This week Tara Keeney changed her life, and that of the people who worked with her at Payson's Concord Mortgage Company. Keeney started her own business March 15, Lenders for Life Home Mortgage Corporation, a fully licensed and independent mortgage broker.
"I recently obtained my mortgage broker's license and I felt like it was time to spread my wings and go out on my own," Keeney said.
She was the branch manager for Concord for a number of years and then about a year ago she started thinking about making a change. Keeney said Concord was very supportive of the decision. She has been in real estate and its related industry for about 12 years.
Lenders for Life Home Mortgage Corporation will offer the same services as Keeney and the staff at Concord did. "We originate real estate mortgages -- purchase transactions, refinancing, construction loans," Keeney said.
In October 2003 she started the process, getting her license and now, she and the entire Concord staff -- which came with her into the new business -- are finishing the physical side of severing the association with the old company. Joining Keeney at Lenders for Life Home Mortgage Corporation are Sharon Balentine, Sr. mortgage specialist, who has been with her for four years; Lacy Holt, mortgage specialist, who joined the company about six months ago; Bryan Bollier, Sr. mortgage processor, who has been with her three years; and Diane Ross, loan administrator, who has been with the company a year. Keeney also brought in staff to serve the Verde Valley, Sedona and Prescott out of a Cottonwood office, Carol Yusczyck and Robyn Foster.
"I wanted pride of ownership," Keeney said. "I'm lucky enough to be in the type of business where I wake up every day and I can't wait to get to work. Very few people get to experience that in their lifetimes. I feel very blessed to have that."
Since the new business was going to be such an important part of her life, Keeney took great care in choosing its name.
"We feel our clients are life-long clients and we want them to feel like they can contact us with any questions they may have regarding mortgages," Keeney said. "We provide people with the largest debt they ever incur in their lifetimes and we want them to know we're here to help them manage that debt."
She said the reason she went into the mortgage business was the flexibility it offered to spend time with her family. Keeney and her husband, Mark, have two sons, Dylan, 5, and Ely, who is almost 3. Away from the business and her family, Keeney is active in the Payson Rotary Club.
Her roots in Payson run deep, she moved here at the age of 5 and has been a resident for more than two dozen years.
Lenders for Life is in the same location as Concord, 620 E. Highway 260, Suite B2, Payson. It is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. To find out more, call (928) 468-2375.