Jamie Harrington, Homeside Financial March 2018

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Welcome Home 1730 North Center Street, Hickory, NC 28601 • 828.229.7877 • jharrington@gohomeside.com I get to do something I truly love every day — helping people become homeowners. It’s hard work, long hours, and more than a little stressful, but when someone gets to turn the key in their new home, it’s all worth it. WHY I DO WHAT I DO I just knowmy clients need someone they can trust, and the only way I feel I can do that is to be informed and ethical.

The clients who give me the opportunity to work with themmake this career a total blast for me. This is especially the case when working with Homes for Heroes, which you can read about inside this newsletter. These public servants are some of the most appreciative people you’ll ever meet and provide a profound sense of meaning to what we do. The financing industry wasn’t always my calling. As a matter of fact, I used to work as a CPA, but I felt restricted working in accounting. The mortgage business, on the other hand, requires an entrepreneurial spirit that you either have or you don’t. You have to be 100 percent dependent on yourself. Some people find that too risky, but I thrive on it. I love that I am in control of my own destiny. When I show up at work, it’s not work. I have a keen desire to understand this industry better every single day. That’s a big part of why I’ve been blessed with success. I take my education seriously, and this has given me a comprehensive understanding of the industry that my clients truly value. I’m not smarter or better than

anyone else; I just knowmy clients need someone they can trust, and the only way I feel I can do that is to be informed and ethical. With the drive to be ethical comes a necessity for moral responsibility. I’ve seen some unfortunate business practices in this industry. Before the recession, there was a mortgage business on every corner where I lived. People thought they could make an easy buck by getting into lending. For me, that focus is in all the wrong areas. In my mind, when you work with a client, you are representing them in their pursuit of a home. That means having a spotless reputation. Dedication to what’s right is not only important, it’s necessary. Would y’all want to be represented by someone who didn’t share these values? When I’m not working, you can find me spending time with the biggest goofball on the planet. No, not my husband or my grown son— I’m talking about my dog, Freckles. Whether it’s getting run over by the mailman or

just being goofy, Freckles is always up to shenanigans. He has a titanium leg from all the mischief he’s gotten into, but he’s always a happy dog. He loves taking rides in the car, which is usually an adventure in its own right. Freckles weighs 130 pounds. I drive a Mini Cooper. Have you ever seen that funny image of the elephant in the VW Beetle? Yeah, it’s like that. I get to work with good folks every day and do something I love. When I come home, I get to spend time with my wonderful husband and goofy dog. I don’t think I could ask for much more than that. - Jamie Harrington 1 828.229.7877

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