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July 2017: Employee of the Month – Kassy Reynolds

Kassy is an Account Representative at First Choice. She started with First Choice in early 2016 working with our Appraiser Panel then moving into helping in our Client Support team. She has a huge talent for building relationships with both our appraiser and lender...

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July 2017: Rockstar Appraiser – Stephanie Park

Stephanie Park was born in the Seattle area, but moved to Vancouver when she was three and has lived there ever since.  Growing up she was highly involved in sports such as soccer and golf.  She Washington State University in 2006. After college, Stephanie fell into...

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June 2017: Employee of the Month – Tyler Shaw

Tyler is one of the Account Representatives at First Choice. He was brought in to the team in June of 2016. Right around the time of the Portland area was reaching record volume. He enjoys building relationships with his lenders and being a part of helping people...

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June 2017: Rockstar Appraiser – Jason Torpey

Jason is a native of Idaho from Horseshoe Bend. After graduating from Garden Valley High School, he moved to Dallas to play basketball for Brookhaven College. Soon after, he married his high school sweetheart and settled down. Together they have three children who...

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FCAM Employee of the Month: May 2017 – Amanda Soto

Amanda is the Senior Client Support Specialist at First Choice. She has been working for First Choice for a little over a year. She was born and raised in the Portland area. Amanda is married and has two sons, as well has dogs and cats. She loves the food atmosphere...

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May 2017: Rockstar Appraiser – Maurita Wolf

Maurita has been appraising properties in Corvallis and Albany for over 25 years. She began her appraisal career in Wyoming working at a county level for the state appraising coal mines, soda ash mines and gas plants. Deciding to move her family to Oregon, she sought...

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Portland Housing Market Keeps Booming

Why is everyone moving to Portland? Is there something in the water? Questions that keep being asked as more and more people uproot and move to the Portland Metro Area. With its high quality of life and green environment, it’s obvious why Portland is one of the...

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FCAM Employee of the Month: April 2017 – Stefanie Paulson

Stefanie is the Senior Accounting Specialist at First Choice. She has been working for First Choice since the beginning (7.5 years ago). She is a native Oregonian but briefly spent some time living in Snoqualmie, WA in her teens. Stefanie is married and has three...

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April 2017: Rockstar Appraiser – Charlie Thompson

Charlie Thompson is an Oregon native from the Eugene area. After graduating high school, he served in the United States Army, stationed in Europe. After the Army, he attended college with a focus on real estate law and began following in his family’s footsteps. His...

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Client Highlight: Adam Moshofsky – Mortgage Express

Adam Moshofsky is proud to have worked for Mortgage Express since 2004. He feels lucky to be with a company that provides all the resources needed to ensure great transaction for his clients. With the abilities of the in-house lending department, he is able to offer...

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March 2017: Rockstar Appraiser – Caitlin Ochoa

Caitlin Ochoa is a native to the Tacoma, WA area. She attended the University of Washington and graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Asian Studies. Following graduation, she moved to Beijing, China for three years being able to apply her studies and fluency...

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Seattle Housing Inventory Reaches Record Low

It’s spring time. The weather is warming up and buying season is in effect for 2017. As prospective home buyers across the country start looking for homes and sellers are placing their homes on the market, Seattle area sellers are seeming to be in winter hibernation....

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