Senior Vice President of Mortgage Lending
For Guaranteed Rate’s Drew Boland, 2015 was a banner year. While his nine previous years as a loan originator were successful, 2015 saw him topple his own record by increasing his volume to more than $90 million in funded loans, a 125 percent growth over 2014. Attributing much of that surge to his team’s proficiency in customer service, Boland also received his company’s “Biggest Gainer” award while maintaining his 10th consecutive year as a member of its President’s Club. “I’m thrilled about what my team and I have achieved, and it’s a true testimony to our high caliber of service that clients refer us to their friends and family.”
Boland has years of experience buying and selling his own properties as well as learning from family members who have been in the real estate industry. Life, he says, taught him the skills necessary to guide people through emotional situations and help them solve problems, both of which are critical in his profession. “My career is about counseling people and helping them strategize how to overcome challenges while still being 100 percent transparent and managing expectations,” Boland explains. “I wanted to be part of an industry that would allow me to help people achieve their goals while I grew professionally. I’ve been able to check all of those boxes as a loan originator.”
While jumbo mortgage financing is Boland’s area of expertise, he makes a point of staying informed of industry products and changes that affect how he supports clients. “I’m an expert in calculating and pre-underwriting clients’ income, which goes back to appropriately setting expectations at the outset so there are no surprises down the road,” he explains. “Being upfront helps reduce the fear and uncertainty that some buyers feel and puts them at ease, and that’s important.” Take, for instance, the family of five who had another lender deny their loan 10 days before closing. Boland was able to rescue the situation by quickly assessing and confirming theirs was a loan that Guaranteed Rate could deliver. “We were able to get them closed in eight days, and it was incredible to see the gratitude they expressed to us.”
Boland enjoys cycling, snowboarding, wakeboarding, and many other outdoor activities. He serves on the voting committee of the Guaranteed Rate Foundation, which offers grant assistance to families suffering hardships, and also volunteers on the young professionals’ board of Christ the King College Preparatory high school. Boland has made his mark on this industry thanks to his hard work and determination, and he envisions a bright future as well. “I believe in being flexible, knowledgeable, and honest, so that reputation will always attract clients who want a fantastic lending experience.”
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