Operations Employee Of The Quarter!

Katie Urquhart

Katie enjoys attending Braves games, festivals or any outdoor activity, running, DIY projects and designing beaded bracelets!

Katie's favorite thing about LeaderOne: The incredible people I work with, who help making coming in every day so enjoyable!!

Comments by Katie's Co-Workers:

"Katie Urquhart exemplifies the perfect combination of talent, drive, self-discipline, and passion to be the best at everything she does, and her engaging personality fills every room she enters. She is honest, kind, compassionate, and her self-respect and integrity are unsurpassed. She never backs away from a challenge—and occasionally creates new ones in her quest to discover newer and better ways of bringing a positive, memorable, quality experience to our customers, clients, business associates, co-workers, and strategic partners."

“On behalf of every member of our amazing GA1 Team… We thank you, Katie, for your dedication and commitment to excellence; we acknowledge and appreciate you and your value to the entire Leader1 organization; and congratulate you for being recognized as Employee of the Quarter!!"

--Jeanne & Scott Evans, Branch Managers

"Katie was the driving force in creating the “in process emails” that go out on every loan company wide. Well deserved! She always goes above and beyond the call of duty!"

"Katie is the sunshine in our office. In addition to being a warm, inviting and professional first impression in our office, she is indispensable in the area of marketing and making things the best experience they can be for our clients. Her heart, attitude, sense of humor and work ethic make her an absolute joy to be around each and every day, we couldn't do without her!"

"If Katie ever has a bad day, you’d never know it. She’s always smiling and is happy to help anytime she’s asked; and when she’s not asked, she offers. She’s a go-getter with a great attitude, work ethic, and sense of humor. Simply the best!"

"Katie is always smiling and always positive - a breath of fresh air and a delight to work with! She performs her duties with professionalism and accuracy - always going above and beyond expectation. Katie certainly knows how to deliver World Class Service!"

Sales Employee Of The Quarter!

Jessica Eden

Jessica has been married for just over a year and loving every minute of it! She loves to read, spending time with her 7 nieces and nephews who are all 4 or younger, going for long walks and volunteering at her church!

Jessica's favorite thing about LeaderOne: The willingness and great attitudes of our entire team to work together to help our customers!

Comments by Jessica's Co-Workers:

"It is a real pleasure to work with Jessica. She is a true sales professional. She is very driven and active in sales activities. In the past few months Jessica has done an excellent job of successfully learning additional products and this has allowed her to diversify her business. For Jessica the sky is the limit to what is possible for her. Congratulations Jessica! This recognition is well deserved."

- Brent Symonds, Regional Sales Manager

"She diligently stays on getting what is needed for the file even after it closes. You can count on her to get what is needed."

"She works very hard, is very professional and does everything she can for her customers! A "World Class" employee. She has been a TOP PRODUCER for 4 months already this year!"

"I don't think there is a bad thing to say about Jessica "slugger" Eden! She is an awesome team player. I have seen her with her customers and she is extremely professional and courteous!"

"Not only is Jessica very easy to work with as a co-worker, but she keeps customer's well informed all throughout the process of their loan. She is very thorough. Jessica Eden always has a smile on her face which makes it so easy to speak with her. She is super pleasant and personable."

"Jessica always has a pep in her step and eager to help the customers. She is a great asset to L1."

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Mortgage News Daily News Feed

MBS RECAP: Strong and Stable all Day

Posted To: MBS Commentary

It was a refreshingly strong day for MBS and Treasuries. While the gains weren't immense by any standard, they were mostly present from the start of the day and never looked to be under dire threat. Weak economic data helped get things going in the morning, though it was a bit of a mixed blessing for MBS watchers as the data in question was close to home (weak New Home Sales). The 5yr Treasury auction in the afternoon was lackluster at best--certainly not in the same league as the previous two examples from the Feb-April trend, though it did compare favorably with some older examples. Beyond that, volume and participation picked up a bit, and there was a sense that financial markets were getting back to business after an extended holiday. In the bigger picture, today's strength acted...(read more)

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Mortgage Rates Erase 2 Days of Weakness

Posted To: Mortgage Rate Watch

Mortgage rates moved lower at a healthy pace today, more than erasing the past two days of weakness, but leaving most of last Thursday's weakness intact. Some of the gains were attributable to today's much weaker than expected reading on New Home Sales earlier this morning. Downbeat economic data is typically positive for bond markets which results in lower rates. Today's strength is enough to bring the most prevalently quoted conforming 30yr fixed rate for best-case scenarios ( best-execution ) back down to 4.375% in many cases, though 4.5% remains a nearly equal contender. When adjusted for day-to-day changes in closing costs, today's rates are 0.06% lower. Today's strength runs counter to the recent trend. Most of the time in 2014, when rates have risen from 4.25%, they've proceeded to 4...(read more)

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California Pending Sales Surge; Short Sales Lowest since 2008

Posted To: MND NewsWire

California appears to be gearing up for a strong spring market according to pending home sales figures released today by the California Association of Realtors® (C.A.R.). The group reports that, based on contracts for home purchases, pending sales jumped 17.8 percent in March and were at the highest level in eight months. C.A.R's Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI) rose from 97.1 in February to 114.4 in March. Despite the sharp monthly increase, the PHSI was still well below the revised index of 126.9 for March 2013. The PHSI is a forward-looking indicator that provides information on the future direction of home sales. Pending sales are generally expected to close within 60 to 90 days. The share of equity sales continued to rise steadily in March as it has for the last year. Equity or non...(read more)

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Housing Market Improving at Slower Pace, but There's a Catch

Posted To: MND NewsWire

The February edition of the new Multi-Indicator Market Index (MiMi) introduced by Freddie Mac last month indicates that the U.S. housing market overall is recovering at a slightly slower pace than it was in January. Nonetheless, the report shows that more than half of both the states and the top 50 metropolitan areas are still improving. MiMi uses proprietary Freddie Mac data and information on local markets to assess where each market currently is in relation to its own long-term stable range for home purchase applications, payment-to-income ratios (which allows measurement of changes in home purchasing power), proportion of on-time mortgage payments, and the local employment picture. And that's the catch : an index that ostensibly speaks to "the housing market" is currently drawing strength...(read more)

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Home Sales Tank; Inventories and Prices Surge

Posted To: MND NewsWire

New homes sales in March were down 14.5 percent from sales in February to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 384,000. The New Residential Sales report issued today by the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development February revised February sales numbers to 449,000 from the original report of 411,000. March 2014 sales were 13.3 percent lower than the estimated 443,000 new home sales in March 2013. On a non-seasonally adjusted basis an estimated 36,000 new homes were sold in March compared to 37,000 in February and 41,000 in March 2013. Sales in all four regions were also lower than a year earlier and only the Northeast saw an improvement on a monthly basis, with sales rising 12.5 percent from February. Annual sales fell 22.9 percent in that region. Sales in...(read more)

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