If home is where the heart is, then home buying should be a labor of love. FirstBank, one of the nation’s largest privately held banks with a focus on “banking for good,” is launching its Empowering Homeownership campaign to prove that buying a home is easier with a champion in your corner.
By visiting www.efirstbank.com/empower (or www.efirstbank.com/empoderar in Spanish), folks can read and watch powerful stories of customers who faced unique challenges on their way to becoming first-time homeowners. The stories demonstrate what a supportive, personalized lending process can look like with the right guidance. Additionally, readers can peruse articles and other helpful tips/tricks that can be used as a resource before, during, and after the home purchase process.
“Buying a home is a huge financial step and one that can sometimes be accompanied by several obstacles,” said Leah Dirks, FirstBank’s President of Mortgage and Consumer Lending. “That’s why it’s important to work with a lender who’s committed to helping you achieve your homeownership goals.”
One of the Empowering Homeownership stories features Annette and Javier from Buckeye. Searching for their first home, the young couple was not sure that they would be able to afford a down payment needed to qualify for a mortgage. However, they were able to leverage FirstBank’s partnership with Trellis, one of several affordable housing programs and nonprofit partners the bank works with, to secure a down payment needed to realize their dream of home ownership and provide a better life for their young son.
“There are going to be memories that I’m never going to forget, memories of being together here as a family,” said Javier about his experience of becoming a first-time homeowner. “It’s motivation to keep working hard and striving for more and more.”
“We pride ourselves on helping customers like Javier and Annette, who just need a lender willing to find solutions for their specific situations,” said Joel Johnson, East Valley Market President at FirstBank. “This program showcases how we live ‘banking for good’ throughout the mortgage lending processes. Our goal is to help our customers achieve whatever financial goals they have.”
FirstBank, which was recently voted a “Bank of the Year” by AZ Business Magazine, is different from most lenders in that its loan officers aren’t paid on commission. They instead focus on finding the best, low-cost solution for each individual. They also underwrite each loan request and operate as a dedicated contact throughout the entire home-buying process. This allows mortgage decisions to be made quickly, by real people, not automated systems.
What’s more, FirstBank partners with several affordable housing and down payment assistance nonprofits, like Trellis, to help make owning a home possible for many first-time buyers. Because of their commitment to getting customers into loans that work for them, FirstBank rarely experiences delinquent mortgages. This has enabled the company to remain in a strong financial position during and well after the Great Recession, leading FirstBank to be named one of the best performing banks in the nation.
For more information on FirstBank’s mortgage offerings, visit https://www.efirstbank.com/products/credit-loan/mortgages.htm. Or check out FirstBank’s Smart Cents blogefirstbankblog.com for all the latest tips and tricks on buying and selling.