Betsy Hohman — NMLS #680727
During the 1990s, Betsy Hohman worked as a project manager for a developer who happened to own a mortgage company. “I have a sales and accounting background and serendipitously fell into the business,” she says of lending. “Nineteen years later, I’ve never looked back.”
Hohman, vice president of Blueleaf Lending, does much of her lending business on the North Shore. “Over the years, I’ve gotten a reputation for being creative with complicated jumbo financing and finding ways to get loans closed,” she says. Still, she enjoys doing conforming loans, working with first-time homebuyers using both conventional and government loans.
“I’m very hands-on,” she says. “I’m available when customers need to talk, whether that be in the evenings or on the weekends.”
Hohman relishes the opportunity to create partnerships with her clients, shepherding them through the mortgage process. More specifically, she helps them avoid pitfalls, and when problems arise, she comes up with viable solutions. “I truly enjoy seeing a customer purchase the home they have been dreaming about,” she says. “I try to go to as many closings as possible, not only to meet borrowers face-to-face, but also to see the result of our combined effort.”
Throughout the past 19 years, she has accumulated a wonderful customer base and referral network because of her ability to get consistent results. “At one point, my daughter said, ‘Mom, I don’t know why you get so stressed out about work. Everything always seems to work out.’ That, of course, isn’t always true, but if I believe a loan is doable, I stick with it until I have turned over every stone. I end up closing almost all of them.”
In her spare time, Hohman explores her passion for home renovation: She recently flipped a cottage built in 1915 in Sarasota, Florida, and found it very satisfying to watch an old home being brought back to life. She also enjoys working out and can often be found on the golf course or the tennis court.
A resident of Evanston, Hohman has been involved with Youth Opportunities Unlimited for many years as a board member and associate board member. She is also active in the Woman’s Club of Evanston, participating in fundraisers that benefit local nonprofit organizations.