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“As a gay male, I will tell you there were challenges to overcome in my industry”

"As a gay male, I will tell you there were challenges to overcome in my industry"
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Admittedly, such attitudes were prevalent in the late ’80s when he was nearing emergence, cutting his teeth in the precarious landscape of subprime mortgages. He noted that there was still much work to be done in the area of ​​equity and inclusion to this day.

The former president of NAMB (National Association of Mortgage Brokers), White was among the top 1% of mortgage originators in the US last year. He was awarded the Best Mortgage Professional of the year 2018 after receiving the Best Mortgage Professional award the previous year. In 2013, he was named Mortgage Broker of the Year by his peers at the Florida Association of Mortgage Professionals while presenting the President’s Award for Outstanding Service to the Group.

Among White’s specialties are conventional and jumbo home loans. FHA and VA lending programs; Simplified and Complete 203K FHA 203K; Fannie Mae HomePath Programs and Portfolio Lending Products.

Despite these good intentions, he said, the quest for industry inclusion continues. “Our industry still has to have more women, more people of color, and more heterosexuals. We need to be more inclusive in our industry.”

White knows the challenges. White, who previously worked in a pest control business in Northern Virginia, said that in 1989 his accountant suggested he engage in the mortgage industry instead. “I’m like, Math isn’t my best subject. Next thing you know, they put me in a small town in West Virginia, and that’s where I cut my teeth with subprime mortgages.”

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