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Daily Inspiration: Meet Shant Berberian

Today we’d like to introduce you to Shant Berberian.

Hi Shant, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?

My journey started in the medical field right after I graduated CSUN in 2013. I was an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) for three years and also received my license in Phlebotomy. While working as an EMT, I took my MCAT and was applying to medical schools. Although I loved what I did by helping others. I began to realize that the path I was on was not meant for me; I couldn’t continue to endure seeing people in the worst times of their lives, day in and day out. It began to wear me down. A day came when I hit a wall, I felt lost but knew I needed to make a change.

So I decided to shift gears and explore other paths, some related to the medical field and some completely unrelated. Out of nowhere and by a sheer fluke, I stumbled upon an opportunity to get into residential mortgage lending. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine that I would get into finance, but now, after 4 years in the business, I believe I was made for this job. 

I no longer analyze vitals or administer oxygen, instead, I evaluate tax returns and credit reports and advise people of all ages and walks of life on mortgage-related decisions. I’m still doing what I love – making a difference in people’s lives. Except, now it’s no longer a matter of life and death! The satisfaction in creating lasting relationships with clients over the years is unexplainable. Every day is different of course; no two people’s lives and backgrounds are the same. But that’s what makes what I do even more interesting. 

I have worked at HouseAmerica Financial for the past four years. I owe so much to this company, which gave me the opportunity and freedom to reinvent myself. HouseAmerica Financial is owned and ran by Alan Pezeshkian. Mr. Pezeshkian, in my opinion, is a mortgage guru and lasting leader within the industry that advises and guides all of the loan officers within his company.

My message to others, based on my experiences, is to not think of change as starting from scratch or a step back. Instead, think of life as a long journey, change is only a shift in direction toward your ultimate destination. I had my own doubts when changing paths, but I have never looked back since and ultimately, I am very happy with my career and where my road is headed.

Today, I not only originate loans, but I also visit relator offices hosting classes on mortgage related topics, sharing knowledge and creating lasting relationships. In my leisure time, I enjoy working out, playing basketball and soccer to stay in shape. I am proud to say that I was able to marry the love of my life, Talin. We enjoy traveling and spending time with family. We are happily expecting our first child, who is due in October 2022. My journey into parenthood is just beginning and I would not be where I am today, if not, for my decisions and my leap of faith into the world of mortgage finance. 

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
There have definitely been some struggles, but struggles are what make you better at what you do. Starting a new profession from scratch is very challenging. Inexperience leads to lack of confidence and doubt. Also, earning less than you are previously accustomed to is a huge added pressure. I needed to learn quickly to manage uncomfortable conversations, how to deliver tough news, and how to handle stressful situations. I recognized that understanding the company’s mechanics and how utilize its personnel will help maximize my growth. Another struggle was fear of making mistakes, which was something I felt day to day for a long time until I gained confidence and experience. The growth in my career accelerated when I began to welcome the mistakes. I began to understand how important they were to my growth. I kept a notebook and logged in each mistake I made. I can’t tell you enough how much writing down my mistakes helped me grow quickly. It forces you to realize where your weaknesses are and you can refer back to it and review what the solutions are.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a residential mortgage advisor working at HouseAmerica Financial in La Canada Flintridge. My work involves reviewing each client’s income, assets, and credit to qualify them to borrower funds for residential home purchases. I believe the versatility of my company sets us apart, as we can potentially help any client qualify. I can provide conventional loans, jumbo loans, FHA, VA, non-qualified mortgages, stated income loans, and bank statements loans to name a few. HouseAmerica is a mortgage banking company with our own processors, underwriters, and funders station in-house. We also have hybrid capabilities, where we can broker files out to different investors if the client’s situation is benefited by doing so. Our specialty is our speed and creativity in qualification, especially for clients with complex financial backgrounds.

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