Prior to joining Homestead Funding, I worked for the Northeastern NY Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The CF Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the advancement of treatments and the search for a cure of Cystic Fibrosis. The only experience I had with the mortgage industry was as a consumer. Now, after eight years, I still try to hold on to that perspective and treat all my clients as if I were in their shoes. I help people all over New York State, but focus primarily on Columbia, Greene, and Northern Dutchess counties. I work hard to ensure every person who comes into my office has a complete understanding of their mortgage process and that they feel comfortable in every step we take. More than anything, I consider myself a problem solver and always go above and beyond for my clients. I make myself available on nights and weekends and my day isn’t over until I’ve responded to every call, text or email.
Besides my work, I’m very passionate about animals. My dogs are both rescues and supporting animal shelters and animal rescue is a passion of mine. I also volunteer my time to the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce where I serve as co-chair of the membership committee. Additionally, I sit on a Community Service Committee for Columbia County.
In my free time, I enjoy being outside with my dogs. I love taking them for hikes and walks. We’re frequent visitors at Olana, a beautiful and historic home overlooking the Hudson River. I am also an avid gardener and have taken up golf for recreation. I was born in Syracuse, attended college in Albany, and now live in Germantown.
What My Clients Are Saying:
I have purchased a few properties over the past 20 years, and I must say, what encourages the process is a team of qualified mortgage professionals. Laura Staerker and her staff (including Natalie Amendola), have gone above and beyond to not only making sure that I’m informed step-by-step to securing a loan for my dream home, they have also handled many calls and emails on my behalf, making life easier for me. I can only speak of my experience, and I have not had a thorough property purchase experience as this before. This has in fact impacted my opinion of reliable lenders, as I had another, and was not successful, yet Laura, along with the Homestead Funding team, they kept my dream for my vacation home alive. I will not only recommend Homestead Funding team to friends and colleagues (which I have already begun to do), I would recommend to any potential buyer to give them a try first, and do a comparison for service, and professionalism. I can guarantee you will not have the experience anywhere else as good as you will with Laura and her team. For any other property I intend to purchase, there’s no question that Homestead Funding will be the first call I make. - John Campbell
A Personal Note From A Satisfied Client:
I know this letter is part of a communication stream you send to all your customers, probably a standard mailing you send after each closing. However it warrants recognition on a personal note.
In your letter you asked if I felt your services kept your high level of standards and expertise. My lord, you pulled out all the stops on this one and not only got a nearly impossible deal to close, but excelled beyond every expectation. You are a true professional, never giving up, going above and beyond what any client could ever expect you to do.
You are truly amazing. I hope your superiors in your corporation realize the unbelievable tenacity you have to get any and all mortgages to clear no matter how small. Its a blessing and a curse. And I apologize because I tend to send you the difficult clients because if anyone can find a way to make it happen...you can.
You are a true professional and asset, and I am so grateful for you and Homestead's ability to hang in there till the last minute no matter what is thrown at you.
Thank you for not only a job well done, but an exemplary performance.
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