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North Idaho lenders, Realtors honored
June 9, 2017
More than 269 North Idaho area families became homeowners last year with assistance from 26 local housing professionals who were honored Wednesday at a STAR Awards luncheon.

The Idaho Housing and Finance Association presented STAR awards to 13 lenders and 13 Realtors for connecting these homebuyers to Idaho Housing’s affordable home loans.

“The great service these partners provided to area families last year represents a $48 million investment in the North Idaho community,” said Gerald M. Hunter, president and executive director of Idaho Housing. “We are proud to have worked with housing partners such as these for more than 40 years, helping more than 14,000 north Idahoans find and purchase homes while adding more than $1.3 billion to the local economy.”

The June 7 STAR Awards Appreciation Luncheon was held at the Coeur d’Alene Resort in Coeur d'Alene, where the following local lenders received STAR Awards for helping North Idaho homebuyers to obtain Idaho Housing home loans:
Gold STAR Award, James Costello, Umpqua Bank; Silver STAR Award, Scott Petersen, Academy Mortgage Corporation; and Bronze STAR Award, Valerie Cheyne, Fairway Independent Mortgage.
Certificates of Appreciation: Joel Botker, Axia Financial, Andrew Byrd, Willamette Valley Bank, Jessica Callins, Willamette Valley Bank, Ryan Deschryver, HomeStreet Bank, Krista Kaufman, Platinum Home Mortgage, Teresa Metz, Academy Mortgage Corporation, Sabrina Nelke, Idaho Central Credit Union, TyAnn Severtson, Mountain West Bank, Michael Wall, Willamette Valley Bank, and Jennifer Lynn Ward, Platinum Home Mortgage.

These 13 Realtors received STAR Awards for guiding North Idaho homebuyers to their dream homes and to Idaho Housing mortgages last year:
Gold STAR Award, Michaela Corcoran, Coldwell Banker; Silver STAR Award, Wade Jacklin, Century 21 Beutler & Associates; and Bronze STAR Award, Karen Rodriguez, Keller Williams Realty.
Certificates of Appreciation: Josh Adams, Keller Williams Realty Coeur d’Alene, Chris Briner, Keller Williams Realty
Coeur d’Alene, Carol Curtis, Century 21 RiverStone, Scott Fink, Century 21 Beutler & Associates, Blair Hammer, Keller Williams Realty, Susan Howard, Realteam Real Estate Center, Jan Leaf, Coldwell Banker, Lanette Livingston-Clark, Realteam Real Estate Center, Cassidy Noordam, Team of the Century Real Estate, and Stephen Preston, Keller Williams Realty Coeur d’Alene.

Idaho Housing mortgages offer competitive rates, low down payments, and closing cost assistance to qualified borrowers. To date, 113,958 Idahoans with low to moderate incomes have made the leap to homeownership with the help of Idaho Housing home loans, adding more than $10 billion to the Idaho economy.

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