W.J. Bradley Mortgage in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Though the weather in Colorado is often cooler than the rest of the country, it is home to some very warm-hearted friends. This month’s Mortgage Hero is Elisabeth Everett of W.J. Bradley Mortgage in Colorado Springs, Colo. Last year Ms. Everett completed the USA Cares Certified Military Housing Specialist Course and is now serving our veterans in another way, as a USA Cares volunteer. Elisabeth’s passion for serving the military began early in life, as she comes from a long line of veterans. Though she hasn’t donned the uniform, she serves as a military spouse. She and her husband of 10 years have been through “the normal military life” which includes countless moves and multiple deployments. “I have been working in the mortgage industry for more than eight years, and as a military spouse, I truly understand the unique and often complex decisions military families deal with while deciding to buy or refinance a home,” said Elisabeth. When asked about a military family she assisted, Elisabeth shared: “Every military family has a different story and a unique family dynamic. It makes it difficult to narrow down specific cases because each customer impacts me. However, I am always honored to help, whether a military servicemember is buying their first home or retiring and buying a retirement home. I have clients who have very sharp deadlines and need to purchase a home immediately. Being able to offer quick mortgage turn times and understanding the VA loan process is essential. I have also worked with numerous borrowers who are deployed overseas. Taking the stress away and streamlining the process is very important. We work as hard as we can with family members and our service members. The last thing they should or need to stress over is mortgage paperwork.” This year marked a new venture for USA Cares as it has established five chapters nationwide, including one in Colorado. Elisabeth reached out to USA Cares and did all the heavy lifting to help get the Colorado Chapter off the ground which has now grown to 10 members. Their first effort to raise awareness about USA Cares will be with the USA Cares Certified Military Housing Specialist Course on June 20, 2013. “Serving our military is an honor,” said Elisabeth. “Making sure a servicemember and their family are in the best mortgage loan, that fits their specific family financial goals is so very important and one thing that I do not take lightly.” To find out how you can make the lives of our veterans a little easier, e-mail Elisabeth at [email protected] For more information about how you can get involved with USA Cares and its events, visit www.usacares.org. Be a Mortgage Hero! This recognition is free to Certified Military Housing Specialists. Take the course offered online by USA Cares and tell us how you are, “Helping those who defend our homes, preserve their own.” Joann Muncey is director of housing assistance at USA Cares, where she has worked since 2008. She may be reached by e-mail at [email protected]