F%ck The Banks. And other tag line discards.

Since two heads are better than one, and I always like to be the best, I have partnered up with the fabulous Kari Stauble to become the world’s answer for mortgages.

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We’ll be the Bonnie and Clyde, Hansel and Gretel, Turner and Hootch of mortgages. Orrr… maybe not those, but we will be a pretty fine dynamic duo taking down the mortgage scene in Canada. Well, maybe not Canada (although we could if wanted to) but definitely BC and most definitely Vancouver Island. And we’re going to OWN Sooke, BC. That I know for sure.

So now that it’s “just the two of us” and we’ll make it if we try, we needed to come up with some new branding. I’m pretty sure we hit it out of the park, but you be the judge. However, if you don’t like it, don’t judge. We’re not one for negativity.

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“We’re on it”. What more do we need to say for a tag line? It’s professional; it’s punchy. It conveys trust, resourcefulness, tenacity and spunk. It’s pretty darn sexy. But it wasn’t our first choice. Noooo. We had a whole Friday of tossing one-liners back and forth, complete with mental breakdown giggle fit, before we arrived at this keeper. And here, for your reading pleasure, are those discards.

Kerry | Kari…

…Fuck the Banks

…Mortgages that don’t make you want to blow your brains out

…Ebony and Ivory

…At your service. On your side.

…Making the Mortgage Magic Happen

…We make mortgages sexy

…Your mortgage escorts

…Your first and only mortgage stop

…Your Mortgage Matchmakers

…Sister and Sista

…Salt and Peppa (which lead to…)

…p-Push it. PUSH IT REAL GOOD.

I know. There was some gold in these tag lines. And we had fun. We want you to have fun too so we are giving away a $50 gift certificate to the restaurant of your choice for one lucky fan. All you have to do is:

  1. Like the new KK Mortgage Facebook page (here)
  2. Share this blog post on FB
  3. Leave a comment on our pinned post telling us your favorite tag line discard and your restaurant choice (here)

The winner will be announced and contacted July 31st!

Nailed it.

Congratulations to the 2014 Hermann Gmeiner Award Winners!

So here’s a little about me: growing up, it was just me and my mom. My mom had many struggles to contend with on a daily basis as a single parent but on top of that was breast cancer in her early thirties, a good ‘ol dose of family drama, and the not so great coping mechanism of alcohol. So yeah, you could consider me a latchkey kid.

Home was less than stable and didn’t always feel safe. For me, a “carefree” childhood was an enigma similar to a unicorn. This made everything that much more challenging; staying focused at school, having a social life, creating a sense of self.

I ended up excelling at school and doing all right in the friends department but it would take a long time before I had a semblance of a sense of self. Heck, I’m still working on it!

That’s why I am in love with SOS Children’s Villages and a proud supporter of SOS Children’s Village BC. They work with children who are orphaned, abandoned or neglected. They give these children the opportunity to build lasting relationships within a family. Their family approach is based on four principles: Each child needs a mother, and grows up most naturally with brothers and sisters, in his or her own house, within a supportive village environment.

Their Vision is beautiful:

EVERY CHILD BELONGS TO A FAMILY
Family is the heart of society. Within a family each child is protected and enjoys a sense of belonging. Here, children learn values, share responsibilities and form life-long relationships. A family environment gives them a solid foundation on which to build their lives.
EVERY CHILD GROWS WITH LOVE
Through love and acceptance, emotional wounds are healed and confidence is built. Children learn to trust and believe in themselves and others. With this self-assurance each child can recognise and fulfil his or her potential.
EVERY CHILD GROWS WITH RESPECT
Each child’s voice is heard and taken seriously. Children participate in making decisions that affect their lives and are guided to take a leading role in their own development. The child grows with respect and dignity as a cherished member of his or her family and society.
EVERY CHILD GROWS WITH SECURITY
Children are protected from abuse, neglect and exploitation and are kept safe during natural disaster and war. Children have shelter, food, health care and education. These are the basic requirements for the sound development of all children.

~From SOS Children’s Villages International website.

This organization, both internationally and locally, does great work and improves the lives of so many children. Recently, the 2014 Hermann Gmeiner Award was handed out to two individuals who were cared for in their program as children, and who have distinguished themselves in terms of their social, cultural, athletic or career accomplishments. Their stories are inspiring and put my own in perspective.

Congratulations to the winners, Maya Dhal and Deepak KC, to the 100 finalists and 279 nominees.

And a standing ovation to SOS.


I am passionate about helping others create a place they can feel comfortable, safe and call home. Call me to discuss how we can get you that home.

For more information on SOS Children’s Villages BC please see their website.

To donate, click here.

Video

The computer says no

Q: Excuse me, do you have any ice?

A: “You mean the frozen kind?”

Yes, this was an actual exchange of words I had with a Big Box Store cashier a couple of years back when I was out frantically trying to find ice for my clients on the day of their wedding when the person responsible for bringing the ice came empty handed (in my previous life I was a wedding planner).

This exchange stuck with me as the perfect example of how some people possess critical thinking skills, and others, well, do not. This can also be said for good customer service, creativity, tenacity, resourcefulness, and many other skills and characteristics that are often important in service type roles; some people have them, some people don’t.

It’s possible that the employee just had a momentary brain fart. Or they were so thrown off by my really random question that the neural connections of their brain couldn’t compute faster than the speed at which the words came out of their mouth.

Either way, this is not the type of individual you want to be dealing with when you are: applying for a mortgage, applying for a loan, doing your taxes, setting up a business, or if you have a nut allergy and they are the one confirming there are no nuts in the dish you are about to order.

When the answer matters, you want to pose the question to someone who can think beyond the box. Too many people receive a “no” when in fact, with some additional information or a little creativity, the answer could have been “yes” (*cough* what happens at banks *cough*).

This is why it sometimes seems to my clients that I make magic happen. I turn “no” into “yes” and between you and me, I have a ton of fun while I’m doing it.

So I leave you with this clip. If this has been your experience, call me.

Clip: Little Britain – The Computer Says No

Hello and welcome to my blog!

I will do my best to keep you informed about what’s happening in the world of mortgages but let’s be honest, that can get a little dry, so I will also be sharing with you personal insights, amazing recipes, and random things I just find funny.

Feel free to tell me what you think, good or bad, or if you have any questions about mortgages or the meaning of life drop me a line.

To get things started, here is a little about me…

At the age of 4, I was selling sticks and rocks to the neighbors.

I was born an entrepreneur.

By age 6, I was organizing fundraising campaigns for the SPCA.

I am one to advocate for others.

And by age 8, I was making care packages complete with handmade cards for any of my friends that fell ill and missed school.

I have a high value of taking care of others.

Over the years I have continued to pursue positions with companies that would uphold these values; from owning one of the top wedding and event planning companies in Vancouver to various facets of the real estate industry such as Property Management, Tenant Brokering and commercial Asset Management.

But no matter what desk I sit at, one thing remains the same: I am passionate about helping people improve the quality of their lives by using my expertise to advocate on their behalf.

What are you passionate about?