This week for Five Questions on Friday we sat down with Clint Elliott, a Private Mortgage Banker from Willamette Valley Bank.
Question 1: Getting to know you; where are you from? What do you miss about your home town? Why do you like Portland?
I'm from Tucson, Arizona. I miss the Mexican food! I love Portland because of all the little villages in different neighborhoods. I live in and love NE. There is a great diversity of people and the changes that are happening in every neighborhood are incredible!
Question 2: What are you most proud of? And what do you like to do in your spare time?
My three beautiful children; I try to spend as much time with my family as possible, we love to camp, and spend Sunday mornings soaking at the Kennedy School. I'd like to take more time to travel with my family, sometimes I forget that life is about experiences.
Question 3: What are you most excited about in a house? And what would you be willing to compromise on with a house?
I love old houses, it is fun to walk through a home and try to imagine how the people who were there before you, lived. Size, I am always willing to trade charm for size. It's not always "the bigger, the better" for me. It has to feel right, and sometimes smaller feels better.
Question 4: What is the hardest thing to explain to a client?
The hardest thing to explain to a client is how much the mortgage industry has changed. A lot of clients are surprised by the amount of information that is needed to secure a loan in this day and age. It is much different than it was even just a few years ago, most of the changes are truly for the better to insure that people who can afford homes get them.
Question 5: What are you optimistic about?
I am optimistic about the growth that Portland is seeing. It is exciting to see so many people gravitating toward the culture and vibe of our amazing city!