A personal note from our fearless leader, Chong Yi
I’ve always passionately believed that financial literacy is the most important part of the mortgage process. In most cases, mortgage professionals are engaged in the process of pushing paperwork, participating in all of the tasks within the loan process and don’t take the time to continually educate themselves on financial markets and financial planning. Since your mortgage is the largest indebtedness that you will take on in your life, I decided to assemble a team of experts that are highly effective in the performing of these tasks. Creating The Yi Team gave me ample time to continue to be a student of the financial markets so that I am the best advocate for all of my customers.
When working with our team, you will receive a high level of education on debt management that you are unlikely to receive anywhere else. Additionally, my team and I created a proprietary process of efficient customer service to ensure we are proactive with your loan every step of the way. We call this the Perfect Loan Process, and I believe you will have an exceptional experience with my team and me as we get you into your dream home.
CHONG YI, Producing Branch Manager
My job begins when you’ve decided to pursue your dream of home-ownership. I work to design the perfect loan to compliment both your short-term and long term financial goals. Throughout my career in the mortgage business, I have come to realize that guiding others into their home is my life’s dream. Like you, my home is my haven, and I look forward to coming home every day to my partner, Lorraine and our dog Jack.
Since I will be getting to know you, your family, and your goals, there are a few things to know about me. While I enjoy long walks on the beach, my favorite getaway is to the mountains! I absolutely love spending the day skiing on the slopes with my family and friends, from the first chair up to the last run down. I am a HUGE sports fan and have supported the Baltimore Orioles and Maryland Terps since 1975. I live my life following the words of Joseph Campbell, “Follow your bliss.” I truly believe everyone has their own purpose in life and should follow wherever it takes them. I am grateful to know that my purpose is centered on helping people and by providing an exceptional home-buying experience.
ERIN FINKE, Senior Mortgage Advisor
My job starts as soon as you find your dream home. In addition to originating business loans for the team, I methodically review your purchase contract and prepare your loan documents. I will reach out to you to outline your next steps to homeownership. Like you, my home is my retreat and the backdrop to my family life, so it’s our goal to make sure you get into your home smoothly and on time.
When I’m not at work with The Yi Team, I’m spending time at home with my husband, Darick, our beautiful daughter, Peyton, and her big brother, a black lab named Montego. As Peyton grows, photography has become one of my favorite hobbies so I can capture all of her adorable moments. During the winter, you’re likely to catch us on the slopes, something Chong and I have in common, a love for skiing!
JENNIFER HANSEL, Production Partner
My job at The Yi Team begins as soon as your loan disclosures are completed. I orchestrate and communicate with you and all parties throughout the processing and underwriting stages of your loan. I’m the best friend that you never thought you wanted, who cares JUST as much about your loan closing as you do!
I am happiest when I am spending time with my husband, Ryan, and two kids, Carter and Avery. I am so proud of the home we have built here in Maryland, but love to travel back “home” to upstate New York to visit family and friends. Unlike Chong and Erin, you won’t find me on the slopes! During the summer, you’re likely to catch the Hansels at the pool!
DEREK HARMAN, Senior Mortgage Advisor
I was born and raised in Petersburg, West Virginia, and I moved to Delaware when I was 14. I played baseball at Salisbury University, and graduated with a degree in Mass Media Communications and a minor in Psychology. I have lived in Virginia, the District of Columbia, and Maryland where I currently reside with my wife and two daughters. Having lived in these three areas, I have become familiar and fallen in love with each of their unique qualities. I have spent the last 8 years working in the finance and mortgage industry. For most people the loan process may be one of the most stressful times of their lives. I truly love assisting people through this time of stress, and making the process simple and easy.
I pride myself on customer service, professionalism, and integrity. I have surrounded myself with the best loan officers and mentors in order to become the best I can be. I look forward to meeting, and creating an opportunity to earn your trust!
CHRISTA FITCH, Production Partner
Our relationship begins as soon as you complete your application. I will work with you and everyone involved in your loan process to ensure a smooth process until the very end. I will treat your loan as if it is my own!
I live in Northern Virginia with my husband, Jonathan, and four kids, Christopher, Ethan, Riley and Graceyn. My immediate and large extended family keep me busy in my “free” time. Just call me the Chaos Coordinator! I love hosting family gatherings, beach trips and quiet nights with a glass of wine.
KELLIE HODGES, Brand Manager
As the brand manager, my job is to tell you about all the great things you’ll find at The Yi Team. I make sure that you are the first to hear about our fun events, or learn more about the unique experience you’ll find at The Yi Team. You’ll find me online, hosting events, sharing posts and articles, and ensuring an exceptional client experience.
I am a big fan of interior design and have a background in the arts. My family owns an award winning decorative painting company that you have probably seen on TV or in magazines. After hours I’m spending time with my family, dancing to great music, and dreaming up new ways to surprise you.
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