Mortgage Banker/Broker. West Point Class of 1977. Integrity and committment to excellence is how I live my life and the manner in which I treat my clients and real estate partners.
Get to know Vance Walden
I grew up in a town called Streamwood, Illinois which is a blue collar community located about 40 miles outside of Chicago with my 2 sisters and brother. We were living a very basic existence, which I can honestly say was not easy when all of your friends that you were growing up with just seem to have more. I knew at a very young age that in order to make things happen, it was going to depend totally on me. I thank God for the fact that at some points in my life teachers gave me enough encouragement that I started to believe that I could accomplish anything that I focused on. I was also fortunate to have great childhood friends who were also very positive and encouraging.
While I was in high school, I mentored closely with our high school counselor, Melvin Peters who inspired me to apply for an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. I had to compete with many deserving young men for only one Congressional slot from Chicago and the outlying suburban areas. Even though I did not receive an immediate appointment to West Point for the next academic year in 1972, I was selected to attend the United States Military Academy Prep School in Fort Belvoir, VA. I was admitted to West Point the following year in 1973 and graduated in 1977. This of course was a life changing event, because it taught me the value of focus, hard work and determination.
I served a multitude of leadership and staff positions as an infantry and staff officer, and was especially grateful and humbled for the opportunity to serve with courageous young men in infantry units. I left active duty after the first gulf war to pursue a growing interest in the financial services industry, which lead me to being a mortgage banker and broker. I have been in this field for over 8 years, and chose this field over many others because I saw my values of integrity, compassion and community could make a real difference in the lives of hard working families wanting to better their finances. My attitude is that I can assist every family no matter what their circumstances are, because to me it's about empowering my clients with home financing knowledge that gives them the confidence to make informed decisions based upon THEIR overall financial goals. Another one of my objectives is for my clients to have enough information that they can clearly see through the "smoke and mirrors" home financing advertisements that is so prevalent on radio and TV.
I have been married for over 16 years now to Yvette(she IS my best friend) and I have two beautiful daughters. Collette is 29 years old and lives in Woodinville, WA and our 14 year old daughter, Mikhaella, swims for the The Puget Sound Aquatics Club in Tacoma, WA. The surprise of all surprises is our handsome, 17 month old son, Vance Jr, which keeps us young whether we want to our not! Our Shitzu / Maltese mix, 6 year old "Snuggles" has also trained our family very well. Yvette serves in the insurance/financial services field and has been a perfect compliment for me in the home mortgage business.
Since we live in the Puget Sound area, we love to do some sightseeing, beach combing, claming and trail walking. We also enjoy playing tennis as a family, and the ladies gang up against me! Since Yvette is from the Philippines, we do occasionally get back to the Philippines and do lots of snorkeling, sightseeing, relaxing, eating and more eating!
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There is no purchase or refiance scenario that I have not worked on, so go ahead and try to stump me!!! My specialty is getting loans accomplished that all of the others cannot do. Our broker is also approved to do FHA and VA loans, so this is truly one stop shopping!!