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With Memorial Day coming up on Monday, we wanted to take time to recognize some of the mortgage professionals at Guardian Mortgage that have served our nation. What you may not realize is that the values instilled by military service translate easily to mortgage lending. Integrity, service, and respect are characteristics instilled in all branches of our nation’s armed forces, and you can find them in the staff at Guardian Direct as well.

So thank you, Guardian Direct, for giving us a chance to shine a light on the former servicemembers on your staff. To find out more about these amazing men and women that make up this month’s Guardian Angels, read on for our Q&A with Jeff Guthrie, Vice President of Sales at Guardian Direct.

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Guardian Angel: Loan Officer Julie Nichols Gets to Know Her Clients

Julie Nichols grew up on the west and east coasts, so she heads for the beach to relax!

Julie Nichols grew up on the west and east coasts, so she heads for the beach to relax!

When we’re ready to buy our beach home, we’re going to talk to Julie Nichols at Guardian Mortgage. Why? Because not only will Nichols be able to find the best loan for our situation, but she also knows where all the best beaches are!

Nichols, who has lived in Texas for quite some time, is a real bright spot at Guardian Mortgage, thanks to her experience as a project manager in the IT industry and her detail-oriented approach when helping her clients find the best mortgage for whatever the situation. Whether it’s a first-time homebuyer, a luxury-level client, or a vacation home that’s been a lifelong dream, Nichols takes a nuanced approach to every situation, and it’s earned her a ton of repeat business!

Take some time to get to know Nichols and her love of coastal sunsets and find out why this dynamic home mortgage professional is this month’s “Guardian Angel.”

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Guardian Angel: SMU Alum Wade Betz is a Man With a Plan

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Sure, he’s from New Orleans, but as most Dallas transplants, Wade Betz got to North Texas as soon as he could, which was to attend SMU. And sure, there’s some tension between his LSU-loving family and his SMU ties, but we’ll forgive him! There’s so much more to Betz, though, a loan officer at Guardian Mortgage and this month’s Guardian Angel.

As Betz sees great things ahead for Dallas, we see great things ahead for him, especially because Betz takes great care of his relationships with this friends, family, and his customers and enjoys an extremely high referral rate compared to his peers. Find out what makes Betz an exceptional mortgage professional after the jump!

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Guardian Angels: Whether Cycling or Caring For Clients, Mark Watson Steps Up

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It’s true: Some of the most amazing, dedicated people in the mortgage industry work for our hometown lender, Guardian Mortgage. These are the same folks who answer phone calls after hours, always greet you with a smile in the checkout line, and volunteer to make our communities better. In short, these people step up.

That’s what Mark Watson does. Watson, who is this month’s Guardian Angel from Guardian Mortgage, takes the time to make sure his client has an excellent experience no matter the size of the loan, ensuring that they become the industry’s most sought-after client: A happy referral generator.

We were absolutely thrilled to chat up Watson, who is an avid cyclist. Besides being an all-around great guy, he knows the mortgage business backwards and forwards, and has the kind of experience that clients seek. Find out more about Watson after the jump!

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Guardian Angel: Jeannie Smith Knows That the Key to Success is Never Giving Up

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Jeannie Smith with “The Wee Ones”: two of her pack of miniature dachshunds.

We love Jeannie Smith and her “can-do” attitude. She’s the kind of woman that can inspire confidence after just a moment with her, and she is a dog lover, to boot!

It’s no wonder that Jeannie, a mortgage professional that looks after her clients like family, is this week’s Guardian Angel. She takes time with every client to make sure that their needs are met, if not exceeded, which is a valuable asset in this quick-changing mortgage environment.

“I care about each loan and customer I work with — whether it’s a$ 50K loan or a $5M loan — and I love providing the white glove treatment,” Jeannie says. “I approach each loan and customer with a wide open mind so that I can learn about them, their financial goals, expectations, and what keeps them up at night when they think about the loan process.”

That’s the kind of personal service that is all too rare these days, but it’s exactly what you can expect at Guardian Mortgage. Find out more about Jeannie and how, through her tenacity, she’s made a wonderful career in the mortgage business.

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There are a few things we are suckers for over here at CandysDirt.com… gorgeous houses and gorgeous men. Especially those who have served in the military! Let me put it this way: I will not be needing my hormones for a few weeks after this interview with Guardian Mortgage Guardian Angel James Reed! Guess what folks, he is as hot on the inside as he is out: a total family man with old-fashioned integrity who has saved lives and even jumped out of airplanes! Now he’s saving financial lives every day as he helps home buyers navigate the crazy world of mortgages. James, you can “roger that” with us anyday!

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Meet Gracie Morrow. Speaks Fluent Mandarin and Hails From The Down Under

Gracie Morrow (12)Welcome to Guardian Angels by Guardian Mortgage Company. We bring you profiles of the real people behind Guardian Mortgage’s superior mortgage lending service.

As you know, I am passionate about local businesses and banks, none more so than when it comes to mortgage lending. After hearing of countless horror stories, and experiencing one of my own, I would not get my mortgage from one of the “Big Three” banks if they paid me. Local mortgage companies like Guardian hand-pick loan officers for a great customer service experience to make home lending as smooth a process as possible. They hold your hand as you obtain a dream mortgage for the home of your dreams.

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