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Community Highlights: Meet Danny Waddell of CrossCountry Mortgage

Today we’d like to introduce you to Danny Waddell.

Hi Danny, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
My finding my place in my professional career has really been a journey. Like most people, I wanted to find something that utilizes my gifts in a way that contributes to the world in a positive and impactful way.

Early on, I always had an interest in finance and people. Beginning in high school, I started working for a local Credit Union through an internship program they offered to teenagers. After I moved away for college, I found another banking job near UC Santa Cruz where I graduated. I knew putting myself through college wouldn’t be easy but finishing my education was important to me and the direction I wanted for my life, no matter how many student loans I had to take out.

After college I moved up to Chico, CA and began another banking position for a small local community bank. I loved working for smaller credit unions and community banks because they really fostered a sense of connectiveness to the area and people. They focused on helping people anyway they could while also giving back in meaningful ways. It was there in Chico I transitioned my financial background and experience to consumer lending. I began working with clients to help them achieve their goals of financing big purchases from new cars to new homes.

Most people really struggle to understand the complexities of financing and I have made it my mission to understand these disconnects and reinterpret them in a way that my clients feel empowered and confident every step of the way.

When I moved from Northern California to Southern California I took a break from consumer lending and transitioned my career development to an international fashion company in Los Angeles called cabi Clothing. At cabi, I worked alongside some of the most incredible, smart, capable, and powerful women in Los Angeles. Cab is a company ran by women for women. I was actually one of the first men they had ever hired! I enjoyed my years with cabi but ultimately knew I wanted to get back to a more direct finance path.

That is when I joined CrossCountry Mortgage as a mortgage loan advisor, where I get to directly walk alongside people as they make the biggest and arguably their most important purchase of their lives, their home! It is such an incredible honor for clients to trust me to help them through the home buying process and to give them the power and determination to navigate this never-before-seen real estate market.

Another thing that I have always heavily valued in each organization I have worked for is that ALL of my direct reports and superiors have always and only ever been women. From my first job in high school to my current career in professional mortgage lending, over the past 20+ years I have only ever been trained and mentored by incredible women from all expertise and backgrounds. I truly credit the women mentors and leaders in my life for all of my success, and not just my professional success but also appreciate how their tutelage has guided me in my personal life as well.

I fully live into a new mantra of business. In the past, they used to say, “It’s just business, it’s not personal” however I believe that business is extremely personal. When you are dealing with people, trust can only be built through healthy relationships which is why I aim to treat every client as a personal connection rather than a transaction.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Finding where I belonged in the economy of today’s professional world wasn’t easy. It’s a journey that each of has to commit ourselves to, even when we fail. There have been jobs I’ve been at where I knew I was worth more or capable of more than that role/employer could provide for me and each time, I’ve had to make a leap of faith that choosing more was the right thing. I’ve always strived to treat each failure as a learning experience to add to my resume and as a way to help better refine my path.

We’ve been impressed with CrossCountry Mortgage, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I specialize in helping people find financing solutions that help them meet their real estate goals. Whether that is purchasing their first home or growing their portfolio and investments, it’s always important to work with someone you trust and is knowledgeable in not only the current real estate economy but also the local LA market.

When trying to buy real estate, it isn’t always the highest offer that takes the prize. It truly matters who you work with and how aggressive they can help make every offer to position you for success. For that reason, I pride myself of working side-by-side with all parties involved in every transaction and strive to be extremely response to all needs and questions around the clock and on the weekends.

CrossCountry Mortgage has an extremely wide variety of loan products that can help structure each purchase in a way that makes the client feel comfortable and competitive in this market.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
I’m a local guy that loves my LA/South Bay community. I am proud to be a part Los Angeles and take responsibility in making sure my clients are stoked about their new homes.

My family and I are LA lifers and I really enjoy helping others grow deeper roots here also.

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